Use Your Head to Get Your Foot in the Door

Chicago Booth Alumni Club

Business Book Roundtable

March 30, 2010: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Harvey Mackay presents his new book: Use Your Head to Get Your Foot in the Door: Job Search Secrets No One Else Will Tell You EXPERT JOB SEARCH TIPS WHEN WE NEED THEM MOST Harvey Mackay offers expert job search strategies for those who have been out of work for a long time as well as those just entering the job market. Mackay knows that getting a job is harder than having a job, especially now. “You can have the finest moves in the talent contest, you can boast a trophy speed-dial list on your iPhone, you can possess the single-mindedness of Paul Revere and be as self-assured as Muhammad Ali . . . and you still won’t nail the job unless you know how to mold and merchan­dise your personal pitch. If this is true when times are booming—and it is—you can only imagine how true it is in times like these.” By sharing his all time best tips from a lifetime as a CEO—including two decades as a New York Times #1 bestselling author—world-renowned speaker and syndicated columnist), Mackay will help readers: Develop a passion for lifetime learning, which is essential in today’s world. Build, expand, and energize a powerful network that will open key doors. Overcome disabling rejection. Execute a flawless job interview. Explain the most difficult, disappointing, and embarrassing career lapses. Understand what recruiters, HR people, and managers are really looking for. Blend the latest high-tech tools with old-fashioned, face-to-face relationships. Build a “staging strategy” to leap from a current job to a new and better one. This is the book on how to get (and keep) a great job at any age.


Gleacher Center
Room 100
450 N Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, Illinois

Event Details

Book Summary: Harvey Mackay, Fortune magazine’s “Mr. Make- Things-Happen,” has written five New York Times bestsellers, including one of the most popular business books of all time—Swim with the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive. Now he returns with the ultimate book on how to get, and keep, a job you truly love whether you’re twenty-one, fifty-one, or seventy-one. The average person will have at least three career changes and ten different jobs by age thirty-eight. In this era of downsizing and outsourcing, you can never be sure your job will still exist in five years— or five weeks. So you’d better think of your career as a perpetual job search. That demands a passion for lifetime learning and the skills for relentless and effective networking. Mackay shows you how to be at your best when things are at their worst. His hard-hitting topics include: beating rejection before it beats you warning signals that you might be losing your job acing interviews negotiating the job you want not the job they offer taking advantage of the way bosses make hiring decisions blending the latest contact tools with old-fashioned face-to-face networking Uplifting, amusing, and jam-packed with proven tips, Use Your Head to Get Your Foot in the Door will guide you through the toughest job market in decades. It’s also the definitive A-to-Z career resource for the rest of your life. "This collection of job search tips by Mackay (Swim with the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive) follows the style of his previous best sellers, complete with humorous examples and "Quickie" one-page stories that illustrate his main points. Don't let the cover or any worry about his sense of humor dissuade you: this is a very useful book. The short chapters with descriptive titles make it easy to navigate, and Mackay offers tips-from changing your attitude to getting hired-both for those currently employed but wishing to position themselves better in their current companies and for those who are out of work. Highly recommended for job seekers and career changers at all experience levels." -Library Journal


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Deadline: 3/30/2010


6:00 PM-6:30 PM: Registration and Networking

6:30 PM-8:00 PM: Author Presentation and Q&A

Speaker Profiles

Harvey Mackay (Speaker)
Author, MackayMitchell Envelope Company

Harvey Mackay is author of five New York Times bestsellers. His first two books—Swim With The Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive and Beware The Naked Man Who Offers You His Shirt—have been translated into 35 languages and distributed in 80 countries. Both books were New York Times #1 bestsellers and are also listed by the Times among the top 15 inspirational business books of all time. Dig Your Well Before You're Thirsty was released in April 1997, and Pushing The Envelope in January 1999. Both cracked the New York Times bestseller list. We Got Fired! … And It’s The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Us was released on Oct. 1, 2004, and became his third New York Times #1 bestseller. Harvey interviewed 28 Americans who were fired and landed on their feet—people like Muhammad Ali, Michael Bloomberg, Lou Holtz, Billie Jean King, Larry King, and many more. His books have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide. Use Your Head to Get Your Foot in the Door (Portfolio / February 2010) is his latest. Harvey is a nationally syndicated columnist for United Feature Syndicate; his weekly articles appear in newspapers around the country. He also is one of America's most popular and entertaining business speakers, speaking—on average—once a week to Fortune 500-sized companies and associations. Toastmasters International named him one of the top five speakers in the world. In addition, Harvey is chairman of MackayMitchell Envelope Company, a $100 million company he founded at age 26. Mackay has 600 employees and manufactures 25 million envelopes a day. Harvey is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and the Stanford University Graduate School of Business Executive Program. In April 2004, Harvey received the prestigious Horatio Alger Award in the Supreme Court Chambers. He was inducted into the Minnesota Business Hall of Fame in 2002. He is the past president of the Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce.


Mary Kupjack, `79 
Chair, Business Book Roundtable