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John Lucht

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This review was submitted by mauzenne.

The ONLY book on changing jobs you will ever need.  As detailed and well-documented and -researched book as we know of.  It is the equivalent of Effective Executive for job searches.  May not be 100% applicable for college graduates, but is for everyone else.  He says you should do your resume like we do, and no one else recommends this. 

After 4 years of podcasts, John Lucht is the only author we've ever had on the show.

Buy this book.

Buy this book whether you think you need it or not - you do.

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damcg63's picture

It should be a web site you subscribe to because it gets obsolete quickly.....still an important read.

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buhlerar's picture

I agree this was a very helpful book and cleared up much confusion about the interview & hiring process.  However, you said: "He says you should do your resume like we do, and no one else recommends this."  Unless I misread the book, he actually recommends a long-form resume that goes on for 3-5 pages, rather than the 1-page resume you recommend.  To be honest, this conflicting advice has confused me a little as I try to redesign my resume.

In your interview with him, you touched on this difference but you (understandably) seemed to "agree to disagree" on the length.  You both agreed the word choice should be very deliberate (he obviously doesn't recommend adding fluff to make it long).

Also, you say it applies to everyone but college graduates, but I'm at a Senior Manager/Director-candidate level, and I couldn't help wondering if the book was talking to positions above my level.  I'm worried that if I take the book's approach too literally I will come across as unrealistic or being "out of touch" with the way jobs at my level are really filled.  I was left wondering whether a $450K General Manager was really hired in the same way as a $140K Finance Director.  Is there any risk in approaching the job search with an approach more appropriate for more senior positions?

In any event, the book is valuable for everyone to understand the terrain ahead, but ran into a couple of instances where I was hesitant about applying the advice.  Can you clarify what you meant and help me reconcile this?

Thanks.

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redkat27's picture

I second these questions. 3-4 pages versus 1 page is a huge difference. And I wonder if inflation is the reason I feel that perhaps this isn't meant for me even though I'm in the over 100k bracket.

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If I get one good idea from a book, I am already satisfied. Maybe my standards are not that high, but that is to say about the mere population of business books. The Rites of Passage gave me at least 5 good ideas. The killer one, also hosted in the podcast with John Lucht: ask your network for a reference, not for a job. Gold.

And of course what Mark and Mike always say; answer straight up. Do not think you can fool a recruiter with a fancy, but vague answer. The details about recruiting firms went a little to deep for me, but overall a must read.

Peter Joosten

www.reflectionformanagers.com

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