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How to Get Any Job with Any Major: A New Look at Career Launch (How to Get Any Job: Career Launch & Re-Launch for) Paperback – June 1, 2004
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Mr Asher has many years experience counseling college students on career choice and career launch. "Most college students want a job when what they should really want is career development. What is career development? Career development is conducting a process of self-discovery and then matching what is discovered with the career marketplace." p 3 The book describes the process of selecting careers to research, how to research them, and then how to look for opportunities in those areaa.
What I particularly liked is that Mr Asher gives very detailed instructions on what to do, how to do it, and why to do it. For example, here is how to develop a list of companies to call, here is how to make contact and get interviews, and here is the number of interviews you need per week to get "traction" and land a job within 6 months.
While this book is specifically aimed at college grads it would be very useful for anyone looking for a new job.
I also highly recommend "The Play of Your Life: Your Program for Finding the Career of Your Dreams - And a Step-by-step Guide to Making It a Reality" by Colleen Sabatino. It is geared toward workers with experience who want to change jobs but the assessments are very useful for first-time job hunters. It has more specific advice on resumes and cover letters.
Another book I highly recommend is "They Don't Teach Corporate in College: A Twenty-Something's Guide to the Business World" by Alexandra Levit. The business world functions very differently from college and that can be a tough transition for students. Written by a 28-year-old who figured it out successfully, it's a great introduction for students entering the work world.
I'm a college junior who has been scouring the many rows of career-related books at her campus library for weeks now as part of my quest to figure out what the best career path for me would be. And after reading (or at least skimming) 30-ish books, this one has proved to be the most helpful and informative by far.
Asher's book will not only show how to better figure out what your values are so that you can choose a career to meet all of your "threshold needs," but also help you figure out how to conduct an effective job search once you've made your choice.
This book is the total package- if you're only going to buy one resource to help with your career choice/job hunt, make it this one! Trust me, it's way better than all of that "What Color is Your Parachute?" stuff.
The book is well organized, helpful, hopeful, and encouraging to the most die-hard fatalist (my mother) that at 45, she could not start a new career because she didn't think she had the skills.
It makes you look at all your personal assets, non-monetary materials and skills you have to offer, and how many people you really know that can help you get to where you want to go. The book gives clear and effective exercises for defining your passions, what you want out of life, and how to make different jobs work to fulfill your personal needs, even if it may not be in the original field you thought it would be.