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How to remain relevant and employable

Like many people, you may be struggling to find a job, get an interview and then ultimately land the job. It’s hard work trying to find work and even harder work trying to stand out (for the right reasons) from the masses.
I wrote this book to help anyone who is wanting to find good jobs, excel in an interview and improve their chances of getting a job by developing the right skills.
Remaining relevant is a collection of information and advice that I’ve accumulated over many years of enjoying going to job interviews (weird I know) and then lately in interviewing many hundreds of people. More recently I’ve been coaching people on a 1:1 basis with remarkable results.
The advice in this book is focused around helping you upskill, understand the job market, become an expert at applying for jobs and learn the right skills to excel in an interview. In a nutshell I hope this book will help you to remain relevant and employable.
NOTE – This is a new book and is NOT the testers edition. I have since retired that version for the first half of this year and this book will replace it. If you bought the testers edition I thank you immensely and I do not suggest you buy this version – it’s 99% the same book but with some minor sentence changes and a couple of new paragraphs. Of course, you’re welcome to buy it if you like :)

Where can I buy the book?

The book is published on Amazon – You can buy a copy here on Amazon UK (aff link)
The book is also on Amazon across the globe. Search for Remaining Relevant and it will pop up :)

Why did you write the book?

The book started at a quick 10 chapter book about getting good jobs and writing good CVs.

I aimed to have it released in January 2013. I released it in September 2013 initially on LeanPub and then again in February 2015 on Amazon.

I wrote the book during my lunch breaks at work. I’d shuffle off to the the 7th floor to an empty desk space and spend an hour writing. I’d often be surrounded by other escaped artists trying to grab some quiet time to get projects finished.

I wrote the book to help people understand how they must remain relevant, to provide advice on how to find good jobs and how to rock the application process.

Blurb from the book?

Blurb from the book
The following is from the book introduction:
“I can’t find any good jobs,” someone said to me at a conference recently.
“I can’t find good people,” a hiring manager said to me at the very same conference.
So what’s the problem?
Is it because the hiring manager and candidate don’t know each other exist?
Partly.
Is it because the expectations of the hiring managers are too high, weird, or abstract?
Maybe.
Is it because the candidates simply aren’t good enough?
In many cases the answer is yes, but it’s not always the case.
Or is it because many candidates don’t know how to get themselves in front of hiring managers, show the best side of themselves and then get hired?
In my experience, this is the most common answer.
The world of employment is changing, and changing fast.
Getting a job (and keeping a job) in this fast changing world requires hard work and a commitment to remaining relevant to the needs of the company you work for and the changing demands of your industry.
Sometimes this commitment is a commitment too far for some people.
For others it’s a commitment they didn’t know they needed to make.
The job market is swamped with average people creating a sea of conformity and standardization.
In this sea how will you stand out? How will you get your next great job? How will you differentiate yourself from the next candidate? How will you add value to a business? Why should someone pick you?
The Internet, improved communication channels, cheap global travel and the ability for people to relocate easily (or work from home) has meant that you’re no longer competing against people in your local area; you’re sometimes competing against people from all over the world.
It’s not all bad though.
I believe that there are people standing out from the crowd and filling the void that many hiring managers talk about.
Some already have the skills and ability but lack the tools to communicate effectively, promote themselves and interview well. Others need to learn lots and commit to self-improvement.
That’s why I wrote this book.
I wrote this book for those people who want to forge a good career but feel stuck in a dead end job.
I wrote this book for those people who don’t want the next standardized job where they are simply treated as a resource. They want more.
I wrote this book for those people who want to up-skill but lack the insights, structure and drive to do so.
I wrote this book for those great people out there who aren’t projecting themselves well and creating compelling reasons to get hired.
I wrote this book with the hope that many hiring managers may also read it – after all they are often the ones creating the demand for standardised people.
But mostly I wrote this book to help people, whether employed or not, remain relevant in a changing world by giving them the tools, approach and skills to wow hiring managers.
I sincerely hope this book will help to provide some enthusiasm, inspiration and ideas to help you remain relevant and employed in a fast changing world.

What’s actually in the book?

 

The following are the some of the main chapters from the book with a little text explaining what to expect in each chapter.
  • How to get started – Why are you job hunting?
  • Is there really a career in my industry? – Many people believe that jobs in their industry are simply stop-gap jobs, something to do until something better comes along. The reality is there are some great careers to be had in almost any industry.
  • What Skills Do I Need? – Do you really need to upskill to get good jobs…….yes, yes you do.
  • Learning – How to learn and why learning should be core to your self improvement strategy.
  • Organising Your Learning – ideas for organising learning.
  • Communicating Your Passions and Values – How to communicate to other people what value you offer.
  • Creating Your CV – Lots of hints and tips on how to create a good CV.
  • Creating An Online Presence – How to create a validated online social presence.
  • Networking And Connecting – Why networking in person is so important to getting a good job.
  • Finding Good Jobs – How to find good jobs.
  • Understanding Job Adverts – How to make sense of boring, dull and misleading job adverts.
  • Applying For Jobs – How to do an awesome job application.
  • Speculative Applications – ideas on how to apply speculatively to companies meeting your criteria.
  • Phone Interviews – Ideas on how to rock a phone interview.
  • Interviewing – Ideas on how to rock a face-to-face interview.
  • Accepting A Job – How to accept a job like a pro.
  • Dealing With Rejection – Hey, it’s going to happen, but how you deal with it matters more
  • Patience Is A Virtue – Slow down. Give it time. Patience is indeed a virtue when job hunting.
  • Never Give Up – Don’t stop. Ever. Not until you get the job.

 


You can buy a copy here (aff link)

5 thoughts on “How to remain relevant and employable

  1. Hi,
    Just bought and downloaded the book this evening and I can see it being pretty much “unputdownable” for me. Comes at exactly the right moment when I’m trying to decide whether I really can make my way as a Tester or not.
    At the risk of coming across as an unbearable smart-arse, there are a couple of typos I thought I’d mention in case you haven’t already marked them for correction. Please feel free to remove this comment once you’ve got them.
    page 9 “livelyhood” should be “livelihood”
    page 11 “laid of” should be “laid off”

    Thanks in advance for the help I know the book is going to give me.

    1. Hi James,

      Thanks for the nice comments. Thanks for the feedback on typos – had one of them listed but the other one was not picked up :) Thanks for that.
      The beauty of Lean Pub is that you can get the book out there for review before it’s really ready but the downside is typos and grammar mistakes :)

      Hope you enjoy the book and thanks for buying it.

      Rob

  2. Hi Rob,
    I’ve just purchased your new book. Raji informed me of it’s published existence. I’ve yet to read it but am looking forward to absorbing you wealth of knowledge.
    Many thanks
    Andrew

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