Will Roney

Book Review – Why should I work for you, by Keith Potts and Jason Deign

In Non-Fiction Writing, Uncategorized on July 21, 2010 at 12:59

Finding a job at the moment is probably as difficult as it has always been. The question of whether to jump a current position for a more lucrative one is a gamble even at the best of times. Yet, there are things that you can do as a job-seeker to plot the optimum course.The first is to understand why you’re looking in the first place. Is it because of money? Is it the people that you work with? Or is it something else? This book from the excellent ‘How to’ series, tries to first understand your reasons for wanting to change, and then tries to equip you with a better set of skills to gain that new position, pay rise or transfer.

Most job-hunting books start with the creation of a CV. These books, though useful do not do the preparation for what can be one of the most daunting and important decisions you will ever make. Starting from basics, this book assesses your reasons for moving by using a simple and structured 10-minute test. It then looks at whether you are better off staying in your present job, albeit with changed circumstances. There is a warning attached to this with statistics for and against staying purely for money though.

Matching your skills to a desired position comes next, along with preparing the CV which will promote you above and beyond the many CVs an employer will get. Getting into the mind of a potential interviewer is the next section of the book. Are there any key questions that you will be asked? What about just being yourself in an interview?

Finally there is the follow-up and how you settle into the job, keeping your eyes and ears aware to your progress. This is to make sure that you’ve ultimately made the right decision, and to hopefully ensure that you’ve chosen an employer for the long haul.

The strength of this book is the fact that it takes the idea of job hunting and expands it to cover multiple views, with an aim to give a job-hunter a better understanding of the whole process. I have never seen this done in books like this before and Jason Deign and Keith Potts deserve recognition for producing a top-rate book.

This book review was originally published on Family Friendly Working, a site packed with advice on flexible work for mums and dads.

Have you enjoyed this review? If you have, click through and buy the book HERE!


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