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Dr. Daniel W. Vale aims to bolster job seekers in every possible way with his book Prepare Now for a Challenging Job Market in the Future, from the importance of being in good shape to the benefits of volunteer work; from finding a hobby to getting out of debt and having a good amount of savings. I'll admit this had me worried quite a bit fora book that was only 49 pages long; it seemed like maybe the author was trying to do too much with so little room to do it and would just barely touch every topic. Boy was I wrong! Yes, these six chapters have to share less than 50 pages, but these pages are overflowing with great content and loads of links for additional information! Dr. Vale makes it very clear that searching for a job isn't enough, and that there's far more to it than just the job search itself.
The book begins with an introduction that discusses various forces that make finding jobs difficult - jobs disappearing to automation, a potential economic downturn, and the difficulties of previous generations being unable to afford retirement and holding onto their jobs longer. Chapter one jumps into the importance of getting out of debt and getting a solid amount of money saved. Dr. Vale writes that "someone eating in a restaurant, for example, would not eat every food choice available in that restaurant. Likewise, someone with a goal to save money probably would not adopt all of the money saving strategies that follow." This advice for his ideas fits for the entirety of the book as well, as each chapter is full of nearly countless pieces of potential advice. For example, in the first chapter he mentions things like taking CLEP tests to save on courses in college, living a minimalist lifestyle, carpooling,living with family and avoiding impulse buys. He is quick to say, however, that
Bad health is something that's covered in various chapters in the book, as well as its own entire chapter. Since Dr.Vale's other book is called Proper Exercise Primes Preppers for Disasters, this is clearly a focus of his in general, but it's fitting here as well. Better health means less sick days, for example, which is beneficial for both the employer and the employee. Other chapters include running a small business, the benefits of having a hobby and of course developing job search and survival skills. It's interesting how all of these sections come together for creating essentially a "super job hunter" but also a balanced, full life. Having savings means that if you're laid off you'll be okay for a while and won't merely take the first job offer that comes along, and hobbies not only help a person relax and lead a fuller life, they can be beneficial for employers as well!
As I said, this book is short but bursting with information. There's no fluff here (aside from perhaps a bit in the job search/survival chapter), and there are dozens of links throughout the book for additional information and advice. At the end of the debt and savings chapter there's a link to over 50 tips for saving money, most of which aren't covered in the book. I'll admit I didn't thoroughly test these links, but every single one of them I did check worked perfectly.
It is in my current scope to work on changes in the education sector. In my opinion, the changes in our lives and in businesses are driven by technology. That's why this book caught my attention. I agree to the general point of getting ready for the future by working on different skills that may be useful. I have found the areas of skills suggested by the author very useful: financial literacy, running own business, being lifetime learner. These should be a general guide for us all, as developing curiosity for learning. New is the most important skill that will keep you excited about life, motivate and will be very useful for any uncertain situation. The book has a lot of links to multiple resources as well.Interesting to read for anyone who is concerned about his job and a potentially disappointment for anyone who wants in her motivation and a push to learn new skills.
By Darya Yegorina
Last updated on 02 Jan 2019
I Recommend This Book
Four of Five stars
This was a good title on how to arm yourself with the relevant knowledge in our rapidly shifting job market where automation, computers and technology, have taken over many jobs in the retail sector such as self-service checkout machines, online shopping and online banking etc. It also offers common tips on how to handle unemployment such as building an emergency fund that consists of at least 6 months worth of living expenses, developing your technical skills, maintaining good health and establishing an exercise regimen, learn how to start and operate a small business and constantly look for opportunities, the benefits of hobbies and volunteering, and in having a lifelong learning attitude and applying that to any job. Jobs are constantly changing and you must be on your guard. Overall a great read and thank you to NetGalley for providing me this title in exchange for an honest review, and thank you to the author Daniel Vale for writing this book to help people navigate the changing job market. I'll definitely take the tips offered in this title on board in my work.
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- Publication Date : March 25, 2018
- Print Length : 43 pages
- ASIN : B07C9C19F6
- Language: : English
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- Screen Reader : Supported
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- Best Sellers Rank: #1,770,897 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The author provides various scenarios that may affect the job market as time goes by, then provides powerful strategies to be prepared for whatever may occur. The reference that automation will cause decreasing job security made me take notice. According to the author, by the year 2030, automation could take up to 50% of all jobs on the planet.
The first chapter discusses an abundance of ways to start saving money and reduce debt should the economy take a downturn and you become unemployed. Personally, I recently started learning about frugal/minimalist concepts and found it ironic that this was one of the topics discussed in the chapter.
You will find tons of job hunting skills and job survival skills you could be using right now. One of the survival skills you will need to acquire is a lifelong learning attitude. I mention that specifically because I can relate to it. Many years ago I made the same lifetime commitment to continuous learning and personal development. That's one reason why I bought the book.
Honestly, I liked the quotes throughout the book as much as anything. Not only were they motivational but they also provided sound advice.
Lastly, the author has spent most of his adult life working as a career counselor and career consultant. Furthermore, he has a PhD in Counselor Education. I mention this because some of the information in the book could only be written by someone with his credentials.
Other than occasional competitiveness, this is a solid book. It would be terrific as a reference manual to refer back to as needed. Recommended.
Dan Vale “suggests strategies for surviving and thriving…” in each of the six chapters. How important is flexibility? Security?
Packed in this short book are helpful strategies, inspirational quotes, examples, links to learn more about topics, and words of wisdom… for a first timer or more experienced job seeker.
Although the book is relatively short, it is punchy and to the point and the author is able to bring together his many, many years of experience in careers to provide some great advice.
Top reviews from other countries
This book is mostly focused on the strategic (long term view) The author explains that the current job market changes are ongoing and may actually gather pace in future – so in many ways it is best to adapt to this reality. There was one very valid point that excessive personal debt is unlikely to assist any future job search. In any ways future career success is almost entirely dependent on your current planning – so be advised. For example the book also outlines both the need to update IT plus career skills on a regular basis and does explain the benefits both to your career potential and mental capacity.
Overall it is not really a `crisis` job search support guide – more about prudent long term planning ahead of events. It is an easy to read and contains Sound advice.