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Always Be Job Hunting: Lessons you can learn from someone who has landed 18 jobs in 36 years…and never stops looking. Paperback – June 18, 2012
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About the Author
John N. Frank has more than 35 years experience as a professional journalist. He's served as editor of National Provisioner magazine, covering the meat, poultry and seafood sectors; as editor of Beverage Industry magazine; as Midwest Bureau Chief for PRWeek magazine, writing about food and beverage company marketing and public relations campaigns; and as editorial director of Marketing News, PLBuyer magazine and Perishables Buyer magazine. Earlier in his career, he wrote about the food and farming sectors for Business Week. He holds a masters degree from Northwestern University, a bachelors degree from Marquette University and attended Xavier High School in New York City, one of the oldest Catholic prep schools in the country. Born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., he now lives in Evanston, Ill. In his spare time, he blogs about food, diet and exercise on guysandgoodhealth.com, and about job hunting and career issues on alwaysbejobhunting.com. Join him there to discuss your job searches and your career questions and experiences.
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I read Always Be Job Hunting in one long sitting. It's written in easily digestible chapters and each concludes wtih a concise lesson on what readers/job hunters can take away from the author's experiences.
I think Always Be Job Hunting shows that some job/career issues are timeless; some of the author's experiences from 30 years ago can easily happen today in some form. And while it is written by a newsman on his time in the media industry, the lessons are applicable well beyond that industry.
Here's what I took away from Always Be Job Hunting:
Don't trust any business entity, no matter how good it seems, to be your security. Things change fast, so be ready.
Don't stay on a sinking ship.
Wait five minutes before replying to e-mails that make you mad.
I'd recommend this book to college students and recent grads for the lessons it can teach them about how to find and land the jobs they want and how to maneuver in the professional world. Read this, and they may not have to learn the book's lessons the hard way.
There's no shortage of career advice books on the market, and I can't say that every nugget of advice is something you never heard before, but there are some useful insights. For instance, start looking for a job when your company is being sold or even on the market. New owners often want to bring in their own people even if they profess that they want to keep you. In one situation, the new owners wanted him and his staff to stay so as long they took 25% salary cuts.
"Changing specialties is challenging but can help you later in your career" is one of several key takeaways from the book that I know from personal experience can help one remain employed in one of the toughest job markets since the Great Depression. John's self-reflective approach to teaching and story telling also makes much of his narrative seem very relevant, both personally and professionally.
While John's advice is pertinent to virtually anyone in the job market-- particularly those of us who are analysts or journalists-- what I personally found most interesting was his personal story. His somewhat avuncular approach and willingness to share his feelings as well as insights is refreshing and makes for a tale that is both educational and fun to read.
The advice is straightforward and well-told. The title sums it up pretty well - keep the resume updated, expand your knowledge of new technology, network, be willing and able to take on assignments, and welcome change. It's not rocket science but it's important for new grads to understand this, and for us old gleeps, it doesn't hurt to be reminded.
Frank also offers background on his career that should be read during this presidential campaign year. Frank is in the midst of it as service industries like journalism go through the same wrenching change that manufacturing excperienced not so long ago. Like many workers, Frank manages to keep his head up despite a slew of mediocre business owners, some overwhelmed, some just taking the money and going for a run.
A valuable mix of advice and memoir.