Friday, June 24, 2011

Knock 'Em Dead: The Ultimate Job Search Guide 2011 by Martin Yate, CPC

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the F&W Media, Inc. and Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their Book Sneeze book blogger review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Title: Knock 'Em Dead: The Ultimate Job Search Guide 2011

Author: Martin Yate, CPC

Format: Large Paperback

Genre: Careers, Resume Building, Job Searching

Source: Review copy provided by F&W Media, Inc. and Thomas Nelson Publishers' BookSneeze book bloggers program for an honest review.

Published: Adams Media a division of F&W Media, Inc. / 2010 /
                         ISBN:978-1-4405-0586-7/ 367 pages / $15.95

Buy the Book: On sale now at  F&W Media / Amazon

More Information:

Why I Read this Book:  It's no big secret that I'm always in search of something "better' in the career industry.  I've been teaching for the past 12 years and let's face it--I know how to "play the game" when it comes time for the interviewing with the principals, etc. because I've been in the system for so long. 

Now that the job market is changing and teaching is no longer a "safe" career, I thought it was time for me to sharpen up my skills in learning what to do in case I need to interview for a job outside of the education field, but still within my skill set.

I will tell you that this is not some magical book that  tells you how to write the most remarkable resume to get that fabulous job you want.  It's a lot of work, much to my chagrin, to actually create a resume in today's job market.  It used to be you could slap your experience on the paper, give a few references and "promise" to learn the things needed.  Now with our economy in the toilet, there are 10 other people who could do the job with their eyes closed and they're your competition.

Don't fear.  Mr. Yate has a step-by-step process that will guide you through creating a competitive resume for todays' market.  As I mentioned before, it's a lot of work, but if you follow his steps, you'll have an awesome resume that will at least get you in the door for an interview. 

While the author does give you tips for various types of interviews and questions that may be asked, you still have to practice and have the confidence in yourself to follow through and get the successful results of your "dream job."

What I Liked: I loved how the author wrote the book like he was actually there coaching you through each step in the process.  While it was a lot of work, he included sites to go for help with each section in case you needed more help or practice.  If I do actually have to search for another job/career, I will definitely put these guidelines into practice.

What I Didn't Like: I'm a visual person so I would have preferred to see more illustrations and examples.  However, I understand that every resume will be different because it is tailored to fit the description of the job to which you're applying for on the various sites.

Overall Impression: Great book for anyone--even those not searching for jobs at the moment because it causes you to redirect your focus and reorganize your priorities and skill sets.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Let me know what you think! Happy Reading!


mad4books said...

You nearly gave me a heart attack when I saw the book you were reviewing. My first thought was, "Oh, no! Don't tell me ANOTHER librarian I know got laid off!"


Dynamic Uno said...

Sorry. No, as of right now I'm good. Of course if they fire me, then they'll have no one left in the library but the students(which is what I think our county is looking at in the next few years).