Overcoming Employment Barriers: 127 Great Tips for Burying Red Flags and Finding a Job That’s Right for You (2nd Edition)


This revised edition catalogs 127 employment barriers that prevent individuals from finding good jobs and advancing their careers. Beginning with an 85-item self-assessment test, the book analyzes each barrier and gives advice on overcoming it.

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ISBN 978-1-57023-387-6 (paperback) and ISBN 978-1-57023-379-1 (eBook)
By Ronald L. Krannich, Ph.D.
#4285  Millions of individuals face employment barriers. While some barriers may be caused by other people (discrimination) or circumstances beyond ones control (chronic health issues or natural disasters), most barriers represent self-inflicted red flags created by poor choices, questionable skills, sketchy experience, and difficult personalities.
Few job seekers are victims of a lousy job market, bad employers, or dumb luck. It’s a candidates own cumulative red flags or potholes in life job hopping, incarceration, termination, time gaps, negative attitudes, and limited education, skills, and experience that make employers suspicious, hesitant, reluctant, and then resistant to interview and hire such risky people.
Similar to addictions, old habits are difficult to break, and denial prevents many people from changing their red flag behaviors. But few employment barriers are ever insurmountable. Most self-inflicted barriers pose challenges that require changes in attitudes and mindsets renewed understanding, purpose, determination, and the drive to succeed.
Overcoming Employment Barriers is the first book to catalog 127 employment barriers that prevent individuals from finding good jobs, launching careers, and succeeding in the job world. This user-friendly guide, overlaid with a strong cognitive therapy theme, initially profiles each barrier as a series of introspective questions and then provides descriptions and analyses followed by sound advice on how to best overcome the particular barrier.
Organized by different types of barriers and related red flags, the book includes:
  • 12 barriers related to skills and work history
  • 27 barriers related to attitudes and behaviors
  • 8 barriers related to health, wellness, and disabilities
  • 80 barriers related to job search knowledge and skills
  • an 85-item self-scoring Likert-type employment barriers I.Q. test
  • dozens of interactive books, DVDs, and Internet links for overcoming barriers
The book answers many important questions concerning job search success, such as:
  • What do successful job seekers do that separates them from their less successful counterparts?
  • What critical choices do they make?
  • How do they approach their job search, communicate with potential employers, complete applications, market their resumes and letters, and follow through to get job interviews?
  • How do they handle rejections and bounce back from failure?
The lessons learned here are encouraging: you can take charge of your future by eliminating most barriers to success. But doing so requires new thinking and actions. The 127 barriers outlined in this book go a long way to changing behavior and encouraging resilience.
This book was previously published as Overcoming Barriers to Employment (2006, ISBN 978-1-57023-253-4).
224 pages. 6 x 9. Softcover. Copyright © January 2016.
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  1. Turn Employment Barriers Into New Opportunities
  2. Test Your Employment Barriers I.Q.
  3. Skills and Work History as Barriers
  4. Attitudes and Behaviors as Barriers
  5. Health, Wellness, and Disabilities as Barriers
  6. Myths, Misunderstandings, and Your Mindset
  7. Networks, Applications, Resumes, and Letters
  8. Interviews, Communication, and Character
  9. Salary, Benefits, Offers, and Follow-Up
THE AUTHOR: Ronald L. Krannich, Ph.D., is one of Americas leading career transition and job search experts who has authored more than 100 books, including several designed for the military, ex-offenders, and others in transition: Military-to-Civilian Success for Veterans and Their Families, The Ex-Offenders New Job Finding and Survival Guide, The Ex-Offenders Re-Entry Success Guide, High Impact Resumes and Letters, Give Me More Money!, I Can’t Believe They Asked Me That!, and You Should Hire Me! A former Peace Corps Volunteer, Fulbright Scholar, and university professor, Ron specializes in developing career, life skills, and education resources for a variety of audiences.

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