So when I received this book, I read the title and thought.. huh? I reread the title, chuckled a little and then answered the question outloud, to myself. “well no, not if you actually want the job!”. But when you begin reading the book you instantly realize, this title is not to be taken literally!
A witty, friendly, unexpected job hunter’s bible that finally answers the real questions. Yes, if you’re wedded to your nose ring, wear it to the interview. No, you shouldn’t be e-mailing out hundreds of résumés. Writing with enormous authority and a compelling, lively voice, Ellen Reeves brings together her lifetime of experience of hiring, counseling, and résumé-doctoring into an essential guide for young job seekers.
Can I Wear My Nose Ring to the Interview? takes readers step-by-step through a process that was always tough, but is today especially challenging. Begin the search with a professional mind-set—get organized, and set yourself up with business cards, a respectable e-mail address, and a working cell phone. The importance of networking and the rule of three—try to make three e-mails or phone calls a day, but never more than that. The “elevator speech”—hone your pitch to the length of an elevator ride and be prepared to use it at the most unexpected times. The art of writing cringe-free cover letters and killer résumés—from timelines, hooks, and grammatical do’s and don’ts to why you should never use the phrase “References available upon request,” never include your GPA, and never, ever make a typo. How to dress for an interview, including why to put on your business clothes when interviewing at home, over the phone. Things to be honest about: citizenship and past salary range. And things not to say: “I want this job because I need health insurance.”
Then once you’re in, how to negotiate salary, what to expect in a review, and basic first job common sense: take initiative, be humble and helpful, never use your boss as a confidant, and always say “I’ll find out” instead of “I don’t know.” Now you’re on your way.
The book is easy to read and gives clear tips on the job hunting process from beginning to end. It also very witty so you’ll find yourself doing some laughing as well. There really is a ton of great information in this book for anyone who is looking for new job.
One of my favorite lines from the book was “”Don’t e-mail after midnight or before 6:00 a.m. or they will think you’re an insomniac freak.” It made me laugh out loud because I used to do that. I send emails through all hours of the day/night because it’s really the only chance I get. But now I know, if I’m applying for a job, I should wait to send the email during business hours.
One of the major focuses of the book is on networking and before reading the book I had no idea that 80% of available jobs are actually in the “hidden job market” and filled by word of mouth. I knew it was there but I had no idea how high the percentage was.
This is defintely a must read for anyone who is looking for a job or will be in the future. It’s also a great read for anyone who currently has a job and is or will be looking to move up in their career.