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Job and Career Education Center Staff Picks

by Sylvia Ann Hewlett

Whether you work in a school, store, or office, having a sponsor will help you get to where you want to be in your career. Remember the days when a certain teacher made you feel great about yourself because they reminded you at how wonderful you are in the classroom and outside of the classroom? Well the same feelings come back when a co-worker or friend notices the good in you too. When you have someone believe in you, you start to believe in yourself and you will get far in life with that confidence. Not to mention, getting into the school, store, or office you want to be in because someone mentioned to someone else at how wonderful you are and how much you can offer to their business. After you read this book, you will probably realize there is someone in your world who is already your sponsor and you didn't realize it. I know I did.

– Joanie
by Adam Kemp

Did you know the library now has a 3D Printer? Curious about what that 'TechShop' is over at Bakery Square? Or maybe you've always been good at working with your hands and want to expand those skills. This book is a great introduction to new technologies in the world of 'making' and 'makerspaces.' Kemp describes what the maker movement is and lays out the basics of the most popular tools and electronics you would encounter in a makeshop, with lots of full-color photos and clear explanations.

– Emily
by Mary Gatta

Although Gatta focuses on the experiences of women, this book is a must read for all people, regardless of gender, who wish to gain a better understanding of workforce development in the U.S. Gatta gives an overview of the history and policies of workforce development with a particular focus on One Stop Career Centers. Gatta pulls together her own story going undercover as a client in a New Jersey One Stop Career Center and first-hand experiences of unemployed and underemployed women and caseworkers to provide an honest look at the current state of workforce development. Gatta explains that One Stop Career Centers, because of lack of funding, staffing and external support, often end up funneling individuals, especially women, into low-wage jobs rather than investing in the kind of intensive training and education needed to place people in higher-paying, higher-skilled jobs, costing both employers and employees money and satisfaction in the long run. Gatta explores the many ways sexism, racism and the "rhetoric of welfare" contribute to unemployment, underemployment and ineffectual workforce development and offers recommendations on improving workforce services to help individuals get good-paying sustainable jobs and employers to find skilled long-term employees.

– Hannah
by David B. Goldstein

Would you like to bring more creativity to your work and life? This book will help you recognize and tap into your innate creative style. Learn about the 16 different creative personality types and take a simple quiz to determine which one is your match. In addition to practical advice and every day tools, the authors also include a chapter outlining how to best use your creative type to succeed at your job--from finding meaningful work and developing a personal brand to making decisions and nurturing ideas.

– Christi
by John Caunt

In this updated edition, John Caunt looks at the age of information in which we are living and provides useful motivation and exercises for optimizing our productivity, both inside and outside of our careers. With the simple premise that being and effective organizer maximizes our potential and provides greater satisfaction within our jobs, Caunt demonstrates that this carries over and allows more time to concentrate on personal growth and relationships. Many believe that organization is an innate characteristic and you either "have it or you don't" but Caunt shows that with discipline, people can overcome their natural tendency and create an organized structure. The book provides checklists for assessing strengths and weakness and exercises for improving task implementation and time tracking. Each of the book's ten chapters illustrates practical and attainable goals to facilitate the path to better organization. With perseverance and attention, it is possible to realize the all-encompassing benefits of being an organized person, and How to Organize Yourself will assist in the process in all facets of life. This book is part of the Creating Success series and many of the other titles are also available in the JCEC.

– Sheila
by Martha Stewart

What I love about this book is the Introduction, because Martha starts her idea about this book in 2004 when she was in federal prison camp in Alderson. She met many women who wanted her advice on how to start up their own business when they got out of Alderson. Martha explains to the reader how to start a business by doing what you love and sharing your ideas that helped you succeed in your hobbies. Something I took from this book is to always put your best foot forward. She encourages the reader to make sure when they finally get out there they must put the best ingredients and quality in their product even if it means there profit will feel it.

– Joanie
by Ferguson Publishing

If you love reading comic books and graphic novels, you might want to consider turning your passion into a new career. Comic Books & Graphic Novels, from the Fergusonís Careers in Focus series, gives a detailed look at careers connected to the field, covering a wide range of occupations: comic book artists and writers, graphic designers, literary agents, Webmasters, bindery workers, printing press operators, and more. Each career profile consists of a brief job overview, history of the profession, job duties and details, requirements, suggestions of how to explore the career, tips on how to begin and advance, earnings, a description of the typical work environment, and career outlook. If youíre looking for a career in an extraordinary field, this book is a good place to start!

– Hannah
by Wendy S. Enelow

All of us know to use the correct key words for our resumes and cover letters, but we also need to know to use the best key words for our job interviews. In this book, you will find key words to say during your interview. For example, in every chapter you will find a Top 10 Key words and Key words Phrases for a variety of jobs. Some of the jobs they cover are: Sales and Marketing, Lawyers, Education, Health Care, Accounting, and many more. As you can see, they cover pretty much all of the job markets.

We need to remember it is just as important to use proper language during our interview as it is in our writing. The key words that get the employees attention during the interview could be the reason why they hire you for the job. So, checking out this book for your next interview would be a great tool for you to succeed.

– Joanie
by Arthur L. Meyer and Jon M. Vann

Many people dream of opening their own restaurant, but it's a tough business with an extremely high failure rate. If you can pull it off, owning and running a restaurant can be fun and satisfying, but it takes a lot of hard work to get to that point. Instead of trying to sugar-coat all the difficult and sometimes tedious responsibilities that come along with operating a restaurant, Arthur L. Meyer and John M. Vann focus on the practical knowledge necessary to actually make it in the industry.

The authors talk about the serious initial considerations: location, patron demographics, style, menu, and pricing. They go over the boring stuff: taxes, zoning, and insurance. Best of all, they cover all the things you might not yet have realized you had to deal with: equipment, supplies, design and layout, safe food handling guidelines, sanitation, music licensing fees, finding the right employees, getting the food to the customer while it's still warm!

For those of you who have never worked in a restaurant, one of the most useful sections of the book, Chapter 11, outlines a day in the life of a restaurant, covering everything from opening to closing procedures both in the back and front of the house. If you are thinking about starting a restaurant, the reality of the industry outlined in this book might send you running back to your desk job, or it might boost your confidence by giving you the practical know-how you were missing.

– Hannah
by Wendy Sachs

Wendy Sachs, a freelance TV news producer and mother of two, questioned over 100 working mothers to find out how they achieve success in their personal and professional lives. While Sachs interviewed a variety of women, almost all had demanding, lucrative careers, as well as husbands with high-paying jobs. Offering a greater variety of voices and stories would provide readers with a more balanced and realistic depiction of the challenges working mothers face. Despite this imbalance, the book does offer encouragement and useful advice.

Many of the women interviewed mentioned that flexibility -- both at home and at work -- is a vital part of their success. Creating clear boundaries between work and home life also helps. Parents who are able to give themselves fully to their jobs, and then come home and be fully present for their children are happier and more productive at both endeavors.

The bottom line: every family is different, and there are no easy answers, but certain strategies can help women succeed at home and on the job.

– Christi
by Mary E. Ghilani

Instead of looking at changing your career as a need because of the job market, look at it as a chance to have the career you have always wanted. In this book you will find a checklist to help you decide if you will be happier if you change your career. The author walks you through steps - from finding the right job for you all the way to the interview process. More people today in their midlife are choosing to change their career because they want more meaning out of their job for themselves. Sharing your talent or gift is something to reach for, especially once you realize you have it.

– Joanie
by Alfred Lubrano
Coming from a blue collar family and neighborhood, this book really hit home for me. I too felt like I was different from my friends, because I wanted to read books just for fun, study, and experience somewhere different than my neighborhood. The author did a great job of telling his story, from growing up in working-class Brooklyn, New York to becoming an award-winning journalist.
– Joanie
by Robert Bly
You don't have to write the next Great American Novel to have a successful writing career. Robert Bly suggests 88 different ways to make money as a writer in today's world, such as writing advertisements, blogs, book reviews, promotional emails, business plans, grants, jokes, radio and TV commercials, and more. Bly gives a realistic overview of each of the 88 writing opportunities, including typical pay rates, explanations of what you'd be writing, and tips on how to start and succeed. This book is meant to provide a brief introduction to the wide variety of writing opportunities out there, pointing you in the direction of additional, more in-depth resources, so you can start your freelance writing career well-informed.
– Hannah
If you're a student who likes the idea of getting paid for going abroad this summer, this book is for you. The latest edition of Summer Jobs Worldwide lists over 50, 000 exciting job opportunities-including agricultural work, teaching English, and positions in the tourism industry-in countries all over the world. In the introduction, Susan Griffith explains how spending your summer holiday working abroad can help you enhance your CV while making some extra cash, allowing you to travel to places you might otherwise be unable to afford. Working rather than vacationing abroad allows you to experience new places, cultures, people and language in a more authentic way.
– Hannah
By Laurence Shatkin, Ph.D
You donít have to start over just because you want to leave your job. Dr. Shatkin explains how you can do this by looking at your career as a sequel movie. The reason sequel movies succeed is because movie goers know what to expect and the same goes for someone leaving their career and choosing a sequel career. This book will give you sequel careers for the career you are currently in.
– Joanie
By David Hampshire
Do you ever dream of moving abroad? David Hampshire's book details everything you need to know about finding a job and making a home in Switzerland. He adresses the big things - such as work permits, health insurance, and renting accomodations - as well the questions of every day living. Post Office business hours? Road rules? Mountain railways? It's all covered. Full of interesting facts, practical information, and more than little humor, this comprehensive guide is a must-read for anyone contemplating life and work in Switzerland.
– Christi
By Fred and Jan Yager
Western Pennsylvania has become a popular area for film production in recent years . This book provides details on more than 80 industry jobs -- from Wrangler to Negative Cutter to Dialect Coach. It also includes several appendixes with information on state-specific resources, unions, internships and more.
– Christi
By Mark Emery Bolles and Richard Nelson Bolles
Today's job seeker must be Internet-savvy. This book covers all aspects of online employment searching -- from career assessments to wikis to the email resume. The authors share best-practices, offer tips on how to navigate the information and include comprehensive resource lists for each topic.
– Christi
By Arnold Boldt
Professional career consultant Arnold Boldt covers all the basics of effective resume writing - from essential content and design elements to using keywords and preparing an electronic resume. He also includes a series of chapters geared toward non-traditional job applicants, offering specific advice on how to overcome challenges and win over potential employers. Whether you're a parent returning to work, a career changer, or manager without college degree, this book will help you prepare to take the next step on your career path.
– Christi
by Michael Farr and Laurence Shatkin
This book highlights the 300 best-paying, fastest-growing jobs -- no bachelor's degree required! Using data compiled from the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Information Network (O*NET) database, the authors provide detailed summaries for each job including education/training requirements, skills needed, and average wages. Also helpful for those exploring their career options are the 60 different "Best Jobs" lists.
– Christi
by Judith Bowman
Everyone can learn something from this definitive guide to business decorum. Bowman covers all the basics of professional and social interactions, including networking, dining skills, presentations, and e-mail. With detailed, targeted advice, comprehensive Q & A sections, and "How To Recover If..." scenarios, this book a must-read.
– Christi
by Myra Fournier and Jeffrey Spin
With 400 examples covering every major industry, this book is a great resource for those looking to create or revise a resume. The authors include samples for jobseekers of all levels, from new graduates to executives. Also helpful is the section on effective resumes for difficult situations including lack of experience, gaps in work history, and frequent job changes.
– Christi
by Alexandra Levit
Wall Street Journal career columnist Alexandra Levit interviewed dozens of successful career changers, sharing their experiences and insights with readers. Each of the seven chapters -- titled after the primary motivations for career change -- include a self-reflection, exercises and a resource list. Full of practical advice, engaging stories and encouragement, this book is a must-read for anyone considering a career change.
– Christi
by Steve Gillman
Are you considering a career change? With sections on "Fun ways to Make Money" and "Dirty and Ugly Jobs" this well-researched book is as entertaining as it is informative. The author profiles dozens of unique and lucrative jobs, and ends each chapter with practical advice on how to get started.
– Christi
by Nancy Schuman
This easy-to-read and concise guide to interviewing covers it all. In addition to detailed questions and answers on topic areas such as skills, achievements, and career goals, each chapter includes a list keywords and phrases that interviewees should be prepared to work into the conversation. Also helpful are the industry-specific "buzz words" and a chapter devoted to the best questions to ask during your interview.
– Christi
by Dr. Sean Harry and Andrew Arehart
If you are looking for a great guide to finding work you love, then this book is for you. Career at the Crossroads features heavy emphasis on personal marketing and provides thoughtful exercises and assignments to get you thinking about your work experience and how it translates into finding a new career. With plenty of interest profilers, sample resumes, interview tips, and much more, this book will be especially valuable to any career changer wanting to prepare for reentry into today's job market.
– Wes
by Robin Ryan

With over twenty years of experience as a career counselor, Robin Ryan offers wise and relevant advice for the over-40 job seeker. She also surveyed hundreds of hiring managers across the country, who offered their insights on hiring someone over 40. According to Ryan, one of the most important skills a job seeker should develop is the ability to self-market. She outlines how to craft a "60 Second Sell" and provides tips on how to update your professional appearance. Ryan also emphasizes must-have computer and Internet proficiencies and suggests that readers look for "hidden jobs" through networks and social media. One standout of the book is the substantial and detailed chapters on resumes, cover letters and interviewing. These include real-life examples and advice from actual employers. Closing with an encouraging chapter on staying positive and focused through goal-setting, this book is essential reading for job seekers of any age.

– Christi
by Jay Conrad Levinson and David Perry
Featured in Levinson's latest edition are the latest strategies for job-hunting in a world turned digital. Expand your job search by learning step-by-step instructions on how to adopt social media and social networking tools. Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters will teach you how to build an effective network and make the most out of social networking sites.
– Lisa
by Anne Wolfinger
Highlighting the best sites for information on careers and employment, this book is a great resource for those new to job seeking on the internet. Readers can learn how to create an electronic resume, and complete job applications and network online. Also included are many resources to help you plan and fund your education, become self-employed, or start a small business.
– Christi
by Linda Matias
Many employers today are using competency-based interviews to assess job candidates. These types of interviews require applicants to answer targeted, skill-specific questions and provide concrete examples. Preparation is essential, and this book can help. The author provides sample questions and answers in the five main competency areas - individual responsibility, managerial/leadership skills, personal motivation, analytical skills and people skills - with detailed information on each one. She also includes fill-in-the-blank exercises, common interviewing mistakes, and tips for standing out in a crowd of applicants.
– Christi
by Donna Flagg
Business and communications consultant Donna Flagg gives readers the tools to handle uncomfortable office conversations with confidence. Surviving Dreaded Conversations: Talk Through Any Difficult Situation at Work offers concise, effective scripts to use with coworkers, clients, and supervisors in a variety of professional situations. The exercises included in each chapter are especially helpful. Humorous and insightful with great real-life accounts, this book provides a nice mix of practical advice and encouragement.
– Christi
by Jason Alba
Career experts often advise jobseekers to create a strong profile on LinkedIn. This will not only help you network with, and market yourself towards, other LinkedIn users; it can also improve Google search results for your name. But for many jobseekers, getting started can be frustrating. Alba walks you through the setup process, then discusses strategies for using your account.
– Denise
by Martin Yate, CPC
This guide covers the entire job searching process with a holistic, integrated approach. From writing a resume and networking, through interviewing, to dealing with rejection and negotiating offers, learn strategies that can turn a potentially problematic time in your career into an opportunity for growth.
– Denise
by Dawn Rosenberg McKay
McKay is a former manager and librarian at her public library's Job and Education Information Center. This book explores the entire interview process, from preparation to follow-up. It offers specific advice for every possible complication, from general anxiety to interviewing over a meal. There are also more than 300 sample questions, with examples of strong and weak answers.
– Denise