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Get The Job You Want, Even When No One's Hiring: Take Charge of Your Career, Find a Job You Love, and Earn What You Deserve Paperback – June 15, 2009

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (June 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470457414
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470457412
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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You CAN find a job in a bad economy—but not with conventional search strategies

To win a job now, you need a recession-proof plan. Get the Job You Want, Even When No One's Hiring explains why your chances are better than you think, gives you the strategies to land your dream job, and includes:

  • The twenty habits of effective job-hunters in a down market

  • Why your resume is your least important job-search tool
  • Tips on building an online career identity with blogs, web sites, and social media

"Ford Myers' excellent Get the Job You Want, Even When No One's Hiring shows you clearly and realistically how to be one of the millions of people who land a job rather than the millions who lose a job. His book should be required reading for anyone facing unemployment."
Jay Conrad Levinson, author of the Guerrilla Marketing series of books

"Mounting a strategic job search can be confusing, especially when compounded by the emotional toll of job loss and an economic crisis. Myers' book explains how to find a job that fits your long-term career goals. Armed with renewed confidence and a strategic plan, a good job is attainable."
Robyn Greenspan, Editor in Chief, ExecuNet 

"If you feel alone in this tough and puzzling job market, Get the Job You Want, Even When No One's Hiring is a must-have. No matter where you are on your professional journey, this book will show you step by step how to reinvent, reignite, and reestablish your career."
Beverly Kaye, CEO and Founder, Career Systems International, and author of Up Is Not The Only Way

About the Author

Ford R. Myers has worked at America's largest career consulting companies and is President of Career Potential, LLC, a career consulting and executive coaching firm. He is frequently featured on TV, radio, and in print as a career expert. For more information, visit www.careerpotential.com.

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Since 1992, I have been providing professional services in career consulting and executive coaching. After counseling thousands of individuals on their careers, I drew from my diverse experience to create Career Potential, LLC - a powerful new approach to career management.

My firm works with executives and professionals, helping them to take charge of their careers, create the work they love, and earn what they deserve! Career Potential also helps leading companies attract, develop and retain premium talent.

I have served on the staffs of three prominent career management firms - Right Management Consultants, Manchester, and Lee Hecht Harrison - where I was Vice President, Director of Professional Services. In recognition of outstanding business contributions, both Right Management Consultants and Lee Hecht Harrison honored me with professional service awards - including the prestigious "President's Award."

I am author of two books: The Ultimate Career Guide and Get The Job You Want, Even When No One's Hiring (published by John Wiley & Sons). My articles and interviews have been featured in such publications as Inc. Magazine, Fortune Magazine, Money Magazine, US News & World Report, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Crain's Investment News, The Washington Post, The Miami Herald, The Baltimore Sun, The Dallas Morning News, ExecuNet's CareerSmart Advisor, and The Seattle Times. In addition, Career Potential publishes a monthly e-newsletter entitled "Your Career Advocate."

I have conducted presentations at many organizations, including Society for Human Resource Management, International Society for Performance Improvement, American Society for Training and Development, Princeton University, Harvard University Alumni Association, Greater Philadelphia Senior Executive Group, Temple University, Career Management Alliance, Institute of Management Accountants, Eastern Pennsylvania Healthcare Executives Network, Association of Career Professionals International, and Association for Psychological Type International. I have also appeared as a career management expert on numerous television and radio programs, such as NBC-TV, CBS-TV, Fox-TV, Comcast-TV, CBS Radio Network, Clear Channel Radio Network, Infinity Radio Network, and Bonneville Radio Network.

My education includes a Bachelor's Degree in Communications, and a Master's Degree in Human Resource Development. I have studied extensively with The Coaches' Training Institute and National Training Laboratories. I am also a certified consultant for Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Strong Interest Inventory, Leadership Effectiveness Analysis, Personal Directions and other career assessments.

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Easy to read with great tips!
Kristen L. Fischer
This book helped me gain a new understanding of the relationship between a person's job and a person's career.
C. C. Smith
This is the book to read and absorb if you want an "edge" on the competition in today's job market.
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232 of 241 people found the following review helpful By KV Trout on August 12, 2009
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First of all, these "find a job" books seem to be plagued by reviewers who are friends of the authors and write glowing reviews for them... Hover your cursor over the reviewer's names and see how many of them just wrote ONE review in their entire history of reviews: the one for THIS book. Coincidence? Forgive me if I'm cynical but I've seen this with a lot of these books, now and I can't help but wonder how legitimate they are.

Okay, as to reviewing this book:

I was very hopeful it would help me. And it does have some concrete info about cover letters and resumes that is probably good, but much of it is the same ole same ole info you will read in most of these "job search" books. While the info may be good, it is nothing you haven't heard before if you've done much investigation at all, and so it is sort of a waste of money to find info that you can find all over the internet and in any other book. No?

Here's the bottom line info this book imparts:
1) Ra ra ra! Sis boom bah! You CAN find a job!
That is to say, the author tries to get you out of your depression and pessimism and get you to feeling that you can find a job (even though in reality maybe you really can't).
2) Network, network, network. Networking is the answer.
What if you don't KNOW anyone who is in the kind of job you want? What if your friends are all in completely different fields? What if not one friend has EVER helped you find a job, ever? What if you're not an outgoing person and really hate "networking"? Well, then you're screwed and this book won't help you.
3) Job ads won't help you. Internet job searches won't help you. You've got to network, network, network. (See #2, above.)
4) Target a company you want to work for and go after jobs there.
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50 of 58 people found the following review helpful By CC on June 26, 2009
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I am giving "Get The Job You Want, Even When No One's Hiring" an excellent rating for several reasons. You get a lot of bang for your buck. This comprehensive resource covers all aspects of the job search, and is a workbook too with exercises to help you gain clarity on what you have to offer and what you want. Also many sample documents, such as resumes, cover letters, job tracking forms, etc., are included - all of which can also be accessed online via the author's website. Mr. Myers states that the job search is an "inside job" and an "outside job," and he provides strategies for the reader to be successful in both realms of career management. Mr. Myers introduces concepts that most people don't consider when selling themselves on the job search - such as providing an employer with a "Testimonial Page," and submitting a "Perfect Match Letter." The author also explains exactly how to avoid revealing your salary requirements, and how to have more bargaining power when negotiating an offer. As I read this book, I felt like I had a seasoned career coach by my side, guiding me through each step of the job search process. In short, "Get The Job You Want, Even When No One's Hiring" is a unique, powerful resource - especially now when the job market is so challenging!
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Margie Cherry on June 26, 2009
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Wow! I can't remember ever reading a job search book this empowering before! With chapters like "Every Company is Hiring All the Time, Even in a Down Economy", and "Don't Be Afraid to Negotiate in a Down Market- Be Afraid Not To", I feel like I've been let in on an insider's secret. The whole attitude of this book is that more of the power lies with the job seeker than we've been led to believe in this so-called "buyer's market." The chapter on salary negotiation alone is worth the price of the book! As a career and life coach, you'd better believe that I'll be recommending this book as a step-by-step, confidence-boosting power tool for my clients to use!

Margie Cherry
Career and Life Design Coach
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Gary D Zenker on July 7, 2009
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Ford Myers' just-released book, "Get The Job You Want, Even When No One's Hiring," is the perfect Survival Toolkit for people who want to manage their career, as opposed to having their career manage them! The text is easy to read, but don't let that fool you into thinking that it's light on content. This book is like a lifetime career handbook, with a lot of important self-evaluation tools, job search strategies and online resources.

If you're like me, you'll read it through the first time, not wanting to stop to do the exercises because they'll slow you down. The entire time I was reading, I felt like the author was talking directly to me. These have been my experiences and my frustrations. Reading this book will probably feel the same for you, too.

After I completed my first reading, I realized that this isn't a "read it and put it on the shelf" kind of book. I went back and did the exercises, and they proved to be very helpful. I actually feel excited about setting myself on the correct career path! Suddenly, it feels less overwhelming and less lonely to do what I need to do. And with "Get The Job You Want, Even When No One's Hiring," I have expert help to guide me through the process.
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 26, 2009
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There is nothing I dislike more than reading a self-help book that turns out to be filled with re-warmed platitudes and stale ideas. That is definitely not the case with "Get the Job You Want, Even When No One's Hiring". Ford R. Myers gets straight to real time solutions, with a step by step approach that gets the job done. Finding yourself unemployed is not a pleasurable circumstance in the best economic times. In today's environment it can be downright terrifying.

From new graduates to those displaced later in their careers, this book is the best tool in your job search arsenal. So buy it, read it, do the exercises, regain your confidence and get out there, armed with a realistic strategic plan to do what needs to be done to "Get the Job You Want When No One's Hiring".
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