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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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"You can have the finest moves in the talent contest, you can boast a trophy speed-dial list on your iPhone, you can possess the single-mindedness of Paul Revere and be as self-assured as Muhammad Ali . . . and you still won't nail the job unless you know how to mold and merchandise your personal pitch. If this is true when times are booming-and it is-you can only imagine how true it is in times like these."
Harvey Mackay, Fortune magazine's "Mr. Make- Things-Happen," has written five New York Times bestsellers, including one of the most popular business books of all time-Swim with the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive. Now he returns with the ultimate book on how to get, and keep, a job you truly love whether you're twenty-one, fifty-one, or seventy-one.
The average person will have at least three career changes and ten different jobs by age thirty-eight. In this era of downsizing and outsourcing, you can never be sure your job will still exist in five years- or five weeks. So you'd better think of your career as a perpetual job search. That demands a passion for lifetime learning and the skills for relentless and effective networking.
Mackay shows you how to be at your best when things are at their worst. His hard-hitting topics include:
- beating rejection before it beats you
- warning signals that you might be losing your job
- acing interviews
- negotiating the job you want not the job they offer
- taking advantage of the way bosses make hiring decisions
- blending the latest contact tools with old-fashioned face-to-face networking
Uplifting, amusing, and jam-packed with proven tips, Use Your Head to Get Your Foot in the Door will guide you through the toughest job market in decades. It's also the definitive A-to-Z career resource for the rest of your life.
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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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