Wednesday, January 12, 2022 Jessica Smith, Technology Librarian

CHARLESTON, S.C. - The book Next Job, Best Job: A Headhunter’s 11 Strategies to Get Hired Now by Rob Barnett is a useful guide for those recently out of work or looking for a new job. The book was published in June of 2021, so the suggestions within it are up-to-date and applicable to today’s job market. Some of the advice within the book is the same as we have heard before, but Barnett also offers new strategies for the current job market landscape. The book is arranged in a way that makes sense – first talking about your more immediate needs after losing your job, then moving on to what to do next to get a new job.

After losing a job, it is important to take care of yourself and to nurture your relationships with others. Barnett details several ways to deal with the various emotions that come with losing your job. He urges readers to fight back against negative self-talk and to let go of anger and resentment. If your last job ended badly, reframe your story to focus on what you gained from your experience there. Letting those negative emotions linger can only hurt your efforts to find a new job. Finding healthy and meaningful ways to deal with what you are experiencing will help get you into a new frame of mind – and a new job – much faster.

Barnett offers some good tips on getting organized in your job search. He argues the best way to stay on track and get hired quickly is to stick to a daily schedule. It is also a great idea to meet regularly with someone who can hold you accountable in your job search. One of the most important strategies when job searching is to narrow your focus – or as Barnett puts it, follow your “North Star”. He acknowledges that many career experts advise you to display a wide range of skills on your resume or LinkedIn profile. However, he argues that hiring managers are more often looking for someone who specializes in a certain area. Focusing all your efforts on showcasing your specialty will get you into a job faster than dividing your attention to highlight several skills. Narrowing your focus helps you to better target your job search to companies that are actively seeking someone with your skills.

One of the chapters is dedicated to properly marketing yourself. First, this chapter focuses on your LinkedIn profile. Next, it covers your resume. Lastly, cover letters are discussed. Each of these is broken down into sections and covered in-depth. For instance, Barnett breaks down the LinkedIn profile “About” section into three paragraphs and talks about what each paragraph should cover. This step-by-step guide is very helpful when reviewing and revising all the ways hiring managers get their first impressions of you.

There is also a chapter dedicated to the interview, which offers some insightful tips. Within this chapter, there are over 20 ideas for improving your interview skills. One of the first tips is to do your homework on the company you are interviewing with and know what their goals and priorities are. This way, you can talk in specifics about how you can contribute to the company and help them achieve their goals. Doing your homework beforehand can help you in formulating great questions to ask your interviewer at the end of the interview. Ways to address some of the more difficult interview questions are covered, as well as what your interviewer is really trying to learn from your answers. Lastly, Barnett offers some advice on negotiating salary and benefits if you are offered a job.

Overall, this book is a quick and easy read with some helpful suggestions for job seekers. Each chapter is further broken down into easily digestible chunks of information. Whether you struggle with using LinkedIn or doing interviews, or just want to know if you are on the right track with your job search, this is a great book to help guide you. It is available at CCPL in book format and as an eBook through the Libby app.

With a little bit of practice and self-patience, you will be ready to take on the next steps in your future career. If you would like more information about how to apply for jobs online, assistance in finding resources, tips on how to get the job-hunting process started or more, please reach out to us at CCPL by email, chat, or text. Remember, you are not alone.