A highly useful manual that will be valuable to career coaches and motivated readers who are willing to do the work.

KNOW YOURSELF, GROW YOUR CAREER

THE PERSONAL VALUE PROPOSITION WORKBOOK

An interactive career development guide.

At first glance, this workbook by Segal (Master the Interview, 2016) seems to be best suited to those who are just beginning their careers, but even someone in midcareer would benefit from answering the worthwhile questions in this book. Its four parts logically lead readers through the process of establishing priorities, identifying strengths (and differentiating between “skills” and “talents”), understanding the needs of the marketplace, developing a strategy for finding the right position, and “communicating your value.” In the first part, Segal describes the powerful concept of the “personal value proposition”—basically, a packaging of one’s priorities and strengths for use in a job search—and then uses it as the core concept of the rest of the book. Structurally, each of the 10 chapters is a “unit” on a specific topic, such as “Self-Reflection” or “Your Personal Brand.” The text does a fine job of explaining each subject, but its real strength is its focus on personalized interactivity. Almost every unit contains provocative self-assessment questions and worksheets while also offering appropriate guidance. For example, Unit 8, “Creating Your Own Market,” discusses entrepreneurship, changing fields, and “recovering from career inertia.” The open-ended directional statements include such thought-starters as “How I can keep my ‘ear to the ground’ regarding professional and personal interests that might lead to a new market” and “What I can do that could be a bridge to my dream job and/or create alternatives for me.” Segal’s positive coaching will encourage readers to forge onward even when they find some of the sections to be challenging to complete.

A highly useful manual that will be valuable to career coaches and motivated readers who are willing to do the work.

Pub Date: Sept. 10, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-692-94087-7

Page Count: 158

Publisher: CreateSpace

Review Posted Online: Jan. 25, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2018

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...

THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE

50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. AND THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON

This early reader is an excellent introduction to the March on Washington in 1963 and the important role in the march played by Martin Luther King Jr. Ruffin gives the book a good, dramatic start: “August 28, 1963. It is a hot summer day in Washington, D.C. More than 250,00 people are pouring into the city.” They have come to protest the treatment of African-Americans here in the US. With stirring original artwork mixed with photographs of the events (and the segregationist policies in the South, such as separate drinking fountains and entrances to public buildings), Ruffin writes of how an end to slavery didn’t mark true equality and that these rights had to be fought for—through marches and sit-ins and words, particularly those of Dr. King, and particularly on that fateful day in Washington. Within a year the Civil Rights Act of 1964 had been passed: “It does not change everything. But it is a beginning.” Lots of visual cues will help new readers through the fairly simple text, but it is the power of the story that will keep them turning the pages. (Easy reader. 6-8)

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 2001

ISBN: 0-448-42421-5

Page Count: 48

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2000

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