Use Your Head To Get Your Foot In The Door by Harvey Mackay
Harvey Mackay has provided a resource that every professional should read regardless if they are currently in a job-search or not. Mackay is perhaps best known as the author of five business bestsellers, including “Swim With the Sharks (Without Being Eaten Alive)”, “Beware the Naked Man Who Offers You His Shirt” and “Dig Your Well Before You're Thirsty”. He is a nationally syndicated columnist, and one of America's most popular business speakers. (Wikipedia)
By reading this book, an individual will obtain valuable information that will give then an edge on looking for a job. In addition, if you are happy with your current employer, Mackay gives tips to ensure longevity in your position during tough times. He also provides insight to those aspiring to be entrepreneurs. Mackay provides uncanny advice in the form of little quotes called Mackay’s Moral. He also has included cartoons form the NewYorker collection to make things light, while he reveals some heavy information. Mackay tackles subjects that most avoid. Including subjects like: “Plugging holes in your resume”, “Being your best with things at their worst”, “Negotiating terms in your next position” and “Asking for a raise”. This book has many small chapters, which allow you to digest one tidbit at a time. I found this beneficial since I don’t have time to read many pages in one sitting. In fact, this book is also available as an audio book. I read some in my spare time and I listened to most of it in the car or on the ipod. You can download the entire book from iTunes.
This book is full of many resources. Just some of the websites described in “Use Your Head To Get Your Foot In The Door” include:
www.shiftonline.orgis tailored for mid-lifers in transition. The organizations core message is: “Move to Meaning in Life and Work”
And the list goes on….just too many to list.
Mackay also gives some excellent advice that does not cost you to implement. For instance:
Examine your interview skills by videotaping yourself in an interview setting. Solicit the help of friends in the industry you want to work in to critique your interview answers. Record your performance and analyze your response to questions. This technique is used by professional executive make-over firms. Create your own do-it-yourself version. Chapter 27 pg. 112 gives you the details.
“When does a setback become a real loss? If you did NOT learn something new and important about yourself and your capabilities.” Pg.34
“The reason why so many people are casualties of massive company cutbacks is often that they did not take the initiative themselves to redefine their own jobs and make them more relevant.” Pg. 24
“When you’re at a job interview, pay particular attention to how your resume is read and physically handled by an interviewer. Mackay’s Moral: Remember the purpose of the resume. It is to enable to you to resume work.”pg. 109
“Don’t forget to work very, very hard for your out-of-work friends. Send leads to those in need. Call them every two or three weeks to bolster their spirits lest we forget, the iron law of human relations remains: ‘Be nice to the people you meet on the way up, because you might meet them again on the way down.’” Pg. 137
“Early Birds Get the Worm, Late Birds Get the Job. With most openings, the company’s job specs are likely to be vague at first, becoming clearer only after the employers have had the opportunity to interview (and argue about) a couple of candidates. You don’t want to be the test dummy, smashed into a wall, so the company can design a better set of wheels for someone else.”pg. 199