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Use Your Head to Get Your Foot in the Door: Job Search Secrets No One Else Will Tell You Hardcover – February 18, 2010
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"This collection of job search tips by Mackay (Swim with the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive) follows the style of his previous best sellers, complete with humorous examples and "Quickie" one-page stories that illustrate his main points. Don't let the cover or any worry about his sense of humor dissuade you: this is a very useful book. The short chapters with descriptive titles make it easy to navigate, and Mackay offers tips-from changing your attitude to getting hired-both for those currently employed but wishing to position themselves better in their current companies and for those who are out of work. Highly recommended for job seekers and career changers at all experience levels."
"If you want the worm, be an early bird. But if you want the job, be one of the later birds interviewed for it. Harvey Mackay, a corporate executive, syndicated columnist and bestselling author, dispenses that seemingly counterintuitive advice along with scores of other useful and delectable morsels of wisdom for job seekers and ladder climbers. Mackay points out that with most job openings, the specs are usually vague at first, and they are refined as candidates are interviewed. "You don't want to be the test dummy, smashed into a wall, so the company can design a better set of wheels for someone else," Mackay writes. He suggests finding out how many candidates have already been interviewed and making excuses to avoid being among the first or doing something to make the interviewer remember you if you can't avoid being an early bird. The general thrust of this highly readable book is that in today's world of accelerated technological change, people must think of their career as a continual job search that requires ongoing upgrading of knowledge and skills and unceasing networking. Using real-life examples from his experience as an interviewer, Mackay provides expert guidance on how to behave during an interview, including both how to answer questions and what kind of questions to ask."
- Nationally Syndicated Columnist Cecil Johnson
"Harvey Mackay hits the bull's-eye. An important book for important times in our lives. The Shark Man at his very best."
"Harvey Mackay knows how important the mental game is. Use Your Head to Get Your Foot in the Door helps you form a good game plan, execute it, and win."
"Harvey Mackay was born to write this book. I have seen him use his head to open a million doors, and drawing on his amazing experiences, he shares invaluable advice. Harvey gets it. Without question, I know he can help every reader with this masterpiece."
"Remember, you can't simply read this book! You have to study it, underline it, highlight it, and take notes. If you do not have a job after six months, I will refund your purchase price." (See inside the book for details.)
About the Author
Harvey Mackay is the author of five New York Times bestsellers (three of which went to #1), including Swim with the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive. The New York Times also named Swim with the Sharks and Beware the Naked Man Who Offers You His Shirt as two of the fifteen most inspirational business books of all time. His books have sold more than ten million copies worldwide and have been translated into thirty-seven languages and distributed in eighty countries.
Mackay is also a nationally syndicated columnist for United Features Syndicate and one of America’s most popular and entertaining business speakers. He’s been named one of the top five speakers in the world by Toastmasters International.
Mackay is chairman of MackayMitchell Envelope Company, a $100 million company he founded at age twenty-six.
He has been married to his wife, Carol Ann, for forty-nine years. They have three children and nine grandchildren.
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It originally meant to target people seeking a job. However, this book is an eye-opener for everybody who has something to do with the world of labor.
Not only do we learn every tiny piece of the big puzzle of job hunting very precisely in what to do, and what to avoid manner, but the important behind the scenes secrets become also clear. Mackay's advice is the same as that of many very successful people: do what you are good at and be the best. His recipe is simple: develop a mindset that allows you to analyze and interpret failure as a chance for doing it again but better. Perseverance, diligence, life-long learning as a part of the lifestyle, flexibility, readiness to change, good mental and physical health is obligatory features for getting in and stay there.
We live undoubtedly in a new era of work where jobs get rare and insecure thus modern individual life strategies are needed. Mackay does everything he can to prepare his readers, and he is good at his job.
One of the best side-effects of his work is the provocation he generates in us to think further. Questions he never asks are as important as the solutions he offers. Just to mention a few: How can you stay healthy, at least in the long term, in a world where 12 hours or more work is needed? What about the missing time with your family? How can you digest getting always the silver medal for the same performance if decisions about gold medals are made during dinner in elegant hotels?
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Practical advice from a very good source on job / career search. MacKay is a man from the trenches and his advice is really applicable to all not just those in sales!
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