Some basics to be found in other job-hunting manuals--but some interesting personal observations, too. Half is the head of a recruiting firm said to have placed over 100,000 people; to this experience, he adds the conclusions of a market research survey he commissioned among top management and personnel executives. The routine pointers: use active verbs to ""sell"" yourself in your rÃ‰sumÃ‰; research each company thoroughly to impress your interviewer; work your way through a network of personal contacts to learn of job openings; etc. A more unusual tip: according to a majority of top executives, your personality is not only the most important factor in an interview, it can actually compensate ""for a lack of specific job experience."" Half also offers a formula for the amount of time it will take you, on the average, to track down the right job: one week for each $2,000 in salary. The functional rÃ‰sumÃ‰ that so many manuals recommend to hide job-hopping gets no plaudits here--since Half reckons that most executives are wise to what's intended. And according to the survey results, job hunters shouldn't elbow their way into interviews first; the very first person seen is three times less likely to be hired than the last person. Some of the more specific problems are tackled too: how to get age to work for you (if you're older, sell experience; if younger, sell ambition and a willingness to work hard); how to tell when you're about to be fired; 25 of the most common questions interviewers ask. In sum: a solid blend of the standard and the special.