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1,001 Phrases You Need to Get a Job: The 'Hire Me' Words that Set Your Cover Letter, Resume, and Job Interview Apart Kindle Edition
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The bulk of the book lists general occupations and associated "resume buzzwords. Tell me, if you are applying for work in the "Transportation and Travel" field, do you really need to be directed to use words like "aircraft", "connecting flight", "major cities"? Does someone writing a resume for the Automotive field need to be pointed to words like "air filters", "engine parts" or "hoses"? These are really obvious choices - if your experience includes such work.
There are sections on "Speaking with Confidence", "Speaking with Passion" and "Speaking with Grace" that could be helpful with the interview questions if you run across an interviewer who asks straightforward business related questions, instead of the weird doublespeak questions many of them prefer. (You can do an internet search on " job interview questions" to see what's currently popular.)
To sum up, I think this book would be most helpful for someone who is just out of school and looking for a first job. Or, perhaps for someone who is changing careers and needs helps with the rock bottom basic terms in a different field. People in those circumstances might find a few useful terms or ideas here, but this is not for seasoned professionals looking for a new job in their chosen field.
For example, did you know that since companies are so overwhelmed with resumes, they often sort them through computer programs that screen out resumes or cover letters that don't have certain keywords? That's a tough thought to swallow. You might have all the qualifications and experience, but if you don't include certain words or phrases, your resume may never be seen. Keep in mind, this isn't true for all companies and all candidate screening processes.
However, even if your resume will be looked at by an actual human being, they are going to be looking for certain words, phrases, knowledge and information.
While some of this information may seem repetitive -- which is why I gave it only 4 stars -- I do feel it provides a comprehensive overview when looking for a job. The author covers the cover letter, resume, and interview process. There are tons of resources, as well as common questions along with answers. It it written in an organized way and it's helpful to have the keywords together as lists.
The author also distinguishes between how to apply to a job based on how you found the posting (if there was one at all). For example, there are specific tips for applying for jobs posted on job boards, sending a resume to a company you'd like to work for that does not have an opening posted, or sending letters to friends and acquaintances asking for information about certain positions or suggestions of people to contact for information about a particular job or even just the field itself.
Overall, I think the author packed a lot of information into one resource that is organized, helpful, and valuable.
It's definitely something I'll reach for when working on my resumes, cover letters, and when I go on interviews.
Each section is broken up by field. That means if you're searching for buzzwords related to, say, the healthcare industry, you don't have to trudge through a bunch of stuff that doesn't pertain to you.
Several sections ("Speaking..." this and "Speaking..." that) offer solid advice on how to interview, how to ask questions, how to speak confidently, and so on.
The format is sleek and easy to navigate.
Though a lot of this book is common sense, reinforcing common sense is never a bad thing.
Some of the buzzwords and phrases in this book are already outdated, or will be quickly.
Some of the suggested phrases and/or talking points sound antiquated; the book does not always differentiate well between what is appropriate in conversation and what is appropriate in text.
Overall, the book is best suited for those new to the job market, or who have been out of the job-seeking world for many years. If you've already been out there, this probably isn't going to teach you anything new.
RECOMMENDED for new job seekers. Veteran job seekers, look elsewhere for more in-depth advice.
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