Today is the final day of the free promotion for my book, Modern Job Search, and I wanted to express my thanks to the people who participated. It is humbling to think about people taking time to read something I wrote. I’m not the first to say that but it doesn’t make it any less true.
When I started the promotion on Thursday I had no idea what would happen. I didn’t know if anyone would respond, show interest or download the book. As you can imagine, getting attention as a new author is challenging.
The response exceeded my expectations. I am not a known writer. I don’t have an agent, a publicist or a marketing budget. What I have is a full time job as a recruiter. Even so, via LinkedIn and Twitter, an awful lot of people found my book; people in Japan, India, Australia, Germany, Canada, Spain, the United Kingdom and quite a few other places, including of course, the United States. It is quite a compliment.
Writing the book was a several year process. My purpose was to compile, distill and package the advice I’d been giving for years to people I couldn’t place professionally. Despite the fact that my work is very specialized, I discovered long ago that many of the basic tenets for conducting a successful job search are applicable across a broad variety of job types and levels. In addition, I learned from talking to thousands of candidates, that many had never really thought about job search as a linear process or broken it down into components. I did because it’s my job. I wrote the book to define the process and turn it into something that could be learned, applied and repeated by anyone. I’m still discovering whether or not I achieved my goal but I am confident that there is something useful in the book for everyone.
For those of you who didn’t get a chance to download it yet, there is still time. Modern Job Search can be downloaded free to read on Kindle or any device using the Kindle Reader Application (IOS, Android, PC and Mac) until around Midnight (US Eastern Time) tonight.
For those of you who did, again, thank you! I sincerely hope it helps and I’d love to hear about your results.
Header Photo: I took this photo at a beach called Los Lances in Tarifa, Spain. When I sat on the beach and looked west out toward the horizon I imagined the feelings of infinite possibility and wonder early explorers must have had as they saw the world they knew drop over what appears to be a sharp edge without knowing what they would find beyond. It feels inspirational to me.
Kurt Schmidt is the author of “Modern Job Search” and the President and Owner of Capto Systems, an executive search firm focused on supply chain and strategic sourcing jobs in manufacturing and energy. He’s also an aspiring photographer and traveler. If you’re really looking for a job, you need this book!