Thursday 19 April 2012

Becoming a Rare Find: How Jagged Resumes Lead to Great Jobs by George Anders - Book Review

Title: Becoming a Rare Find: How Jagged Resumes Lead to Great Jobs
Author: George Anders
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Publication Date: 8th May 2012
Pages: 56
Format: E-Book - PDF
Genre: Non-Fiction
Source: ARC from NetGalley


Why don’t employers take a more optimistic view of people’s potential? Why is there such a fixation on a few bullet-point highlights of candidates’ résumés, to the point that most applicants are quickly cast aside as “not good enough”? Why is there such unwillingness to get to know what job seekers are all about? What if you could change the rules? What if you could capture the attention of employers who should be hiring you, persuading them to see you on your terms?

Becoming a Rare Find will show you how to approach job hunting in ways that play to your strengths. If you are a natural project manager, then develop a project plan. If you like marketing, build a marketing campaign that centers on reasons why employers should want you. Whatever approach you settle on—and no matter what job you want—you will get a better chance to “show your fire.”

You will escape the clutter of job-posting stampedes, where the odds of winning even a barista’s job can be slimmer than the chances of getting into Harvard. You will start finding jobs through the “hidden market,” where they are sometimes never announced, and you will discover the value of small companies with big ambitions. Finally, you will learn how to rearrange your social media profiles so that when great employers look for talent, they will find you.
(Goodreads Synopsis)

This was a book title that jumped out at me as, when I saw it on NetGalley, I had been looking for a job for over four months without success. As it happens, I was finally offered a position a couple of days ago, so my hunt is over, but I still thought this book might be worth a read.

Now, the book does focus mainly on the US in terms of its commentary and examples, but the ideas it expounds are not limited to the US alone. A strong focus of this book is on modern networking such as online social media. It also considers ways to get ahead of the crowd, feeling out for jobs rather than waiting for advertisements to appear.

I certainly did gain a few ideas from reading this book, but I do feel it is probably more relevant to those looking for a specialised or more 'high-flying' position that those who just want a little administrative job to pay the bills.

In conclusion, this book might not be for everyone, but if you have a particular career goal in mind and are looking for ways to break into the field, this book may offer you some new ideas and help you on your way.

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