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    1. What Color Is Your Parachute? 2005: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers
    by Richard Nelson Bolles, Mark Emery Bolles
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    Asin: 1580086152
    Catlog: Book (2004-10-22)
    Publisher: Ten Speed Press
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    In the last four years, the United States has lost 2.3 million jobs—the most in any four-year period since Herbert Hoover and the Great Depression. Currently, millions of workers are unemployed both in the United States and worldwide and the problem isn’t likely to abate anytime soon. In the 2005 edition of his legendary job-hunting book, WHAT COLOR IS YOUR PARACHUTE? Richard Bolles presents a detailed plan for facing this societal problem head-on, declaring that we must each begin by mastering this new world for ourselves and then, once empowered, share our knowledge with others to empower the world.

    In PARACHUTE 2005, Bolles offers a completely new book for this uncertain job market, laying out a simple, step-by-step plan for finding meaningful work and mission despite our economy’s jobless recovery. Featuring fresh explanations of old concepts and the introduction of new ideas, Bolles defines the distinctions between "resume jobs" and "grapevine jobs," between "passive job-hunting" and "active job-hunting," between "weak ties" and "strong ties," and much more. These are not normal times. And this is not your normal PARACHUTE.It faces squarely the "workquake" that is shaking up the job market around the world, and gives not only simple steps but steady hope. ... Read more


    2. I Don't Know What I Want, but I Know It's Not This: A Step-By-Step Guide to Finding Gratifying Work
    by Julie Jansen
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    Asin: 0142002488
    Catlog: Book (2003-02-01)
    Publisher: Penguin Books
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    Average Customer Review: 4.39 out of 5 stars
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    A disturbingly large number of people today are unhappy with their work. In this helpful book, career coach Julie Jansen addresses this work-dissatisfaction epidemic.Using career assessment quizzes and personality exercises, Jansen helps readers understand their present work or career situation, discover the type of work for which they're best suited, and learn how to create the changes they need. Filled with real-life examples and including a useful resource section, this guide provides the inspiration and know-how to implement positive career change. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent resource for job seekers and career changers
    If you're like me and hate what you do for a living but are floundering, Julie Jansen's book, "I Don't Know What I Want, But I Know It's Not This," is a godsend. I've heard Jansen speak. She's smart, dynamic and refreshingly down to earth. Her book is the same. Reading it is like having a private career coach or a supportive, no-nonsense friend who is always there to give you [boost] you need to stop whining about work and do something about it! It's written in Jansen's warm, straightforward style and packed with practical information (e.g., websites for finding a job, dealing with job stress, getting a free critique of your resume), self-assessment tools and action plans that are actually fun and easy to use. All of this is extremely helpful for organizing your thoughts, honing in on the real reasons you're unhappy, and discovering valuable clues about who you are and what you really want to be when you grow up. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is ready to get serious about finding work they can feel good about.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Helpful exercises...easy read...very useful.
    This title provides effective exercises for would-be career changers and entreprenuers. After spending 10 years in the corporate world and making a couple unsuccessful attempts at small business, I found myself thinking "I don't know what I want, but this isn't it." Locked into a career that pays well, but has little else to recommend it, I've been having a hard time finding a vocation that offers fulfillment, but doesn't involve going broke in the process. The exercises in this book helped me clarify what I want (and do not want) from my work-life and helped me to develop a plan to acheive it. I recommend using this book in conjunction with "Do What You Are" by Tieger.

    4-0 out of 5 stars I'll Know It When I See It
    I liked the book. Good suggestions on how to analyze your interests, experiences and skills. Very helpful for displaced workers. But, I liked a book called Rat Race Relaxer: Your Potential & The Maze of Life by JoAnna Carey even better. Rat Race Relaxer showed me how analyze my interests then took it a step further so I could discover new ways of seeing and changing my current situation. For those of us with family or financial obligations that limit our ability to change jobs (or wait for the "right" job when downsized), Rat Race Relaxer is a better choice.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Still Don't Know What I Want
    I found out a little more about myself as far as attitudes and personality (not much I didn't already know; just a litte reaffirming I guess to have gone over the exercises), but I still don't know what I want.

    The book may help you, or maybe not, place yourself into one of the six categories the author describes on why you want to change jobs. The book may also help you itemize your values, attitudes, change readiness, personality preferences, interests and skills into neat categories. The book does nothing in helping push you to finding gratifying work.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Useless aggregation of standard self-help information
    I found the information and exercises in this book to be a simple aggregation of the standard self-help/self-improvement informaton that you'd get from an ineffective career counselor, HR manager, or a corporate management consultant. Many of the excercises are wandering and unfocused, and not very helpful in determining goals and action plans for change. I'd like my money back, but more importantly, I'd like the time I spent reading the first few chapters back. ... Read more


    3. Best Answers to the 201 Most Frequently Asked Interview Questions
    by Matthew J. DeLuca
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    Asin: 007016357X
    Catlog: Book (1996-09-01)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill
    Sales Rank: 7515
    Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars
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    MORE answers to MORE questions than any other interviewing guide.Sell yourself with style and win the interview game!The most crucial part of your job search is knowing how to respond to the toughest interview questions ù because the best candidate doesn't necessarily get the job....the best interviewee does! In Best Answers to the 201 Most Frequently Asked Interview Questions, career expert Matthew J. DeLuca reveals the secret agenda behind every kind of question interviewers ask, and prepares you to answer them all. Never again be at loss for words when an interviewer hits you with an icebreaker...thought provoker...curve ball...stress tester...and even an illegal question that shouldnÆt be asked but needs an answer. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty good information.
    I bought this book prior to interviewing for my current job. The book contains some good information but to be honest I wasn't asked the questions contained in the book. Of course this isn't the books fault. However, the book did help me prepare myself mentally in the event the questions did come up and it helped me to learn how to collect my thoughts and answer confidently. Recommended if you have interview anxiety at all.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Worth it's weight in gold
    This book is a must for anyone who is either looking for a job now or possibly will be in the future, which is just about all of us nowadays. It is a no-nonsense reference guide to the kinds of questions to expect during the interview and what the both weak and strong responses are to them, as well as how to respond to inappropriate or illegal questions without totally killing your chances at getting the job.

    I especially like the list of questions right at the start for use as a quick index when filling out employment questionnaires. Strong responses to such questions as what aspects of your current job do you like best, or least, are quickly found with a discussion of the reasoning behind the answers.

    This book is concise and to the point, and well worth the price even if you don't expect to need it in the near future, if just for the self-confidence and self-examination opportunity it gives you.

    I highly recommend it.

    Joe Buchberger

    2-0 out of 5 stars Well written, but...
    An entire book of ONLY interview questions is just too much of a good thing, IMHO. There are several books which have a chapter on interview questions, and list only the ones which are you really likely to encounter, which I have found much more useful.

    2-0 out of 5 stars If you can buy it cheap then it may be worth looking into.
    The beginning chapters are just fluff & common sense. However, it will at least get you thinking about what you may incounter during an interview. I wouldn't rule this book out completley. The biggest problem I had with this book was that, unless you have tons of time to practice and study each question, it is simply impractical to expect to cover all the material. My advice would be to prepare more general areas for the interview. Focusing on particular questions is almost a waste of time.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Poorly written
    Maybe I'm just nit picky but although there are some informative tidbits, I feel this book is poorly written. There are other, better Job Interview books on the market. If you're going to plunk down some hard-earned money for this, you're making a mistake. Buy it used. That said, the follow up to this book, something like More Answers to 250 questions (or something like that) is a much better buy. ... Read more


    4. What Color Is Your Parachute Workbook: How to Create a Picture of Your Ideal Job or Next Career
    by Richard Nelson Bolles
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    Asin: 089815880X
    Catlog: Book (1998-12-01)
    Publisher: Ten Speed Press
    Sales Rank: 3741
    Average Customer Review: 3.77 out of 5 stars
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    In the words of Fortune magazine, this is "the gold standard of career guides".Here's why:

    •PARACHUTE is always current and up to date.•It discusses what has changed about the job-market, and the new attitudes that are required in order to survive therein.

    •It aids career-changers, as well as job-hunters, and has a detailed step-by-step plan for identifying a new career, as well as more detailed strategies for locating just the job you want in the geographical area of your choice.

    •It has a detailed description of interview questions, and what kinds of answers the employer is looking for, plus step-by-step salary negotiation strategies.

    •It is thinner, by 200 pages, than earlier editions, slimmed down for reading (and doing the paper and pencil exercises) in this fast-paced world, where time is precious. ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars CHANGING CAREERS? THERE ARE MUCH BETTER BOOKS
    I am a career coach with eight years of experience working with people wanting a new career - a better fit with their talents, more meaningful, a better work environment. If you want to choose a career that will be very fulfilling as well as something you will be successful at, forget about "Parachute". It just doesn't have the depth and wisdom it takes to coach you through this most important life decision.

    Another career counselor who reviewed "Parachute" recommended that you get two other books instead. I agree. They are "The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success" by Lore, and "Do What You Are" by Tieger. "The Pathfinder" is the best career decision book ever, the seminal text, the masterpiece on the subject - this is, if you are serious about having a great life and unwilling to put up with less. I also agree with the other reviewer that "Parachute" is a great job hunting book, but only if you know exactly what job you are looking for. Reading "Parachute" takes some of the fear and uncertainty out of job hunting. But if you are trying to decide what to do with your life, forget about "Parachute".

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book for all ages!
    This book is great for people of all ages! It really helps you find your niche in life by doing a little soul searching. I was able to identify my strengths and use them to get a job I love! This book should be a part of all high school and college graduates itinerary before going into the 'real' world. Thank you Mr. Bolles!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Essential Job Search Book
    Bolle's book is still timeless for job seekers of all kinds. I feel that his book updated each year to meet the current trends in society is critical. He needs to address those issues, like the web, downturn in the economy and the like.

    The most critical part of the book is the self evaluation section. This is a very structured process that can be used intutitively as well. Bolles asks you to write a few stories about yourself, then, what did you like and dislike about those stories? What did you do well, where did you fail or feel challenged beyond your abilities? These are the critical areas of the book that take time to get through, yet you can evaluate yourself and understand what you like, it is what you do best, usually.

    We excel what we are good at, according to Bolles, this method will help us discover what we are best at.

    I have recommended this book to many over the years, and still do. Whether someone is in college, or someone is going through a long term transition after being in a job for a long time or moms returning to the work place, this book will be very instructive for you.

    One of his processes is very simple asking you to compare who you would most like to talk with or groups of people you would rather relate with. This is a standard set of tests for some very expensive career consulting, he gives it to you for the price of his book and the time to self evaluate yourself. Then, he breaks down the possible job areas and skill sets related to these groups.

    Again, a worthwhile journey for anyone not wanting to wander any longer in the world of work.

    JOE SLEVIN
    Job Coach

    5-0 out of 5 stars Unemployed no more!
    Yesterday, I nervously dialed the phone number to my job interviewer. It was Tuesday and he had promised he'd let me know about the job by last Friday.

    I had followed the book, "What Color Is My Parachute," to the letter. I had a perfect resume and cover letter. I dressed up for the interview, prepared my list of questions to ask during the interview, memorized all the tips, and most importantly, emailed a thank you note afterwards.

    Despite all this, I was still nervous about getting the job. I haven't even graduated with my undergraduate degree yet, meaning I have no experience. If I got the job, it was going to be my first job after college.

    To my surprise, he said, "I emailed you about the job. Can you start May 11th?"

    "That," I replied, "would be awesome."

    Based on that experience, I heartily recommend the book on the interviewing techniques alone. However, that's not all I got from this book. I got a great system that determines what job I'd like to be in. Not only does the book ask about career interests, but on the part of the country I want to live in and the working conditions I prefer, which are two categories I never even considered. I recommend this book to everyone who needs to get a job these days and wants an edge on the competition. Because of this book, I am happily on the start of a long career.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Would you buy a Taurus because it gets good reviews?
    This book is fine for the commoner who accounts for 80% of the population. The other 20% will find this a total waste of time. Of course, the 20% of the population with brains would never even pick up this book. Every counselor I ever knew would tell me to read this book back when I was unsure of my future toward the end of my college career 15 years ago. I didn't have the money for the book, so I basically read through it at B. Dalton Booksellers in Denton, TX. What an incredible waste this book is. Instead, stop lining the pockets of this preacher and say no to this book. Anything that is a best seller in the United States must be flawed, because like I said before, 80% of the population are idiots. People need to start thinking for themselves and stop buying this garbage. If you are in the 80% idiot group, you will disagree with this review and probably buy it out of spite. Well, go ahead moron. The other 20% will know where I'm coming from, but most of you would never be enough of a loser to be reading a review on this book and even contemplating buying it. The only reason I've spent the time on this is to possibly persuade one person that this book is a scam and maybe they'll spread the word and this book will eventually go away. ... Read more


    5. Rites of Passage at $100,000 to $1 Million+: Your Insider's Lifetime Guide to Executive Job-Changing and Faster Career Progress in the 21st Century
    by John Lucht
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    Asin: 0942785304
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    Publisher: Viceroy Press
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    John Lucht, an executive recruiter during the past three decades for some of America's top corporations, knows what it takes to snag a new six-figure job. Rites of Passage at $100,000 to $1 Million+ is his newly revised guide to the ins and outs of a search for a job that ends in success. It promises a "comprehensive cram course in accelerating your career"--a contemporary corporate equivalent of the traditional initiation into adulthood from which it takes its title--updated for the cyber-age. And it delivers, with Lucht offering inside tips on the basic routes to a new executive-level position: personal contacts (i.e., "ask for a reference instead of a job"); networking ("never fail to get into the office of anyone whose name is mentioned to you, never depart with less than three new names"); executive recruiters ("understand their hidden financial arrangements"); direct mail ("write to the CEO or a person two levels above your target job"); and the Internet ("insert plenty of the right 'keywords' so that the computer will find your resume"). Extensive online references are also included throughout, and the material is presented in a way that's easy to understand and implement. --Howard Rothman ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Gold Standard
    John's book is the gold standard of executive job-changing.
    I just purchased my fourth copy of Rites and plan to use it to land a fourth terrific job. I discovered the Rites of Passage during my first career transition in 1989 and have followed its patented formula to multiple offers everytime. John's writing style and his thorough understanding of the transition process will make you feel as if you are sitting down and talking to an old wise friend. Thanks to John and his landmark book, my family and I have always lived a comfortable lifesyle. The Rites of Passage are a must buy for any serious executive considering a job change.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Insider's view on Recruiters
    The book covers the essentials of job change at the upper end of the job market. It deals with all aspects of job change, however, the unique contribution is that it provides essential reading for anybody who changes jobs through 'recruiters'. - independent of what the salary is. The value of the book lies precisely in the detailed and authoritative explanation of what is going on behind the scene, i.e. in the recruiter's mind. The author - being a recruiter himself walks the reader in detail through the potential pitfalls of dealing with a recruiter. The different ways of working with a 'retained' versus a 'contingency' recruiter are in essential knowledge for you if you ever receive a phone call.
    The writing is easy going but competent, suggestions on what to do are given ranging from your first thoughts on job change to negotiating the contract.
    A particular highlight for me was the Appendix: ' Behind the Scenes with the Retainer Executive Recruiter' which walks you through a fictitious recruiting process from the recruiter's standpoint.
    Shortfall of book: The book could have benefitted from a more marked breakdown in major parts, rather than going directly into 20 chapters. I highly recommend the book based on its insights.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great insights and great advice
    I bought this book based upon the recommendations I read in one of the executive recruiting sites. The book is not only a good read, but it is full in great information for both the employed and unemployed professionals everywhere. John Lucht does a great job of explaining a great deal of recruiting behavior in a simple, easy to comprehend manner. Reading this book should help you wherever you are in your career. Good luck!

    5-0 out of 5 stars On-line Rites
    John Lucht has been a recruiter for 30 years and has been writing executive guides for nearly as long. You need to get this edition as he has thoroughly updated his material to explain rules, procedures, and protocols for job-hunting on the Internet.

    I was an unemployed executive for nearly a year before landing my current position and Lucht's book is the roadmap for any similar journey. He has insightful sections on resumes, cover letters, severance negotiations, outplacement, networking, references, as well as the better known how-to-guide for dealing with all stripes of recruiters.

    Don't get hung-up on the title. While Lucht is most familiar with recruiting at the C-level, most of this applies equally well for managers, directors, and experienced professionals. The only criticism I have is that Lucht is focused on job-hunting in strong markets, and needs more analysis of today's humbling markets. He is fairly critical of the typical outplacement service that considers it a success when they place laid-off software executives as owner-operators of ice cream parlors and coffee shops and franchisees of muffler and transmission repair stores.

    Lucht also thoughtfully debunks a lot of media myths about finding work without a resume or a network. His promotion of direct mail as a marketing tool sounds old-fashioned but it works if you understand that less than 1% of your mail will yield leads, but these are likely leads that would not have been otherwise obtained. Lucht also has built a useful website and avoids the high fees and endless cross-promotions that his competitors favor.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book Lead to Fantastic Job
    I can't say enough about how Rites of Passage has helped me. Mr. Lucht's approach is certainly different from the usual run-of-the-mill 'read my book and get a wonderful job' book. His thinking is RIGHT ON TARGET.

    I read and reread Rites of Passage, and then worked my way through his Executive Job Changing Workbook.

    Was it a lot of work on my part? Yes.

    Did I get the job I wanted? No -- I got a BETTER JOB than I had originally hoped for!

    Thank you, Mr. Lucht! ... Read more


    6. 101 Great Answers to the Toughest Interview Questions
    by Ron Fry
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    Asin: 156414464X
    Catlog: Book (2000-01)
    Publisher: Thomson Delmar Learning
    Sales Rank: 5262
    Average Customer Review: 4.15 out of 5 stars
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    For years, interviewees have relied on 101 Great Answers to the Toughest Interview Questions. In fact, more than 500,000 people have used prior editions. The book begins with an overview of the interviewing process. Then, questions are grouped by chapter to cover the full range of possible interview topics--everything from, "Why are you thinking of leaving your current job?" to "When can you start?" This brand new edition is thoroughly updated to reflect the realities of today's job market. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Helped me get the job I wanted
    I recently had a job interview that several other candidates were applying for as well. I'm relatively young (25) and less experienced so I figured if I was to get hired I really had to ace the interview and not merely wing it. Job interviews are designed to test your mettle. They are supposed to be nerve-wrecking and continously put you on the spot. The book keeps emphasizing this point as well as the fact that an interview is merely a test to determine just how well you handle pressure situations and how well you come across.

    Almost all of the questions that you're terrified of being asked in an interview are here. The book tells you how to respond to these questions gracefully and gives sample responses from people that got hired.

    If you are willing to spend a few hours and prepare answers to these questions diligently, your chances of getting a job should improve dramatically.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great answers to hard questions
    This book does a great job of helping you answer the most difficult interview questions. As a training manager, who trains managers and executives on how to interview, I feel I am qualified to say this book works.

    This book is a wonderful resource once you get the interview. This leaves us with the question, "How do you get an interview?" Simple, know the type of job you want and pursue it, if you do not know what type of job you want you may want to read the classic, "How to find your dream job and make it a reality." By Jason McClure.

    Read this book, and practice for your job interviews and you will be successful in your job hunt.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is how Microsoft interviews
    I personally recommend this book. When I interviewed with Microsoft several years ago, I was astonished at how IDENTICAL their interviewing process was with that described in this book. After reading the book, I was not surprised at ANY of the questions that were thrown at me. And I could tell exactly when the interviewer was trying to "drill down" to catch me off-guard. I highly recommend this book to anybody who is interviewing for the first time, or for anybody who has had a job for a decade or more and is just now venturing out again. Interviewing tactics have changed radically since a decade ago.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Never Received Book - Ordered 5/15/02
    It is hard to rate a book you have never received. I ordered this book in early May. I still have not received the book and I have been trying to reach the seller without any luck. I am very disappointed in the delivery time as well as the service.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Why not?
    This book can rehabilitate you and may indeed place you where you'd like to be. I have been on both sides of the interview process over many years and it's amazing, in retrospect, that I've managed to work or have any decent employees. From the most basic preparation, (something I've never done- except to fret over my outfit,) to practicing, seems like a no brainer- I speak for myself.

    EVERYBODY knows you're not suppossed to dis a past employer, right? I've known that for years, and I just did it last week. I knew when I was doing it, that it was wrong; but I couldn't dig my way into a more positive response. In fact, that's why I bought the book. Fry takes you around those stumbling blocks with a variety of approaches, even with regard to keeping a flow in the facts that you are putting forth.

    Of course, you have to do the work. As with every manual, it isn't a novel, it's behavior, and practice, not how well, (again, in my case,) you `understand' it.

    You can't go wrong with the material here. It's sound, it's been tested and it's completely common sensical- it just doesn't come by osmosis. Do it, it helps. Good luck. ... Read more


    7. Emily Post's The Etiquette Advantage in Business 2e : Personal Skills for Professional Success (Emily Post's Etiquette)
    by Peggy Post, Peter Post
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    Asin: 0060760028
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-01)
    Publisher: HarperResource
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    As today's workplace becomes increasingly more competitive, knowing how to behave can make the difference between getting ahead and getting left behind. In The Etiquette Advantage in Business, 2nd Edition, etiquette authorities Peggy Post and Peter Post provide you with the all-important tools for building solid, productive relationships with your business associates -- relationships that will help propel you and your company straight to the top.

    In this completely revised and updated edition, which includes three new chapters on ethics, table manners, and electronic communication, the Posts show you how to handle both everyday and unusual situations that are essential to professional and personal success -- from resolving business conflicts with ease and grace to getting along with your boss and coworkers; from making long-lasting contacts to winning clients and closing deals. They also offer up-to-date guidance on pressing issues such as harassment in the workplace, worker privacy, e-mail dos and don'ts, and knowing how and when to shoulder blame.

    Written for business workers of all types and backgrounds, The Etiquette Advantage in Business remains the definitive resource for timeless advice on business entertaining, written communication, dressing appropriately for any business occasion, conventions and trade shows, job searches and interviews, gift-giving, and overseas travel.

    No matter the situation in which you find yourself, the Posts will give you the confidence to meet the challenges of the work world with confidence and poise -- because today, more than ever, good manners mean good business.

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    8. Write Up the Corporate Ladder: Successful Writers Reveal the Techniques That Help You Write with Ease and Get Ahead
    by Kevin Ryan
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    Asin: 0814471501
    Catlog: Book (2003-07-20)
    Publisher: American Management Association
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    Anyone who wants to succeed in the workplace needs to present ideas clearly, persuasively . . . and in writing. But until now,business-writing books have emphasized rules and mechanics, which often stifle the writing process. Write Up the Corporate Ladder introduces anew, simplified approach to writing based on the way professional writers write, emphasizing the importance of "writer's intuition" and "message overmechanics" to enable readers to write both faster and smarter on the job.

    This helpful book spells out the difference between good, bad, and mediocre writing, provides step-by-step instructions for bringing out your own bestideas, and features personal interviews with Fortune 500 executives and best-selling business authors like Ken Blanchard, Michael Lewis, Suze Orman, andothers. Valuable tools include:

    * Tips on how to break the rules that undermine effective business writing * A special chapter on writing content-rich one-page memos and concise e-mails * A custom Action Plan for determining skill level and tracking improvement * A comprehensive list of online writing resources ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars I Can Write Clearly Now The Pain is Gone¿
    Professionals everywhere should soon be singing the praises of the straight-forward, common sense advice imparted from the author and an impressive showing of well known writers and executives in Kevin Ryan's, Write Up the Corporate Ladder. Void of the antiquated, worn out writing adage we've had our fill of-it's a fresh look at what experts concur is one of the most essential skills in business today.

    According to Ryan, an easily achievable and winning combination of confidence, commitment and focus takes the anticipatory (and sometimes painful) pressure off of writing performance in an era of increasing volubility.

    From Waterloo to the space race to modern day memos, Ryan presents a number of well excerpted communication examples to reinforce key concepts and keep readers interested and engaged. His reader-friendly style is sure to put even the most timid writing protégé at ease.

    Cleverly, Ryan begins by justifying the importance of clear and effective business writing (in case you still had any doubt!) Then, after a step by step introduction to the Plan Then Write method of composition, we're reminded by the expert interviewees once again just how valuable good writing skills are in today's competitive marketplace.

    As a writer and editor, I mightily concur that the Plan Then Write method does indeed produce great results and Ryan's helpful instruction is among the best I've read in this area.

    My favorite chapter? Definitely chapter 5. The Art of Writing: How to Solve Problems Using Your Writer's Intuition, in which Ryan explains that, "We all have a writer's intuition. It consists of our innate logic, common sense, and everything we've internalized about writing and reading after doing both-almost daily-since the age of five." If you "get" this concept, you're well on your way to becoming a better writer and will most certainly gain an impressive advantage over those around you who don't!

    Robin Hendricks, M.Ad.Ed.
    Managing Editor

    Medical Education Broadcast Network

    5-0 out of 5 stars Writing good? Now write better.
    Another book about writing well? Who needs it, you ask? My answer is: Anyone who wants to write better. Those who want to be better writers must continually practice their skills. Sure, you could probably improve your style without this book, but why not learn a few more tricks of the trade? I especially enjoyed the rewrite examples ("Rewriting History" was particularly interesting). Expend a bit of energy reading and studying Ryan's book and then expect to write with a bit more ease. Someone once commented that even good writers need perpetual reassurance. "Write Up the Corporate Ladder" is that reassurance.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Do you need a mentor to think and write effectively?
    Clever title. Also, Ryan and his contributors really do reveal various techniques that will help anyone to "write with ease and get ahead." However, I think it would be a serious mistake to determine the value this book wholly on the basis of its relevance to career success. It offers more, far more than that. Ryan carefully organizes his material within three parts. In the first, he explains what he calls the "Plan Then Write Method"; next, he provides a series of interviews with ten successful business authors; finally, he provides a series of "views" from corporate executives. The "Plan Then Write Method" is explained step-by-step. Think of Ryan as a personal tutor who helps his reader to understand the importance of Subject, Audience, and Purpose. Basis stuff, yes, but presented with a crisp style and in sharp focus. (Would we expect less from an expert on effective writing?) He has chosen his collaborators well. More to the point, with uncommon skill, he elicits from them their most valuable advice concerning so-called "secrets" to effective writing. All agree with Ryan that the ultimate objective is successful communication.

    Time Out. Within the classical tradition, there are four levels of discourse: Exposition which uses information to explain, reveal, "expose," etc.; Description which makes vivid with compelling details; Narration which tells a story with a plot or explains a process or sequence; and Argumentation which convinces with logic and/or evidence. The best writers of both fiction and non-fiction operate effectively on all four levels.

    Here are a few brief excerpts from various interviews:

    "The first thing I ask myself is: What do I want to focus on, what do I want to teach? I always try to break my subject into three or four main points, the most teachable concepts, because I don't think people can grasp more than that. The second question I ask is: How do I want to teach it? Do I want to write it like a regular book, a parable, a quotation book?" Ken Blanchard

    "The act of writing is the process of clarifying thought. Not just for the reader, but for the writer....There needs to be momentum, and you have to create that; you have to set up the questions at the beginning. That's actually one of the fun things to think about, How am I going to get the reader to turn the page? Now we're on quest together!" Marcus Buckingham

    "There are three steps to writing well in my opinion., regardless of what you are writing. Step one: how to end. Step two: where to begin. Step three: what to leave out. Also, I only write one draft that I keep changing until I don't believe it needs to be changed anymore. When I'm finished, there may not be a word left of what I originally wrote down." Roy Williams

    Later in the interview, Williams shares what I consider to be especially valuable observations about effective writing:

    "The most valuable tip that I can give anybody is: If you want to be a brilliant writer, truly a brilliant writer, then you need to read books of poetry. Poets are the most confident group of writers I know. Let me explain. The simple truth is that a poet is the only writer whose goal is to persuade and cause you to see things with different eyes, and to communicate that new perspective in a very brief, tight economy of words. Poets use unusual combinations of words in a very unpredictable way. Poets have the freedom to put together sentences and utterly break the rules of communication."

    As I have attempted to indicate in this brief commentary, Ryan's book is really less about using effective writing to advance one's career (i.e. to climb the corporate ladder) than it is about effective thinking which is communicated through effective writing to achieve whatever results the writer may seek. All of the techniques which Ryan and his collaborators so carefully examine are but means by which to achieve that ultimate objective.

    One final point: Ultimately, the effectiveness of communication with others depends almost entirely on how honestly one first communicates with one's self. In this context, I am reminded of Polonius' advice to son Laertes:

    "This above all: To thine own self be true,
    And it must follow as the night the day,
    Thou canst not then be false to any man."

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Have For all MBA Students
    Write up the Corporate Ladder is a must read for all MBA students. As future leaders in the business world, we need to be very good communicators. Kevin Ryan provides us with the tools to grow to be very strong business communicators. His book also teaches us how to avoid many common mistakes that lead to wasted time and energy. Not only do I recommend that all MBA students read this book, I think it is crazy to not keep this book on your desk as a reference. My writing has improved a great deal thanks to the techniques taught by Kevin. This is a great opportunity to add value to our MBA skill set.

    Erik Chavez
    University of Chicago GSB
    MBA Candidate 2005

    5-0 out of 5 stars A valuable addition to any writer's bookshelf
    At last a clear and practical book that gets right down to the real issues. Excellent writing skills are critical to success in today's world. Ryan gives proven and valuable steps to bring your writing to a new level of clarity and conciseness. A real must have book. ... Read more


    9. Insider's Guide to the World of Pharmaceutical Sales, Seventh Edition
    by Jane Williams
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    Asin: 0970415362
    Catlog: Book (2004-01-01)
    Publisher: Principle Publications
    Sales Rank: 39218
    Average Customer Review: 4.83 out of 5 stars
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    This best-seller is a "must have" book for anyone who desires a pharmaceutical sales job. The "Insider's Guide..." is a complete guide offering step-by-step instructions on how to gain a pharmaceutical sales position. This includes instructions on resume preparation, applying for positions, uncovering unadvertised positions, gaining interviews, successfully negotiating interviews, 150 interview questions and answers, pharmaceutical selling instructions and examples, salary negotiation, pharmaceutical sales industry outlook, 28 pharmaceutical company profiles, a listing of pharmaceutical contract companies and a listing of pharmaceutical companies with web site addresses. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Jane Williams has accomplished the impossible!
    I posted the following message on Amazon shortly after receiving my job offer. I have reviewed the new 6th Edition of the Insider's Guide... and have found that Jane Williams has accomplished the impossible. She has improved a book that already had fantastic information. The new book contains 150 pharmaceutical sales questions and answers! As a current pharmaceutical sales representative, I feel that this is the absolute best book on the market for anyone wanting to gain a pharmaceutical sales position.

    Wow! What a great book! I have landed a fantastic pharmaceutical sales job with one of the top five companies thanks to the Insider's Guide and the coaching I received from Jane and staff at Principle Publications.

    I couldn't have made it through the tough interviews without the guide. All of the questions and answers about how to handle the physicians who turn you down during a sales call, to why they should hire you over someone with sales experience, to how to "sell the product", etc. were all covered in detail in the book with examples! This "saved" me during my interviews, especially during the last and most difficult interview. I feel like I was asked most of the 78 questions and answers covered by the book during my five interviews.

    Without my career comparison document and sales binder that I prepared by using the Insider's Guide I am certain that I could not have passed the interviews. Jane deserves a medal for this writing this book! I choose this book because it is the #1 selling book in its class on Amazon.com. There's a reason why it's #1...it's the best book on the market!...

    5-0 out of 5 stars By far the best book on the market !
    Jane, thanks for writing the best book on the market and helping me gain the best-paying position I've ever had! Thanks for teaching me not only what a pharmaceutical sales rep does but for teaching me how to think and respond like a rep! That made the difference for me during my interviews.

    I was surprised that the pharmaceutical company who hired me would ask so many questions that relate directly to what a pharmaceutical sales representative does, but they did just that. When I read all the questions and answers in the "Insider's Guide..." I thought that surely no one could be expected to know this much information about the pharmaceutical sales industry, but they do expect you to know the information. Fortunately for me, I was prepared!

    The Insider's Guide was by far the most comprehensive guide that I purchased and contained the most relevant information for passing the interviews. To all of the aspiring pharmaceutical sales reps, my advice is to purchase this guide and then follow Jane's instructions to the letter. Even if you have a degree in English like me, you too could beat out the competition and win the pharmaceutical sales position!

    Elizabeth Morehouse

    5-0 out of 5 stars This book is the bomb!!!
    Okay people, I bought the book 3 months ago, and I must say it is the bomb!!! I have no sales experience, but this book guided me step by step. It even gives you various scenarios with various answers. It is outstanding for a newcomer to the industry. Take heed and get the book!! I wanted the newest edition, but it hadn't come out yet and I was desperate to begin my research. I had 2 interviews with the same company--I was referred by my pharmaceutical sales rep friend--and I believe they went well. I am waiting to proceed to the next step, which is with the district manager. Needless to say, I was overly prepared. The binder the book suggests you put together totally "WOWED" the interviewer. 2 words...THE BOMB!

    5-0 out of 5 stars New Pharmaceutical Sales Representative!
    What a superior career guide! After looking at several books, I found Ms. Williams' Insider's Guide... and used it to prepare for a pharmaceutical sales career. Three weeks after buying the guide, I have a job with Pfizer!! There is no way that I could have prepared for those FIVE interviews without the Insider's Guide... I wasn't surprised by a single interview question. This book is the best investment I've ever made. I can't recommend it enough to anyone who wants a career in pharmaceutical sales.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fantastic!
    As a professional sales consultant, I am always looking for books that I can utilize as a consultant. The new 7th Edition of the "Insider's Guide..." is absolutely fantastic! This book offers excellent advice on networking, the pharmaceutical industry and the new physician call guidelines for pharmaceutical sales representatives, understanding the interview process, using personality profiling to your advantage, 150 specific detailed pharmaceutical sales interview questions and answers as well as major pharmaceutical company profiles and contract sales organizations contact information.

    The book is very well written, professionally edited, and reflects the author's credibility. It is easy to see why this book is being utilized by college and university sales and marketing professors for their sales and marketing courses and special sales classes. ... Read more


    10. The Pathfinder : How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success
    by Nicholas Lore
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    Asin: 0684823993
    Catlog: Book (1998-01-05)
    Publisher: Fireside
    Sales Rank: 3252
    Average Customer Review: 4.35 out of 5 stars
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    Author Nicholas Lore uses the techniques of his career-guidance network, the Rockport Institute, to make The Pathfinder a substitute for a great job counselor. Through goal setting, list making, and other techniques, the book leads readers though the process of deciding exactly what they want to do for a living and finding a way to make it happen. Lore realizes that people have different temperaments and decision-making methods, so he provides individualized advice to suit each one. He also understands that creating a new career requires courage as well as desire, so The Pathfinder devotes plenty of space to motivation and overcoming fears. While anyone looking for a new career will find direction with this guide, people who didn't know they were looking may decide to start once they go through Lore's probing self-examination process. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Read the book and MAKE LIFE HAPPEN.
    I worked with Nick to find my perfect career before the book was published, and now it's like having him in my living room whenever I want. His Career Choice Program has been developed over years of committed work and in the book he distills much of this hard-fought wisdom. His secret weapon? Nothing less than forcing you to work hard to ask and answer the right questions that will lead you to a clearer understanding of yourself and the right career for you.

    More than just finding a career though, Nick helps you find a better way to look at your life's work than you had before. His probing questions and clear focus on the questions of "meaning, mission and purpose" can give you an entirely new perspective on the important things in your life. I would rank Nick Lore head and shoulders above the rest of the career guidance field.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Not your ordinary self-help book...
    At 58, I found The Pathfinder book to be just what was needed as I prepared for the amazing challenge of transforming my life to reach a goal of combining the benefits of retirement while still generating an income. I had read "What Color is your Parachute?" in the 70's and a multitude of spirituality books recently, but The Pathfinder gave me access to a "portable coach inside a book" I used the book to transform my traditional job into a consultant contract, move from east coast to west coast, and create a career direction that grew out of my "natural talents" instead of my interests. To make that happen I needed a path rather a series of pat answers.

    The "Path" that Lore propels us along is less linear (but far more helpful if you are turning your life inside out) than the more traditional job seekers' values clarification exercises, or a "How to Get a Job" guide. This book is less about finding a job you like than inventing or reinventing (in the case of mid-career changers) the kind of life you want to have in the area of work or career. Those of us, who are searching for a life path rather than a job, will find the gentle push of commitment actually gets us to where we want to be. I especially liked the practical way the book moved me past my YEAH BUTTS and into action.

    Reading The Pathfinder is like having a witty, insightful, life coach who understands human nature and guides your adventures, through humorous stories and analogies. Those of us who have paid for "coaching" know what the coach's job is: to ask the powerful questions, create structures that support the seeker, share the "gold" they have learned from their life experience, and finally trust the person being coached to be responsibility for the results. At the end of the coaching, the life we invent will be our own and be perfect for us because we made it up... The invention is up to the coached. That too is the gift of The Pathfinder!

    I have given this book as a graduation gift to high school kids and to recently downsized executives. The Pathfinder is perfect for anyone pursing the dream of finding the work they love to do inside the life they want to live.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Want career help that benefits you, not the author?
    If you're looking for help in finding what will make you successful and happy in the workplace, this is it.

    Whether you just want to find what you are best at (and what you'll get paid most for!) or whether you're seeking ways to add greater meaning to the largest part of your life, this is what you need.

    I've spent the last 10 years (and that's a lot of books on the shelves, guys!!) trying to figure my career out. Reading Nick Lore's book - and using the Rockport Institute's analysis tools -told me what I needed to know to make real, meaningful changes. I can't believe I am writing this, but now I really am doing what I love - and making money doing it!

    I have never met Nick Lore, but I know he's put more work into this book and more sincerity into this work - than any author who has taken money from me in the name of self-help.

    If only I had read this 10 years ago!!

    Thanks Nick!

    5-0 out of 5 stars TURNING WORDS INTO DREAMS
    I have never sent in a review before. I bought this book in 1999. I slowly worked my way through it and systematically took back control of my life. Part of that control meant I moved back to my home country England a few years ago. Recently my overseas belongings were finally shipped over including my "personal workbook" and The Pathfinder. To my amazment, I read through my notes and thoughts and realized I was now LIVING everything I wrote down! I am now running my own business doing something I love and it's growing and growing and I am HAPPY! I do wake up excited about my day and not only that, whereas once upon a time the biggest I could dream was where I am now, now obviously I am dreaming bigger! So, I am someone who can write to say that this book has had a PROFOUND effect on my life and changed it fantastically! There is no higher recommendation. If you are serious about having it all - this book will help you get there with love.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good Advice for those in mid-career review
    This book seemed like it was written to help mid-career person to find an area of work that matches their passion which they were unable to do for whatever reason.

    A good book but reading marred by many typographical errors. ... Read more


    11. 201 Best Questions To Ask On Your Interview
    by JohnKador
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    Asin: 0071387730
    Catlog: Book (2002-02-12)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill
    Sales Rank: 6224
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Asking the right questions can help job seekers ace the interview and land that jobThe most critical question job interviewers ask is often the last one. That's when they lean forward and say, "Do you have any questions?" As author John Kador points out, that's the applicants' moment to shine, to demonstrate that they have done their homework and that they're good fit with the organization. Most of all, it provides an applicant with an opportunity to ask for the job. A powerful resource for vast and growing numbers of job seekers, this book fills readers in on the pivotal questions they need to ask to ace the interview.With chapters organized around major themes, such as "the company," "the job," and "the community," 201 Best Questions to Ask on Your Interview not only supplies readers with the right questions for virtually every context but also coaches them on the right ways to ask them. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Simply Amazing! This book got me an offer.
    Your book, 201 Best Questions to Ask On Your Interview got me an offer! A couple of days before my interview my father had suggested I ask the following question during my interview:

    What's the most important thing I can do to help within the first 90 days of my employment?

    After I heard this question, I thought, wow! What a great question to ask. My father had apparently spoken with you a few days before my interview and had relayed this question to me from you to ask (say that 3 times fast). I had learned from my father that you had actually written books on the topic of interviews and questions to ask, so I immediately ran to the store to pick up a copy. I picked up a copy of your book on a Tuesday late evening and had read it from front to back 3 times before my interview on Thursday morning.

    I am strongly convinced that your book got me an offer! Thank you. I have been on many interviews throughout my short time in the workforce and had never felt as comfortable as I did in my last interview after reading your book. I was amazed to hear hiring managers and human resource representatives respond to the questions I asked them. Their responses were nearly identical to the responses you stated in your book.

    Again, thank you for a great book and the job offer. I may have been able to pull it off without reading your book, but I'm convinced (especially in today's market) that your questions placed me at the top of the pile.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This book makes sense
    I recently had the opportunity to interview for a senior position in a company that that seems to be exceptionally good for me. While I actually knew one of the senior executives I was interviewing with, he had confirmed to me that it was extremely important for me to have a strong positive impact on one of the other two interviewers.

    On my flight to the interview, I reviewed this book and found a number of questions that I wanted to keep on hand for the "right time" - and I jotted them down - along with others that were more specific to the position, product, and industry, then organized them according to categories - product, company, job, etc.

    During the interview, I asked a number of them, and almost each time I asked a question, the hiring executive paused, and then said something like "that's an excellent question" and then went into a thoughtful and valuable response. His answers to these questions gave me a tremendous insight into the company that I might not have gotten without asking the questions.

    At the same time, my questions demonstrated my level of interest in the position, the company, and his opinions. They showed that I was prepared, thoughtful, and intelligent.

    While I might have been able to come up with them on my own, John Kador's book helped me identify the key questions to ask, and even helped with the phrasing of the questions to have the greatest possible impact.

    I asked questions like:

    What are the three top priorities for the person in this position in the next 90 days?

    and

    What are the key characteristics you're looking for in the person who you select for this position?

    I am certain that the interviewer thought more of me for asking thoughtful questions - even though I think he liked me before I asked them.

    This is a quick and easy book to read, and an easy book to use. The ideas that it includes - in addition to the questions it offers - are not "rocket science", but they are offered and described in ways that can be easily adapted to the situation you're in. The "tips" on interviewing are also quite useful in general.

    This book has already proven helpful and valuable and I will refer to it before any job interview I have in the future. While there are many books on interviewing and job hunting, this one is a quick study, easy to read, and most importantly, very useful. I highly recommend it to anyone interviewing for any level position.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I Got A Job Offer!
    I wanted to write and say THANK YOU!! For the first time in a number of years, I felt like I had an excellent interview. Up until this past weekend, I was having problems with interviews. The main thing: Questions. I couldn't figure out why I was being turned down for positions left and right, even though my qualifications were that of what they called for. I had almost given up hope. I was looking for jobs as a field technician nationwide. I heard nothing.

    My mom, who is a temporary staffing recruiter, picked your book "201 Best Questions to ask on your interview" for me, and read this book, taking notes as I went along. I had about 4 days to prepare for this interview, and felt pressured. But seeing some of the "Questions NOT to ask", I cracked a smile, and felt better.

    When I went to the interview, I felt very comfortable with the situation, knowing that by reading your book, I now knew what to do, and what not to do. The interview lasted an hour and a half, in which the interviewer and I sat and chatted about non-interview items.

    Today, I wrote the interviewer to ask if a decision had been reached, and was shocked to receive a phone call from him, offering me the position. I almost fell out of my chair.

    In the end, I thank two people. God, as my heavenly father, guiding me through this interview, and you, for helping me out with the hard parts of the interviewing process to which I probably would not have received this position without.

    To me, seeing success after the first interview from reading your book, it paid for itself, seeing the smile on my face when I heard the answer. I will recommend it to friends and family.

    Once again, thank you so much!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Seasoned Recruiter
    I read the book from cover to cover, in one sitting and found it profoundly comprehensive and entertaining. I didn't want to put it down. As I read, I kept saying, "Yes, uh-huh, that's true, that's really good." As a recruiter, I know my candidates would be more successful if they took greater responsibility for a successful interview through asking appropriate questions. The question is an invaluable tool to communicate something to me that hasn't been covered during the interview; when done well, it's one more chance to help me see the fit of the candidate to the position.
    John Kador's interviewing insights and list of questions enable the job seeker to think more strategically, promote their strengths, and communicate more professionally during the different stages of the interview process.
    I'd definitely recommend this book to even the most experienced interviewers! (and even a few recruiters!)

    5-0 out of 5 stars A must-have resource for the job seeker!!!!
    Excellent resource for the job seeker!!! Offers great tips and balance tilting questions to ask your recruiter or hiring manager. I much appreciate the focus on the actual questions CANDIDATES should ask vs. what we should say to a hiring manager in response to THEIR questions. Easy to read as well. ... Read more


    12. Career Anchors , Discovering Your Real Values
    by Edgar H.Schein
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    Asin: 0883900300
    Catlog: Book (1985-07-08)
    Publisher: Pfeiffer
    Sales Rank: 121587
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    In many cases, people select a career for all the wrong reasons, and find their responses to the workplace are incompatible with their true values. This situation results in feelings of unrest and discontent and in lost productivity. To help people avoid these problems, the newly-revised Career Anchors is designed to help people uncover their real values and use them to make better career choices. This revised edition includes two new sections, "Major Stages of the Career" and "Career Movement, Progress, or Success." Instructions and other components have been revamped for clarification, the references have been updated, and the contents have been rearranged for more convenient usage in classes and workshops. Career Anchors can help you think through your career options and give you a clear understanding of:

    • Your own orientations toward work
    • Your motives
    • Your values
    • Your talents
    The Career Anchors Instrument and Trainer's Manual provide a systematic way of exploring how you perceive yourself, based on your own experiences. The instrument is divided into three parts?the orientations inventory, the career anchor interview, and the conceptual material. Career Anchors will help people:
    • Define the themes and patterns dominant in your life
    • Understand your own approach to work and a career
    • Provide reasons for choices
    • Take steps to fulfill your own self-image ... Read more

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      3-0 out of 5 stars Discover Your Career Anchor
      After reading this book and taking its quizes, I found that it was mildly informative. It provided a good start for self-insight. There wasn't a major or deep revelation for me about my career anchor or why I was so disatisfied with my present job role. This book will help you determine what your career anchor is (what motivates and stimulates you) and then it will end there. You are left in the dark with how to develop your career around your anchor. The book, however, is true to its subtitle "Discovering your real values"-- but doesn't delve into what to do after this discovery.

      4-0 out of 5 stars Discover what you want!
      Have you ever wondered if you're in the right career? Well I am a trainer in a 13,000+ staff company & 10% of them don't really know why they're not satisfied with their job. Well, it's because they're in the wrong job. This book gives you exercises to help you understand more about your values and gives suggestions on how to change that. If you're in career consultant business, this is a classic book to read and adopt to your existing tools. ... Read more


    13. FabJob Guide to Become a Wedding Planner
    by Catherine Goulet, Jan Riddell
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    Asin: 1894638379
    Catlog: Book (2003-07-01)
    Publisher: Fabjob.Com
    Sales Rank: 19447
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    The wedding business is a $45 billion a year industry. With more than 2.4 million weddings taking place in the U.S. in 2004, there are more opportunities for wedding planners that ever before.

    Wedding planners have an exciting high-paying job that lets them use their creativity to organize the happiest day of people’s lives. No special education is necessary to succeed in this career.

    This book explains how to plan a wedding, including how to prepare a timeline schedule and budget, a step-by-step list of all tasks involved in planning a wedding, how to plan the ceremony and reception, how to select reputable vendors, and how to negotiate contracts and save money. The CD-ROM included with the book has many forms and checklists to use in wedding planning.

    This book also provides information on more than a dozen types of employers that hire wedding planners, how to find job openings, how to prepare a resume, and how to do well in an interview.

    Additionally, the book covers how to start a wedding planning business with little or no money and explains how to price services, find potential clients, create an impressive portfolio, and where to get creative ideas for weddings. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE!!!
    If you are starting a wedding planning business, this is the FIRST book to buy.Give a lot of inside information, as well as forms that you will need and use when finally launch your business. This book has samples of contracts, timelines for bride and groom as well as a timeline for you the Wedding Planner!!
    Is a very informative and complete book. I still check it a lot! ... Read more


    14. Don't Retire, REWIRE!
    by Jeri Sedlar, Rick Miners
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    Asin: 0028642287
    Catlog: Book (2002-08-02)
    Publisher: Alpha Books
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    Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great read.
    "Don't Retire, Rewire," prepares the prospective retiree to think critically about retirement before actually entering into it. Retirement is often not what people expect. This well-written book drives home the point that people approaching retirement age need to understand their drivers as they consider their "post-professional" life. The case study approach is helpful, too. I highly recommmend this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Positive Advice
    "Don't Retire Rewire" is a positive approach to changing stream mid career. Sedlar and Miners are well qualified to write this book after working with literally 100's of men and women who have found themselves in a new situation, either an early unplanned retirement or job transision.

    Their positive approach is a breath of fresh air....sure to give the reader lots of advice you can put right to work.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Finally, Some Hands-On Advice for ex-CEO's
    I'm 48 and a former CEO of a large real estate information company based in New Jersey. Last year I voluntarily gave up my CEO title -- and all of its day-to-day responsibilities -- and assumed the role of Chairman. I did NOT realize what a huge role difference this would be and the impact it would have on me. Stripped of a large part of my "power base" I felt cut adrift, unfocused, at times even desperate.

    Don't Retire, REWIRE has been a beacon of light for me, providing a clear framework for mapping out the second half of my life. This is material that I've been searching a long time for, a book that helped shift my thinking from income statements and balance sheets to life's core benchmarks -- those soulful areas such as following my passions, developing my skills, and pursuing my dreams.

    The most valuable part of the book for me lay in the case studies of how real people faced the challenge of life's transitions. It sparked dozens of ideas which I narrowed down to one very fulfilling direction that I'm exploring now.

    Read REWIRE -- but then USE it and FOLLOW it. It could be life-changing for you, too.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Specific Insight
    Found REWIRE to be very helpful in a very specific circumstance. Experienced executives or other professionals should not be confused with those individuals who are just looking for "greener pastures".With a myriad of other self-help books about changing jobs and careers REWIRE specifically addresses those at a later stage of their career. It was nice to not be lumped with a bunch of dissatified thirty-somethings!

    5-0 out of 5 stars It Makes You Think!
    I have been looking for a book to guide me and my husband thru the process of retirement, which will shortly be upon us. Don't Retire, Rewire! is a great guide with a lot of thought provoking questions. We both read the book and sat down and to talk about what we learned. We came to the conclusion independently that we want to continue to work in some fashion. Without this book, I don't think we would have the confidence we need to chart our new course. Sedlar & Miners have a unique perspective on planning and executing a retirement plan. I have bought a copy of the book for my sister and brother. It should be on every pre retirees required reading list. It is a great resource of information as well. Reading it saved us a lot of stress and needless worry. ... Read more


    15. Interviewing and Selecting High Performers : Every Manager's Guide to Effective Interviewing Techniques
    by Richard H.Beatty
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    Asin: 0471593591
    Catlog: Book (1994-01)
    Publisher: Wiley
    Sales Rank: 234563
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Take the guesswork out of the most important decision you make! Interviewing and Selecting High Performers Every Manager’s Guide to Effective Interviewing Techniques Current studies show that high-quality workers outproduce poor ones by 25% to 50%. Moreover, these findings reveal the alarmingly high direct and indirect costs companies pay when they hire the wrong people. So why, asks Richard Beatty, would you want to rely on "hit-and-miss" approaches to selecting new employees? In his latest practical, career-oriented guide, Beatty says you no longer have to. Instead, this renowned consultant and author shows how you can consistently choose high-quality performers who fit both your company’s immediate needs and long-term strategic goals. Interviewing and Selecting High Performers provides you with an integrated, airtight, step-by-step selection process. Using a high-performance predictive model, this system clarifies the key qualifications needed by candidates for high performance of specific jobs and provides a rigorous interview design approach that enables you to objectively measure whether a particular candidate meets that criteria. With the help of reproducible evaluation forms, you’re able to accurately weigh the strengths and weaknesses of various prospects and account for the inevitable tradeoffs involved in the selection process, so that you minimize the risks inherent in the employment decision. In addition, Interviewing and Selecting High Performers offers you unmatched support, including:

    • Sound, field-tested interviewing techniques
    • Step-by-step instructions for designing effective interviews
    • Guidance on opening, conducting, and closing the interview, so that you get the information you need while putting your company in the best light
    • More than 500 behaviorally-based questions covering 32 topic areas that help you determine a prospect’s overall job fitness
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Learn a Quantitative Method to Interviewing
    In my experience as a professional recruiter over 22 years, I have worked with over 2000 managers. Most managers have never been taught how to interview effectively.

    Where do managers usually come from? Promotions. Usually, what is one of their first tasks? Fill the position they just vacated. Where in this process were they taught how to interview? They then ask themselves "What questions did they ask me?"

    Generally, the Human Resource Department will give them written guidelines about the personal questions that may not be asked, but do not teach them how to conduct effective interviews. Why not? In smaller companies, the Human Resource Manager themselves may not conduct effective interviews because their previous position did not require that training, and they are "too busy" in their current position to be trained.

    This leaves it up to you, the hiring manager. "Interviewing and Selecting High Performers" by Richard Beatty provides you with an excellent foundation to prepare for an interview. He demonstrates why people are an organization's most important resource (People control all of the resources). He provides you with an exercise to demonstrate the cost of a poor hire - should scare you into becoming a manager who selects high performers.

    Mr. Beatty walks you through structuring the interview, provides you with 500 or so behaviorally based questions (However, I would shy away from the personal questions), and suggests a structured interview. His structured interview requires a lot of work. However, at the end, you and your interviewing team will be able to give each candidate a numerical grade. The managers that I have taught to use this system swear by it. Personally, I guarantee that if you ever hire someone who received a "34" on their interview because "my gut told me this is a good person", after being disappointed with their performance, you will never do it again.

    I would suggest that you also read "Topgrading" by Bradford Smart and then blend the two processes together. Selecting high performers is one of a manager's most important jobs. Congratulations on searching to find a way to be more effective. www.recruiterguy.com

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great book to prepare yourself for interviewing
    I found this book to have excellent material in interview preparation and selecting good employees. I can recommend this book.

    Wayne D. Ford, Ph.D., author of "How to Spot a Liar in a Job Interview" and "How to Spot a Phony Resume" docwifford@msn.com ... Read more


    16. 96 Great Interview Questions to Ask Before You Hire
    by Paul Falcone
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    Asin: 081447909X
    Catlog: Book (1996-09-01)
    Publisher: AMACOM
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    Average Customer Review: 4.91 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A must buy book
    I have been interviewing & hiring candidates for several years now, but recently decided to do a little more research into the topic. This book is excellent. It is written in a manner that is easy to open and read at any relevant chapter, making for a quick reference style use or for more in-depth reading if needed. The suggested questions are insightful and the analysis for each question helps you take the candidates answers to the next level. The sections on checking references have also helped me move beyond the paralysis of not knowing what I am legally able to ask, therefore making reference checking the useful tool that it is meant to be.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Chain this one to your desk!
    I had to take my copy home, because at work all the other managers kept "borrowing" it every time they had to interview a job candidate. It is a quick read, easy to find what you're looking for if you just want to glance at a certain section, but full of incredible information.

    It tells you all the "why's" behind the standard interview questions like "where do you want to be in 5 years?", and red flags to look for in candidates. Reading it also helped me know what to say when I was being interviewed!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Recruiters and Hiring Managers
    Paul Falcone worked as the Employment Manager for a very large mortgage company. His 96 questions are a compilation of questions that he gathered over the years that help narrow down a candidate pool. These questions are above and beyond the normal tested legal quidelines, they ask whether a person can do the job as described.

    If you are a hiring manager, this will help you to have a template to ask great job related questions. For those organizations who like to have structured interviews, this can be used to pick and choose questions for various managers to help compile a great profile from the interview process. Structuring allows you not to repeat the same questions and shows the candidates that you are careful in your selection process and are interested in getting the best.

    If you are a recruiter, manager or even a job seeker wondering what may be asked in an interview, this is a great tool to have in your library.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Worth its weight in gold
    From a job seeker perspective, this book has been worth personally more than 2000 times its list price. It is like being able to read the other team's playbook before the championship game! If you are seeking a job in Corporate America, don't go in without reading this book because this book will get you half way there......and in some unfortunate "buzz-word company" cases - all the way. It tells you everything they want to hear and why. Satisfy HR first, and then worry about your potenital new boss. Why waste your money on learning what you could say during an interview from other books. This book truly allows you to switch seats with your interviewer. This book is truly deserving of the yellow cover with black stripes and should be entitled, "Interviewing in Corporate America"

    5-0 out of 5 stars Exceptional Insight
    This book is a must read for anyone that will be interviewing others, or will ever be looking for a job themselves. It provides insight into the standard set of HR questions, that an interviewer ought to know. "What are your strengths"... "Weaknesses"... Why ask these questions unless you know what you are looking for? This book provides an indepth discussion of these and other questions with sample answers, what you should look for in an answer, and possible follow up questions. It clarifies the interviewing process. From a job hunting perspective it helps to hone your skills, and to prepare you for the HR onslaught of seemingly arcane questions. ... Read more


    17. Get the Interview Every Time : Fortune 500 Hiring Professionals' Tips for Writing Winning Resumes and Cover Letters
    by Brenda Greene
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    Asin: 0793183022
    Catlog: Book (2004-04-01)
    Publisher: Dearborn Trade, a Kaplan Professional Company
    Sales Rank: 6647
    Average Customer Review: 4.88 out of 5 stars
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    An informative and up-to-date resource for job seekers who are looking for solid direction from Fortune 500 executives.War, recession, and political uncertainty have forced many corporations to regroup, and downsizing has been the dreaded outcome for millions of workers.Fired and laid-off employees are swelling the ranks of job seekers and creating stiff competition for a dwindling number of positions.In this harsh business climate, manyapplicants are finding that just getting in the door for an interview poses an enormous challenge.

    So what's happening on the other side of the desk-as employers review huge piles of prospective resumes?What catches their attention?What turns them off?Author Brenda Greene surveyed 50 Fortune 500 employers to find out and gained valuable insight into just what it takes to command attention and interest in a crowded field.Packed with sample resumes and cover letters that represent what hiring managers, directors, and vice presidents want to see, Get the Interview Every Time shows and tells what's expected versus what's rejected.

    Readers will learn how to:
    * Research the company and its opportunities before sending any resumes.
    * Distill all of their talent and experience into afew well-chosen words.
    * Showcase their communication skills through a well-crafted cover letter.
    * Avoid hype and "resume-speak"-easily spotted and reviled.
    * Determine the resume style that looks and works the best.
    * Design and submit an electronic resume correctly.

    Get the Interview Every Time breaks down the monumental task of landing an interview into a series of manageable steps, easy to understand and inspiring to follow.Designed to transform confused, disheartened job applicants into savvy, prospective employees, Getthe Interview Every Time shows how to "open the gates" through sensible, targeted self-marketing. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Very Useful
    I'm not applying to a Fortune 500 Company, but this book is still a big help. It not only talks about resume guidelines but also cover letters, interviews, networking, and internet tips. The information is up to date and to the point. A thing I like about this book is that it is shorter than many other resume books. Which is good because it can be discouraging trying to do all the exercises the big resume books tell you to go through. This book helps you get a fanatastic resume tailored to the specific job you are applying to in a minimal amount of time.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Résumé That Gets You in the Door
    Looking for a job is a lot easier with this book for
    many reasons. First, the author surveyed Fortune 500
    Human Resources executives, asking what they look for
    in a résumé. Who better to poll than the people who
    make decisions about résumés every day? This type of
    first-hand information alone makes the book an
    invaluable resource, and the rest of it gets down to
    the nuts and bolts. Based on the Fortune 500 feedback,
    the author provides a wealth of specifics on the
    difficult process of writing résumés and cover letters
    that resonate with the people on the receiving end. Of
    great practical value are the examples of
    before-and-after résumés. This approach illustrates
    how to position your work history and personal
    attributes to maximum advantage. And the
    recommendations on use of language and formatting help
    in creating professional, well-written documents. The
    chapter on how to submit résumés by e-mail demystifies
    this process. And an added bonus is the critique of

    one résumé by several of the Human Resources people
    interviewed for the book. Finally, the 68 pages of
    résumés at the end of the book make it easy for anyone
    to find approaches and language suited to their needs.
    This book can help anyone to focus and fine-tune the
    job-search process?not to mention gain confidence.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Happier Hunting
    I love this book. It's well conceived, well written and well designed.
    First, Greene uses resume tips from the biggest employers in the country. They're the ones who screen the cv's, so who better could tell me what they look for? I feel like I have an insiders guide.
    Second, the writing is clear and fresh, unlike so many other resume guides I've seen. There are dozens of sample resumes, critiqued by the pros, that include a range of careers and levels in a variety of hierarchies. The samples also address how to present some very diverse skills and backgrounds, including some that are not normally covered. What a change of pace! It makes this book readable for interest sake, not only for practical use.
    Third, the book design makes it easy to read. The type is comfortably spaced. There are lots of sub heads and graphic aids to guide readers through the various sections. So, it can be read either from front to back or by skipping around the pages.
    It makes the first steps of job hunting a whole lot happier.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Winning Resumes
    "Get The Interview Every Time" is, by far, the best book on resumes. With all the many choices of resume examples to choose from, any one of them would win you the interview with the company you desire to work for.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good Book
    This is a simple, straight-forward, easy to understand reference for getting your foot in the door and landing that career. It is an excellent book that is recommended for anyone looking for that new job or trying to land their first one. ... Read more


    18. Federal Resume Guidebook: Write a Winning Federal Resume to Get in, Get Promoted, and Survive in a Government Career!
    by Kathryn Kraemer Troutman
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    Asin: 1563709252
    Catlog: Book (2004-01-01)
    Publisher: JIST Works
    Sales Rank: 50592
    Average Customer Review: 4.92 out of 5 stars
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    Shows where to find federal jobs and how to navigate the different application processes for the many federal agencies. Expert step-by-step guidance and resume samples for applying for jobs with the federal government. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Guidebook Gets Results
    I purchased a copy of this book about 3 years ago. Besides lots of good guidance for developing resume content, it includes some excellent examples of federal resumes for different "grade" levels. These examples are displayed using effective presentation formats that will help you with layout and "white space". I found them to be extremely helpful in preparing my first federal resume. Until then, I'd developed and used either a very detailed SF-171 or a 2-page commercial resume, but nothing in between.
    Using this Guidebook to get started probably saved me half as much time as I'd have otherwise spent in crafting and polishing a new resume. I used my federal resume as part of my application package for a GS-15 position. I was selected for the job from among 30 or so applicants. I think that the form and content of this resume was a strong contributing factor in my selection!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Who'd have known writing a resume would be so complex?
    I am currently staying with my two daughters in Laurel, Maryland and recently attended a TSA Job Fair at Dulles Airport. I was encouraged to apply online right then and there for a job at Erie Airport. I did so and then realized that I was not prepared to immediately attach a FEDERAL RESUME. I was told by the TSA representative at the airport to send it via fax or email as soon as possible with the application number that I was given last Saturday after applying online.

    When I asked my wife what a FEDERAL RESUME was, she told me that it was quite different than the one and two page resumes she has written for me. She told me that she had just received your book, THE FEDERAL RESUME GUIDEBOOK, in the mail and was amazed at how very informative and comprehensive it is. She is now awaiting the templates that she ordered, but warned me that this was not something she could whip up in a few hours. She suggested that I contact you and the impressive team of professionals at THE RESUME PLACE for some urgent help!

    I am not sure that I can afford your services in my state of unemployment, but my wife said, after reading your book, that she was quite sure that I couldn't afford to be WITHOUT your professional help! I don't know if looking for a new career in government at my age is realistic, but I am determined to give it a try if you feel it is in the realm of possible.

    Thanks for writing such a wonderful book. I wish I had read it 35 years ago!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Book Review - Career Opportunity News, March/April 2004
    The author describes how to present your qualifications so that they will appeal to government personnel officers, how to locate federal job announcements, and how to move up in your career once hired...This is a good, thorough review of how to approach federal agencies, written and designed in a reader-friendly style.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Terrific Service for Federal Job Hunters
    This book is a comprehensive guide for people looking for a federal job. It not only helps with the basics, such as preparing a resume and writing "KSAs," but it also provides great tips for specific situations, lots of examples, and even job search strategies. This is the ultimate resource for anyone wanting a career in national public service.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I LOVE THIS BOOK!!
    I LOVE THIS BOOK!!! It is helping me so much. I was totally dumfounded as to how to do these mysterious KSAs and this book helped me tremendously. Also, I was doing my resume all wrong and after reading the book feel much more confident that I will catch the attention of the federal agencies where I want to work. ... Read more


    19. Impending Crisis: Too Many Jobs, Too Few People
    by Roger E. Herman, Thomas G. Olivo, Joyce L. Gioia
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    Asin: 1886939535
    Catlog: Book (2002-10-12)
    Publisher: OakHill Press
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    Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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    Looming crisis ahead! There’s a dangerously growing shortage of skilled workers to fill jobs. Projections from the Bureau of Labor Statistics forecast a shortage of skilled 10,033,000 workers by 2010. And this shortage is simply raw numbers; it doesn’t fully address the growing skills gap. The numbers also don’t take into account the changing attitudes in the workforce.

    This crisis is just around the corner. Trends are converging to create an unprecedented dilemma for employers throughout the free world. Because so few corporate leaders are fully aware of their predicament, executives who do prepare for the new operating environment will lead their organizations to a bright future; those who ignore the threat risk dangerous vulnerability.

    Employers have been lulled into complacency by the demands of economic, stock market, and competitive issues. Even with all these problems, there’s a bigger challenge on the way: Cyclical economic growth will create more jobs, providing abundant opportunities for workers who will make their own choices. Will they choose you?

    Many healthy employers today risk extinction. If they don’t begin serious repositioning right away. the risk is great. Unfortunately, few, if any, employers have addressed the issues.

    This book is a wake-up call. Filled with evidence and advice, for corporate leaders in for-profit, not-for-profit, governmental, and education organizations, this book cites chapter and verse about how to evaluate your vulnerability and take action.

    No one is immune. The concepts presented in these pages are vital for board members, Chief Executive Officers, Chief Financial Officers, Chief Human Resource Officers, and others responsible for present and future sustainable success. Chances are, they have not evaluated their vulnerability or made viable plans to manage the impact of this crisis on their organizations. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars On the mark, ahead of the curve...
    I've been a fan of Roger Herman and his books for many years and once again he shows us the insight of looking to the future, but acting now to make the best of that future when it arrives. During a time when many managers and business owners may be focused solely on survival, Roger and his co-authors, Tom Olivo and Joyce Gioia, show the importance of focusing on current business and management practices that can enhance employee engagement, communication, and recognition and thus improve employee relationships, tenure and recruiting as it becomes an even more significant competitive advantage in years to come. Clearly and persuasively written, I also like that this book includes useful action steps for improving any company's circumstances on its way to becoming an "employer of choice."

    5-0 out of 5 stars Impending Solution for the Impending Crisis
    Herman, Olivo, and Gioia combine facts and figures with real-world examples to describe the next wave of workforce issues facing America. They go beyond the impending crisis and provide solutions. This team of workforce trend watchers and consultants has truly found the problem and offered practical solutions to address it.

    Impending Crisis is written for business leaders and managers seeking solutions to look beyond the present and prepare for the future. This book is filled with research to backup the assertions and recommendations. More than 50 figures are used to support critical points. And, an extensive bibliography of valuable references is provided.

    Reading Impending Crisis is not like reading many other business books. It is drawn from the research and experience of the authors who obviously know the subject and who care deeply about the issues facing the workforce and business.

    I recommend this book to human resource professionals, business leaders, and students seeking to understand the workforce of tomorrow. Read it; discuss it; use it! The crisis is impending. So is the solution. Read the book; discover solutions!

    Reviewed December 22, 2002 by John L. Bennett
    ...

    2-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
    This book is written for the employers, so if you don't own a business or are not in a high level management, your benefit of reading this book will not be substantial.

    My dissatisfaction of this book has to do with high level of alarm this book raises based on speculation. The subtitle of this book is "Too many jobs too few people". Due to the demographics (which is impossible to alter in a short period), it is certain we will have too few people in the work force by 2010. The question is will there be too many jobs by 2010? Even the author concedes it is impossible to forecast the economy in the next 5 years, let alone the next 10. Hence, the author's conclusion of pending doom of massive skilled worker shortage by 2010 is speculative.

    In fact, many prominent economists will argue that the economy will falter BADLY after 2010 because the consumer spending will drop like a rock due to the aging population (people over 55 spend considerably less). The actual scenario might be "too few jobs too many people".

    Finally, the reliability of author's statistics are somewhat questionable (they are from the government after all). For example, according to the author, there are more than 3 million jobs right now than the number of people to fill them. In reality, however, the job market has been the toughest it has been in years, and many people are being laid off without work for over 6 months or more. When statistics conflict with reality, then ALWAYS trust the reality.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Lots of practical advice
    Heard IMPENDING CRISIS by Roger E. Herman, Thomas G. Olivo
    and Joyce L. Gioia, a book whose subtitle says it all: TOO MANY
    JOBS, TOO FEW PEOPLE . . . though there's a fair amount of
    theory relating to strategic planning, I liked it because of its practical
    approach to things that can be done on a daily basis . . . this is
    extremely useful for any individual or firm interested in ideas on how
    to improve recruitment and retention, as well as about how to deal
    with productivity problems.

    Some of what the authors write may sound too obvious; e.g., employees
    should be able to say:
    1. I am proud to work for my company.
    2. Our company has a stated set of values or guiding principles.
    3. Our company has clearly articulated its values and beliefs.
    4. Our hiring practices evaluate if new hires will work well in our
    culture.
    5. Our company places a high priority on training and development.

    Yet because these recommendations are backed up with actual
    research findings, I tend to believe that they make sense in almost
    any work situation.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Work Force Meltdown
    Impending Crisis is a vital book for America. It correctly points out that the current focus of the U.S. labor market is seriously out of step with reality. Technology and globalization are destroying many jobs across America, while creating many others in new occupations or expanding opportunities in career areas that require more education and specialized skills. The huge baby boomer generation will soon be replaced in the work force by a much smaller generation "Y". These unseen socioeconomic and educational issues are an important part of the economic meltdown so many Americans are experiencing but don't really understand.

    Impending Crisis is an eloquent review of these issues. The authors alert all Americans to gear up to the demands of the 21st century global economy before it is too late for themselves or this society. ... Read more


    20. Career Guidance and Counseling through the Lifespan: Systematic Approaches, Sixth Edition
    by Edwin L. Herr, Stanley H. Cramer, Spencer G. Niles
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    Asin: 0321081390
    Catlog: Book (2003-09-05)
    Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
    Sales Rank: 131780
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