Help Yourself to a Job 2nd edition

Jeff Gold (Leeds Business School, Leeds, UK)

Career Development International

ISSN: 1362-0436

Article publication date: 1 April 1998



Gold, J. (1998), "Help Yourself to a Job 2nd edition", Career Development International, Vol. 3 No. 2, pp. 94-94.



Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 1998, MCB UP Limited

Earlier this year, the government cut funding for Employment Service courses for unemployed people by about one‐third. Eligibility became stricter and the time allowed on courses became more limited. Overnight, self‐help in the job‐seeking field became more important.

This book argues that job‐hunting is a set of skills which anyone can learn, and sets out to teach those skills in no‐nonsense fashion.

In 150 crisply‐written pages, the book covers all aspects of job hunting, and offers advice which ranges from the simplistic to the truly enlightening. It tells how to pinpoint marketable skills and form a job goal. It explains how to seek out hidden opportunities and job hunt all the time. Essential presentation skills are explored, with detailed examination of CV styles and how to handle an interview. There is also a very small number of addresses of professional organizations and advice agencies. The list should be built on (or simply omitted) for the next edition.

Until recently, the author was a Job Club leader specialising in working with people unemployed for more than a year. A former further‐education teacher, she achieved the highest job‐placement rate in the Staffordshire region last year. She is obviously doing something right, and the book makes her experience open to all.

The publication targets job‐seekers of all ages, teachers, lecturers and careers officers.

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