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Very helpful, very negative
on October 1, 2010
This book has a lot of great tips that didn't come naturally to me. I think a lot of people could learn from it. The advice is really solid and sound.
The problem I have with this book is probably something the author would slap the taste out of my mouth for if I ever uttered it around her. It's scary. Now, look at her picture on the back of the book. SHE'S scary! This woman is like the redhead on the series "Hung," if you ever watched that. Cut-throat, take-no-prisoners... you can tell she gets paid very well for whatever she does. She gives off that presence. Good for her, but that's not me.
This book left me feeling well-prepared, but possibly more afraid than I was already. Fortunately, I read the Guerilla Marketing for Job Seekers 2.0 book right after and it gave me a much more positive feeling.
It is good to realize what she says, that the hiring process is actually a process of elimination and everything else she says. The problem is simply that a full book of being lambasted over and over with a negative approach leaves the hopeful job-seeker feeling paranoid and hopeless. It's great to know how the game works, but with the odds stacked up this high against you, it's also a bit overwhelming.
One last thing to consider: if you take a look around at all the DOPES with jobs-- just ride the subway and you'll be surrounded by some of the weirdest misfits you've ever seen all dressed up for work each morning-- it can't be nearly as bad as she makes it out. Really. Good to be prepared, though.
I will read this again and take more notes. I've actually bought this book twice after losing it on the plane about 3/4 through it. It's a good book and helpful. Would be 5 stars if it wasn't entirely worded so threateningly.