Free eBooks for Your Job Search
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Job-Hunt Quick Guides - Free Help with Your Job Search
These guides are short, designed to be a quick read on a specific topic, so you can learn what you need to know and move on.
Clicking on the title will open a new browser window containing the ebooklet.
- LinkedIn for New Grads (18 pages)
by Laura Smith-Proulx, Job-Hunt's LinkedIn for Job Search Expert
This book covers why new grads should use LinkedIn, how to get started with LinkedIn, how to grow and leverage LinkedIn for a job search, and then using LinkedIn to help you manage your career. (It's a good introduction for anyone, a "new grad" or not.)
- How to Create a Personal Marketing Plan (12 pages)
by Tim Tyrell-Smith, Job-Hunt's Personal Marketing Expert
The 5 powerful steps that will bring your "brand" to life. In this e-book, you’ll learn how to put your subject matter expertise to work for you. And begin to build serious social credibility as you spread the word about your highly marketable skills. You’ll also learn how to balance your own marketing by supporting and sharing the ideas of other people.
- Converting Your Internship into a Full-Time-Job (7 pages)
by Chandlee Bryan, Job-Hunt's New Grad Job Search Expert
One of the biggest challenges post-college is graduating from an internship to full-time employment. Here are five winning strategies that college career counselor Chandlee Bryan has seen in practice. Use them to leverage an internship - or convert another short-term work opportunity - into a full-time offer.
- Choosing Safe Job Boards (8 pages)
by Susan P. Joyce, Job-Hunt's editor and Online Job Search Expert
For most people, job boards are NOT the solution to their job search, and many job seekers
waste too much time on them. But, they can be helpful as long as you know how to choose the best ones for you and how to avoid the ones that are scams.
- Layoff Self-Defense, 2nd Edition (6 pages)
by Susan P. Joyce, Job-Hunt's editor and Online Job Search Expert
If others have already been laid off, don’t wait for the golden handshake. Take care of yourself. NOW! Do NOT expect that being a competent, or even an outstanding, and loyal employee will protect your job. It may not.
- Create an Effective Resume on USAJOBS (21 pages)
by Camille Carboneau Roberts, owner of CC Career Services and Job-Hunt's Federal Government Job Search Expert
Creating a resume with the USAJOBS.gov Resume Builder is not as easy as it sounds, but it is the most commonly-used method of submitting a resume for a position with the U.S. Federal Government. The Resume Builder resume can be used only to apply to announcements listed on USAJOBS.gov with agencies that accept it. (This ebook is being updated based on revisions to USAJOBS.)
- 5 Steps to Starting Your Career Reinvention (8 pages)
by Randi Bussin, owner of Aspire for Success, and Job-Hunt's Career Change Expert
Are you unhappy with your current career, or just wondering if you might like something else much better? Start re-inventing your career by going through this process to help you determine what your next career should be. Then, move on to implementing your career reinvention, next...
5 Steps to Implementing Your Career Reinvention (7 pages)
by Randi Bussin
After you have figured out what you want to do next (above), begin the process of actually changing to that new career in a logical step-by-step manner that should help you find a smooth pathway to that next great career.
- Winning Negotiation Strategies for Your New Job (10 pages)
by Barbara Safani, owner of Career Solvers and Job-Hunt's Finance Industry Job Search Expert
This may be the trickiest part of starting your new job - negotiating your starting salary and other things associated with the new job so that both you and your employer are satisfied with the result.
- Executive Branding and Your LinkedIn Profile (8 pages)
by Meg Guiseppi, CEO of Executive Resume Branding and Job-Hunt's Personal Branding Expert
Subtitled, "How to Transform Your Executive Brand, Resume, and Career Biography into a Winning LinkedIn Profile," this book helps executives (and the rest of us) covert our paper career documentation - our resumes - into an effective LinkedIn profile.
- Successful Job Interviewing (5 pages)
by recruiter Jeff Lipschultz, founder of recruiting company A-List Solutions and Job-Hunt's Working with Recruiters Expert
Interviewing does not have to be an intimidating experience. Certainly there may some excitement about the prospect of landing a great new job, but in the end, if you are the right fit for the job (and the job is a good fit for you), the pieces will fall into place.
- Job Search Networking for Introverts (8 pages)
by Wendy Gelberg, author of The Successful Introvert and Job-Hunt's Introverts' Job Search Expert
More than any other job search activity, networking pulls people out of their comfort zone, especially if they’re shy or introverted. You’ve probably heard that it’s essential
– not just for job search, but for managing your career – and yet there’s a good chance that you find the prospect of doing it daunting. Here's how to overcome.
- Using Craigslist for Job Search (8 pages) by Susan P Joyce, Job-Hunt's editor and Online Job Search Expert
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Some of the books are large files which may take a while to download, but if the download is taking too long or if it doesn't seem to be working, try this:
- Right click on the link of the book you're trying to download,
- In Microsoft Internet Explorer, select "Save Target As..."
- In Firefox, select "Save Link As..."
About the author...
Online job search expert Susan P. Joyce has been observing the online job search world and teaching online job search skills since 1995. A veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Susan is a two-time layoff “graduate” who has worked in human resources at Harvard University and in a compensation consulting firm. Since 1998, Susan has been editor and publisher of Job-Hunt.org. Follow Susan on Twitter at @jobhuntorg and on Google+.