Book Review: How to Find a Job Now by Jim Stroud

After listening to Jim Stroud’s podcasts, and watching his videos, I knew that if I read this book that it wouldn’t be a traditional discourse of job hunting with links and references to boot. His style of writing and presenting would satisfy traditional book readers but engulf others who adapted a learning style that requires a visual approach to learning. How to Find a Job Now (And Never Have to Look Again!) by Jim Stroud (@JimStroud) infuses conversation, commentary, and show-and-tell in one thoughtful  and demonstrative training guide for job seekers of all backgrounds.
He states at the front of the book that,

“My approach in writing this book is to write as little as possible. (Crazy right?)”

This is the first job search book that I’ve read in the last 16 months (I’ve read a number of them) that I wanted to have a conversation after reading it. That’s a good thing too because Stroud breaks it down by showing you more than telling you. And for readers and non-readers, you are not laboring to learn as you would in academia. The educator in me would say for job seekers to read a portion, implement it, continue.

Here a few reason’s I recommend Stroud’s book:

1. You hear the recruiter’s point of view

Stroud explains how recruiters use Google to “source” (look for resumes) to find qualified candidates. To tone of the book is not just preparing your résumé but also your online portfolio.

2. Resources that you have never seen

Stroud provides a number of resources that you are unlikely to hear if you are not pursuing a consulting or freelance career. He makes a great point about using freelancing to get paid for giving advice (as part of the keeping a job part of the book).

3. How to use Facebook to search for jobs

The discussion about privacy settings continues as a job seeker needs to ensure that the best attributes are accessible online, and perceived as negative. Stroud suggests terms to search using Facebook to find potential opportunities.

4. About freelancing

Here is a convincing long-term answer for staying employed: Position yourself to refuse work! Beautifully said as most of us would love to have more choices to make a living. One of the best sections in the book.

The book is free through TheRecruitersLounge.com  and JimStroud.com. It is a good reference and guide for those either beginning or continuing a job search.

 Book Review: How to Find a Job Now by Jim Stroud

About Mark Anthony Dyson

I am a Career Consultant, Host & Producer of "The Voice of Job Seekers podcast, and Founder of the blog by the same name. I help and inspire unemployed, underemployed, and under-appreciated job seekers by finding and creating a voice to be heard by heard employers. I see too many voice-less resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles, and other attempts people attempt to market themselves. In addition to the awards, my advice has appeared in major career sites such as AOL Jobs, You Tern, CAREEREALISM, Come Recommended, and Brazen Careerist. Your Voice. Your Brand. Your next opportunity is waiting to hear from you.

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  1. sandra tedfordNo Gravatar says:

    Great tips from JIm, Mark. Job Seekers and anyone looking for work should put these thing into practice.

    • Mark Anthony DysonNo Gravatar says:

      Sandra, it really reinforces what we already believe: A positive online presence and offer solutions to validate experience through consulting.

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