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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; Revised edition (September 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580083773
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580083775
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #726,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“When it comes to the hard work of finding great work, Pam Lassiter is the consummate pro. She has the experience, the common sense, and the proven track record. My advice: Take her advice.” 
--Alan M. Webber, Founding Editor, Fast Company
 
“A must-read for those seeking growth and satisfaction in their careers.” 
--Dr. Myra Hart, Professor of Management Practice, Harvard Business School
 
“Pam Lassiter has taken on today’s complex career management challenges and provided the reader with tools that work in the real world.” 
--David Opton, Founder & CEO, ExecuNet

“Lassiter’s strategies for growing within your current job are completely on target. She shows that you can’t wait for your company to take care of you.”
--Ann Anderson, Chief Human Resources Officer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

About the Author

Pam Lassiter is principal of Lassiter Consulting, a firm that provides career management services to companies and individuals worldwide. As a consultant in career management for more than thirty years, Lassiter works with companies and mid-career professionals that are managing career transitions. She designs programs, seminars, and coaching sessions for companies that are outplacing or retaining key employees. Her internal career development work enables professionals to grow within their current companies, improving corporate productivity and profitability. Her work with companies and individuals that are facing transition focuses on directing searches of senior-level executives toward timely, satisfying conclusions, whether it’s the next job or retirement with flexible work.
 
Lassiter makes appearances on regional and national television and radio, and as a keynote speaker for professional groups and national conferences. She has received multiple awards and recognition from professional associations. Her articles on career management appear in human resource and business publications including Fast Company, Fortune, Financial Times, Bloomberg radio, Financial News Network and CFO. With an undergraduate degree from the University of Texas in English and Spanish, a master’s degree from Boston University in psychological counseling, and graduate coursework in career development and business management, Pam lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

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If you want to direct the trajectory of your career, than this book is a must have.
Alex F
The New Job Security, Revised refines and numbers five of the strategies that you will use in order to take charge of your career and your future.
kelly
This book provides a completely realistic perspective on job searching in the 21st century in a tough economy.
Dr. Cathy Goodwin

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alex F on September 25, 2010
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I adopted these strategies about a year ago to help me through a career transition. I owe a debt of gratitude to this book, as it has truly enabled me to find not only work that I love, but also compensation that I am very happy with. I am such a believer that I was really excited to buy it for a second time with this revised edition of the original, which has some great insight on modern social networking.

This book has been an indispensable tool for me. The author's techniques and strategies are quite simple and logical, but were nonetheless eye-opening. After reading this book for the first time, I found myself saying, "This is so obvious...why haven't I been doing this all along?" For me, the answer is that I never went through any formal education on how to manage my career. I mistakenly thought that I would naturally be good at it. But really I was stuck in a rut of complacency, letting my career just sort of "happen." This book teaches you to seize control of your career. Use the 5 strategies (#1 Send Clear Signals, #2 Market for Mutual Benefit, #3 Stop Looking For Jobs, #4 Build Sustainable Networks, #5 Negotiate In Round Rooms) laid out in this book, and you will find that yourself working "smarter, not harder."

I am not a natural "networker," so I found the homework assignments to be particularly effective.
WARNING: DO NOT LEAVE HOME (or make a single phone call) without a well-practiced "Elevator Story" (p.31), or PAR -Plan Action Result- Story (p.22). These simple exercises take only minutes to do, but really will set you apart from the pack in both casual conversation and in formal interviewing. The book is full of similar helpful assignments and techniques and really will make you look impressive.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Cathy Goodwin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 13, 2010
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This book provides a completely realistic perspective on job searching in the 21st century in a tough economy. It's readable and realistic - a rare combination.
It's not a book for recent college graduates and I'm not sure the author's suggestions would work well for a career changer. But if you have some solid experience and you want a job - especially if you've been laid off or downsized, this book is one of the best.

Some of the best parts:

-- Check out the 5-second resume test (p 32)
-- the chemistry factor (p 42)
-- why you need to resist the siren call of job postings
and search firms (p 73)
-- new ways to work in today's job market (p 98)
-- how to set limits on projects to demonstrate your skills (p 100)
-- pros and cons of social networking online (p 126)
-- preparing for salary negotiation (p 171)
-- negotiating through search firms (p 185)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G B Stevens II on September 26, 2010
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I cannot recommend this book more highly! I lost my job in the midst of last year's recession...one month I was a high-flying sales executive; the next month I was without a job. My first reaction was to look at job postings...but they were few and far between. My second reaction was to call search firms, expecting that they would be able to help. Fortunately, my third reaction was to look to experts for advice, and that was when I found Lassiter's The New Job Security. The first edition was extraordinarily helpful; the new edition goes far further in talking about the whole new social networking environment that has revolutionized job seeking and job creation.

It's a remarkable book that completely changed my approach to my career. "Send Clear Signals" helped me realize that we must start by looking at ourselves before we can let others know who we are and what we want. "Market for Mutual Benefit" stops us from focusing only on ourselves and positions us to focus on the needs of our potential employers and their customers. "Stop Looking for Jobs" teaches us how to stop chasing job openings and begin creating new opportunities by anticipating and solving problems. "Build Sustainable Networks" addresses the fact that 65% to 85% of jobs are found through networking...and Lassiter provides an excellent step-by-step roadmap to building an effective and mutually-beneficial networking strategy. Finally, "Negotiate in Round Rooms" provides pragmatic advice and counsel to closing the deal...something very few of us are comfortable with or good at.

You owe it to yourself to read this book....whether you are in transition or whether you want to grow within your current company. As Lassiter points out, "Executives expect to hold their jobs for 5.6 years and end up only doing so for 2.1 years". This happened to me and it could, and probably will, happen to you...get ahead of it and be prepared for the future!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kelly on September 27, 2010
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Does your career evolve from what has happened to you or because of what you have planned? The New Job Security, Revised refines and numbers five of the strategies that you will use in order to take charge of your career and your future. Read it whether you are in a very good situation or ready to move on to a new one. You will hear some familiar ideas that have been cast in a new structured plan that will yield positive results. How do you network effectively and efficiently? Read this excellent thought provoking guide to find out! C Lindsay
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More About the Author

Pam Lassiter is a career management consultant, speaker, and author with over 30 years of experience helping people and companies in transition. She is the principal of Lassiter Consulting, where she provides career counseling, transition, and outplacement services to clients around the world. She also coaches global leaders and women making leaps in career decisions in the HBS Executive Education program, and teaches Career Leadership at Harvard University.

Pam began her career in university administration and then moved into outplacement coaching with Right Management and R.L. Stevens. Her writing appears in publications such as Fortune, Fast Company, and CFO. She speaks at conferences and business groups and has been interviewed on Bloomberg Radio and the Financial News Network.

Born in Houston, Texas, Pam received her bachelor degree in English and Spanish from the University of Texas and her master's degree in psychological counseling from Boston University, where she focused on career development and business management. Pam lives in Boston and volunteers at the Museum of Science, hoping to spread STEM education throughout the galaxy.

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