Paul Rega is president of a retained executive search firm he founded in 1985 and a professional recruiter with over twenty-eight years of job hunting and career planning experience. His provocative new book strikes a nerve with millions of displaced workers and goes well beyond the principles of job hunting. Paul introduces a revolutionary new concept in career management and personal development called “Intuitive Personal Assessment.” He takes his readers on a powerful journey as he tells a gripping story about his own career and the challenges faced as an executive recruiter, often fraught with personal tragedy. This is a must read for anyone who is looking for a new job or wants to change careers in the worst economy since the Great Depression.
The author shares his vast knowledge of career planning and the inner workings of the job search process, citing hundreds of proven and effective job search techniques. He explains how to market your background to a targeted audience, interviewing skills and techniques, network building strategies, how to utilize personal and business contacts, effective use of social media, including LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter, insider tips on working with headhunters, salary and benefits negotiation, how to write a resume, cover and follow-up letters, how to start and succeed in your own business and much more.
In a message to his readers, Paul believes that despite the many challenges faced by those suffering as a result of the weak job market, change in one’s life can be positive. He explains that, “Change throughout your life is inevitable, and as your life changes so often does your career.” His book is an effective guide that will provide you with the necessary tools, skills and inside knowledge from a professional recruiter to help you navigate through difficult economic times and find a new job or change careers.
How To Find A Job: When There Are No Jobs is a necessary and effective guide for those who are in the process of making a career change or looking for a new job and want to survive and prosper in today’s hyper competitive job market. In order to conduct a successful job search in a weak labor market, it is imperative that you first identify and determine your individual career path. Once established, your career path will act as a map to further guide you through your job search.
As president of a retained executive search firm for over twenty-seven years, I have developed a unique twelve-step career assessment and goal setting process called “Intuitive Personal Assessment” or IPA to help accomplish this important first step in your job search. The twelve steps and exercises of the IPA process will guide you through the discovery, acceptance and implementation of your desired career path. The IPA self-assessment program utilizes an individual’s intuition and incorporates their ideas, skills, interests, values and life experiences to determine one’s career path.
Coupled with the IPA process are hundreds of proven job search techniques and career planning strategies I have developed over a period of twenty-seven years as a recruiter, including how to effectively market your background, interviewing skills and techniques, networking strategies and more in a practical and easy to read format.
Nearly everyone is keenly aware of a friend, relative, neighbor or coworker who has been laid off or fired due to corporate restructuring and subsequent downsizing. The job market and the economics of the United States continue to change at a staggering pace. To be successful and prosper in today’s rapidly changing hyper competitive job market, you must be armed with the proper job search knowledge and skills. It will be imperative to identify your specific career path and be able to quickly adapt to a continuously changing job market by increasing your job search knowledge and by making proper adjustments to your skills and career.
This is an outstanding career guide that has been updated for 2012. I have been impressed with the past editions of Mr. Rega’s book but this version is much more comprehensive and is packed with many more helpful job search tips and advice. Written by a leading expert in his field, it’s a book that would be beneficial to anyone who is looking for a job or has ever thought about changing careers. The book very quickly gives you insightful information about yourself that you will be able to use to mold into a career that is right for you. It’s my favorite job search book for nurturing and developing career self-awareness. This is a quick read that has given me the guidance and the courage I desperately needed to advance my career. It offered a great method to help refocus my career goals and a perfect way to set new goals and make promises to myself. It helped me find the courage from within to take the necessary risks and understand what truly energized me in my work.
This book is definitely not for those who don’t want to hear the truth or who are averse to doing the work that is necessary to move their life forward. I absolutely loved this book and have referred it to many of my colleagues. It was refreshing to read with many true to life career stories I was able to relate to. The author has a way of speaking to his audience in a comprehensible manner. By completing the self-guided exercises it made me feel like I finally understood what I was worth in the job world. There are no games in this book, just excellent career advice from someone who has obviously been there himself. My hat is off to you Mr. Rega, for sharing all of your many years of experience and knowledge as a recruiter and career coach. My advice is to use the time you have to read this book wisely as the exercises will become your truth. The language the author uses makes you feel that he is speaking directly to you, and knows exactly how you are feeling in all the situations you may be facing in your present job or career.
Paul Rega is president of Paul J. Rega & Associates, a retained executive search firm he founded in 1985. He is well-known throughout the business community as an executive search professional and career coach. His new bestselling book, How To Find A Job: When There Are No Jobs hit the #1 position in Job Hunting books in the country, surpassing What Color is Your Parachute. The book continues to be one of the most downloaded books on Amazon with over 13,700 downloads during a 3-day promotion. It rocketed to #1 Job Hunting, Careers &; Resumes, #2 Nonfiction and #2 Business &; Investing. It was also ranked in the Top 20 at #14 on Amazon Kindle.
Paul holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Journalism, having attended the University of Illinois and Western Illinois University. He began his writing career while attending Western Illinois University as a staff reporter for the Western Courier. Prior to establishing his executive search firm, Paul held the position of Chemical Marketing Manager with Fisher Scientific Company, a division of Allied Chemical where he sold and marketed food and pharmaceutical grade chemicals. He currently lives with his fiancée in a small town along the Gulf Coast of Florida where he is working on his next book, a novel, and coaches his children in soccer, one of his other passions in life.
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