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The Job Search Solution: The Ultimate System for Finding a Great Job Now! Paperback – January 2, 2006

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"Beshara’s unrivaled trench experience is smartly packed into an extremely helpful new book, The Job Search Solution."

-Joyce Lain Kennedy, nationally syndicated career columnist


"Tony Beshara, America's #1 executive job-finder, artfully shares his decades of insider knowledge with the job-seekers of the nation. A must-read for anyone serious about advancing their career the right way." -- Paul Hawkinson, Publisher, The Fordyce Letter

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Product Details

  • Series: Job Search Solution
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: AMACOM; 1 edition (January 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814473326
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814473320
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,161,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tony Beshara (Dallas, TX) has been in the placement and recruitment profession since 1973 and is the president and owner of Babich and Associates, a job placement firm. He has appeared numerous times on the nationally syndicated Dr. Phil Show.

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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Chandra Prasad on January 14, 2006
Format: Paperback
Being a careers/workplace author myself, I sometimes find it difficult to endorse new books, especially since the market is already glutted with them. However, Tony Beshara's book, The Job Search Solution, deserves special attention for finding something new and important to say about the job market today. Beshara doesn't load the reader with useful but obvious suggestions ("don't forget to wear a nice suit to your interview," for example). Instead, he deliberately challenges conventional job search wisdom, and in so doing, offers radical but inspired suggestions for success. Chapter Six: "Common Myths and the Realities About Hiring" is a perfect example of Beshara's unique vision. Think that "companies approach hiring with common sense, logic, and good business acumen and consistency?" Think that "the most qualified candidate gets the job?" Think again! Time and again Beshara proves that finding a job is a highly subjective business filled with innumerable variables. The triumphant jobseeker is the one who not only recognizes these inconsistencies and but also uses them to his advantage. Not sure how to do this? Don't worry-Beshara guides the way.

Also worthy of notice: Chapter 12: Overcoming Employer Biases that Can Keep You from Getting a Job. Here, Beshara tackles such tricky items as age discrimination and what to say if you've been out of the workforce for an extended period.

Overall, a Grade A read.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Ed Snate on February 8, 2006
Format: Paperback
I am in my last semester of college and just read this book. Before doing so, I did not have the necessary mindset for selling myself and putting in the required hustle the job-search process requires - I was the smart one and the people who had to feign eagerness and enthusiasm only had to do it because they were too dumb to get a job by "being real." Beshara woke me up to the reality that there are thousands of people shooting for the same job who are just as smart (if not smarter) as me. With my old attitude, I would have grumbled while "fakes," "phonies," and "sell-outs" all passed me by. This book taught me the benefits of CHOOSING a positive attitude and having the self-confidence to put it into practice in the job market.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By S. Lordan on February 17, 2006
Format: Paperback
I am always looking for books to recommend to my candidates, so they are better prepared, not just for interviewing, but for dealing with the whole search process they often find so baffling and ego-deflating. Managing the emotional process on the candidate side of the search equation is one of the toughest parts of being a good recruiter. For the company, hiring is purely a business decision. For the prospective employee, changing jobs is a business AND personal decision affecting not only one's livelihood, but often family happiness, location, marriage success or failure! Tony Beshara's book is at the top of my recommendation list. I read once that a candidate's stress level increases 200% from initial job inquiry to offer time. Tony's book unveils those mysteries of the hiring process that cause so much of the prospective employee's emotion - emotion which, if not handled properly, often results in offers that could have been, but don't materialize. Most candidates do not realize that they must adopt the same axiom in their job search that makes them successful at their jobs- "Plan your work, and work your plan". This easy read gives the candidate a workable, proven plan for finding the right opportunity. I disagree with the reviewer who thought the book simply promotes the use of recruiters. I believe if more candidates read this book, they might not need us nearly as much!
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By R. Johnston on March 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
The Job Search Solution by Beshara is a returned item. I'm actually shocked at the majority of five star ratings.

As a previous "hiring authority" myself (tooting my own horn Beshara) and a current process manager, if someone had come to me and bluntly said some of the scripts Beshara wants you to read word for, I'd hang up on them...point blank.

They are disrespectful, and the funniest is the interviewee asking me if 9 am or 3 pm would work best after I've said I'm not even interested in hiring at this time? Not cocky here, but...I aleady said NO, and had I said yes, you're on my time because I'm hiring you. I may have passed up on some good employees, but I've always hired respectful employees that have done very well for the company without resorting to these tactics.

He also suggests at one point that psychiatrists would disagree with him on a particular topic, but he doesn't care (forgive me, he said something along those lines). That was a red flag...kinda like, who are interview/hire/write don't pretend to be a psychiatrist.

It doesn't suprise me that Dr Phil likes this guy either. And I'm leaving that one alone!

One star...unless you like being rude, obnoxious and annoying in order to search for a job...and searching you will be doing for quite a while with this book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Scott V. Palka on April 11, 2006
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Simply put, this is the best 3 to 4 hour investment you can make in a job search, or if you thinking about a job change. The book is filled with strategic insight, but more importantly Tony explains in clear and concise fashion how to put the strategy into action.

The major thesis is that the job search is a process, and while there are many things you can't control, you can control your process and execute on your strategy to maximize your probability for a positive outcome, and more importantly, minimize the timeline to do it.

Another key element to this book is a candid discussion on the emotional and psychological aspects which is a must read at least twice, and pass it along to your spouse. This section will bring validation to your feelings, and then you can earn the right to advance to Chapter Two and Take Massive Action Now.

Tony also addresses (in Chaper 7) benefits of Practical Spirituality. I personally encourage everyone to put this into practice, even if your not in job search mode.

I review this work often, when drafting cover letter, thank you notes, etc. becasue after you have studied it and internalized, it becomes an excellent reference. My mantra has become, Take massive action, now and make a difference.

My final comment is that I recommended this book to a friend of mine and told him that if he did not think this book had value, I would personally write him a check for one hundred dollars and take him to dinner. I still have the check, safe in the checkbook and he bought me dinner because of the focus the book brought to his search effort.
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