Book Review: “Get a Job! How I Found a Job when Jobs are Hard to Find, and So Can You!”

Author Dan Quillen was enjoying his career as an executive recruiter for a law firm when, like so many of us, he was laid off. Drawing on his experience as a recruiter, Get a Job details how he was able to secure an astounding 34 invitations to interview before landing a new position to continue his career.

In addition to detailed advice about resumes, cover letters, interview prep and the interview itself, Quillen includes chapters on:

Plan to Stay (make yourself important to your company), Prepare to Leave (continual professional development – finish school!)

First Steps After a Layoff (make a plan, work your plan)

Staying Positive (take care of yourself, ask for and accept help, realize you are not alone)

After You Land Your Job (an often neglected but vitally important aspect of career management – don’t get fired for silly mistakes!)

My only quibble, but not Quillen’s fault because it is not his experience and not his focus, is that Get a Job focuses on mid-level and above career transitions; there are no comments on the barriers that many of my clients face (challenges that come with job searching while experiencing homelessness, returning to work after long absences, or criminal background issues).

That aside, I recommend Get a Job because Quillen’s advice is spot-on, advice I coach my clients to consider. And you really can’t quibble with 34 invitations to interview!

Quillen, Dan. Get a Job! How I Found a Job When Jobs are Hard to Find – and So Can You. Cold Springs Press, 2013. Print.

Get a Job! How I Found a Job When Jobs are Hard to Find - and So Can You by Dan Quillen

Get a Job! How I Found a Job When Jobs are Hard to Find – and So Can You
by Dan Quillen

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