Cover letters are all the same. They're useless. You write the same lies over and over again, listing the store-bought parts of yourself that you respect the least. God knows how they tell anyone apart, but this is how it's done. And then one day a car comes out of nowhere, and suddenly everything changes and you don't know if he'll ever wake up. You get out of bed in the morning, and when you sit down to write another paint-by-numbers cover letter, something entirely different comes out. You start threatening instead of begging. You tell impolite jokes. You talk about your childhood and your sexual fantasies. You sign your real name and you put yourself honestly into letter after letter and there is no way you are ever going to get this job. Not with a letter like this. And you send it anyway.
When he boarded his plane at Johannesburg International Airport, South Africa, Goodwill, a brilliant chemist, was certain he would face climatic and cultural challenges in North America. On arrival, he was ambushed by fighting-for-survival syndrome, against an existential nexus of phobia and presumption of incompetence. Snubbed at corporate corridors and fenced off from professional gates, he took up a 'survival job' as a security guard and soon became a person of interest to the Royal Canadian Mount Police. Mrs. Cornby is a sex-crazed American, a widow and a Democrat whose son was killed by Sunni insurgents in Iraq. She died of overdose of a mixture of barbiturates, alchohol, Xanax, Benzodiazipine and Morphine, and a chemist was the security guard on duty the night of her death. Peter the taxi driver had $2million transferred to his Bahamas bank account weeks after Mrs. Cornby's death. He dined, wined and tummy-tucked and visited top class massage parlours in and around Toronto. Goodwill was at the mercy of meticulous investigation and judicial providence.
What do you want to be when you grow up? This question can bring out the imagination and limitless potential of us all. Wanting to find out what the experts think, author Wes Waddle asked university professors for their experiences. He found people with college degrees in the area of what they "want to do when they grow up" who were unable to find a job of their choosing. They were often classified as "overqualified" or "underqualified," as the author himself was once labeled. After graduating from college with a teaching degree and obtaining his pilot license, Waddle was told that he was overqualified to be a supervisor and underqualified to be a manager. This motivated him to guide the next generation of students so they would never be categorized as such. Not a how-to book, but rather a what-to-do book, Overqualified/Underqualified will help you discover what to do -- at any age. Waddle looks at the issues of education, life planning, and career planning to guide students, counselors, parents, community leaders, and adults on the ethical and monetary value of their education and the different factors that pertain at different life stages. In Overqualified/Underqualified, Waddle addresses: the true purpose of a degree how values and working for a worthwhile cause play into your career choice when you don't get the job after an interview alternative education at all levels the "D-I-M-E-S Make Dollars Theory" -- how to combine Desire, Inspiration, Motivation, and Enthusiasm for Success and more Uplifting and inspirational, Wes Waddle's basic guidelines for education and life help students find career fulfillment and better prepare themselves for the constantly changing world.
People's identity is often tied to their jobs. Without employment and money, life becomes difficult and challenging. When this happens, stress, anxiety, fear, and desperation, among many other negative emotions, occupy the mind. The essays in this book reveal author Krasimir Karamfilov's internal and external struggles during 13 months of unemployment. In other words, this is what a smartass without a job went through.
The present study examined the relationship between perceived overqualification and work engagement through basic need satisfaction at work and further incorporated job crafting and nonwork crafting to understand the indirect role of need satisfaction. In study 1, a new measure for targeted nonwork crafting was developed and validated. The final scale provided adequate reliability and validity evidence, and predicted life satisfaction and job satisfaction above and beyond the measures of intrinsic motivation and recovery experiences. The main study included a total of 321 full-time employees who had been working in their current job for at least 3 months and represented diverse occupations and industries. Results indicated that basic need satisfaction at work explains the negative relationship between perceived overqualification and work engagement. However, job crafting and targeted nonwork crafting do not moderate the indirect effect of basic need satisfaction at work. Supplemental analyses revealed that job satisfaction emerges as a reactive response to unmet needs at work while targeted nonwork crafting serves as a buffer for the relationship between perceived overqualification and burnout. These findings underscore the importance of considering motivational implications of overqualification on work outcomes and integrating cross-domain variables to the overqualification research.
Deliver a show-stopping interview performance Does the thought of interviewing for a new job send shivers down your spine? It doesn't have to! Whether you're searching for your first job, changing careers, or looking for advancement in your current line of work, Job Interviews For Dummies shows you how to use your skills and experiences to your advantage and land that job. Following a half-decade characterized by an explosion of economic crises, global expansion, and technological innovation in the job market, today's job seekers vie for employment in a tough era of new realities where few have gone before. In addition to covering how to prepare for an interview, this updated edition explores the new realities of the job market with scenarios that you can expect to encounter, an updated sample question and answer section, coverage of how you can harness social media in your job search, information on preparing for a Web-based interview, and the best ways to keep your credibility when applying for several jobs at once. Out-prepare the competition Overcome your fear of interviewing Ask smart questions about the job and the employer Give the best answers to make-or-break questions Fit your qualifications to the job's requirements Dress like an insider Survive personality tests Interview across cultures Evaluate a job offer Negotiate a better salary Whether you're fresh from the classroom, a prime-timer over 50, or somewhere in between, Job Interviews For Dummies quickly gets you up to speed on the skills and tools you need to land the job you want.
In Any Economy, It Pays to Discover Your Calling According to financial expert Dave Ramsey, “Few categories of our lives define us and grow us spiritually, emotionally, relationally, and as people. Our work is one of those defining areas. Sadly, a ‘j-o-b’ is what most people settle for. But as Dan Miller so powerfully points out in 48 Days to the Work You Love, a calling lights up your life.” As a leading vocational thinker, New York Times best-selling author Dan Miller helps you better understand and organize your God-given skills, personality traits, values, dreams, and passions. In turn, you’ll see clear patterns form that point you toward successful career decisions. Packed with modern insight and timeless wisdom, here is a step-by-step process for creating a Life Plan and translating it into meaningful, satisfying daily work. With plenty of smart ideas for thriving in today’s changing workforce, this revised edition also includes fresh tips on career search and resume tools, interview skills, negotiating salaries, and more. With both updated and brand new content, you will find everything you need to move you toward finding work that you love in just 48 Days. Let the Countdown Begin!
A brand new collection of state-of-the-art talent management techniques Breakthrough talent management techniques! 5 authoritative books bring together the state-of-the-art in finding, growing, and keeping world-class people! Talent is everything — and finding, growing, and keeping the best talent has never been more difficult. This 5-book collection brings together powerful new insights, techniques, practices, and skills for improving the way you manage talent in any organization, industry, or environment… including the talent that matters most. (Yours!) In 17 Rules Successful Companies Use to Attract and Keep Top Talent, renowned workforce expert David Russo identifies exactly what great organizations do differently when it comes to managing their people. He distills these differences into 17 rules for everything from resourcing and compensation to leadership development, risk-taking to change management. Next, he shows how to apply these rules in your organization, whether you’re large or small, high-tech or low-tech, for-profit or non-profit. Then, in Talent Force, Rusty Rueff and Hank Springer help you systematically get the right talent into the right place at the right time. You’ll learn how to develop and implement a world-class talent plan that aligns with business objectives, and identify metrics for tracking and optimizing progress. Discover how candidates are using technology to evaluate new opportunities, benchmark compensation, and create new back-channels of communication about worklife — and learn how to use these technologies yourself to grow the world’s best Talent Force. In The Truth About Hiring the Best, Cathy Fyock reveals 53 proven hiring principles for identifying, reaching, and recruiting the very best. Fyock helps you find hidden talent sources… make great people want to work with you… choose amongst the great new people you’ve found, while building great relationships with strong candidates you don’t hire. Next, in The Truth About Getting the Best From People, Second Edition, Martha Finney 60+ proven principles for achieving unprecedented levels of employee engagement. This new edition features more than 15 new truths including: managing virtual teams, building persuasive skills, tuning into your own unconscious biases, managing multiple generations, and identifying and cultivating individual high performers. Not feeling empowered enough to do all this? Vince Thompson’s Ignited! reveals gathering forces that are re-empowering you right now. Thompson outlines realistic steps for leveraging networks and resources to transform your own visions into reality, and accomplishing powerful goals only you can achieve. He offers new tools for leading “from the middle”… expanding your influence and overcoming traps… connecting your passions with business goals… mastering all your new roles: linkmaker, process master, pilot, healer, bard, scout, and translator! From world-renowned talent management experts Vince Thompson, David Russo, Rusty Rueff, Hank Stringer, Cathy Fyock, and Martha I. Finney