Career Guide Book


Learn ways to be successful in your job search by tapping into your knowledge, skills, and confidence, and effectively bringing out your best. This wisdom significantly increases your chance of scoring the job you desire.





Why did we write this book?

As recruiters with collective experience of more close to 30 years, we have interviewed thousands of candidates. Most of them are really capable talents with unique skill sets and experiences that are unparalleled compared to many of their peers.

But still they did not pass the interview. They can’t sell themselves, they can’t figure out how to do it and the whole interview just collapse in front of them.

Scoring the interview isn’t just all about luck. It is a skill that can easily be picked up and polished if you know how to go about it. This Singapore career guide book aims to provide you with the tactical guide on how to quickly reach that stage so you will not fail your next job interview.

Steven Pang

(above: Steven at Ask The Experts Seminar – Insights from Professional Recruiters hosted by CaliberLink)

Who is this book for?

This book is for all the talented job seekers who are not scoring in their job interviews or are simply frustrated by the zero responses you are getting despite sending out hundreds of resumes

Singapore HR Congress 2013

(above: Adrian Tan speaking at Singapore HR Congress)

How you can benefit from reading this book

This 149-pages book will reveal tips on how you can get hired! You will learn ways to be successful in your job search by tapping into your knowledge, skills, and confidence, and effectively bringing out your best. This new found wisdom will prove to significantly increase your chance of scoring the job you desire.

Key areas to be discussed in this book include:

  • Knowing what motivates and drives you.
  • Branding you and identifying who are you and what you stand for.
  • Crafting your very own “elevator pitch”.
  • Getting out on the job search battlefield and winning.
  • Preparing and presenting a winning résumé.
  • Skill auditing and recognising your strengths and weaknesses.
  • Acing a job interview.
  • Standing out by solving your potential employer’s problems.
  • Leveraging on social media platforms such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and blogs for your job search.
  • Knowing the techniques to effectively negotiate salary packages
  • and much more!

In the course of our work over the years, we have been frequently bombarded with many questions by job seekers. As such, we feel that the best way to present this book is through a question-and-answer format. In this way, you need not read this book from cover to cover but instead zoom in on the most compelling questions that you have always wanted to ask.

Praises for our manuscript

Everything You Wish To Ask a Headhunter is a must-read for people planning for their careers. I am impressed by the information presented, especially from the headhunter’s perspective. In this book, experts in the industry provide practical insights into career planning.

Francis Koh

Managing Director, Capita Group

Adrian and Steven have put together a useful career resource for jobseekers, based on their headhunting experiences, and angled to fit Singapore’s context. It is easy to read reflecting questions and issues faced by job seekers, and highlighting the importance of building skills and a positive mindset. I’m glad that the authors have produced a handy kit to guide PMEs towards better jobs.

Gilbert Tan

CEO, Employment and Employability Institute

Steven and Adrian prove that when it comes to searching for a job and surviving in the corporate jungle, it’s neither who you know, nor what you know that counts. Ultimately, it’s what you do. This makes for a great read!

Paul Slezak

Co-founder, RecruitLoop

Some great tips and insights from two industry experts. A mustread for anyone considering their career options.

Ben Batten

Country General Manager, VOLT

Chapters Summary

  1. How do I know it’s time to change my job?
  2. How do I figure out the “why” and “what”?
  3. How do I get started?
  4. How long will it take?
  5. Why should I understand more about myself before my job search?
  6. How do I know which job type best suits me?
  7. Why should companies hire me?
  8. Why am I still unemployed?
  9. Is getting retrenched the end of my career?
  1. How do I get on the headhunters’ radar?
  2. Why do I need an “elevator pitch”?
  3. Why should I brand myself ?
  4. How do I create a good first impression?
  5. Is networking important?
  6. How do I ensure that my résumé does not get thrashed instantly?
  7. What are some résumé-writing mistakes to avoid?
  8. How do I create a winning résumé?
  9. What are some job search strategies that wouldn’t work?
  10. What are some effective job search channels?
  11. Are career fairs still relevant?
  12. Why am I not getting a response from job boards?
  13. How can I leverage social media in my job search?
  14. Can my smartphone help in my job search?
  1. How many employers should I be selling myself to?
  2. Why should I track my job search activities?
  3. What should I prepare before an interview?
  4. How should I handle typical interview questions?
  5. What are some unexpected interview questions?
  6. How do I deal with discrimination?
  7. What are some interview scenarios that I should be prepared for?
  1. What questions should I ask at the end of an interview?
  2. What questions should I avoid asking at the end of an interview?
  3. When do I follow up with the interviewer?
  4. How can I best manage a job offer?
  5. Why was I rejected when everything seemed to go well?
  1. How should I deal with counter offers?
  2. How do I resign gracefully?
  3. How do I end with class?
  1. How do I start my new job with a bang?
  2. What are some office personality types to steer away from?
  3. How do I establish a great reputation at work?
  4. How do I get on a good start with a new superior?
  5. What are some tips for a successful sales career?
  6. Is hard work important? What about work-life balance?
  7. Do you have any tips on decision-making?
  8. How can being an optimist serve my career?
  9. How do I stay motivated and driven?
  10. How do I maintain a high energy level?
  11. What are some time management tips?
  12. What must I do in my first 100 days at work?
  13. How do I win an argument?
  14. How should I ask for a raise?
  15. How do I survive a business lunch?
  16. What should I consider when I have to relocate overseas?
  17. How do I protect myself in a recession?
  1. Do I want to be a manager or leader?
  2. How can I avoid the perils of a young manager?
  3. How do I run an effective meeting?
  4. How do I fire someone?

Get the book today and start propelling your career search

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