- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Ten Speed Press; Revised edition (May 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1580088929
- ISBN-13: 978-1580088923
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #254,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Foot in the Door: Networking Your Way into the Hidden Job Market Paperback – May 1, 2008
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About the Author
KATHARINE HANSEN, PHD, has authored some of the most widely used job-hunting resources on the market, including DYNAMIC COVER LETTERS (100,000 copies sold). She is an instructor of business communication and the creative director for Quintessential Careers, which receives one million unique website visitors monthly and has been awarded a Forbes.com Best of the Web award. She lives in DeLand, Florida.
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Yes, it is a bit outdated- I wish there was a more current version... However, the premise is still the same and so is the advice. College students hate doing informational interviews, but afterwards they say it is the best thing they have ever done in college. Thank you Dr. Hansen for an awesome "how-to" guide for Informational Interviews. I recommend this book for any job seeker.
The first was for San Diego Alarm a job I loved, but only held a short while.
One the employer paid me with two checks that bounced.
Another I landed at a start up bought by Honeywell, I loved that job and worked there for six years.
My wife has used these techniques and done well.
My daughter used them as well, but never read the book. She has landed four jobs using these techniques.
The first parts of this book go into detail on networking. I believe the reader is craftily being guided down the prerequisite lane to Informational Interviewing. For when you put it all together you have the total package necessary to explore jobs, vocations and careers.
The major problem that I have here is the term networking. Although Ms. Hansen does a superb job of refuting the negative stereotypical associations with this word, I think too many people don't get the opportunity of her wisdom, they're not buying the book in the first place. If you're one of these people, dispel that notion right outta your noggin. I highly recommend that you do not let a preconceived notion rob you of invaluable career and job acquiring advice.
Very few jobs are obtained through the job websites such as Monster. Recently, a job in Las Vegas for a part-time museum greeter drew over 600 applications! By law, government and publically supported organizations must advertise, but that doesn't prevent them hiring from within, which they usually do.
Where do you find jobs? Through people you know. So, the more people you meet, the more people you know and the more people you know, the more people can know you. Like the old saying says, "It's not what you know, but who you know. "
Networking sounds rather mercenary, but actually it is just friends and acquaintances. I think Katharine Hansen has written the best book yet on how to network from scratch. How do you go about breaking the ice? What do you write? How do you find people who can help you? What do you say? How do you make yourself impressive and memorable to someone you've just met? With specific examples, A Foot in the Door: Networking Your Way Into the Hidden Job Market will show you how.
Thanks to her, I now spend more time out of the house being socially productive and less time at the lonely computer spinning my wheels.