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Monday, September 02, 2013


Cut the Crap, Get a Job! by Dana Manciagli - Book review

Cut the Crap, Get a Job!

A New Job Search Process for a New Era

By: Dana Manciagli

Published: April 15, 2013
Format: Paperback, 206 pages
ISBN-10: 1935953478
ISBN-13: 978-1935953470
Publisher: Authority Publishing

"If you haven't studied and practiced job search skills recently, you should assume you are terrible at job search", writes global career guide, keynote speaker, and career coach Dana Manciagli, in her straight talking and positive results oriented book Cut the Crap, Get a Job! A New Job Search Process for a New Era. The author describes proven, real world strategies and techniques for preparing for a winning job search, uncovering that great job, and interviewing for it successfully to land the position.

Dana Manciagli understands that the rules and strategies for finding a job have changed drastically over the past few years. Not only has the job market undergone dramatic upheavals, but the hiring process has been altered entirely as well. The author also reminds employment seekers that these changes in the hiring environment have also increased the level and quality of competition vying for those available jobs. Dana Manciagli stresses the competitive aspect of the job seeking process, and demonstrates how to win that great position.

The author also points out that hiring managers are looking for people who have the skills for the role, but they also want someone who will be a success at that job. As a result, the author emphasizes that standard employment seeking methods are precisely the wrong approach to finding a job.

Dana Mancialgi (photo left) recognizes that in the new employment landscape that new barriers to getting hired are part of challenge. The author writes that job seekers face obstacles in both preparation and in application. Clearing one hurdle is not enough if a person gets tripped up in the other hurdle. To overcome these difficult and unexpected challenges, Dana Mancialgi offers fresh and creative methods for breaking through the barriers and for landing the job.

Dana Mancialgi presents a no nonsense approach to the new world of job hunting. The author makes clear to the employment hunter that the task facing them is not an easy one. The author promises no short cuts in today's highly competitive job market. Dana Mancialgi presents her straight talking advice for job seekers in three major sections as follows:

* Attitude, commitment, and goal-setting
* Preparing to win a job
* Apply, interview, follow up

For me, the power of the book is how Dana Mancialgi combines a realistic appraisal of the contemporary job market, with the practical and hands on strategies for preparing for and conducting an effective job search. The author doesn't pull any punches as she shares her overview of very real obstacles in the path of today's job seeker. She points out that the techniques and advice, that may have worked effectively even a few years a ago, result in failure to get the job today. This seemingly harsh advice is essential for job seekers to know and understand as they face the challenge of landing a great job.

Dana Mancialgi presents the job search as one of being a tough competition. With this viewpoint in hand, the job hunter is made fully aware of the real work they must put in to preparation, search, and application. As Dana Mancialgi says herself, this book is not for those people looking for an easy path to a job. The days of simple searches are over.

I highly recommend the clear and concise book Cut the Crap, Get a Job! a New Job Search Process for a New Era by Dana Mancialgi, to any current or potential employment hunters who are seeking an honest, straight forward, and real world based book on landing a job in the tough job market of today. This book contains innovative solutions, some tough love if needed, and the essential tools for getting that great job.


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