How does anyone make sense of work and career choice in times as tough as this?
This book encourages you to break out of a rut and start to make things happen in your career. Packed with practical tips for rejuvenating your career, this book is a must for anyone striking out into a difficult job market after redundancy or simply looking for new opportunities in tough times.
This book is designed to help you get out of a hole if you’re career-panicked, especially if you’re coping with redundancy. Section 1 – Taking Stock checks your thinking before you throw yourself into job search mode. Section 2 – Planning Your Strategy gives you insights into the way the market works and the way recruiters and employers react to the different behaviours adopted by job seekers. Section 3 – Your Message To The Marketplace provides a series of checklists to show you how to sell yourself on paper, including the reason why so many CVs and cover letters fail, and Section 4 – Interview Secrets reveals how to make an impact in the final stages of the selection process. Finally Section 5 – Looking Forward provides some longer-term career strategies.
|About the author|
John Lees is one of the UK’s best known career coaches and authors. How To Get A Job You’ll Love has twice been WH Smith’s ‘Business Book of the Month’ and regularly tops the list as the best-selling careers book by a British author.
John specialises in helping people make difficult career decisions – difficult because they don’t know what to do next, or because there are barriers in the way of success. He has delivered workshops in the USA, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand and regularly speaks at UK events (Forum3, One Life Live) and has also featured as a speaker at the world’s largest international career conferences in the USA.
He writes regularly for The Times, The Guardian and has a regular column in People Management. His work has been featured on Channel 4's ‘Dispatches’ and on BBC 2's Working Lunch and he regularly provides insights into the world of work on radio and in a publications including Management Today, The Sunday Times, Daily Express, Daily Mirror, Psychologies, Eve and She.
John is a graduate of the universities of Cambridge, London and Liverpool and has spent most of his career focusing on the world of work. He has trained recruitment specialists since the mid-1980s and is the former Chief Executive of the Institute of Employment Consultants (now the Recruitment & Employment Confederation, REC). He now runs a careers consultancy in the North West of the UK.
John Lees Associates provides one-to-one career coaching in most parts of the UK. For details visit www.johnleescareers.com.
|Table of contents|
Section 1: Taking Stock
1: Get a Grip – Focus on What’s Working, Not What Isn’t
2: Practical Steps to Keep Your Head Above Water
3: Timing Things Sensibly
4: What Gets in the Way?
5: Get Help to Bounce Back
Section 2: Planning Your Strategy
6: Think Multi-Strategy
7: Agencies, Consultants, and Dead Ends
8: Work with the Market, Don’t Blame It
9: Understanding the New Rules of Work
10: Don’t Follow the Herd
11: Getting Past the Age Barrier
Section 3: Your Message to the Marketplace
12: Getting Your Message Right First Time
13: Cover Letters Matter
14: Don’t Rewrite Your CV, Rethink It
15: Why CVs Get Ignored
16: Make Your Job Applications More Effective
Section 4: Interview Secrets
17: Interview Success – Opening Moments Matter
18: Standing Square to Interview Questions
19: Communicating the Best Version of You
20: Being Memorable
Section 5: Looking Forward
21: Your 40-Day Plan to Networking Breakthrough
22: Getting Unstuck
23: How Do I Find the Right Role?
24: Keep Your Thinking Up to Date