Monday, November 2, 2009
I received a copy of "The Job Coach for Young Professionals: The Workbook You Need to Land the Right Job" by Susan Kennedy and Karen Baker.
"College grads have a tough time in the workforce: the turnover rate is 64% in the first three years of employment. Why? College grads can get a job but they aren’t getting the right job. They also don’t realize that finding the right job is a life skill that can be used throughout their professional lives.
Now there is a resource for finding – and keeping – that dream job: The Job Coach for Young Professionals.
This interactive guide begins (Assess Myself) with a complete self assessment of skills, interest, work values. The reader will learn who they are, what they’re good at and how this translates into the right job. The second section, Prepare Myself, helps the reader prepare for an interview, from the answer to “Tell me about yourself” through those tough interview questions and salary negotiations. The third section, Sell Myself, teaches the reader how to conduct an effective job search. Even the most timid of readers will perfect the skill of networking, the right way to use a job board in a job search as well as how to plan and execute a successful search.
The fourth section, entitled Succeed gives practical advice on how to prepare for the first day and how to manage your career."
I really enjoyed the Assess Myself section. I discovered that my top five skills were: Research, Counseling & Serving, Organizational, Training & Consulting, and Administrative. I was not surprised by my two lowest skils: Building/Mechanical and Creativity. I also learned my top five interests: Counseling & Serving, Organizational, Training & Cousulting, Interpersonal, and Administrative. I was surprised that my top skill was Research because I'm so tired of doing research papers! However, I guess it makes sense after thinking about how much time I spend on the Internet and reading. I was also surprised with Administrative skill and interest, I hadn't expected that one.
This workbook is great for anyone trying to find a job, not just your first one! I believe this is a great thing to have around right now because of the economy and the competitive job market. I like how the workbook even gives the reader advice for the interview and after wards. I appreciate it giving examples of Thank You letters, which I believe there aren't enough of these days! I also liked the examples of a Resume and Cover Letter! This is a wonderful book for recent graduates, soon-to-be grads, and those just looking for a different (and better) job.
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the workbook for this review.