Sunday, July 15, 2012
My thoughts on “The 2-Hour Job Search” by Steve Dalton
I don’t know Steve (@Dalton_Steve) but if I’m ever down by Duke University I’m going to look him up because this book rocks. So good. Honestly, this is probably the best book I’ve read for someone who’s looking for a new job. I’d definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a job. With that, here are a few of my thoughts on the book:
The Resume Black Hole - On page 3, Steve talks about a student named Becca who’s been applying for tons of jobs....with no luck. I talk about this a lot and this paragraph stresses the point. Applying online is inefficient and unlikely to result in a new job. You have to do it...but don’t get your hopes up in amazing results.
LinkedIn Start-up - There is a great, quick start-up guide to getting your LinkedIn profile working for you on page 14. This page is really all you need to get up and running. Great stuff and as loyal readers know....LinkedIn is critical to your job search.
The LAMP Methodology - The real meat of the book is the LAMP methodology that Steve recommends. It’s FANTASTIC. Very similar to some of the advice I give but broken down into a very easy to understand format. I won’t go into a massive amount of detail (buy the book!) but this is exactly the kind of thing job seekers need to be doing in order to successfully find a job...and a great job at that.
The 99.9% - Great statistic on page 16, there are 27.5 million businesses in the US, only .1% of them have over 500 employees. Think about that for just a minute. 99.9% of businesses in the US have less than 500 people.........that means, for every big company you know is hiring there are literally hundreds of companies you’ve never heard of hiring too......wow!
Quick Start Guide - The last few pages of the book are literally a quick start guide on how to get the LAMP method working for you. It’s great. If you are looking for a job, this is exactly what you need. Check it out.
Ok, that’s it. This is a great book...not good, GREAT. I’m going to recommend this book to anyone I know who’s looking for a job. Great stuff, and Steve if you ever read this and are in Boston...coffee is on me.
Good luck out there this week everyone, enjoy the summer....it won’t last forever.