Job Reconnaissance, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0124166601
  • ISBN-13: 9780124166608
  • DDC: 650.14
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 196 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released May 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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There is considerably more skill in the IT and security communities than is reflected in the jobs people are able to attain. Most people's limiting factor in their ability to get better jobs is not technical skills or even the soft skills necessary to do well in a new job. It is that getting a job is a completely different skill set and one that most people only practice every few years. Job Reconnaissance: Using Hacking Skills to Win the Job Hunt Game explains the job hunting process, why the most commonly followed models fail and how to better approach the search. It covers the entire job hunt process from when to decide to leave your current job, research new possible job opportunities, targeting your new boss, controlling the job interview process and negotiating your new compensation and the departure from your current job. This is not a complete all-in-one job-hunting book. This book assumes that the reader is reasonably competent and has already heard most of the "standard" advice, but is having difficulty putting the advice into practice. The goal is to fill in the gaps of the other books and to help the readers use their technical skills to their advantage in a different context. The emphasis in Job Reconnaissance is for infosec and IT job seekers to leverage the same skills they use in penetration testing and recon toward job-hunting success. These skills include targeting, reconnaissance and profiling combined with a technical look at skills other career search books commonly miss.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Foundations: What You Ought to have Done Before Buying this Book.
2: Time to Leave: How to Know when You Should Move On.
3: Résumés and Cover Letters: Why the Common Approach Only Works against You.
4: Talking about Yourself: The Fine Lines around Boasting, Bragging, Belittling, and Begrudging.
5: Targeting: Cyclical Filtering to Choose Targets with High Likelihoods of Success.
6: Initial Reconnaissance: Uncovering Seeds.
7: Deeper Reconnaissance: Uncovering Hidden Data.
8: Metaphor Mapping: Adjusting to Your Target.
9: Repositioning: How to Make You Stand Out.
10: The Phone Interview: Dial M for Meeting.
11: The Portfolio: Items to Leave Behind.
12: Thinking about Money: Making the Most of Change.
13: Before the Interview: Plan to Succeed.
14: Interview: Take Control.
15: Post-Interview: The End of the Interview is Not the End of the Interview.
16: Salary Negotiation: Everything Can be Flexible.
17: Giving Notice: Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow.
18: Conclusion.
Appendix A: Resources.
Appendix B: Interview Questions.
Appendix C: Emotional Concerns.