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1.0 out of 5 stars Can I give this book ZERO stars?, August 12, 2009
This review is from: 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)
I'm rating this book low for pretending to be something special, something specific to this job market, when it really is not. It is really "just another job search book" that the author probably had about ready to go and then when the current Depression came along he changed a few words, changed the title, and suddenly had a marketable book on his hands... without really giving us anything new, just a spiffy new package.

As the other reviewer said, the main thrust here is Network, Network, Network!
Who doesn't know that already? If you don't know it I hope you read it here in my review, then you can avoid buying this book because 80% of the book, or so it seems, is the author telling you how you must network.

The problem with networking is, some of us just don't know that many people or everyone we know says their company just laid off a bunch of people... These are tough times. So yeah, go ahead and network all you can, but it's no better than looking for jobs on the net, if no one is hiring. In fact, I would make the argument that if you live in a small town, are not an upper management type or professional, networking in your small town will likely NOT land you a job. In that case, you should use the net and newspapers, cold call, etc. in the big city an hour away to get a job. Networking is not going to help you much in that case, and any way, people in small towns just call it "asking friends". Everyone knows who's hiring and who isn't and if no one is hiring, your friends can't help you.

Now if you're a highly respected such-and-such with contacts all over the country and a great reputation, live in a big city or are willing to move, then you may well get a job by networking. But then, you won't be looking at books like this... If you're a warehouse worker like my friend, or some other non-professional worker, and you live in a small town where every company is laying people off, networking probably isn't going to get you very far.

I wish the author had spent more time on Resume's and cover letters. I'm not sure WHAT he should have done, all I know is THIS book didn't help ME much, and in fact it just depressed me because it made me feel like if I don't know 100 people to "network" with, I'm screwed. It really doesn't help the "lower and middle class" people much at all, it's more for upper class management and professional types.

To me this book just is not honest nor realistic for the majority of workers.

And it should be honest and say so on the cover.
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Initial post: Dec 24, 2009 8:22:04 PM PST
Thank you for the honest review. Reading the rest of the reviews I was wondering how many people were NOT recent grads and could offer feedback on the book as compared to something else they used before and failed to work for them. I would also like to know how many people found jobs as result of reading the book... I guess it's too much to ask from the typical reviewer... :(

Posted on May 29, 2012 9:44:14 AM PDT
Tamara says:
Networking is not asking only the small amount of people you know. It is about getting a referral too. When your car breaks down - rather than consult the phone book or the Internet - you would feel more comfortable with a referral from a neighbor or friend first. Employers are no different. They will hire a stranger if someone they knew could refer them. How many people do you know at church who could pass on a good word about you and tell what kind of work you are looking for? No one gets hired based on the fact that they need a job and they are unemployed. What do you do? What can you do for a company? Let people know so they can refer you. Do you have a calling card with your skills listed on it? Why don't we include the checker in the grocery store, the dry cleaning person, the receptionist at the doctor's office in our network? Acquaintances can be a network too - especially if you have something to offer an employer. Don't ask for a job, offer something of value: your skills, your expertise, your work ethic, the way you can save them time and money by doing a great job etc. 80% of jobs are gotten through networking. Your previous employer always hired from within first and then hired referrals from employees second. How is anyone going to know that you are looking for a job in a certain area if you don't let them know? Many job openings are available long before they ever go public. Remember that www stands for world wide web. WORLD WIDE. The hidden job market is much smaller than the whole world. :-)

In reply to an earlier post on May 3, 2013 2:43:39 PM PDT
Yoli -- if you are reading these comments, I have a book on this topic coming out in a few months, and am very interested in your input. Can you e-mail me for an offline-discussion? danielmcq@juno.com.

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