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Lose the Resume, Land the Job

Book Description

Lose the resume and land that coveted job

Gone are the days of polishing up your resume and sending it out at random. At every level today, you need to “lose the resume” in order to land the right job. In other words, you have to learn to tell a story about yourself that speaks to your competencies, purpose, passion, and values. Lose the Resume, Land the Job shares the new rules of engagement: How you must think, act, and present yourself so you can win.

Based on inner exploration drawn from the IP of the world's largest executive recruiting firm, the book gleans insights and stories (the good, the bad, and sometimes the ugly) from Korn Ferry recruiters across the globe who work with thousands of candidates each day. It helps you gain a deeper perspective on who you are, what you’re passionate about, the cultures in which you fit, the kind of bosses you should work for, and where you can bring the most value to organizations.

•    Includes assessments, questionnaires, and other tools

•    Candid advice for young professionals through middle managers

•    Offers trusted guidance from the same firm that has shown 8 million executives how to achieve their career goals, and that puts a professional in new job every three minutes

•    Helps you build a plan for the future so you can contribute more to the next employer

Getting a job and, more importantly, building a career has never been more complex. Lose the Resume, Land the Job helps you score the positions that align with your passion and match your attributes — and that will put you on a trajectory toward bigger and better things. 

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. “Your Endorsement”
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright
  5. Dedication
  6. Introduction
  7. Chapter One: Your Wake-Up Call
    1. The Blunt Truth
    2. Getting a Clue
    3. When Passion and Purpose Go Missing
    4. The Boss Problem
    5. The Tale of Startup Zach
    6. The Wrong Reasons to Look for Work
    7. The Right Reasons to Look
  8. Chapter Two: Know Yourself
    1. Look in the Mirror
    2. The Moment of Self-Truth
    3. Traits: Your DNA
    4. Drivers: What Motivates You?
    5. Competencies: Essential Ingredients for Success
    6. Experiences
    7. From Self-Knowledge to Success
  9. Chapter Three: Be a Learn-It-All
    1. What Do Learners Look Like?
    2. The S Curve: Skills, Scale, and Scope
    3. Your Career-Development Plan
    4. Your Career-Builder Assignments
    5. The Four Career Knockout Punches
    6. From Learner to Leader: Your Career Aspirations
    7. What Great Looks Like
    8. Best In Class: The Brain Balance
    9. How Learning Agile Are You?
    10. Where Are You Headed with What You've Learned?
  10. Chapter Four: Targeting Your Next Opportunity
    1. It's All About Your Effort
    2. To Get a Job You Need a Plan
    3. Geography: Where You Want to Live and Work
    4. Your Company Wish List
    5. Getting Feedback on Where You Belong
    6. Targeting Industries and Sectors
    7. The Job-Search Spiral: Roles and Responsibilities
    8. The Pivot Point
  11. Chapter Five: Networking Is a Contact Sport
    1. Why Networking Mystifies
    2. The Point of Contact
    3. Networking 101: Check the Boxes
    4. The Golden Rule: It's Not About You
    5. The Value of Validation
    6. Networking Your References
    7. Looking for Winners
    8. Be Prepared for the Long Haul
    9. Networking Doesn't End with a New Job
  12. Chapter Six: Your Resume: The Story You Tell
    1. The Resume— in Perspective
    2. The “Calling Card”
    3. First Steps: Marketing Yourself
    4. Constructing Your Resume
    5. Professional Summary
    6. No Objectives, Please!
    7. Professional Experience and Accomplishments
    8. From a Military to a Civilian Career
    9. The Creative Resume
    10. Your Education
    11. How to Sharpen Your Resume
    12. Final Notes for Your Resume
    13. A Living Document
  13. Chapter Seven: Managing Your Online Presence
    1. Raising Red Flags
    2. LinkedIn: A Must-Have Profile
    3. Your Photo
    4. Your Introductory Title
    5. Your Summary
    6. Your Experience
    7. Links and Logos
    8. Recommendations and Endorsements
    9. Gauging Your Activity
  14. Chapter Eight: Working with a Recruiter
    1. Networking the Networkers
    2. Getting to Know Recruiters
    3. Recruiting 101
    4. The Dos and Don'ts of Working with a Recruiter
  15. Chapter Nine: Your Interview Prep: Don't Psych Yourself Out!
    1. Nobody Gets Out of Sixth Grade
    2. Making the Most of the First Seven Seconds
    3. The Twelve Deadly Sins of Interviewing
    4. The Great Unknown: Interview Questions
    5. Your Mental Game
  16. Chapter Ten: Your Act In Action
    1. The Five Interviewers
    2. Going with the Flow
    3. How Can You Stand Out?
    4. Answering the Unexpected
    5. The Interview Close
    6. Next Steps
    7. Meeting with Senior Leaders
    8. The Offer
  17. Chapter Eleven: Your Next Job
    1. The Top 10 Tips for Your New Job
    2. Become Indispensable—Especially to Your Boss
    3. Learn all You Can
    4. Network, Network, Network!
    5. Be an Outlier in an Uncertain World
  18. Appendix
  19. Korn Ferry Advance
  20. Acknowledgments
  21. Back Cover
  22. End User License Agreement