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"Required reading."
LibraryJournal
 
"Excellent tips on how to answer potential clangers." 
- Cosmopolitan 
 
"He's really just about the best in the business."
-ALL Business, Dunn & Bradstreet
 
"No job hunter can afford to bypass the Knock 'em Dead books."
-Tony Lee Wall Street Journal
 
"I truly respect Martin Yate's work. His Knock 'em Dead job search books have set a standard for clear and effective advice." 
-Amy Lindgren, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
 
"Martin is brilliant when it comes to his depth and breadth of expertise, he stands above the rest when it comes to his knowledge of career issues." 
-Chris Duncan, Director - Customer Operations,CareerBuilder.com


"[Yate's] new approach walks readers through their first job search, providing a unique blueprint for smart career management strategies that will help them live the life they want." - ExecutiveCareerBrand.com

"I truly respect Martin Yate's work. His Knock 'Em Dead job search books have set a standard for clear and effective advice.... In this guide for new workers, he adds useful chapters on career management and job changing, with illuminating quotes from a panel of 40+ career experts." - Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"Knock'em Dead Secrets & Strategies for First-Time Job Seekers... provides a wealth of information and insight regarding how to make one's resume discoverable in databases, how to build and leverage social networks, and how to turn job interviews into job offers, among other related topics. This would make a great gift for any young person graduating from college this month." - Bookviews.com

About the Author

New York Times bestseller Martin Yate is the author of Knock Em Dead - Secrets & Strategies for First-Time Job Seekers along with 16 other resume, job search, networking and career management books. His work is collectively published in some 63 foreign language editions.

Martin Yate CPC has helped millions of people get their lives on track and achieve greater control over their professional destinies in an uncertain professional world. Extremely knowledgeable, he takes real joy in helping people get on track and achieve their goals. As Dun & Bradstreet says, "He's just about the best in the business."
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Product Details

  • Series: Knock 'em Dead
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media; 1 edition (April 18, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440536783
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440536786
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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While reading Knock `Em Dead I looked around a few times to see if author Martin Yate was perhaps peering through my living room window to see my reaction. It really felt like he was talking to me, singling me out. How could he know how I rationalize things as a recruiter who actually is the business of getting people hired?

"You didn't come to this book for a good time; you came because you need to take your first steps into the working world."

Knock `Em Dead is a most unusual, well-organized, "keep it real" book about what it takes to become indispensable as a first time, a military servicemember leaving the military or any job seeker for that matter, in today's economy. We must make choices and take action to "chart our own paths" and add value that others do not in managing our careers. We cannot wait for a boss or a job description to tell us what to do; rather we must just take the initiative ourselves. Only then can we become indispensable "Knock `Em Dead Success stories" rather than replaceable "cogs." There are so many fantastic quotes in the book too.

The chapters in this book are each broken down into short segments with great headlines that summarize them. Yate uses special vocabulary words to describe the many factors that go into becoming a successful job seeker. These words have unique meanings in the context in which they are used.

"You came to this book because you're savvy enough to know that transitioning from school to work and then navigating the twists and turns of a professional career, require more than a hope and a prayer."

You'll never be bewildered or bored while reading Knock `Em Dead. It will awaken a part of your brain that you may have never used before.
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I have to start by admitting to being a Martin Yate fan. Secrets & Strategies for First -Time Job Seekers is a great addition to job search series. I stopped counting my years in the executive search and career management field quite a while ago but I could never count the number of times that I have recommended one the books in the Knock'Em Dead series. Over the years we have had a number of student interns passing through our office and as part of our program we require them to have a strong resume and planned approach to their first real job search. Everyone received a copy of the most recent Knock"Em Dead edition and some one on one coaching with members of our recruiting staff. Martin Yate has just brought it all together for the first time job seeker. I have read a huge number l of the ponderous tomes on career planning and job change bur Martin Yate has again demonstrated his ability to cut through the claptrap and get to the "simple" part of the keep it simple principle.

I always hate to award all of the stars but this book earns each of it's stars.
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A hundred years ago, when I was first starting my career, I could have used this book! Now that I am the proud co-owner of a couple of twenty-somethings just starting out, they will each receive a copy!

Most of the information here is the kind of thing we all learn along the way, but what a fantastic resource as a primer for new grads and those just starting to move into their first "real" jobs. And contains a ton of useful information, even for those of us looking at second, or even third, career path. Now that I am looking for something useful to do while semi-retired, there is advice for career changers that will prove useful for this certified old guy.

This isn't just "keep your resume current" advice. It is a career management tool for anyone looking for long-term success in any chosen field. It is practical, often funny and contains a wealth of information and solid advice.

Martin Yate has assembled a "brain trust" of wide-ranging advisers to add emphasis to the text that serves to reinforce the themes of each chapter or subsection. And then assembled all of them helpfully in an appendix that makes it easy to identify each person, their blog and/or website.

This is simply the best place to start on that long, winding road called "my career." A truly valuable addition to the "Knock 'em Dead" library.
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This really helped our first time job seeker. We also value it as parents who are not quite familiar with the "new" job market. If you want to help your recent high school, college or grad school graduates - read this before making any other suggestions on their cover letters or resumes. It is very hard today for first time or any job seekers, this series of books is outstanding.
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If you don't believe me, ask your the local librarian or your career counselor or check out the independent reviews for it!

Also, Martin yate has a website where he graciously offers, LIVE webcasts on three important aspects of Career/Job hunting. And his team offers the webcasts for Free. A true example of Law of Karma - one's good thoughts, deeds all come back.

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Martins latest Knock 'Em Dead book is as relevant today as it was the first time I starting reading his books in the early 90's. I always had a copy of his latest edition in hand prior to any job transition and/or interview. It was always the last thing I read before that 'big' interview and somehow I always got the job! It was my guide as well as a last minute motivator for me to hit a home run in every interview I had.

I continued to purchase his numerous editions throughout the years as he always kept ahead of the times. Especially with the social media explosion which really changed the way we look for and find the job of our dreams.

I learned quite a bit in my university years as well as the on the job experiences where I fine tuned many skills. The one, and most important skill however, was never taught in a classroom or out in the 'real world'. No one ever taught or educated us on 'How to Manage our Career'. I feel most of us defaulted to get a job, do well and move up, retire. And if that doesn't work, just get another job and do the same. Doesn't work like that anymore.

Martin is clearly the worldwide expert and coach for helping manage your career at every level. I had the pleasure to speak with him live a few times as well as listen to several of his live webinars. I could literally feel the passion and energy he puts in to help provide clear advice while 'telling it like it is'. His passion for writing makes you feel he is talking directly to you when reading his material.

His latest book is broken into chapters that are so easy to follow and understand and often he has highlighted quotes from industry experts to provide additional support, resources and knowledge.
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