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Prepare now for a challenging job market in the future by [Dan Vale]

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Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review  16 Apr 2018
Remember how simple it was looking for your first job? Driving around (or being driven around by a parent),putting in applications, maybe practicing interview questions a little and then getting hired; it was nerve-wracking waiting for those phone calls for interviews, but it seemed so much simpler then. Heck, I've seen fast food places with open interviews that hire people within an hour of walking in the door! All sorts of things can be factors of finding a job that pays serious bills, though, from basics like a well-written resume and determination to get an education, networking with the right people, searching online for jobs and even being careful with your own personal social media accounts so that you won'ts scare off or offend potential bosses. And the troubles don't even end once you get the job! 

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 Futurefrom 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
it's important to buy healthy food since junk food leads to bad health.

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.
Aside from the book slowing down a bit in the job search/survival chapter and a few errors, this was an incredible guide. It was great seeing something that covered every aspect of not only finding a job but keeping one and preparing for the next job search or potential layoff. I've read books that go into far more detail, sure, but Dr. Vale gives countless solid, interesting and helpful pieces of advice, and he encourages people to research more on their own. At the very least, this makes for an excellent starting place for anyone who's the least bit interested in the job market. My rating of Prepare Now for a Challenging Job Market in the Future is 4 out of 4 stars.
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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.

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Darya Yegorina
Senior Excecutive | Authentic Disruptor | Entrepreneur in Residence | Professional Speaker  

Last updated on 02 Jan 2019

I Recommend This Book

    Four of Five stars
Shreedevi G, Reviewer
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.

From the Author

This book is my attempt to use my experience and expertise to forecast what the future job markets will be like and to explain how job holders and job seekers can thrive in these difficult, future job markets. God has blessed me with the time and money I need in retirement to continue helping people, by my writing, with their careers.
 
Regarding my qualifications to write this book, I have a PhD in Counselor Education. Also, I have worked for over 30 years in university and government settings. During that time, I have been a career counselor, a director of a career counseling center, a graduate school instructor, and a career consultant. Also, as the Career Examiner for the Examiner Online Newspaper, I published 270 career related articles over a seven year period. I had multiple endorsements and subscribers, and in April 2016 alone, I had over 19,000 page reads.

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  • File Size : 722 KB
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Publication Date : March 25, 2018
  • Print Length : 43 pages
  • ASIN : B07C9C19F6
  • Language: : English
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Lending : Enabled
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