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Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters, Unlock Linkedin Paperback – January 30, 2017
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by Ali Julia #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER
Deserves 6 Stars
by Joe CEO
I have read numerous books, revamped Linkedin, applied online, etc., and didn't have much to show for it. After reading this book, I know why.
by Garden Goddess
I have never found a job search book with more relevant content or straightforward step-by-step instructions.
It is very simple, if you are looking for jobs, you need this book and you need Dr. Karen!!!! you will not regret it.
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About the Author
Dr. Karen Gurney was born, raised, and lives in Cleveland Ohio with her husband, two Goldendoodles, and a Papillon. As a Clevelander, she grew up living ‘the death of a city.’ This fostered her interest in urban economic development and why places grow, die, and are re-born and what the people that live there can do about it. Your author loves economies. One of the greatest joys of coaching across the nation (and even the world) is to understand the job market that creates the demand for her clients’ background. For instance, there has been a huge out-migration of jobs from the expensive Northern California market to places like Chicago or Houston where the labor pool is highly trained, less expensive, and more central to serving the country. This background has created her unique market-based strategy for career coaching. Karen has 20 years of combined experience in executive search consulting, career coaching, and human resources. As the Director of Strategic Development of Career IQ, she leverages a Doctorate in Economic and Workforce Development and a Masters in Business Administration. Dr. Gurney’s work has been featured on major U.S. news networks and she currently has eight online classes that teach career and business strategies in over 100 countries assisting over 8,000 students in their career pursuits. To learn about Karen’s workshops, keynotes, and consulting visit www.karengurney.com or connect on Linkedin. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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STACKED. then the more I read it the more I understood it was a peffect title this was stacking all the knowledge in your favor and leveraging that knowledge for everything from job search, career selection, presenting yourself to companies not even currently advertising so you come to the top of their online searches. Showing potential employers how you are a great fit for their open positions and they call you, not the other way. An empowering text on getting the career you want at the pay you want written in a comforting style of a talk with a knowledgeable friend or mentor. Dr. Karen Gurney is truly and expert in this field and isn't holding back any of the wisdom she has learned over the years but this text is also current with changes to online services like LinkedIn, indeed and others that explains how to use those features I never knew existed and how they have changed in recent updates. Even better she gives access to her video online library of explanations and even includes invites to her online courses. This is the best financial buy I have made in years.
I do not agree with everything in the book. The author states that working with recruiters (rather than your own connections) is the first and the best option a candidate has. Since the author is a recruiter she might have her own bias in this area, but this is something each person can decide on his or her own. A company pays a recruiter about 20% of the candidate salary and they typically pay much less or nothing for an internal referral. In an addition an internal referral is a reference from someone they already know and trust. I consider my own connections as the first and the best option with recruiters being a second option. If someone does not have a lot of connections then the picture changes.
Other then this one area where I disagreed I thought the advice was excellent. I liked knowing what motivates and de-motivates recruiters from one of the flock. I liked the author's advice on removing the objective section and replacing it with a summary which is customized for each company highlighting the three skills you have from a specific job description posted by that company. The book includes templates for cover letters and thank you letters that I liked.
Ali Julia review
Because this book has little to help you double the number of interview you get.
The linkedin section is very weak.
If it was titled, "how to get past phone screens and double your job offers..." I would have given it a higher review. The title is misleading. That said, it's a great book for getting past the phone screen.
Dr. Gurney has a meticulous understanding of the recruiting process, particularly how applicant databases for many companies work. There's a reason your resume isn't getting noticed - many of the traditional things we do on our resumes prevent them from turning up during a recruiter search. After some heavy adjusting, I began submitting my resume and immediately started to get calls, even for positions I didn't feel fully qualified for.
If you feel like you're spinning your wheels and going nowhere, take a few days with this book - that's all it takes to turn things around!