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Land the Job You Love Using the Methods Top Career Professionals Teach Their Clients

To conduct a successful job search, it's imperative to develop a well-formed strategy aimed at getting the right message to the right decision makers-before they have announced job openings. The career services company Lee Hecht Harrison has helped over 600,000 people land great jobs using the proven strategies of Orville Pierson. And now, for the first time, Pierson shares his secrets with you!

The Unwritten Rules of the Highly Effective Job Search helps you create a powerful plan using the Pierson Method. You'll learn proven methods to sharpen your focus, taking you step by step through the search process that has helped make LHH the world's leading career services company. Put Pierson's strategies to use and you'll soon be embarking on a successful job search. Learn how to:

  • Structure a personalized search project and measure your progress
  • Target the companies that best suit your immediate needs and long-term goals
  • Create a “core message” about yourself that decision makers will remember
  • Overcome job hunting obstacles-and get back to work!

A clear focus is essential to success. Remember, you can find a great job at the best company-as long as you have the right plan!

About the Author

Orville Pierson is Senior Vice President, Corporate Director of Program Design and Service Delivery, for Lee Hecht Harrison, a 240-office career services company that is part of the $20 billion Adecco global family of employment services and placement firms. Yale educated, he has worked in career services for nearly 30 years, authoring career publications that have helped over a million people land jobs they love. For more information, visit: www.highlyeffectivejobsearch.com

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (January 6, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071464042
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071464048
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Orville Pierson is a top expert in job search assistance. He is the author of three widely acclaimed job hunting books: Team Up! Find a Better Job Faster with a Job Search Work Team, Highly Effective Networking, and The Unwritten Rules of the Highly Effective Job Search, all available here on Amazon. He is also is the creator of Job Search Work Teams, one of the most successful programs in the history of job search assistance.

ASSISTED OVER A MILLION JOB HUNTERS

He served for 19 years as Corporate Director of Program Design at the headquarters of Lee Hecht Harrison (LHH), a 300-office global career services program. He led the team that created job hunting programs used to assist over a million job hunters in finding good new jobs.

CREATED CURRICULUM, BOOKS AND WEBSITES

TRAINED HUNDREDS OF CAREER COACHES

In that role, Mr. Pierson created the overall LHH job search curriculum and was the primary or sole author of dozens of privately-published LHH books, manuals and websites, including Executive Directions: Creating Options in Life and Work, Managing Your Search Project, a guide used by up to 100,000 job hunters a year and content for the industry's most comprehensive password-protected job hunting website, Career Resource Network. He also designed training materials for LHH's staff and trained hundreds of career coaches.

TALKS FOR UNIVERSITIES, BUSINESSES, AND CAREER PROFESSIONALS

Mr. Pierson has been in the career services field since 1977 as a program designer as well as a trainer and career coach to hundreds of private clients. He has spoken at universities and business schools, as well as for groups of executives, HR professionals, and college career professionals. He has appeared on radio and TV, and has been featured in many articles, ranging from the NACE Journal to Forbes.com to general audience publications. His education includes a BA from Yale University and training in career-related psychological instruments.

For complete information on Mr. Pierson's experience and expertise, please see his Linked In profile and recommendations, or his website, highlyeffectivejobsearch.com.

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By John Kador on January 22, 2006
Format: Hardcover
You may be lucky enough, if you have the bad luck to be a downsized executive, that your last employer will see fit to plunk down $10,000 so that the author of this book will coach you to get a new job. If not, your best bet is to plunk down $21.95 and buy this book. You won't get the hand-holding or on-call career consulting, but you'll get just about everything else an insider with the world's biggest executive outplacement firm has learned about the brutal facts of landing the next job. Orville Pierson tells it like it is. He treats the reader like he would a member of his family who comes to him for advice. It's a guide that covers all the basics, sure, but what really sets the book apart is the no-nonsense advice required to score a new job. The Pierson Method, as he terms the collection of his dos and donts, is a proven roadmap for unemployed people. Yes, it can be a lonely and scary journey. What I like the most is that Pierson acknowledges that the biggest obstacles aren't out there in the woods. They are inside us. In our minds. The important thing is not to act like a victim. The case histories he provides give us the confidence to move forward in trying times, and that's all anyone of us can aim for.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Redlip on July 16, 2006
Format: Hardcover
So many books on job search are about writing resumes, getting interviews, selling oneself, etc. Pierson's book has sound advice on the basics of job search, but he starts at the beginning, that first step: how to start. For anyone who is at a crossroads, either because of a lost job or a need for a change, The Unwritten Rules will help you take that first step towards getting the job you want. You know, the one you can't even define for yourself? Pierson uses real conversations and a casual style to help the reader succeed at small tasks which bring one closer to one's ultimate goal: employment. Very useful!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mariah McTavish on June 14, 2006
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You will find that this is the book that has been missing from the top seller's list on how to get ready, get moving and manage your job search. With a great deal of insight and with a whole lot of common sense, along with a sound grasp of what it takes to find a job, Pierson's book is invaluable to job seekers. It is sound advice and helpful tips from the man who can demystify the job search for anyone. For example, he reminds us that to increase your odds in job search, a Target List is crucial. In the Pierson Method, this Target List is a key tool in job search - just as important as your resume - because it focuses on a group of organizations you might want to work for and hire people for the kind of work you want to do. He reminds us that the Target List also helps you see exactly who your resume is designed for before you sit down to write. And, in 10 pages he gives us the strategies for pulling together a Target List that is proven to work!

Don't want to work the Pierson Method alone? Check out the special bonus section on how to Team Up for a Successful Search which outlines how to use a Job Search Work Team to work with others or to set up a program to work with others. Don't conduct your next job search without reading this book first!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By C. Romero on August 13, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book in May as I was finishing up the coursework towards my MA. I knew I would need to find a new job, but since I was changing career fields, I realized that I might need a different approach than before to find one.

I read the book and the system outlined made intuitive sense to me. I also really identified with the emotional quality of the book. Although the system in this book is not easy, it is very effective. I have found the job I was searching for and it is a perfect match for my skills and education. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for not just their next job, but for the job of their dreams.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Steven Savage on September 29, 2009
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PROS: A sober, thoughtful, organized book that presents a definite plan for a job search, organizing many common elements of a good job search into one process.

CONS: Extremely dry writing style may put some off. Despite organization, some of the book's organization is odd.

SUMMARY: A must-buy book for the job search, presenting an organized plan you can use "out of the box" as long as you're willing to do some research.

There are a lot of books out there on doing a job search, and it seems most of them repeat about 80% of the same material, with different levels of enthusiasm and different audiences in mind. We all know about networking, resumes, cover letters, etc. It seems there's nothing new under the sun job-search wise, and even the technical innovations we see, such as social media, only seem to build on common behaviors - networking and sending out resumes.

Orville Pierson's book contains all the advice you've ever heard before - there's no magic in a good job search, but a lot of research, networking, and common sense. What Pierson does that makes the book stand out is give you an organized plan for using good job search techniques. This isn't a pile of advice - it's a plan to get you a job and improve your job searching.

The core of Pierson's work is fourfold:
1) Research one does on oneself, one's potential positions, and one's market.
2) Using that research to create a good resume and "sales tools."
3) Networking with an eye toward the long term, while using resources you have now.
4) Treating this as a project with measurable numbers, information, etc.

These four elements work together, feeding into each other and providing feedback.
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