'How to Get Fired!' Author Offers Best Practices For Gaining Unemployment

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Seven Video Resume Tips for Job Seekers

Tips from TheLadders on adding an effective video resume to you job search toolbox.

If you've ever found yourself looking for work, then you've spent some time trying to present your education, skills and experience in the best possible light to prospective employers. That is to say, you've agonized over the details of your resume, highly tempted to turn that week spent filling in as buffet shift manager back in high school into something approaching C-level credentials.


Alternately, if you've ever had the startling mid-career realization that your relationship to your work (or coworkers, management or an unholy trinity of all three) has taken a sharp, southward turn, you might have daydreamed about the various ways you could sabotage those relationships and your reputation, putting youself on a fast track to joining the ranks of the gainfully unemployed.


Author, comedian and former English teacher Jeff Havens has written a satirical book to help workers in either situation. His witty and entertaining "How to Get Fired!: The New Employee's Guide to Perpetual Unemployment" explains exactly what you need to do lose your job. He outlines his Four Pillars of Poverty: Fake Your Resume, Establish Your Incompetence, Destroy your Work Ethic and Alienate Your Coworkers.


In our Knowledge Network excerpt of the book, Havens describes the Top 10 ways that people earn that pink slip. High on that list is fabricating or embellishing resume items. Learn how to "manufacture a resume impressive enough to land a job to get fired from."


Havens' tongue-in-cheek how-to's explain exactly what to do earn your walking papers so you can avoid getting them.


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