Make Your Next Career Move a Smooth One
Getting a job in today’s tough economy can be more difficult than ever, but author Ford R. Myers writes that the economy is not the problem. In Get the Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring, Myers explains that your mindset is the most important variable in the employment equation and the real difference between having the job you want and having no job at all.
Helping senior executives find their perfect positions is what Myers has been doing since 1992 as an executive coach and career counselor. As the president of the career development firm Career Potential, he has helped thousands of people find the work they want with the blueprint to success he describes in Get the Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring. This comprehensive guide to building a great career in the best and worst employment environments helps senior executives develop a game plan that will give them the mindset to get ahead and the skill set to continue moving in a positive direction.
Myers breaks down his step-by-step plan into six parts that lead to the ultimate goal of creating a satisfying career. The first part addresses the psychological aspects of searching for a job in a tough economy. With compassion and realism, Myers explains that all of the powerful emotions a job hunter feels are perfectly natural. Then he points out that attitudes and assumptions play critical roles in a job search. He then backs up his advice with a list of 20 habits the most effective job seekers develop to get their careers on track. With several hands-on exercises that drive home his ideas for developing an employable mindset, Myers helps job seekers find the path that will lead to a better career.
In the second part of his book, Myers presents functional career strategies that offer positive reinforcement for dreams of better things. These strategies include the “Start at the Beginning” strategy, the “Dream Job” strategy, the “Ideal Workday” strategy and the “Stepping Stone” strategy, all of which help job hunters discover what they want so they can get what they want.
In another section, Myers elaborates on those strategies with specific examples of resumes, reference and contact lists, professional biographies, verbal presentations and other materials that will help a job seeker get hired.
Myers’ book offers a compendium of job search tactics that help job hunters put those materials to use in the field. While describing the best ways to network, create an online career identity with the latest technology, write cover letters, use a resume, interview, and accept or reject a job offer, Myers explores every step through the complexities of finding and landing a perfect job. While presenting these steps, Myers offers a survivor’s guide to the entire interviewing process. Part of this guide is a list of questions that a job hunter can expect to hear as well as the best responses he or she can give.
One tip for interviewees is a warning against any negative responses. Stay positive, or at least neutral, Myers asserts, but never say anything that could sound negative or self-defeating. By describing “trap questions” that can seduce an interviewee into making a negative statement, and providing ways to turn these traps into opportunities to make more positive statements, Myers helps job candidates prepare for pivotal moments in an interview. For example, when an interviewer asks you about your weaknesses, Myers writes that you should ponder the question for a while. Then say that you “can’t think of any weaknesses that would compromise your performance at this job, or that would negatively impact your handling of the job’s responsibilities.” Danger averted!
Once that perfect job is landed, Myers’ book offers senior executives ways to leverage a new job into a great career by showing how “perpetual career management is your insurance policy” for keeping a career moving forward into a brighter future.
While answering all the questions that might arise during the job-hunting process, Get the Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring presents a complete plan for navigating the difficult journey from job search to satisfying career.