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I Got My Dream Job and So Can You: 7 Steps to Creating Your Ideal Career After College Paperback – March 1, 2012
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An "energetic and informative volume aimed at the recent college graduate.... it is clear Leibman's forward thinking and clear sightedness have taken him far, and will no doubt inspire and equip readers to do the same." - Publishers Weekly
"This is a good guide to rejuvenate your job search and help you recapture the excitement of a new careerist." - Amy Lindgren, Working Strategies, nationally syndicated column
Recent graduates looking to enter the workforce face a discouraging job market and stiff competition for even the most entry-level positions. Yet with the right attitude and strategies, they can break into any organization in any industry and start climbing the ladder to success.
When he was only 21 years old, Pete Leibman landed his “dream job,” working in the front office of the NBA’s Washington Wizards. He went on to be their #1 salesperson for three straight seasons and was promoted to management in under two years.
In I Got My Dream Job and So Can You, Leibman shares his proven and simple system for career success. He shows readers how to:
• Think big and identify what they want from their career
• Network their way past corporate gatekeepers
• Impress highly influential people in any field
• Land interviews for “hidden” jobs
• Sell themselves on paper, online, and in person
• Get hired faster and with less effort than they thought possible
Career hopefuls will also find inspiring stories of other young professionals, creative strategies for leveraging social media in the job-search process, and the 5 secrets that will skyrocket their earning potential once they are hired. In short, all the information they need to land the job of their dreams—in any economy.
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Top Customer Reviews
This book is in some sense a memoir of the job-search lessons Leibman learned through his own experiences. Like many in the self-help genre, this book includes dozens of anecdotes that can be summarized as, "I'm incredibly successful because of this technique, and you can be too." Leibman does a good job, however, of fitting his own personal anecdotes into larger points, and he does not simply beat the reader over the head with his successes.
Leibman ends his chapters with brief success stories from other people. The success stories are largely fluff pieces, devoid of substantive tips, but they reinforce each chapter's ideas (which are far more meaty and more helpful). Those stories were the only pages I found myself bypassing.
My largest takeaways from the book were these: Networking is essential, due in large part to how few people are hired based solely on their resume; an online presence is important to job seekers in all fields; and setting your career goals is a necessary foundation for the job search. For the first, Leibman's background in marketing and sales truly shines. He offers several dozen helpful tips to those who fear they'll never succeed at networking, and he provides step-by-step tips for how to network by building relationships rather than treating people as means to your end.
Leibman's youth shines in his sections on digital presence. He offers suggestions on building a winning LinkedIn profile as well as Tweeting with a purpose.Read more ›
If it's your first time reading this type of book or you just want some more motivation, it is as good as any other book out there. Otherwise do what you already know and don't wast more time reading and just start doing.
Disclosure: I was given a free digital copy of this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are mine unless otherwise indicated.
Leibman offers examples of real-life success stories, and details a step-by-step proven process for defining and landing your own dream job. His well-designed and organized book explains not just the basics but also the detailed how-to on using social media to brand yourself as a high-value job seeker and connect with influential people who are in a position to hire you.
Why settle for a position with a job description that almost matches your skills and interests? Create your own job description! This book explains precisely how you can do that, and then offers guidance on identifying your target market and developing your individual marketing assets to actually pull it off.
"Lack of focus is a main reason why most people take months to get hired and why most people end up in jobs they don't like," writes Leibman. He then details the six key points that you must focus on to write your ideal job description: your ideal location, schedule, environment, function, employer size, and salary. Focus on your ideals and build your job description from that, and you've begun the process of landing your own dream job.
Leibman spells out specific job search strategies, including networking techniques both face-to-face and online, and he explains what networking is NOT and how to do it right. Do you know the differences between warm networking and cool networking? You need to know.
Leibman also explains how to not blow an interview - and he shares his tips for acing one.Read more ›
There is much in the book for someone at my career stage to take away. As I transition from one long term profession to one which I feel will be a "dream", the steps in the book are very helpful. What is amazing is the obvious logic of the content. Again, perhaps that is my experience, but regardless I am learning much from it. If I could put this book in every college freshman's hands I would. Not only does the book provide specific instructions on how to land their "dream job" it will inspire many who might otherwise settle for the first job that came along.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book worked for me! I used the script and followed all of his instructions and landed a job with my dream company in months! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lee
Great book. I used it to figure out what people mean by the word networking. Networking is so much more fun now. I am excited to get out there and work hard at my dream job.Published 8 months ago by kristen's books
I would recommend this book to any recent college graduate, who does not know where to start in his/her career. Read morePublished on March 1, 2014 by Amber
This is an excellent, well written book with a lot of great job search advice. However Pete makes finding your dream job seem like the easiest thing in the world. Read morePublished on April 21, 2013 by Lynn Schmitt
Great book, written concisely yet with useful anecdotes, by a young, casual, honest guy. Thanks for writing this Pete, I'm going to get my dream job!Published on January 19, 2013 by Virginie
Recruitment consultant Peter Leibman shows students and young professionals how to find a personally fulfilling job, even if they have little or no work experience. Read morePublished on August 13, 2012 by Rolf Dobelli
I was looking for a job search guide in one place, and I found it here. I sought a single source that walks me systematically through the dream-identification phase to my first... Read morePublished on May 6, 2012 by Laura