THE ULTIMATE JOB SEEKER'S GUIDE: SECOND EDITION by Robb Mulberger

THE ULTIMATE JOB SEEKER'S GUIDE: SECOND EDITION

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A recruiting professional shares key tips for securing the right job.

This second edition of Mulberger’s 2013 debut has been updated to include chapters on internships and effective communications. Much of the advice here is available elsewhere, but this book still does an admirable job of highlighting the most important aspects of a job hunt. The author covers all the bases: job-search strategies, online resources, working with recruiters, writing a resume, interviewing, and more. In addition, there are helpful chapters that go beyond the basics, such as transitioning from a government position to one in the private sector, how to resign from a job, the pros and cons of internships, and long-term career planning. Mulberger handles each of these topics with candor and a dose of good humor, which keeps the content lively. Numbered and bulleted lists of tips and techniques allow for easy reading, as well. The author provides beneficial examples of effective resumes, cover letters, and answers to interview questions. However, one of the most valuable chapters in the book may well be “Basic and Advanced Internet Search Techniques,” which offers a very detailed battle plan for exactly how to use Google and LinkedIn to hone in on job-search parameters; in addition, it shares smart ways to locate business email addresses and decide to whom a resume and cover letter should be addressed. The chapter on communication skills, a welcome addendum, covers the impact of timing and facial expressions, among other things. In the final chapter, “The Experts Speak; Tips for Job Seekers from Seasoned Recruiters!,” other recruiters share some of their own most valuable tips—a nice touch that effectively bolsters the author’s advice. Mulberger’s writing style throughout is authoritative and consultative. It’s obvious that he’s counseled a great many clients, and he translates that wisdom into a guide that makes no assumptions about a reader’s level of job-search knowledge.

An approachable, down-to-earth guide that should prove especially useful to less-experienced job seekers.

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