Recent research has shown that only 1% of online job applications are successful. Given that the job search landscape has changed drastically in the last two years, due in large part to social networking, Canadian author Paul Hill has written a bestselling job hunting book to guide you through the process of taking charge of your career and online presence. The Panic Free Job Search is a great addition to the Calgary Public Library’s extensive collection of career books. It’s a fresh approach combined with powerful strategies, including:
- Advice on how to increase your alignment, including clarity of who you are and what you want from work and life, especially during a job transition, layoff, or unhappy job situation
- How to increase your confidence and combat fear and desperation, something employers can sense and smell
- Practical and strategic methods to improve your job search tactics, along with professional branding formulas for creating a competitive advantage. He also zeros in on how to conduct smart job searches and mine data in innovative and sophisticated ways.
I also agree with his common sense/tough love approach to networking. “It is about making your contacts feel comfortable and not being pushy about getting introductions or names of people…In order to network effectively you need to be yourself. You also need to be able to share a common interest as a basis for developing a conversation. Notice the work conversation. That means listening, not just spouting.”
Well worth a summer read.