I received a slim volume in the mail, complete with a refrigerator magnet and two business cards, and started reading through to see what Mr. Russell considered Ultimate Secrets.
The book is split up into eight chapters, with pie graphs, chartss and those little boxes that promote Job Seeker Secrets. Russell has put together, well he's put together an action plan for getting a job that has something that every other job-hunting secrets book misses. He speaks to the candidate as if they have never looked for a job before.
Perhaps the title should have been Basic Jobhunting Secrets.
There are a lot of small bits of information in the book that
recruiters take for granted. If you're using job boards, use local and
regional boards in addition to Monster and Hotjobs. When you get to an
interview, don't rush in. If you're sending in a resume, send it in as
basic text so the computers filing the resume won't screw up your
These are all basic rules, but oftentimes the job-hunter really is a novice in searching for employment. They use job boards - they pore over their resume, and they just want to do whatever they can to find some kind of employment.
Not everyone is a salesman, or a top-flight executive, or even a highly-motivated and confident interviewee. Russell lays the groundwork for those folks, and he does it in a manner that is incredibly, thorough, well-thought out, and easily presented. Don't let the small size fool you. This book may not have the world's sure-fire way to land the job of your dreams. In my opinion, it provides solid information for the vast majority of the workplace.
More to come - this book is the stuff the Long Tail is made of.
CM Russell can be found at AllCountyjobs.com and blogging at Secrets of the Job Hunt