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Job Hunting For Dummies is a remarkably versatile book. It holds your hand through the arduous and terrifying process of job-seeking, and offers valuable insights relating to résumés, interviews, and networking, effectively playing the roles of mother, pal, spouse, and guidance counselor, without ever losing its temper or asking when you're finally going to land a job.

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

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"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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 377 pages
  • Publisher: IDG Books; 2 edition (August 15, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764551639
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764551635
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #905,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mediahound TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 10, 2003
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After several years of complete dedication to my career and to the company I was employed by, I experienced a layoff a few months back. Thus, I suddenly find myself back in the job market and felt ill-prepared to deal with it until I got this book.
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.
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This was my very 1st book that I got for my new Kindle so for $10 it was not a total waste. I loved the Kindle experience and found myself rocketing through this book. Unfortunately the publisher was disingenuous in saying that this was updated in 2011. It seems like it has no updates since it was initially published in 1999.

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.....
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A job market author, I give this book five stars for its breadth. As it promises, it covers all its bases, helping the reader to organize the job search, prepare for an interview, hone a resume, and achieve myriad other successes in the process of finding that dream position. Job Hunting for Dummies could offer more in the way of up-to-date technological information--more on online job sites, posting your resume on the Internet, the proper protocol for emailing a potential employer, etc.--but perhaps more detailed tips will be provided in a later edition. Overall, Messmer achieves what he sets out to do: he gives the reader a solid starting point.
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I love this book because it goes over job search related issues that other job search books don't. For example, it mentions what types of job ads not to respond to. I also really like the cartoons and funny resume related humorous mistakes that others have made. It makes this book easier to get through. I'm glad I bought this book.
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This is an updated version of the classic job hunting manual for those of us who need to read a book to do anything correctly. It has worked for me in the past and works for me now, as I am employed again after a long drought of nearly a year. The book contains tried and proven advice on writing resumes, finding work using the internet and other sources, and handling recruiters and interviews. It is written in an easy-to-digest direct style with little HR jargon or biz-speak. The updated part is its frankness in communicating the weakness of the post-2008 job market and the harsh and frustrating reality facing people looking for work under the "new Normal." I would recommend this book to anyone trying to find employment today, from those fresh out of school to those re-entering the market by choice or otherwise. There is a lot of bad advice out there. This book cuts through the BS and will help find you work.
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Most recently updated in 1999, it is horribly out of date. Not very useful for a post-Great Recession job hunter. Save your money and look elsewhere.
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I liked this book and it is a good general book for job hunting. If you are targeting a specific industry though, it is better to find a book that is industry specific and will help you get a job in that industry.
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