by C.J. Hayden and Frank Traditi
Foreword by Wendy S. Enelow
In a world where 85 percent of available jobs are never advertised, Get Hired Now!™ provides practical, hands-on techniques to help job–seekers tap into the hidden job market. This inspirational and motivational book teaches you how to take advantage of the single most important factor in a successful job search, the power of personal relationships.
At the heart of the book, a systematic, structured 28-day program leads you through the three key components of a successful job search:
1. Identifying the best job search strategies for your personal goals
2. Knowing exactly what to do and when to do it
3. Staying motivated in the face of frustration and rejection
Consistently directing readers to the most practical next step in their job search, Get Hired Now! shows how to figure out what you want, find opportunities and contacts, connect with potential employers, get interviews and land the job.
About the Authors
C.J. Hayden is a Master Certified Coach and author of the bestselling Get Clients Now!™. Since 1992, she has helped thousands of professionals achieve career success. A recognized leader in the coaching profession, Hayden has taught career skills for Mills College, Chevron, and Federal Express.
Frank Traditi is a career strategist and executive coach with more than 20 years of experience in management, sales, and marketing for Fortune 500 companies, including MCI, Inc. He has taught job search skills for Information Technology Institute, the Universities of Wyoming and Colorado, and the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.
“Despite what you’re hearing, finding employment today has never been so accessible. It’s the know-how that’s missing. This book will literally lead you by the hand and walk you through 28 days of what you should do in order to succeed. A treasure trove of practical, tested ideas.”
—Dr. Stephen R. Covey, Author, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
and The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness
“Your ability to find and get the job you want largely determines your success or failure in life. This book is the best ever written on the subject.”
—Brian Tracy, Author, TurboCoach: A Powerful System for Achieving Breakthrough Career Success
“Hayden and Traditi are the consummate experts when it comes to providing real life, immediately usable, and extremely valuable guidance and advice. If you want to find the job or career of your dreams, this book is a must read.”
—Marcia Wieder, America’s Dream Coach®, Author, Making Your Dreams Come True
“Hayden and Traditi have created a valuable resource for job-seekers and career coaches alike. This book is an essential tool for every coach who works with job-seeking clients.”
—Maria E. Hebda, Founder, CertifiedCareerCoaches.com
“Get Hired Now! shows how to figure out what you want, find opportunities and contacts, connect with potential employers, get interviews and land the job. It teaches job seekers what they never learned in school, i.e. how to market themselves.”
—Connecticut Business Times
“Anecdotes, model cover letters and other vital documents, basic instructions in how to network, step-by-step tidbits each a page or two long and easy-to-follow combine into a unified program ideal for focusing one’s energies and earning the job of one’s dreams. An excellent supplementary resource for first-time job hunters and midlife career-changers alike.”
—Midwest Book Review
“Finding a job in today’s market is challenging at best. All of the rules have changed. Looking in the Want Ads and sending resumes just doesn’t work anymore. You’ve got to find the right people that will help you land your perfect job. If you are ready to finally learn how to find the job you want, then Get Hired Now! is for you.”
“… has lessons on how to pitch yourself, answer tough interview questions and get around the HR department.”
—San Francisco Examiner
“Any book on work search beginning with ‘Finding work is all about people’ and ending with ‘And never forget your most precious resource in finding the job you want—people,’ has been written by authors who can be trusted to tell it like it is.”
Table of Contents
|Foreword by Wendy S.
Part I — The System
|1||What Really Works? Effective
Job Search ApproachesHow People Find Jobs • How Our Program Works • What Works and What Doesn’t • What If You Want to Start Now?
|2||Where Do You Start?
The Job Search PyramidClimbing the Job Search Pyramid • How Does the Job Search Pyramid Work? • Choosing Where to Focus • Are You Looking for a Shortcut?
|3||Where Are You Headed?
Setting Your Immediate Job Search GoalHow Having a Goal Will Help You• Setting Your Goal for the Program • Locking It In
|4||What’s Stopping You?
Selecting Your Success IngredientsWhat Are the Missing Ingredients? • Quantifying Your Success Ingredients
|5||Here’s What To Do: Choosing from the Action Plan Menu
What is the Secret Formula? • Ordering from the Action Plan Menu • What Is Going to Stop You?
|6||You’re Ready… Let’s
Go! Putting the System in ActionThe Get Hired Now! ™ Tracking Worksheet • The 28-Day Program • What’s Next For You?
Part II — The Recipes
|7||Knowing What You Want:
When You Aren’t Sure Who to Contact What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up? • Ingredients for Knowing What You Want • Hint: What If You Are in a Hurry? • Approach: Networking and Referral-Building • Approach: Informational Interviewing • Approach: Employing Recruiters and Agencies • Approach: Searching Specialized Job Listings and Using Help-Wanted Ads • Hint: Knowing When You’re Done
|8||Finding Opportunities and Contacts:
When You Don’t Know Enough People to Contact Where the Jobs Are • Ingredients for Finding Opportunities and Contacts • Approach: Networking and Referral-Building • Hint: What About Confidentiality? • Approach: Contacting Potential Employers and Informational Interviewing • Approach: Employing Recruiters and Agencies • Approach: Searching Specialized Job Listings and Using Help-Wanted Ads
|9||Applying to Employers: When You Know Plenty
of People but You’re Not Contacting ThemWhat to Do with What You Find • Ingredients for Applying to Employers • Approach: Networking and Referral-Building, Informational Interviewing, and Contacting Potential Employers • Approach: Employing Recruiters and Agencies, Searching Specialized Job Listings, and Using Help-Wanted Ads • Hint: A Word About Fear
|10||Getting Interviews: When You’re
Contacting People but Getting No InterviewsWhat’s in the Way? • Ingredients for Getting Interviews • Approach: Networking and Referral-Building, Contacting Potential Employers, Informational Interviewing, and Employing Recruiters and Agencies • Hint: A Word About Resistance
|11||Landing the Job: When You’re
Getting Interviews but No Job OffersThe Final Frontier • Ingredients for Landing the Job • Hint: What If You Are Getting Desperate? • Approach: Contacting Potential Employers • Hint: A Final Word
Reading Group Guidelines
Get Hired Now! was written with reading groups in mind. The 28-day program outlined in the book is ideal for use by a group of job-seekers working together, and the book has been adopted as a text by job clubs located around the world.
The typical reading group who chooses Get Hired Now! will not just discuss the book’s content, but rather work together to complete the exercises and put the 28-day program into action. The book uses a cookbook metaphor to help readers plan their job search. Here’s how to use the book with your reading group or job club to get the most benefit:
|1||Form a group of 3–15 members who are willing to meet on a weekly basis for at least 6 weeks. Group members should be actively engaged in looking for work, not just thinking about it.|
|2||Many groups meet in person, but busy job-seekers can also meet by telephone. Virtual groups use three-way calling or free teleconferencing services to schedule phone meetings. (Search the web for “free conference call.” Conferencing is free, but you may need to pay long distance charges from your location.)|
|3||Before your first meeting, suggest that all members read Chapters 1–3 and complete the first half of the Action Plan Worksheet on page 47. (Copies of the worksheet can be made from the book or downloaded from the authors’ website.|
|4||At your first meeting, members should introduce themselves and share the contents of their worksheets so far: what type of job they are looking for, their goal for the 28 days of the program, where they are feeling stuck or lost in their job search, and what job-seeking approaches they intend to use.|
|5||Each member should ask the others for any feedback, perspective, resources, or support they need to be successful in designing and implementing their program. This should take place at every meeting, giving members the opportunity to provide advice, leads and ideas to each other.|
|6||Before the second meeting, members should read Chapters 4–6, finish filling out the Action Plan Worksheet, and complete the first column of their Tracking Worksheet from page 103.|
|7||At the second meeting, each member should share the design of his or her personal 28-day program, including one to three Success Ingredients, ten Daily Actions, and a Special Permission. (These elements are all described in the book.) Each member should set a specific date to begin his or her program.|
|8||Before each subsequent meeting, members should read the daily entries in Chapter 6 that correspond to where they are in the program, typically Days 1–7 before the third meeting, 8–14 before the fourth meeting, etc.|
|9||At each weekly meeting, every member should begin by reporting on his or her job search progress, using the Tracking Worksheet as a guide. These reports should be concise, so that each member has a chance to check in every week. A useful approach for check-in reports is to summarize just the results on the worksheet without telling the story behind each one.|
|10||Members should hold each other accountable, noting when other members are not moving forward and reminding them of their stated intentions. A key benefit of working the program together is the “benevolent peer pressure” provided by the group. Gentle reminders are more effective than scolding one another. For example, members might ask each other: “What got in the way of completing your daily actions this week?” or “How can we help you move toward your goal?”|
|11||After the check-ins, members can discuss challenges, celebrate successes, ask questions of each other, share leads and resources, brainstorm ideas, or ask for and offer support. Chapter 6 and the job search “recipes” in Chapters7–11 provide many solutions to specific problems members might encounter.|
|12||At the final meeting, members should celebrate each other’s progress or success in the program, and discuss what they have learned over the past 28 days.|
|13||Not everyone will have found the job they are looking for, so any members who wish to continue working together should schedule another four weekly meetings and begin the program again. Typically, members choose to revise the design of their 28-day program before beginning a new one, so they should do so before the group next meets.|
While it’s not necessary for a Get Hired Now! reading group to have a designated leader, it can be helpful to have members take turns at facilitating. The facilitator can make sure that everyone has enough time to check in and that no one member dominates the discussion.
Some groups also hold mini-workshops at their meetings, taking turns to present a tool or technique from the extensive collection of job search how-to’s in Chapters7–11.
Whatever format your group chooses, remember that the key ingredients for success with the Get Hired Now! program are action, accountability and peer support. By working together to help each other, everyone will benefit.