My Job Hunting Notes from the Book ‘Use Your Head To Get Your Foot In the Door’

This is a summary of my personal notes after reading Use Your Head To Get Your Foot In The Door: Job Search Secrets No One Else Will Tell You by Harvey Mackay. While this book is slightly directed at those looking to get into business positions, it’s still filled with many job hunting gems that are worth noting. If you’re currently looking for a job, are unhappy in your current position, or are in a position to help others secure a job, I would recommend giving this book a read. The chapters are short and to the point so it reads pretty quickly. I’ve linked to a few of Mackay’s resources from his website which could prove to be really helpful if utilized correctly! If any of these notes seem to be a bit vague, it’s because there’s a good bit of information in the book that wouldn’t fit here in a quick quip.

  • Misery loves company; it’s also contagious.
  • Stay optimistic- don’t take failure personally.
  • Never leave a job on bad terms- think future references!
  • Note achievements, analyze failure.
  • “He or she who burns bridges better be a damn good swimmer.”
  • Anger is one letter away from danger.
  • Take care of yourself, inside and out.
  • Plan out your days.
  • Volunteer in your spare time.
  • Stay current on industry trends and news.
  • Learn to take notes for everything. Before, during, and after an interview, and networking as well.
  • Keep contacts organized, stay in touch.
  • Organize contacts by active and inactive status.
  • Create a professional, unified web identity.
  • Never lie on your resume. Ever.
  • Stay creative, make yourself stand out.
  • Get to know yourself.
  • Take interview prep seriously.
  • Do your research before an interview.
  • Follow up with a short e-mail, and then hand written note.
  • Observe your interviewer’s office; make conversation.
  • Review your reminder list before an interview.
  • Ask thoughtful questions.
  • Take post-interview notes.
  • Play up over-qualifications as beneficial.
  • Make professional development a priority, always.
  • Create a business plan for the department you’re interviewing with.
  • Lay out a plan to help achieve goals.
  • Know your perfect job.
  • Killing time isn’t murder, it’s suicide.
  • Strategize for tough interview questions.
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