Since it is Back to Business September, I thought it would be a good idea to review a real business book. Many people like myself like to make life changes in September and what bigger change than to look for a new job.
Unfortunately there are a lot of us that have been made redundant in this recession (me included) that will find the information in this book very valuable. In RecruiterGuy’s Guide to Finding a Job, Bill Humbert guides his reader through all the steps of a successful job hunt.
He begins by gently stating that losing or leaving a job is trumatic and we should not feel bad about a situation that has not worked out. He then introduces us to SCAMPS – a goal setting method. We also get a tick off list at the end of every chapter so we make sure we have done all the points in the right order. Yes there is a systematic way to hunt for a new job.
Bill explains the benefits of LinkedIn and the possible perils of FaceBook. He explains that job hunting is a kin to a sales job, where the product you are selling is YOU. We should all have an elevator pitch, which he calls a “Here I am !” speech. And never stop networking even when you get to the interview stage.
He coaches on the nuances of the interview process right through the very tricky stage of salary negotiation. This chapter was incredibly insightful, so much that I would say go buy this book to have for reference. As we all change jobs several times in our careers, even more so with the rise of portfolio careers, freelancing and this darn recession, we need every tip we can find.
This book is not a jump off the shelf, I promise to make you millions type of book, it is a concise no frills guide that I am sure I will refer to often. I have put links for both the Kindle version and the old fashion book version. I have the book version which I must say I prefer as it is easier to use for reference but that’s just me.
Tune in next week when I will have an interview with Bethanie Lunn, the author of Modern Girl’s Guide to Fabulousness. Do you have anything you would like me to ask Bethanie on your behalf? We are going to continue the back to business theme and discuss interviews and interview attire. Drop me a line if you have any questions for Bethanie.