Acing Your Job Search by Roy Mapleton  

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Book review by Esther Haastrup

Roy Mapleton’s pursuit of excellence makes him successful, although he had it pretty rough in the beginning. As a young job seeker, he had more than 35 interviews in the first 15 years of his career due to the absence of guidance. He had to invest time and effort in re-learning what he was taught in school and took various certifications courses in management, inclusive leadership, and entrepreneurship. He has helped many people ace their job interviews, trained hiring managers and HR personnel. Roy is a specialist in the Aerospace industry and Acing Your Job Search is his debut as a writer. 

During one of Roy’s sessions with job seekers, a participant suggested he transfer his knowledge into a book since there was no book that embodies all the necessary components for success in job search. That suggestion birthed this book. 

Roy wrote this book based on his past job search experience to offer valuable guidance to job seekers regardless of the type of job, field of work, experience and how long they have been searching for a job. Roy’s goal is to help job seekers get the best out of their current job search efforts and make them become marketable candidates.  

The book contains various tips on body language and answering tough human resource questions. Roy explains how to portray a positive mindset irrespective of the rejections you may have experienced or the length of time you may have been out of job. This book will help you sharpen your intuition, take your mental health seriously, set smart goals, research your potential job, and many more.

You would also learn first-hand tips on what recruiters expect to see in your resume, the red flags they look out for, basic body posture during interviews, correct sitting position, specific strategies for women, how to write a thank you note, how to draft a resume, how to draft a cover letter and many more tips that could increase your chances of getting that dream job.  

The book, however, is not a guarantee that you would land your dream job after a read. The book was not written with a specific hiring firm or company in mind, do not expect to see company-specific tips, the knowledge from the book can be applied to nearly every job interview, it is not country specific although the author’s experiences are based in Canada.  

The book is especially useful for immigrants in Canada who are new to the system, have no previous Canadian work experience and are working towards getting a good job. They don’t have to make the same mistakes as others; the book serves as a manual. 

Acing Your Job Search is available on Amazon, Abe Books and BetterworldBooks.com in hardcover, paperback and kindle versions. It is text-to-speech enabled 163-pages book, written in English. 

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