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Job Hunting for Dummies, 2nd Edition Paperback – August 15, 1999
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Max Messmer is eminently qualified to instruct on all things job-related. He's chairman and CEO of Robert Half International Inc., the world's largest specialized staffing firm, and he's penned numerous articles, columns, and books (such as The Fast Forward MBA in Hiring and Staffing Europe), so Messmer knows a thing or two about how to apply for a job effectively, and he has a few words to say on how not to blow it, too.
He knows, for instance, how overwhelming and intimidating the job hunt can be, and how useful it is to break the monster down into prioritized, bite-sized tasks. There are detailed chapters on organizing, setting targets, and scoping out the field, plus essential chapters on writing a résumé and cover letter that present you in the best light, pursuing job leads, and performing well in the interview spotlight.
Messmer's experience in the field makes his advice reliable. You know that when he suggests how to research a company before the interview so you are somewhat knowledgeable about what they do, and when he warns against pink résumés and sarcastic cover letters, he's offering the collective opinion of hundreds of staffing professionals. It's advice worth reading, no matter how qualified you already are to do the job once you get it. The only misleading aspect of Job Hunting for Dummies is the title, because no dummy would do something so smart as to increase his or her application advantage by reading Max Messmer's book. --Stephanie Gold
From the Back Cover
"Comprehensive and easy to understand, this street-smart reference is a must read!"
—Tony Lee, Editor-in-Chief, careers.wsj.com
Praise For Job Hunting For Dummies
"Max Messmer's cutting-edge job hunting guide taps the expertise of his company, which places thousands of job seekers every year."
—George T. Shaheen, President/CEO, Webvan
"Max talks today, not yesterday. His advice can make the difference in putting you on top."
—Joyce Lain Kennedy, syndicated career columnist
Packed with job search tips and tactics
Finding and landing a good job is not always easy. You may find yourself in a knock-down, drag-out battle with other qualified candidates. How do you give yourself an edge? Job Hunting For Dummies shows you step-by-step how to set yourself apart from the competition — and get the job you really want.
Discover how to:
- Determine what you want in a career
- Create standout cover letters
- Prepare resumes that get attention
- Research and find jobs on the Internet
- Make a great impression in an interview
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Top Customer Reviews
I went on a few interviews but had been nervous about certain questions such as; do I tell them how much I was making at my last job? Do I write a "thank you for interviewing" me letter after the interview? etc, etc...
This book covers all the topics that you are nervous about. Examples; what to say in a cover letter, interviewing, salary negotiations + much more. Included are some useful sample resumés and cover letters in different formats.
After reading this book, I feel much more confident that I'm handling my job hunting in a more professional manner. I would recommend this book for anyone who is looking for a job, or even if you have a job but hate your boss and want another one.
In general, I like the For Dummies clear and concise and easy to read format. While there are some For Dummies books that have very little substance, this is not one of them.
I could not stop laughing as the book urged me to get a 28.8 modem and sign on to AOL. Make sure you fax your thank you letter in. Scant attention to searching online for jobs. Constant urging to buy more related "...for Dummies" books. Suggestions to buy job periodicals for hundreds of dollars. Oh, and did I mention it NEVER ONCE suggested a free resource that we all used call "Craigslist"?
I found the publisher and author extremely lazy and Amazon dishonest in not giving the unemployed job-seeker a 2011-era book. That said....
There is some good stuff in here despite the author constantly self-promoting studies that his company authorized. BTW, if the author is reading this, how about ditching the "hysterical" lists of dumb things that people do or say on resumes or in interviews. It's boring, not funny and you're just padding the pages. BTW, Amazon how about adding real page #s on this book?
There is good advice and tips for the minutiae of tailoring your resume and cover letter and how to dress and talk on your interview. This book is mainly geared to young people right out of college and needing some coaching as to the many things you need to do to adapt to the new realities of the job market. It also has many tips for those deep in the workforce how to adjust to re-market yourself in a competitive marketplace.
You might want to borrow this from a library but if you like the immediate gratification of a Kindle download I would say get it. But get ready to roll your eyes about this pre-broadband, pre-high speed wifi world the author lives in.....
Most Recent Customer Reviews
these books are always helpful but I got too sick to be able to use it.
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Job Hunting For Dummies, 2nd. Edition, I like this book. I enjoy reading and learning different things to do to land a job. I'm working on it........Published on December 12, 2013 by amr
This is a good for basic information. We gave this to our son and we will see if it actually works for him!Published on January 21, 2013 by David Russo
I was told I needed to purchase this for my internship at college. I was not thrilled about it. I have to admit it has been very helpful not only to complete my assignments but... Read morePublished on February 10, 2011 by College
Did not realize when I ordered that this was the tiny version. Not the big book version. No information on this in listing..... Read morePublished on February 11, 2010 by Jane E. Newton