The old Chinese proverb states, “Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day, teach a man to fish, and he will eat for a lifetime.” This proverb applies to many facets of life and hits the nail on the head when it comes to finding a suitable career and growing in it.
Dr. Donna Chlopak's book, Learning to Fish in the Twenty-First Century: Navigating the Career Waters to Find and Land a Choice Position, coaches job seekers to find opportunities that suit their skills and is a good fit for them personally. It doesn't stop there. This is also a book about going after those opportunities. The book guides job seekers on how to find and secure the opportunities that are the best fit for them.
This is an important book in the current job market where employers no longer base hires on educational backgrounds alone. Personality and cultural fit often come into play in the decision to hire. In this competitive market, it is no longer enough to qualify; it is essential to stand out. Adding the limited job growth, global competition, reliance on automation through technology, and high unemployment rates to the equation, job seekers are faced with a more significant challenge than ever before.
This book promises to help you secure the job of your choices to help job seekers, those who are new to the workforce and those seeking better opportunities alike by teaching them how to:
• determine what jobs are a good match for you,
• write cover letters that hiring managers notice,
• tailor a résumé to the position you’re seeking to fill, and
• make a great first impression on job interviews.
What tools do you have securing in thriving in the career path that you want? Learning to Fish in the Twenty-First Century not only teaches job seekers to apply for the job, but it also includes very actionable strategies to make sure equip them in the hiring process - planning, training, practice, and networking.
The author, Dr. Chlopak, is an industrial and organizational psychologist who has worked with Citibank, AT&T, and the Gallup Organization. She has also taught graduate and undergraduate students at various universities. She has worked with numerous adults as coach and mentor and helped them find and secure suitable careers where they can thrive and succeed. These outstanding qualifications have contributed to the valuable insights in this guidebook.
Reviews and What Readers Say
“There are lots of “how-to” books on career development. I’m guessing I’ve read most of them. I’m certain that this one is the best. In compressing a college level course into this clear, concise and conversational work; the author has provided the foundation for what the graduate, or the experienced worker looking for a refresher, needs to know. A no-nonsense approach is consistent throughout this book. And there is not a wasted word. Of particular note is the author’s talent in writing questions. Research questions, interview questions, off the wall questions, follow up questions. This is an author who doesn’t just know the basic “how-to’s” of finding work, this is an author who knows how to teach this subject. And that comes across throughout the entire book. I look forward to using this book with my own career development clients going forward."
—Roger W. Wright, Amazon Client Verified Purchase
"As someone who has taught interviewing skills to corporate America, I find this book to be an invaluable resource. This is a must read for anyone seeking to find a desirable position. Even the appendices provide essential material for the experienced job seeker."
―Ed Del Gaizo, Amazon Client Verified Purchase
“I found this book very insightful and full of knowledge. I would recommend it to all the job seekers and currently working it personally helped me a lot."
― Amazon Client Verified Purchase
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Dr. Donna Chlopak, a Ph.D. industrial/organizational psychologist from Ohio State University, has more than thirty years of experience as an educator, entrepreneur, consultant, and manager working with the largest corporations in the world, including Citibank, AT&T, and the Gallup Organization. She has also taught both graduate and undergraduate business students at Rutgers, Stevens Institute of Technology, Baruch College, Montclair State, Seton Hall, and Kean. These opportunities have provided her with important insights and experiences in the conduct of today’s labor market. These insights are the foundation of what is necessary to compete and land successful jobs today, leading to rewarding careers.
Since the economic downturn in 2009, she has worked with numerous adults in their quest to find suitable starting positions or in redefining themselves to land their next professional job. Her passion is helping individuals to identify, find, and secure placements that are engaging and supportive of career goals. She and her husband of over forty years live in New Jersey and have succeeded in raising three professional daughters and now also enjoy two granddaughters. Dr. Chlopak and her husband are each continuing in their business careers while they mentor and guide students and colleagues in their career efforts.