Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Knock 'em Dead:The Ultimate Job Search Guide 2011

When I saw the opportunity to review this book, I asked myself if I really wanted to look at another job search guide, especially one that claimed to be the "ultimate" guide. Having worked for years helping welfare recipients find employment and end their dependence on the government, I have read plenty of books telling me how to construct a resume and interview well. Why would this one be any different? I am not sure what makes a guide the ultimate guide, but this one is actually one of the better ones I have seen. Martin Yate has written a book that will help the job seeker get an edge in the search process which, in today's broken economy with record unemployed, is crucial. This book will also help those who are wanting to change careers or get a better job in the same industry. Yate begins the book by stressing the point of defining the product of what he calls MeInc. and branding the product. I thought he did a very good job in helping the reader identify transferable skills that are needed and desired by most employers. These are used to help differentiate you, the job searcher, from your competitors. Once you know who you are and what you are offering, then you can construct a resume. What stood out to me in this book is the comprehensive way he handles interview questions. Yate dedicates four chapters to a detailed look at difficult interview questions and how to prepare for them and answer with confidence. The book is worth the money for these sections alone. Other sections include negotiating salaries and where the jobs are today. If you know someone struggling in their job search or someone wanting a career change, this book would make a great gift for them. I received this book free from the Thomas Nelson Booksneeze Program in exchange for an honest review.

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