Whether it's your first time or it's time to do it again after so many years, job searching is an important task and skill in life. It also tends to be tedious, frustrating, and demoralizing when all of that searching results in no interviews or job offers. So any guidance in doing a more efficient job search is appreciated.
Fortunately, Bay Area author Steven Savage has provided such guidance.
Having already written books guiding cosplayers and other members of the anime/sci-fi/comic book convention scene to turn their geek passions into a career, Mr. Savage now provides advice to the general public on doing a decent job search in "Quest for Employment: Lessons From The Job Search Adventure." This book is based on his own experiences in quickly searching and finding a job getting laid off.
Most of the chapters from "Quest for Employment" are based off Mr. Savage's columns from "Fan to Pro" and cover various aspects of job searching. Some are chapters are common sense such as the importance of resumes and networking. But Mr. Savage also throws in a few concepts to widen the job search net. One such concept is to be aware how job titles can vary based on location or region. Paying attention and adapting the job search to include the correct title for the region will produce more job search results and better impress the hiring manager when you show that you paid attention to such a detail during the search.
Each chapter begins with a summary of a job search technique or lesson followed by a solid explanation of how he turned obstacles encountered during his job search into a valuable lesson for readers to follow. He concludes each chapter with a To Do list that gets readers to put those lessons into action. With 40 pages total, “Quest for Employment” is succinct, easy to follow, and recommended reading before starting a job search.
If you happen to be in San Francisco's Japantown on February 16, you can meet Steven Savage during Animation on Display where he will host panels about his career advice for the animation convention fan and attendee.