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"Are you looking for work? Meet your two new best friends: Miriam and Laura. Passing over vague, useless advice, these two zero in on the specifics of how to make the right connections and what to say once you do. If you want to have a successful job search, begin with this book."
-- Anita Bruzzese, USA Today columnist and author of 45 Things You Do That Drive Your Boss Crazy

"It's all about how you communicate when it comes to landing your dream job, and if you've got even the slightest trouble in this area get 100 Conversations for Career Success. From cold calling to leaving voice mail messages to nailing phone interviews, Laura Labovich and Miriam Salpeter have figured it out and offer their smart insights and advice. This book will seriously help you diminish those sweaty palm moments during your job hunt."
--Eve Tahmincioglu, career writer for Today.com and MSNBC.com, and CareerDiva.net blogger

"In today's world of multiple communication methods and ever-changing digital etiquette, 100 Conversations for Career Success is a fantastic resource. I recommend it to any job seeker seeking expert tips, detailed scripts, and honest advice."
--Lindsey Pollak, author, Getting from College to Career: Your Essential Guide to Succeeding in the Real World, lindseypollak.com

"100 Conversations for Career Success is a must-have for any job seeker. In the book, Miriam and Laura walk you through the most challenging part of the job search process--starting conversations with people you know (and don't know) who can help you find a job. I was particularly impressed with the level of detail they provide in scripts you can use to effectively communicate your message. Don't wait until you need this book to start reading it!"
--Sharlyn Lauby, SPHR, CPLP - president of ITM Group, Inc. and author of the blog HR Bartender

"With 100 Conversations, Miriam and Laura have given job seekers what they've never had before--the ultimate resource for reaching out to contacts and potential new connections. With detailed examples and scripts, this invaluable guide will help jumpstart a new job search or revitalize an ongoing one. I highly recommend it."
--Liz Lynch, author, Smart Networking: Attract a Following In Person & Online

"There's no single path to securing a job anymore. This book will help you learn how to present yourself better to employers so that you can get your dream job instead of settling."
--Dan Schawbel, Managing Partner, Millennial Branding and Author of the international bestseller, Me 2.0

"While you've been networking since the first day you asked a new classmate for a toy in pre-K, knowing what to say and how to say it can get complicated--especially when you're exploring opportunities and trying to sell yourself for a new job at the same time. This quick start 'where you need it' guide, provides you with strategies and openers that will enable to you to go from tongue-tied to a master of effortless conversations--from cold calls and LinkedIn introductions to how to gently say no and recommend someone else when you're not the right person for the job. Read it. Study up. And go out and land your dream job."
--Chandlee Bryan, Co-Author, The Twitter Job Search Guide and Career Coach at BestFitForward.com

"Far too many job-seekers are flummoxed by the questions, 'But what do I say?' and 'How do I say it?' when it comes to the conversations they need to be having to propel their job searches. They are often stymied to the point of stalling or derailing their searches. Now, here comes 100 Conversations for Career Success: Learn to Tweet, Cold Call, and Network Your Way to a Dream Job as their salvation. Job-hunters no longer need fumble for words as they learn to communicate effectively in situations ranging from networking, cold-calling, informational interviewing, and through social media. This book will rescue many a job search."
--Katharine Hansen, associate publisher/creative director, Quintessential Careers, quintcareers.com

"This engaging, practical book gives job seekers exactly the tips they need to handle every challenging job search situation--and there are many! From the crucial 20-second pitch to politely leveraging your network for job referrals, from cold calling to mentoring others, this book has it all, in a very accessible format. Highly recommended.
--Heather Krasna, author, Jobs That Matter: Find a Stable, Fulfilling Career in Public Service and Director of Personal & Professional Development, Gabelli School, Fordham University

"What great advice! Laura and Miriam have given us a gift. Even the most inept networker, job seeker, and career novice will come out looking and acting like a pro if they follow even 10% of the suggestions in the book. I will be recommending this book to all my Career Development Facilitator certification students, and will pay close attention to these tips to move my own career forward."
--Janet E. Wall, EdD, CDFI, MCDP, President and Founder, Sage Solutions, and CEUonestop.com
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Learningexpress, LLC (September 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576859053
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576859056
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #632,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This savvy primer on job search skills provides clear, sensible advice and practical models. As a university English lecturer who helps international students develop a professional portfolio for their job search, I have often recommended this fine thin book. Unlike some other well-known titles in career development that focus on self-reflection and finding an ideal job, this how-to title provides practical guidance in writing emails, building LinkIn profiles, networking conversations, and conducting informational interviews. Based on the very positive student feedback so far, I have also decided to add this book to a new English course devoted to helping international graduate students find internships, OPT visas, and first jobs in the United States. While confident, experienced professionals (and native English speakers) may find little new in 100 Conversations for Career Success, I strongly recommend this practical book for recent graduates, shy job seekers, and international students looking for savvy advice in a very competitive job market. Filled with sensible job search suggestions, this primer seems almost ideal for Business English classes and career coaches looking to share cultural, workplace information.
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It's great to have smart, succinct resources like this gem from Miriam Salpeter and Laura Labovich. I borrowed it from the library, and I'm afraid it will just be renewed time after time. For an older job hunter like myself, the material on making Twitter and Linked In work is especially on point.

This is a book you can keep going back to for quick references, depending on where you are in your process. I especially like that there are two tables of contents - the traditional chapter version, and then a "scripts by chapter" that helps you find what you're looking for fast.
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This book is now part of my go-to collection of books I recommend to clients. The majority of clients thirst for this specific information, and, until now, I've been laboriously penning short scripts for them. I can't thank Laura and Miriam enough for writing this book for not only others, but myself, as well. I marked my copy up, and even bought another copy so I can promote it.
Thanks a million!
Karen J. Reiff, Career Counselor and Coach
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This valuable new resource for job searchers breathes fresh life into the tried and true strategies of networking, cold calling, and informational interviews with real world guidance for what to say in almost every situation a job searcher might encounter in today's job market. And that's just the beginning - the latest strategies for bringing social media tools to the job search are a revelation. Again, Laura and Miriam do not disappoint - they provide detailed descriptions of everything you need to know about LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ for maximum impact.

Dana Inerfeld, Catalyst Career Strategies
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100 Conversations for Career Success by Laura Labovich and Miriam Salpeter offers practical advice for any job search scenario. This innovative book takes a unique approach by sharing detailed scripts on what to say and write when communicating with others to land a job. In addition, they provide great tips and strategies on career management, networking, informational interviews and social media throughout the entire book.
Being in a job search campaign can be intimidating and confusing. Many job seekers are not sure what to say when networking or what to write when using social media. It doesn’t have to be that way. Laura and Miriam make things easier for you by providing meticulous instructions on handling every major aspect of job search. If you read this book and follow the advice, you will be on your way to landing your dream job.
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This is one of those rare books where everything you could possibly need to know is crammed into just the right length so you can read it quickly but get the maximum amount of information. The authors have a life-time of content here in a format that's clear, concise and visually appealing, covering both traditional and modern methods for getting yourself in front of the right employees.

As someone who has been both an employee and an employer, I connected with many of the subtle points from both sides (I can attest that most potential applicants screw up horribly in their presentation to employers and would be well served by reading this book first). In a subject area where they are many books, this stands head and shoulders above most others and I'd strongly recommend it to anyone looking to improve their employment prospects.
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As a career coach, I am always searching for practical resources for my clients. This book is unique in providing specific scripts for a wide range of career transition situations, from traditional networking to using social media to cold calling employers. My clients are finding value from this book in being able to frame specific language for each of these situations. The authors also do a great job with what is still fairly unfamiliar to many job seekers at this time - how to not only use, but effectively use social media in a job search. It enables me to have effective conversations about not only what to do, but what NOT to do in that arena. Taking the job search experience beyond the theoretical, this book provides a valuable jump start for any job seeker.
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