The definitive book to everything related to healthcare search will be released in March 2011: the fourth edition of Tyler’s Guide! 

The third edition was released in 2002, and in the almost 10 years since it was published, there have been many changes in the job-change process. J. Larry Tyler, has a unique perspective on this topic with his 30-plus years in retained executive search at the “C-level” and having conducted more than 3,500 personal interviews. Tyler’s Guideremains the only resource addressing the concerns of those changing jobs in the healthcare arena.

Readers will find that topics such as resume preparation, cover letters, networking and interviews are handled in depth in Tyler’s Guide, charting the course from the beginning to the end of the job-change process. Also, chapters are devoted to students, those in the military, and physician job seekers. And, Tyler tackles additional topics such as breaking through the glass ceiling (for women), moving beyond racial barriers and maintaining sources of support. As a bonus, Tyler intersperses his commentary with real-life examples of executives who have followed his advice to advance their careers.

As before, Tyler’s Guide will be published by Health Administration Press (HAP), an arm of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). The guide will be launched with a book signing during the annual ACHE Congress in Chicago. 

Says Tyler, “This edition has been updated for today’s practices and trends so that it represents Tyler & Company’s most current thinking. This will place the reader at the front of the line in the competitive employment marketplace.”

After previewing Tyler’s Guide, industry leaders offered the following reaction to this exciting new edition:

“Tyler’s Guide is the definitive book on how to change jobs in healthcare. Although there are many books about changing jobs, this book is the only one written expressly for healthcare executives by one of the most well-known headhunters in healthcare. Tyler’s more than 30 years of experience in recruiting comes through on every page. His advice is straightforward, practical and to the point.

This edition adds new information to help readers deal with the ever-changing employment landscape. Written in a style that is easy to understand and highly entertaining, his ‘Tyler’s Tips’ provide superb insight into practices and techniques that give readers an edge over the competition. Tyler’s Guide is written for all levels, from the newly minted MHA/MBA/MPH graduate to the most senior executive. I whole-heartedly recommend this book to anyone seeking a new job.” 

Errol L. Biggs, PhD, FACHE
Director, Graduate Programs in Health Administration
University of Colorado Denver

If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.
— Oscar Wilde

“Tyler’s Guide is an important how-to book for healthcare leaders. The 18 chapters guide the reader, step-by-step, through a set of processes essential for managing a professional healthcare career. Mr. Tyler presents all of the content in a direct manner that reveals his understanding of the big picture as well as the theory involved. He also covers current social networking technologies such as Facebook and includes helpful hints and appropriate warnings.

"Why do we need Tyler’s Guide? In my opinion, this book is vital to healthcare managers now more than ever for three primary reasons. First, Tyler has created an eminently useful and highly practical guide by integrating knowledge gained in his years of successful professional experience and his broad knowledge of healthcare. Second, because of the current economic and employment environment, many new graduates and mid- and late-careerists need to engage in a professional career progression strategy. Finally, healthcare reform is already driving greater transparency in outcomes disclosure, costs/charges reporting and declaration of business affiliations. None of us knows where all of this will lead or exactly how the delivery system will change, but transformation is imminent. Assimilate the elements of Tyler’s Guide to help secure your future.”

Gerald L. Glandon, PhD
Professor and Chair, Department of Health Services Administration
The University of Alabama at Birmingham

For returning users and those new to the Tyler’s Guide franchise alike, mark your calendars — a treat is coming your way March 2011!

Reach J. Larry Tyler, FACHE, FHFMA, FAAHC, CMPE, Chairman and CEO, at +1 770 396 3939 or

To order copies of Tyler’s Guide, contact HAP at (direct link or call the fulfillment center, 301.362.6905. Request ISBN 13: 978-1-56793-361-1, code: WWW1-2163. Price: $65. 

This article was featured in Tyler's Tidbits, Winter 2011 issue.