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July 15, 2009

Land the Tech Job You Love--New from Pragmatic Bookshelf: Learn & Apply the Right Skills for Job Hunting

Raleigh, NC—Looking for a better job? Or any job? Start by looking at Andy Lester's new book, Land the Tech Job You Love (Pragmatic Bookshelf, $23.95 USD).

It's tougher than ever to get that great job. Companies are more demanding and your competition is smart, tech-savvy, and resourceful. You’ve got the right skills for the job, but you also need the right skills for job hunting. You need to work deliberately on your new job hunting skills, and this book can help. Old fashioned cookie-cutter job hunting skills aren't enough. Land the Tech Job You Love gives you the background and the hard-won wisdom to leapfrog those who play by the old rules.

Andy tells us, "Life is too short for a job you don't love. You're not stuck—other opportunities are available for you, if you know where to look and can work the hiring process to your advantage. This book will help you get that job you love."

In this book, you'll learn how to find the job you want that fits you and your employer. You'll uncover the hidden jobs that never make it into the classifieds or online job boards. You'll start making and maintaining the connections that will drive your future career moves.

Andy started writing this book years before the recession (a.k.a. "econopocalypse") hit. He looked at the conventional wisdom and the advice available in generic books on job hunting, and found the conventional wisdom just didn’t work for programmers, system administrators, testers, and other related development positions.

He looked at everything from whether you should look for work on online job boards to whether you should lead off your resume with your objectives. Although he has definite answers for these two, he found that the answer to most questions is "it depends." His book leads you to taking an honest assessment of what you offer and what you want in a job so that you end up in a job that is a good fit for you and your employer.

This is an important book for you to read whether you currently have a job or not. The same tactics you take to make yourself more employable will also make it easier to get promoted in your current company. Don't wait. Start engineering your future today so you can land the tech job you'll love.

Advance Praise
"The timing couldn't be better for Andy Lester's fantastic new book, Land the Tech Job You Love. In these difficult economic times, a lot more people are competing for a lot fewer jobs, and they're going to need all the help they can get. Andy's excellent collection of guidelines and pragmatic advice may be the bible we all depend upon."
—Ed Yourdon, Author of Death March and developer of software methodologies

For a review copy or more information please email pragprogpr@oreilly.com. Please include your delivery address and contact information.

Andy Lester is a QA & Release Manager for Socialtext. He is also in charge of PR for The Perl Foundation and maintains over 25 modules on CPAN.

To keep up with Andy's blog and for more information on finding a job in the tech community, see:
TheWorkingGeek.com

Additional Resources
For more information about the book, including errata, discussions, full table of contents, excerpts from the book and more, see the catalog page for Land the Tech Job You Love.

Land the Tech Job You Love
Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf
Andy Lester
ISBN: 9781934356265, 225 pages,
Book Price: $23.95 USD, £18.50 GBP
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1-800-998-9938
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