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What Does Somebody Have to Do to Get a Job Around Here! 44 Insider Secrets and Tips that Will Get You Hired Paperback – April 1, 2008
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“Applying for a job is the most important game you will ever play, but employers keep the rules secret. Shapiro reveals how hiring decisions are really made, and gives you the map you need to get through this mine field safely.” ―Lewis Maltby, President of the National WorkRights Institute
“Startling! It's the best investment you can make on behalf of your career.” ―Sam Horn, author of POP! Stand Out In Any Crowd
“Cynthia Shapiro puts you on the inside track to getting the job of your dreams - without the nightmares. If you want to compete with confidence, this is the only job search book you need.” ―Lois P. Frankel, Ph.D., author of Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office and See Jane Lead
“You can't get on the fast track if you can't get in the door. This book shares the hidden snares and insider secrets that will give job seekers the edge they've been looking for.” ―Anne Fisher, "Ask Annie" columnist, CNNMoney.com and author, "If My Career's on the Fast Track, Where Do I Get a Road Map?
“Cynthia's insights into the job search process are invaluable. Whether you are just starting out or a seasoned professional, her insider tips will show you how to supercharge your job search and get the jobs you want.” ―Penelope Trunk, Columnist for Boston Globe and Yahoo! Finance, author of Brazen Careerist: The New Rules for Success
“There's nothing like insider secrets to give you an edge over the competition, and when it comes to getting the top jobs, Cynthia Shapiro knows her stuff! This book will change the way you view job searching forever. Stop settling for less and go for the best!” ―Barbara Stanny, author of Secrets Of Six Figure Women
About the Author
Cynthia Shapiro, a former Human Resources V.P., left her position because she grew disillusioned with how most corporations are forced to do business today. She is now a well-known employee advocate and workplace consultant for Fortune 100 and 500 firms, regularly lecturing and writing on the most critical topics affecting employees today. She is the author of Corporate Confidential, and has been featured on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, ABC, PBS, in The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Glamour, Self, Details, Essence, Real Simple, and major newspapers across the U.S. She lives in Southern California.
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Reading the reviews on this book, and wanting to get some ideas as to what I could be doing wrong on either my Resume or during the interview process, I ordered the book and gave it a thorough reading (along with ear-marking several pages).
I had a deep sigh when I read in the book about how in the interview the "Interviewer Will Trick You". Last week I had an interview and the Interviewer said to me "Please tell me about yourself, where you grew up, went to high school and take me through to current on your resume". Yes, that was basically one of those "trick questions", I believe used to gauge a persons near "age".
I found this book to be very helpful, an easy read and it did open my "eyes" up to what I could possibly be doing wrong in interviews that might have been turning off potential employers. I also plan on using the "Helpful Resources and Information" found in the back of book. I am going to take some of her tips and use them at an upcoming interview next week and see how it pans out for me.
5 Stars for a worthy, read with helpful information that is easy to retain for that job search! :D Good luck to everyone and never give up! ;)
Thankfully, I caught on to that don't-follow-up gem right before I planned to contact several employers, again. After three months of a search with no interviews, let's see what happens now. My longest job search, ever, was three years. Would reeeaallyyy not like to repeat that.
I haven't finished the book, and Cynthia may cover this: ALWAYS follow-up with your recruiters and keep them informed. They aren't hiring managers. They talk to a lot of 'em, though :->
But then I purchased this book online. I fell in love with the tone of the context. It's so easy and enjoyable to read. I could tell that this woman KNEW what she was talking about. So I followed her advice to the letter.
I received a call from a government agency. I was floored. I interviewed exactly like she told me to. I was offered the position exactly two weeks after I interviewed; which truly was amazing, because most interviewees who posted online stated that it usually takes HR 4-6 weeks to contact you after the interview.
I cannot say enough about this book. The value of the advice given well surpasses the cost!
Thank you Ms. Shapiro!
The advice and techniques on negotiation were particularly helpful, I'd credit them with a 3k pay bump that basically came out of thin air. I also found out the hard way that the book is pretty much 100% true in terms of hiring managers, they are a cold and calculating bunch that will trick you mercilessly and hang you out to dry. There's also a pretty solid section on crafting a cover letter, I'll admit mine improved markedly after a read through of this.
The one part I didn't particularly like is the same as some of the other reviewers: the section on quitting. Yes, I know it's the kiss of death. Yes, I know I'm stupid for doing it right now. Don't rub it in.
Now I can't guarantee this will net you a job out of thin air, you really need a well rounded approach that includes some hard work on a resume and cover letter, a solid idea of how to interview, and an unrelenting search, no matter how long it is. I can, however, guarantee that this is a great addition to any library and a bargain even if you don't need it right now. If it's any indication, I've had 3 job offers during one of the worst recessions of our era, all of which came after reading this book. With any luck, you will too. If you're reading this in the aforementioned recession with hopes of getting a job, but it. I would again in a heartbeat.