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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IN MY PLACE

From the national correspondent for PBS's MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour: a moving memoir of her youth in the Deep South and her role in desegregating the Univ. of Georgia. The eldest daughter of an army chaplain, Hunter-Gault was born in what she calls the ``first of many places that I would call `my place' ''—the small village of Due West, tucked away in a remote little corner of South Carolina. While her father served in Korea, Hunter-Gault and her mother moved first to Covington, Georgia, and then to Atlanta. In ``L.A.'' (lovely Atlanta), surrounded by her loving family and a close-knit black community, the author enjoyed a happy childhood participating in activities at church and at school, where her intellectual and leadership abilities soon were noticed by both faculty and peers. In high school, Hunter-Gault found herself studying the ``comic-strip character Brenda Starr as I might have studied a journalism textbook, had there been one.'' Determined to be a journalist, she applied to several colleges—all outside of Georgia, for ``to discourage the possibility that a black student would even think of applying to one of those white schools, the state provided money for black students'' to study out of state. Accepted at Michigan's Wayne State, the author was encouraged by local civil-rights leaders to apply, along with another classmate, to the Univ. of Georgia as well. Her application became a test of changing racial attitudes, as well as of the growing strength of the civil-rights movement in the South, and Gault became a national figure as she braved an onslaught of hostilities and harassment to become the first black woman to attend the university. A remarkably generous, fair-minded account of overcoming some of the biggest, and most intractable, obstacles ever deployed by southern racists. (Photographs—not seen.)

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 1992

ISBN: 0-374-17563-2

Page Count: 192

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1992

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