Every week I get books in the mail. Review copies. These are from authors writing about career topics who would like me to plug their books on Ask The Headhunter. I know how hard it is to get your writing published, so I don’t respond when I have nothing nice to say.
Most of the time, even the titles are embarrassing. (No, I won’t tell you the titles. Our moms were right. Sometimes it’s still best to say nothing if you can’t say anything nice.) The material is weak. The methods described are hackneyed, and they still don’t work. Some of these books are preposterous; others, too clever for their own good.
The problem with most career books is that they don’t tell you anything you need to know that will make a difference in your life. So, when I find something that can make a difference, I squeal with glee. Today, something turned up. Except this isn’t a book. It’s two stories, and, according to the author, they’re true.
Each story is about a person who couldn’t land a job. Each story is about what these people did during a job interview. Each closes with the lessons learned. The stories are short. They teach more than any career book, and what they tell can make a difference in your life.
Written by Brooke T. Allen, who has been there, done that, these stories are little gems. Job hunting and interviewing are difficult, trying tasks. Rejection is not only common; it is standard. The key to success lies in who you are, and in the confidence you demonstrate. My favorite line is one of the lessons at the end: If you don’t like rejection, make offers that are hard to refuse.
That sentence beats every career book ever written.