Monday, December 28, 2009

Book Review: Career Comeback

I just finished reading Career Comeback: Repackage Yourself to Get the Job You Want by Lisa Johnson Mandell, and I really enjoyed it. I have an unusual perspective since I am a guy, and the target audience is women between their late thirties to early sixties who are looking for a job, starting their own business, or looking for a promotion.

The book features very extensive and detailed resources, including websites and recommended companies, interspersed with specific real life examples. She covers everything from networking online, to botoxing your resume, to creating an elevator pitch, to preparing for the interview. Her tips on finding a job are a must read. She even covers the differences between the baby boomers, the Gen Xers, and the Gen Yers, and how to bridge the gap.

The advice is interspersed with humor, quizzes, and fun facts. She writes the book in a page-turner style that makes you not want to put it down -- very unusual for a non-fiction book. The before and after resumes and makeovers are incredible.

The best thing about the book is that it has a lot of "meat". Readers who have read many of my other book reviews know that I love books with meat. Meat is very specific, very useful information and resources. For example, she lists 23 different web sites where you can set up your own blog for free, five sites for getting free website templates, and four places to get free business cards.

I highly recommend Career Comeback: Repackage Yourself to Get the Job You Want to any woman over 35 who is looking for a job. Men can get a lot of useful info from the book also, although they may want to skip the parts on exfoliating your skin and whether or not to wear a skirt. But the resume, interview, and networking advice is universal.

Want a job? Get Lisa Johnson Mandell's book.

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