UPDATE: It’s early in the morning and already emails are arriving from people who want to be included in the contest. Please – as noted in the contest section below, you must post your request to join the contest in the comments. Emails will not be honored.
Among the age-related threads I track online is job search advice. For people older than 50, it is universally awful and has not varied for more than a decade: shorten your resume, update your skills, be positive, buy some new clothes, color your hair. Some years ago, one even suggested getting a face lift.
It was useless and condescending ten years ago and in today’s terrible job market, it is unforgivable.
But now there is a new approach to job search and I’m not exaggerating in the title up there that it is revolutionary. It is getting people of all ages in the door to real, face-to-face interviews even after hundreds, even thousands of their resumes over many months have sunk into black holes of oblivion with never an acknowledgment let alone a response.
”Rick, hope you are very well,” wrote one job seeker who followed Rick Gillis’s plan. “I have to tell you that I have been applying to *** since about March for various positions in project management and business management and on Friday 16th, I submitted my resume to a regional supervisory role using the below resume just as you instructed and I got a call this morning at 11:00 to set up a phone screen interview at 3:00 pm today! This is a success.”
Another real-world example:
”I updated [my] long resume like you said and sent to my contact at ***. And I just got a call. They are interested in me and are setting up an interview for next week. Called me from the golf course. Glad I have my Accomplishment worksheet ready. This is [the] first one I sent out.”
Rick Gillis has helped thousands of job seekers who attend his seminars and listen to his radio programs. Now, in his new book, JOB! Learn How to Find Your Next Job in 1 Day, Rick Gillis makes his easy-to-implement plan available to everyone. [Disclosure: Rick is a friend, I edited this book and will benefit financially from its sales.]
In JOB!, Rick reveals what statement should always be at the top of any resume, why you should not list your street address, how to properly apply keywords to a resume and the number one reason resumes are not read.
Those are essential facts to know, but the meat of the book explains how to create the set of tools job seekers must have to sell themselves. “Job search is sales,” says Rick.
To do that, Rick walks readers through the development of his innovative Accomplishments Worksheet, Short-Form Resume, Long-Form Resume and then details the use of them to get the all-important phone call setting up an interview.
Some people who have attended Rick’s seminars dismiss the effort involved to create an Accomplishments Worksheet. But those who follow through on Rick’s instructions are amazed at what they learn about themselves and how it helps them find their next job. From the book:
“David came to me and said he had been going crazy trying to come up with even one accomplishment he was proud enough of to list on his Accomplishments Worksheet…
“David is a payroll clerk and as such he just didn’t feel he had brought that much value to his company (which in this case was a global energy company). David’s problem was that he was only one among the many payroll clerks in the office, just another cog in the machine. Or so he thought.
“After a while, David sheepishly mentioned that he was ‘kind of proud of the fact that I had zero returns on my first payroll of 6,000.’
“I nearly fell off my seat! 6,000 paychecks…
“Which payroll clerk would you hire? The guy who could handle the details associated with preparing a payroll of 6,000 checks and make no mistakes the first time out or the guy who can’t tell you what he can do for the company?”
As Rick points out in JOB!, his system works whether you are a payroll clerk, a parking lot cashier or a denizen of the C-suite. He has helped people at every level of the workforce.
I know many of you who read Time Goes By are retired. But many others are not and undoubtedly most of you know someone – friends, neighbors, adult children, even grandchildren who badly need to find jobs. Rick’s method is revolutionary – no one else is teaching this – and I believe that if I’d used Rick’s method after I lost my last job, I would have found something and not have had to retire.
JOB! is available from Amazon in paperback for $9.99 and for Kindle or any other e-reader for 99 cents. There are free readers for computers, smartphones and tablets here. And, you can find more information about the book at Rick’s website.
To help get the book off to a great start, Rick has provided three copies of JOB! for me to give away to Time Goes By readers.
To enter the contest, leave a message in the comments section below (no emails). That’s it. If you have something to say about job search, your own experience, that of people you know or anything else related, that’s good, but not required.
The only requirement is that you state your interest in winning one of the books. Like last time we did this kind of contest, typing “Me, me, me” will do it, too. I’m not fussy.
The contest will close tonight, 15 August 2012, at midnight U.S. Pacific time. The three winners will be chosen in a random, electronic drawing and announced here on this blog on Friday 17 August.
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