Hill knows her stuff, and her book is likely to be useful and uplifting for anyone struggling to find a job.

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Stop Hoping... Start Hunting!

A JOB SEEKER'S GUIDE TO FINDING THEIR JOB

This debut guide by career coach and recruiter Hill provides a strategy for finding that perfect job despite high unemployment and an uncertain economy.

Hill begins by offering a few thoughts on why people might want to consider moving to a new position and why those who have been laid off might see it as a blessing, despite the difficulties of the “jobless recovery.” She then lays out a path for job seekers, starting with a plan for determining the elements of an ideal job. She describes how to use networking, including social media, to expand the job search, and she discusses the pros and cons of using recruiters. From there, her book moves on to the basic aspects of job hunting, such as designing a powerful resume, acing the interview process, and how and when to negotiate a job offer. She veers away from standard job-hunting advice by stressing the importance of mind over matter, and by explaining how the right (or wrong) attitude can make a huge difference to potential employers: “Your perspective and attitude are just as important as how strong your resume is or what you do or do not say in an interview.” The book is spiced with amusing anecdotes from Hill’s experiences as a recruiter, including one about a candidate who had explained in a job interview that she left her last job at a law office because she’d slept with all the attorneys. Much of what Hill teaches is common sense, but as she points out, a remarkable number of people seem to suffer from a lack of common sense when they’re in the midst of a frenzied job search. She also provides useful tips for specific challenges, including sample answers to difficult interview questions and ways to put a positive spin on unfortunate episodes from previous jobs. Hill’s optimistic tone is a relief; she admits there are immense challenges to finding a job, but she’s confident they can be overcome.

Hill knows her stuff, and her book is likely to be useful and uplifting for anyone struggling to find a job.

Pub Date: Sept. 3, 2013

ISBN: 978-0986041600

Page Count: 150

Publisher: J. Hill Publishing

Review Posted Online: Dec. 17, 2013

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Occasionally wonky but overall a good case for how the dismal science can make the world less—well, dismal.

GOOD ECONOMICS FOR HARD TIMES

“Quality of life means more than just consumption”: Two MIT economists urge that a smarter, more politically aware economics be brought to bear on social issues.

It’s no secret, write Banerjee and Duflo (co-authors: Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way To Fight Global Poverty, 2011), that “we seem to have fallen on hard times.” Immigration, trade, inequality, and taxation problems present themselves daily, and they seem to be intractable. Economics can be put to use in figuring out these big-issue questions. Data can be adduced, for example, to answer the question of whether immigration tends to suppress wages. The answer: “There is no evidence low-skilled migration to rich countries drives wage and employment down for the natives.” In fact, it opens up opportunities for those natives by freeing them to look for better work. The problem becomes thornier when it comes to the matter of free trade; as the authors observe, “left-behind people live in left-behind places,” which explains why regional poverty descended on Appalachia when so many manufacturing jobs left for China in the age of globalism, leaving behind not just left-behind people but also people ripe for exploitation by nationalist politicians. The authors add, interestingly, that the same thing occurred in parts of Germany, Spain, and Norway that fell victim to the “China shock.” In what they call a “slightly technical aside,” they build a case for addressing trade issues not with trade wars but with consumption taxes: “It makes no sense to ask agricultural workers to lose their jobs just so steelworkers can keep theirs, which is what tariffs accomplish.” Policymakers might want to consider such counsel, especially when it is coupled with the observation that free trade benefits workers in poor countries but punishes workers in rich ones.

Occasionally wonky but overall a good case for how the dismal science can make the world less—well, dismal.

Pub Date: Nov. 12, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-61039-950-0

Page Count: 432

Publisher: PublicAffairs

Review Posted Online: Aug. 29, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 2019

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A timely, vividly realized reminder to slow down and harness the restorative wonders of serenity.

STILLNESS IS THE KEY

An exploration of the importance of clarity through calmness in an increasingly fast-paced world.

Austin-based speaker and strategist Holiday (Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue, 2018, etc.) believes in downshifting one’s life and activities in order to fully grasp the wonder of stillness. He bolsters this theory with a wide array of perspectives—some based on ancient wisdom (one of the author’s specialties), others more modern—all with the intent to direct readers toward the essential importance of stillness and its “attainable path to enlightenment and excellence, greatness and happiness, performance as well as presence.” Readers will be encouraged by Holiday’s insistence that his methods are within anyone’s grasp. He acknowledges that this rare and coveted calm is already inside each of us, but it’s been worn down by the hustle of busy lives and distractions. Recognizing that this goal requires immense personal discipline, the author draws on the representational histories of John F. Kennedy, Buddha, Tiger Woods, Fred Rogers, Leonardo da Vinci, and many other creative thinkers and scholarly, scientific texts. These examples demonstrate how others have evolved past the noise of modern life and into the solitude of productive thought and cleansing tranquility. Holiday splits his accessible, empowering, and sporadically meandering narrative into a three-part “timeless trinity of mind, body, soul—the head, the heart, the human body.” He juxtaposes Stoic philosopher Seneca’s internal reflection and wisdom against Donald Trump’s egocentric existence, with much of his time spent “in his bathrobe, ranting about the news.” Holiday stresses that while contemporary life is filled with a dizzying variety of “competing priorities and beliefs,” the frenzy can be quelled and serenity maintained through a deliberative calming of the mind and body. The author shows how “stillness is what aims the arrow,” fostering focus, internal harmony, and the kind of holistic self-examination necessary for optimal contentment and mind-body centeredness. Throughout the narrative, he promotes that concept mindfully and convincingly.

A timely, vividly realized reminder to slow down and harness the restorative wonders of serenity.

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 2019

ISBN: 978-0-525-53858-5

Page Count: 288

Publisher: Portfolio

Review Posted Online: July 21, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 2019

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