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How to Find a GOOD Job in 90 Days The 5 Step Guide to a Successful Job Search

by Jim Stokely and Kathy Shabotynskyj

Published by Burnett, Cole and Irving, Hamilton, MA


Our book is for anyone who is considering a new job. If you are currently working or recently unemployed, or reevaluating your career in anticipation of a new position, this book will be a great tool for an effective and efficient job search. For those who are completing school and will soon be searching for a job, our manual will serve you now and for your entire career. For anyone wanting a job or a new job, here is an action guide designed to lead you simply and quickly toward a GOOD job. Ninety days or three months is our standard for “quickly.”

What distinguishes a GOOD job from a mere job? Essentially, a GOOD job is a job that you want. A more precise definition will become clearer as you read this book.

Timing is another main ingredient of this career guide. This 90-day way to a good job leads you, “the candidate,” through five distinct steps: REST, PREP, SHARE, HUNT and FIND. These five acronyms will reveal the most essential information to make your pursuit of a new position a strategic and successful initiative. Each of 21 chapters outlined below takes you further along an efficient and effective path through the world of transition. In a targeted and strategic approach, you can land your next position. The difference between our guide and other similar guides is that we cover more than the resume, or interviewing, or negotiating a job offer. We cover the whole waterfront, A to Z. In a thorough and insightful way, you will complete your job search following the 5 steps:

REST - Take two weeks to rest and think.

  • Chapter One: R eflection
    Choose your preferred career.
  • Chapter Two: E ducation
    Determine whether you need additional education.
  • Chapter Three: S chedule
    Start following a new and improved daily schedule.
  • Chapter Four: T ogetherness
    Enlist a loved one to help you in your job search.

PREP - Take another two weeks to assemble some items critical to the search.

  • Chapter Five: P urpose
    Define your job objective – your preferred job type.
  • Chapter Six: R esume
    Prepare a resume that supports yourjob objective.
  • Chapter Seven: E quipment
    Assemble a few key pieces of home office equipment.
  • Chapter Eight: P ersonal References
    Identify the right people who can and will attest to your value as an employee.

SHARE - Start talking to the right people in the right way.

  • Chapter Nine: S ocialNetworking
    Establish an internet presence and use social network sites.
  • Chapter Ten: H ealth
    Stay confident and upbeat.
  • Chapter Eleven: A BC’s of the Information Meeting
    List all the people you know and talk to most of them.
  • Chapter Twelve: R esultsTracking & Action Planning
    Track your results and start making weekly action plans.
  • Chapter Thirteen: E tiquette
    Check your handshake, eye contact, and table manners.

HUNT - Utilize headhunters, job sites, networking, and targeted employers.

  • Chapter Fourteen: H eadhunters
    Establish relationships with headhunters in your field.
  • Chapter Fifteen: U nlockingthe Want Ads
    Check want ads and internet job sites.
  • Chapter Sixteen: N etworking
    Reach out to your contacts daily and gather leads.
  • Chapter Seventeen: T argetedEmployers
    Identify some specific possible employers and contact them.

FIND - Focus on specific job opportunities and land the right one for you.

  • Chapter Eighteen: F ocus
    If an organization expresses interest in you, find out more about it and give it priority.
  • Chapter Nineteen: I nterview
    Prepare for telephone and on-site interviewing.
  • Chapter Twenty: N egotiate
    Analyze a job offer and pitch a counteroffer.
  • Chapter Twenty-one: D ecide
    Determine which of several offers is right for you.

Ninety days is a realistic target. Some will accomplish a job change faster; others may take a prolonged approach. When you factor in the economic recession dating back to December 2007, which has influenced every industry, the challenge of landing a GOOD job that much more daunting. Understand that it will take action on your part to overcome the obstacles. This guide will take you on a directed course toward a new job. It will be up to you to follow these steps and create your own success. The five steps over 90 days will overlap, and if you follow the guide, you will actually enjoy your search for a new job.



























Jim’s Story

I know, because I've been in the world of transition. Ten years out of college, I changed careers. I returned to school and, afterwards, took a corporate job. Five years later, I changed companies. Four years after that, I was terminated from the company. This book sprang from the job search I then pursued. It summarizes the lessons I learned from that search and from my other transitions. It also incorporates my 20 years of experience as a human resources director in two multi-billion dollar companies.

Kathy’s Insights

Me, too. I know transition. I’ve worked in the corporate, private, public and non-profit sectors in Recreation, Association Management, and Human Resources. I change careers every ten years or so. My contributions to this action guide come from personal and professional experiences, making my own career choices, and career coaching others to new jobs. This book covers the basics and will not mire the job seeker in vast reading and exercises. It is focused on actions and results. This guide will assist you as if you had a career coach in your corner – and now you have two.

Everyone changes jobs. A Department of Labor report on career myths debunks the myth that there is one perfect job with this argument:

Reality: There are many occupations—and many jobs—that you would enjoy. Focusing on finding a single, perfect career is not only intimidating, it’s limiting. If you’re like most people, you will have several jobs and careers in your life, and each will have positive and negative aspects to it. Furthermore, your job preferences are apt to change over time as you gain experience, skill, and self-knowledge. Keeping your options open is a position of strength, not weakness. 1.

You will change your job either voluntarily or involuntarily throughout your life. The lessons on how to do it are contained in this book. They include three underlying principles which remain in the background of this book, but which inform all five steps. The principles are these:

  • You must come to know what you want.
  • You should approach the months between one job and another as a valuable and desirable time, an opportunity to explore multiple interests and to draw closer to family and friends.
  • You should conduct a rifled and targeted search rather than a broadcast and shotgun search.

We hope this book will be your best entry to your job search -- and your best exit from it.

1. Occupational Outlook Quarterly (U.S. Department of Labor: Fall 2005)

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