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Get the Job: Optimize Your Resume for the Online Job Search Paperback – May 22, 2013
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About the Author
Pamela Paterson, author of the book Get the Job: Optimize Your Resume for the Online Job Search, gained an insider’s edge into how online job systems work when she was part of a team that implemented an applicant tracking system for a national company. She has taught about the art and science of creating effective resumes for over 15 years at workshops, colleges, and conferences. Pamela works to help individuals boost their career trajectory and reach their full professional potential. In live presentations and in her book, she lays out a strategic, step-by-step approach to beating online job systems and building laser-sharp resumes that hits home with online hiring professionals. She claims a 90% success rate in helping her clients find jobs through her unique, scientific approach to resume writing. Pamela is a long-time mentor and supporter of people who strive for positive change in their lives. As a resume coach, she has helped hundreds of people with their job search. In addition, Pamela is founder of the Pamela Jean Paterson bursary, a fund that assists students who have overcome life challenges to pursue their education. She has been the recipient of several awards for her work, including several writing awards. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Carleton University and a master’s degree in science from the University of Maryland. Pamela is one of a select number of Canadians inducted into the same honor society as Jimmy Carter, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Linus C. Pauling. Pamela is a member of the Canadian Association of Career Educators and Employers (CACEE). When she is not admiring great resumes, Pamela spends her time as a consultant, mentor, and speaker. Pamela works globally, but spends most of her time in Toronto. She may be contacted at email@example.com.
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1) The book is terribly organized and somewhat mimics a blog-style. The topics at different levels are in similar font sizes and are not numbered. Occasionally a comic/cartoon gets in the way of the reader to follow the thoughts of the author logically. The font is very small and there is not enough space in between the lines (which, by itself, it against a suggestion from the author). Cross-reference is abundant, although it is not a sizable work.
2) It is poorly written. Each section is of a "bite size", but some suggestions are already considered common senses by the job hunters in general. So those parts of the book are very verbose. The author might be thinking about extending them to the "right size". Advice like "use a chronological format", "Do not use 'I'" and "grab your audience and keep them" takes too much space in the book. Thanks, WE KNEW. On the other hand, attempts are made to make somewhat fancy but ambiguous statements, such as "you are interviewed if you are not rejected" and "your resume is not about you". Such sections are not strongly supported by real arguments or numbers. Rather, the author illustrated her points with single case stories that could have been made up.
3) It is impractical. Personally I rate a book based on number of action items I can think of as I read. I got nothing from reading the whole book. The suggestions, such as "think creatively" and "choose strong word", are way too generalized to be of any good use.
4) The author does not know the topic of hiring and job hunting well enough to write a book. Often the readers would hope that the author of a book on such a topic would have experience in several major companies that are REALLY HIRING for several years. Instead, with a BS degree in journalism and MS in an unknown major, the author spent another several years helping other to succeed, which may not be much more than resume editing and college career service.
Overall, if you have never looked around for a job before, nor have you read any books on how to do it, this book may help a bit if you have the extra money to spend. For experienced readers, The Career Guide Book for Engineers is a much better source.
Written in a logical, easy to read manner with lots of handy tips and real life stories, Pam's passion for helping people in their job search comes through in the book. Yet what makes this book truly different from other job search guides is that the advice and techniques presented in Get the Job really work!
Though the book is aimed primarily at IT professionals the tips that are spread generously throughout can be utilized by practically anyone in search of a job in today's marketplace, since many of the challenges addressed in this book are faced by job-seekers everywhere. For example it describes how online job screening systems rank resume applications in terms of their content, and from there goes on to suggest ways in which the applicant can adjust their resumes - most notably in both content and design -to maximize their ranking on these systems.
It is simple but practical suggestions like this - summarized in the `Tip' and `Doing It Yourself' sections that distinguish this book from other resume books currently on the market. Recommended.