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This review is from: Acing the Interview: How to Ask and Answer the Questions That Will Get You the Job (Paperback)
The author spends a great deal of time coaching job seekers to push VERY hard for a piece of a potential employer's time, even if the person in question is not currently seeking an employee. He claims that this has met with great success in all his many years as a head-hunter.
That may be true for certain fields, where being pushy to the point of obnoxiousness is viewed as a virtue (sales, for instance), but in the research/medical field this behavior is a fast ticket to a slammed door in your face. No surgeon, doctor, or lab director that I know would take kindly to these sorts of tactics, and to be sure, they would be counter-productive for the unfortunate job-seeker who used them.
I pitched the book in the trash, wrote brief and informational letters to potential employers, followed up with ONE polite phone call, and landed 2 jobs with in 6 weeks. Neither of my new employers was actively seeking a candidate, by the way.
Respect and politeness pays.