How To Find A Job: When There Are No Jobs (Book 1) A Necessary Job Search and Career Planning Guide for Today's Job Market (Career Development) Kindle Edition
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Note on the reviewer: I obtained Paul Rega's book free as a promotional download on a social networking site. The offer showed up a week or so after my husband had to leave his job, but the cancer diagnosis that followed caused many months to pass before we actually read the book. While I am a writer and an editor, I do not "trade" reviews, and I do not review books that I have not read. My opinions--good or bad--are my own.
Right from the start, he establishes a tone of solidarity with you, by describing his personal career journey starting at the moment he was called into his boss's office, to face the shock of being laid off. Been there, done that, now look: here's how! Paul Rega presents a rational, methodical approach, offering a series of worksheets. First, a step-by-step intuitive personal assessment of your strengths and weaknesses, skills and talents, interests and values, career aspirations and goals. Next he highlights the role of education as the key to success, offers guidance as to building a network of personal and professional contacts, and shows you ways to target your job search.
I find this notion quite empowering: "As you begin your job search you must begin to realize and accept the fact that you will become a salesperson selling your most precious asset, yourself." with this notion in mind, you can begin sharpening your tools, readying yourself for a job market that is unpredictable. You can improve upon building a resume, writing cover and followup letters. You can practice your interview skills, negotiate salary and benefits. Above all, as the author says, never give up on yourself.
Why not take advice or try the 12 steps from a man who has walked the walk...
As one of Paul's mentor (basically) once told him...in order for that dream to become real, one must realize that dream, accept that dream and have faith in it...and as my girlfriends call it...owning it :-)