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The Best Job Hunting Books You Should Own

Job Hunting Book| Ian Jenkins

Which of the 13,223 job-hunting books on Amazon.com is going to help you land your next job? When I look at my bookshelf next to my desk, I wonder if I haven’t bought them all, plus a few more.

“In just one week, 26 new books were added to the ‘job hunting’ category on Amazon!

How can you keep up?”

 The job hunting books that rise to the top of my list provide valuable insights, different perspectives, or an unconventional tactic that I have used to help land a job opportunity. In the early days of my book collection, I remember glancing through a $7 negotiation book for tactics moments before negotiating my salary at a fast growing IT company. When the HR Director presented the offer over the phone, I used one of the tactics and added another $9832 to my salary.

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Job Search Secrets

Why Rejection Is Not The Toughest Part Of The Job Hunt

Job rejection | Ian Jenkins

Most people think rejection from employers is the most emotionally painful part of job hunting. It’s not. After graduation, I was unemployed for several months in the midst of an economic downturn. During that tough time, I learned many painful lessons. Rejections from companies was hugely disappointing, however there was something even more painful, which I felt on a daily basis.

Job rejection | Ian Jenkins

When I graduated from college, I looked to the future with a twinkle in my eye. My optimism was shattered when Microsoft announced it’s first profit warning in a decade.This started the fast decline in the tech sector in what we now call the ‘doc.com bubble’. Although it happened many years ago, the financial crisis of 2007-2009 and the oil industries trouble in 2015 all share the same characteristics – lay-offs, slashed hiring budgets, and extraordinarily difficult job-hunting conditions.

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How To Land Your Dream Job Without Applying For A Job

Dream Job | Ian Jenkins

Ask career changers what consumes most of their time and they’ll say “searching for jobs” or “(re)writing my resume.” Unfortunately what takes up time and creates value are very different in a job hunt. Of all the activities in job-hunting, there is one that acts as the tipping point. It requires a small change in strategy, but has a disproportionate impact (up to 21x) on a job-hunter’s ability to land their dream job.

Dream Job | Ian JenkinsThe one measurable activity that has a disproportionate impact on a job-hunters success is face-to-face time with hiring managers. Despite jobs being distributed across more online platforms, hiring people is still a face-to-face process. By focusing on this metric of job-hunting success, it becomes easier to experiment with unconventional approaches for landing meetings with hiring managers.

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Interview Tips

Interview Prep: How A Hiring Manager Interviews For Talent

Interview | Ian Jenkins

As I hung up the phone, I felt the sweat beading on my forehead. Why did the COO want to have a “chat” with me? His office was at the end of executive row. It was tucked away in the corner almost out-of-sight. It looked humble until you entered it. I was anxious sitting across from him. My eyes darted from award to award on his bookshelf. I couldn’t believe what he had just told me: “Ian, I need you to interview and hire 17 salespeople yesterday! It’s essential for reaching our revenue target this year.”

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