“Job Hunting Director” is an excellent professional overview of the “dos and don’ts” of the job search and general career management process. Not only is this book very useful, but also a pleasure to read. I particularly liked the fact that Sandra Bichl and her team went out and gathered a rich collection of feedback and advice from a diverse group, including CEOs, HR Directors, HR Consultants and job seekers. Many excellent points were raised in this study, not only in terms of tools and methodology, but also in terms of attitude and behavior. For example, the book covers the nuts and bolts of CV preparation, job applications and interviewing, yet also addresses critical issues such as planning ahead, controlling your ego, and keeping your interactions friendly, honest and human.
The fact that the various individuals interviewed often had conflicting views made this study all the more rich and useful. Essentially, this is not an exact science and much of it comes down to personal preference. I advise that you read through it all and develop your own approach based on the colorful mix of experiences and advice of those interviewed.
In sum, managing your career is such a critically important subject area, yet most professionals tend to spend very little or no time on this. I recommend that all business professionals (and non-business professionals as well) – not only executives – read this book and apply its principles on an ongoing basis -- not just when looking for a new job, but on a proactive basis throughout your careers. By taking the time to read through this material you are doing yourself and your career a great service.
Stephen knows all four sides of the recruitment process from the inside out. At first, he climbed the corporate ladder from Marketing Specialist to Sales Representative to becoming the Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Turkey. Then, after being a District Sales Manager for Xerox Stephen decided to switch sides from employer and “jobhunter” to headhunter. He spent almost 9 years at Hudson Romania as their Country Manager and moved briefly to Amrop Turkey as a Consultant & Regional Project Manager. Since 2010 Stephen has been a Career Coach at the Sabancı University School of Management in Istanbul, Turkey where he has been able to take advantage of his diversified experience in the most synergistic possible way.