Job Reconnaissance
Using Hacking Skills to Win the Job Hunt Game
By Josh More
Publisher: Elsevier / Syngress
Final Release Date: September 2013
Pages: 196

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.

  • Covers the entire job hunt process from when to decide to leave your current job to the departure of your current job
  • Suggests how to research new possible job opportunities
  • Shows how to target your new boss, controlling the job interview process and negotiating your new compensation
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Un-conventional, fun, and fast paced

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    Let me state right away – whoever did not read this book missed much.

    Thing is, this is not that conventional book where you are getting known what you shell expect to be asked at an interview, or what you should or should not tell in an interview. So forget about this book existence and get another one if you need quick recipes style of a cookbook.

    But if you get this copy you'll look at the job hunting process from a different angle with Josh More (the author) who targets a more mature and experience audience of seemingly IT pros, just like me and probably you who rarely have more verbal expression skills than discussing recent news with a neighbor.

    In my opinion, this book is not for recent grads or those who need yet another job, quick, just "to pay the bills".

    "Job Reconnaissance" book is for those who want a position to have fun, blend into the company culture, get work that is also rewarding and lasts. Both parties win. Makes a lot of sense, right? I think so.

    I say the book fits best and actually must be appealing to the IT related or technically savvy people because it requires some familiarity with scripting, using the Shell may be desired and general OS tasks, but not knowing all these will not stop you from getting the most out of the book.

    In return a reader would get a comprehensive set of absolutely or almost no cost tools one never suspected existed and a ton of reference to aid in a successful job hunt – this is the main treasure of this book.

    I rate this book 5 out 5 because it delivers on the promise. It has the right length and difficulty level, but best read by a person who is in early stages in planning leaving one's present employer.

    Again, this book is a companion-like book about teaching you how to get a better job, will equip you with a wealth of tools, yet will allow you growing career-wise with it and it I trust remain relevant for a very long time.

    Disclaimer: This book was given to me for free as part of the blogger review program by O'Reilly Media.

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