The Science of Successful Job Hunting is a complete guide for navigating today’s jobs market
Looking for a job is tough! Graduate jobs, student jobs, already in the market – you’re going to have to fight for what you want. And I think I’ve found something to give you a bit of an advantage.
The Science of Successful Job Hunting is the latest book from Mildred Talabi, award-winning careers speaker, blogger and author. It’s a book worth investing in. I’ve got my copy!
Mildred was kind enough to break from her busy schedule to answer a few questions about the book.
What makes TSoSJH different to other job search guide books?
I think it’s best I let someone else answer this! This just about sums up what makes it different:
“Here is a book jam-packed with practical tips and encouragement that speaks directly to its audience. No recruitment jargon here – just honest and insightful ways to break into and understand what can seem like a hostile and impossible job market.
This book is about putting control back in the hands of its readers and giving them the focus, strategies and confidence they need to get the jobs they want. Whether you’re trying to find your first Saturday job, the job of your dreams, or just some clarity – this is the book for you!” – Charlotte Hallaways
How does TSoSJH build on your last book – 7 Keys to a Winning CV?
[7 Keys to a Winning CV] focuses on CV writing whereas The Science of Successful Job Hunting covers all areas of job hunting. From developing the right mindset before you start your job hunt, all the way to the interview or assessment day.
7 Keys to a Winning CV is for jobseekers who need specific help with their CV and know that this is the only thing hindering them from landing a job. The Science of Successful Job Hunting offers much more of an overview of the whole job hunting process, with practical strategies you can apply in all the areas covered, including successfully using social media in your job search and tapping the hidden job market.
I wrote this book as a complete guide for jobseekers to find success in today’s job market.
Do you have a favourite chapter?
I love the whole book because it’s an outpouring of everything I’ve learnt about job hunting over the past eight years or so I’ve been involved in careers. If I had to pick a favourite chapter, however, one of them would be Chapter 10, ‘Recent graduate? Don’t bother with graduate schemes – here’s why’.
This chapter is particularly relevant to your audience as it deals with alternative options for graduates outside of those elusive graduate schemes that are often so hard to get. It also features ten top tips from a recent graduate who managed to land a full time job in her field of study within a month of leaving university.
Another chapter I also like is Chapter 9 which looks at the “hidden” job market and outlines practical ways for any jobseeker to successfully tap into this method of job hunting.
There’s a chapter on using social media as a part of your job search. How much of an impact have platforms like Google+, Twitter and LinkedIn had on the recruitment market?
Social media plays an important role in the process of finding a job today. More and more employers are now using social media to directly recruit or eliminate potential candidates, so it’s important for jobseekers to learn how to use social media to their advantage. Particularly the more prominent platforms like LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Google+.
Successful use of social media will allow you to build a credible online brand that will be attractive to employers and recruiters, as well as open up the channels to engage directly with those who hold the decision-making powers.
Blogging. Do you recommend?
Absolutely! Especially where you’re interested in working in a field such as journalism, marketing, advertising, or something creative.
Blogging is a good way to showcase your knowledge and demonstrate an active interest in your field which can serve as an online portfolio you can show to employers.
There are so many platforms available to start a blog, whether WordPress or using a visual platform like Tumblr. And it’s really easy to setup with minimal to zero costs so it’s definitely a worthwhile use of time for serious jobseekers.
In the introduction you reference your own setbacks – and how they’ve informed your current approach to searching for a job. What’s been your worst experience? What did you learn from it?
Up until that experience I had always been pretty good at getting a job whenever I needed to, so that whole episode was probably the worst experience I’ve ever had in job hunting. The great thing about setbacks and failures is that there is always something positive to learn from it if we take time to reflect and evaluate. For me, what came out of that season was not only the 10 job hunting lessons I talk about in the introduction, but this entire book itself!
One piece of advice for 2014 graduates?
Read Chapters 9 and 10 of my book especially – go beyond graduate schemes and tap into the hidden job market for less competition and better results in your job hunting.
One piece of advice for students starting university this year – how can they lay the groundwork for their graduate job search?
While it’s important to graduate from university with a good degree, it’s even more important to graduate with those academic qualifications and practical skills and work experience to put you ahead of the competition.
Chapter 4 of the book is all about going the “extra mile” in your job hunting. Developing your skills through extra-curricular activities like joining a public speaking or debating society, or getting involved in your university newspaper. You should also try to get some work experience or internships in the field you want to work in whilst studying.
What advice would you offer someone switching careers/discipline “late in the day”?
Focus on “selling” your transferable skills in your CV, cover letters and application forms. Where possible, try and get some work experience (most likely to be voluntary) in the new career you wish to enter as a way to further boost your CV and demonstrate your suitability.
Any plans for another book?
Absolutely – lots of books! I’ve had the title and idea for my third book for about three years now and I plan to start writing it at some point next year. This one is about starting out in business – another area I’m also passionate about!
About Mildred Talabi
Mildred Talabi is an award-winning UK-based careers blogger, author and speaker with over eight years of experience in the industry.
Mildred is passionate about inspiring and changing lives in the realm of business and careers and her new book, The Science of Successful Job Hunting, is now out on general release. To download a free sample chapter, go to jobsciencebook.com.
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