|Awesome woman surfer; photo from here.|
Against my better judgment, I binge-bought job-searching books to see if they'd really help me land that glittering, light-from-heaven, angels-singing job. I intend to report back my findings to see if they smooth out job surfing, or just plain wipeout. Here are the victims:
What Color is Your Parachute? 2011 by Richard N. Bolles
This appears to be the industry standard. Mr. Bolle's tome has evidently sold a bajillion copies, so at first blush it seems promising. Let's just hope this blush isn't of the sheepish, gee-whiz variety.
Knock 'em Dead Cover Letters: Great letter techniques and samples for every step of your job search (Cover letters that knock 'em dead) by Martin Yate
I hate cover letters. My idea of a good cover letter is "Hi. I'm awesome. Please hire me. Signed, me." But opinions from Internet cover letter sages differed so much that I had to find some objective guidance. It's a little weird coming from a journalism grad, but I can write about anyone else. Ask me to write about myself, and I freeze. If this doesn't defrost me, I'll be using this as a doorstop.
Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters 2.0: 1,001 Unconventional Tips, Tricks and Tactics for Landing Your Dream Job by Jay Conrad Levinson
I admit it. I solely picked the book because of the word guerrilla in the title. I want to see if I can really sneak up on hiring managers, my face streaked in camouflage grease, and beatifically whisper, "I'm following you on Twitter. Please hire me."