Hook Up, Get Hired! The Internet Job Search Revolution

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Title: Hook Up, Get Hired! The Internet Job Search Revolution; 
by Joyce Lain Kennedy; Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc.; 
ISBN: 0-471-11629-7; Hardcover, 272 pages, US$29.95 CAN$41.95

Reviewer: A. T. Connellan, "If you are one of millions facing a 
moment of truth in downsizing, or seeking the next step up the 
adder, here is a how-to-do-it using the engines of the Internet.
Worth the cost of the book alone is a 10 point 'Game Plan' for 
identifying the elements, organizing the job search, and even 
automating a substantial amount of the task." 

Job Search in Cyberspace


If you are one of millions facing a moment of truth in downsizing, 
or seeking the next step up the ladder, here is a how-to-do-it 
using the engines of the Internet. Hook Up, Get Hired! is the 
author's rational method for bringing order to the chaos of the 
employment marketplace. 

The book is spiced with Ted Goff's right-on-the-mark cartoons 
that begin every chapter. It is structured in plain, easy to 
understand language beginning on page two with the 
unintimidating "Help for the Technologically Challenged." 
From there we follow the bouncing ball through a segmented 
examination of the job search rudiments, and an integration 
with the rules and procedures of cyberspace. 

The basic task of placing an irresistible list of qualifications 
in front of a willing employer hasn't changed. The method of 
delivery has, radically, and if you don't adapt, well as the 
author paraphrases Auntie Mame, "Life is becoming a 
cyberfeast. And some poor fools are going to starve to death."

Becoming an employment-seeking internaut isn't difficult. 
Joyce Lain Kennedy lucidly unfolds her plan to automate 
all those time consuming, error prone methods to reach 
potential employers by replacing expensive snail-mail with 
compellingly computer friendly resumes, via e-mail. 

There are enough case histories to illuminate the path ahead. 
The reader is led through to a working knowledge of the Internet's 
tools and shown how to apply them to a long list of resources. 
This allows the jobsearcher to move smoothly into the process, 
and to quantitatively measure results. 

Of particular value is the application of the Kennedy approach 
to the small business and work-at-home sector. Not everyone 
seeks to join a large corporation, and many of the best 
opportunities exist in self-employment. 

Worth the cost of the book alone is a 10 point "Game Plan" for 
identifying the elements, organizing the job search, and even 
automating a substantial amount of the task. 

Getting over the hump of strange terminology can be difficult. 
She provides an extensive glossary of esoterica that will have 
you talking like a "wonk" [look it up.] There is a finely detailed 
index and supportive appendix of reading and software sources. 

The author promised to give us "...targeted job-finding information 
not elsewhere available." I think she delivered. This is a well 
worthwhile book, which at this price isn't cheap but neither is your 
future. "Happy Hunting."


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