Aug 29, 2005

How to Job Hunt

It's a vicious world out there, and the right people for the right job are becoming increasingly difficult to find. A headhunter friend was complaining how her clients were getting too specific about the kinds of profiles they had in mind for the role. (My response "They are probably thinking of that one dream employee, whom they have met earlier")

Yes, it's a rough world out there, for both the recruiters and the job seekers. Well, a resource that seems to be of great use if you are looking at how to get spotted for that elusive dream job in the dream company, then I suggest you take a look at "guerilla marketing for job hunters" by Dave Perry and Jay Conrad Levinson. Dave was considerate enough to send me a copy of the first three chapters of the book and they are simply great !

The authors take you right from the questions that challenge the mindsets that people have about jobs, roles and organizations, with data and anecdotes about new emerging realities that most have not yet internalised.

The book starts off with a quote that sets the tone for the rest of the book.

There is no future in any job.The future lies in the man who holds the job —GEORGE CRANE

The focus never wavers, the tools, techniques and approach that you need to take to get the job you want.

So even if you are not looking for a job, I suggest you read the book when it's available. Because, the bottom line is:

1. Marketing yourself is a critical skill that you will need to learn and no one will teach you how to do it.
2. Even organizations require job-hunting skill (cross functional roles will not be handed to you on a platter) and all the skills this book plans on teaching you will be the ones that will even help you land that internal job offer.

Read here for another review of the book.