For the past several months I've been looking for a job. I tell ya, it hasn't been easy. Oh, I've had several phone and face-to-face interviews, but apparently, no one has clicked with me so far. When I heard about this book, I jumped at the chance to review it.
Surely I've missed something in my job hunt. Have I been looking in the wrong places for a job? Is it my resume? Or perhaps the manner in which I respond to interview questions? Can this book shed some light?
According to author Laura George, the answer seems that because I want a job for the wrong reasons, I've been exuding negative energy through my resume, and human resource managers pick up on that.
Excuse Me, Your Job is Waiting: Attract the Work You Want is based on author Lynn Grabhorn's book, Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting. I haven't read Grabhorn's book, so my summary is based on George's descriptions in her book. The basic premise stems from two concepts: energy, and the so-called Law of Attraction. According to this Law of Attraction, if we want something bad enough in life, we can get it. The reason that most of us don't get what we want is because we've been trained to not want something, which translates into negative energy and subsequently pushes those desired things away.
George applies these ideas to job searching. First of all, a person needs to have positive energy and send positive vibrations while looking for a job. The Law of Attraction dictates that like attracts like; therefore positive energy and vibrations will attract the job of your dreams.
Is this for real???
As a graduate student trained in science and research, I find this metaphysical stuff very, very hard to swallow – especially when applied to the very real, concrete idea of looking for a job. Energy? Vibrations? Feelings? I question how these help a person find a job.
Yes, it's advisable to approach job seeking with a positive attitude since you're likely to put more effort in the process, but I cannot accept this notion of energy affecting whether or not you get a job. George might as well have said in her book, "If you use the Force, you'll get the job you want." I cringed when she mentions that, as an HR manager, she would go over resumes and pick the ones that "vibrate with positive energy". Holy cow. If this is one of her bases for choosing applicants, hope that your resume never makes it to her desk!
As I reluctantly continued to read, I was surprised to see a shift by the time I got to the middle of the book. Suddenly, George starts offering real advice. She breaks down the different kinds of companies (small, large, privately owned, etc.) She discusses how to format a resume and cover letter, even providing examples. She mentions the advantages and disadvantages of various interview sites, and even offers advice on when to call back to follow up. This was the information for which I was waiting.
Oh sure, she still mentions energy here and there, but I was relieved that George finally got into the real reason people might be interested in her book- to look for a job. It's a shame that she took about 100 pages to get there. Unfortunately, during the last couple of chapters George returns to the metaphysical stuff, but I guess it's to complete the cycle since she began the book talking about it.
There are countless books out there that offer great advice for job seekers. This is not one of them. It could have been though, had George left out all the metaphysical properties. While this Law of Attraction stuff may have been more suitable for people trying to improve their outlook on life, it doesn't fit in terms of job searching.
People who need help looking for a job benefit from grounded, real advice. They want to know the best job search engines to use. They want to know the best way to format their resume and cover letter. They want to know what potential interview questions may arise so they can prepare for them. They don't want to worry if they're sending "good vibrations" through their resume.