"Resumes Don't Get Jobs" explodes 16 of the most commonly held myths, platitudes, fantasies and fallacies about the job search - and replaces them with sound tips and strategies that get results in the real world. It is aimed at a range of readers, whether they are just starting out, picking up the post-layoff pieces or looking for a more rewarding and stable line of work. Among the myths Weinstein debunks are: the best jobs are always in the "hidden" job market; high-growth fields are the place to look for substantial compensation and long-term job security; aggressive networking is the key to a successful job search; the candidate with the highest qualifications always gets the job; employers hold all the negotiating cards; one should never mention salary requirements during a first interview; larger firms take better care of their employees; and working long hours guarantees career success.
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Weinstein ( Breaking into Communica tions , LJ 9/1/84, among others) promises in this book to deliver a "Sears of job-hunting tips." He organizes his work into 14 chapters, each taking on a job-hunting "myth" such as "the candidate with the highest qualifications always get the job" and "interviewers are sadists in business suits." While the writing is engaging and many of the tips may help a job seeker question old assumptions and conduct a more creative search, the "myths" tend to beg the question. Not only are the premises suspect, but Weinstein's responses often walk both sides of the street. For instance, Myth 5, "super-growth fields offer the best opportunities," urges job seekers to follow their own path but concludes with seven pages extolling the growth fields identified by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job seekers would be better served by Kate Wendleton's equally realistic but better organized Through the Brick Wall ( LJ 1/93).
- Mary-Ellen Mort, Univ. of California at Berkeley Extension
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"A fresh-thinking guide and a fine one-stop job information source. Debunks many perspectives on job-hunting." -- Byrd, Janice, Boston Sunday Globe, 10/16/94
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Book Description Mcgraw-Hill, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0070691436