A gentle and useful manual for nervous job seekers.

CHAMPION YOUR CAREER

WINNING IN THE WORLD OF WORK

This debut career guide aims to help readers who are wondering what the future holds.

A career counselor for more than 20 years, Bellows offers amiable advice for organizing a job search, interviewing, and finally landing that dream position. Most of this well-researched manual seems appropriate for readers who have little idea what career they want to pursue. But the author also devotes a couple of chapters to midlife career change and retirement. The book begins with a short explanation of the Holland Code, a system that categorizes human personalities as one of six types—realistic, investigative, artistic, social, enterprising, and conventional. According to Bellows, once people figure out which personality groups best fit them, they can begin to determine their most logical career paths. For example, those who feel most drawn to the realistic group could be athletes or mechanically inclined individuals who prefer to work with their hands. Easy to read and understand—there are plenty of bulleted lists and numbered questions—this handy how-to also includes a variety of exercises for personal assessment. For example, a “Work Values Inventory” chart asks readers to place X’s next to the personal values, such as honesty, or work values—like having a flexible schedule—that are most important to them. With the soft voice of a kindly teacher, some of Bellows’ advice may especially appeal to younger job seekers. For example, in one exercise, she lists being “zany” as a personal strength for some careers (think comedian or children’s librarian). Relevant and up-to-date, this guide includes recommendations for helpful tools, such as the internet job posting and networking site LinkedIn. The book’s appendix also includes links for many compelling job search resources, including one that provides salary information for different careers. To more seasoned job seekers, several of the ideas found here will sound like the lectures they heard at college Career Day, such as the chapter on the importance of networking. And some exercises—like the “Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats” or SWOT analysis—can be found on the internet. Still, having this content in one browsable book is convenient.

A gentle and useful manual for nervous job seekers.

Pub Date: March 25, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-5136-0613-2

Page Count: 224

Publisher: BookBaby

Review Posted Online: Dec. 13, 2019

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An eye-opening glimpse into the attempted self-unmaking of one of Hollywood’s most recognizable talents.

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The debut memoir from the pop and fashion star.

Early on, Simpson describes the book she didn’t write: “a motivational manual telling you how to live your best life.” Though having committed to the lucrative deal years before, she “walked away,” fearing any sort of self-help advice she might give would be hypocritical. Outwardly, Simpson was at the peak of her success, with her fashion line generating “one billion dollars in annual sales.” However, anxiety was getting the better of her, and she admits she’d become a “feelings addict,” just needing “enough noise to distract me from the pain I’d been avoiding since childhood. The demons of traumatic abuse that refused to let me sleep at night—Tylenol PM at age twelve, red wine and Ambien as a grown, scared woman. Those same demons who perched on my shoulder, and when they saw a man as dark as them, leaned in to my ear to whisper, ‘Just give him your light. See if it saves him…’ ” On Halloween 2017, Simpson hit rock bottom, and, with the intervention of her devoted friends and husband, began to address her addictions and underlying fears. In this readable but overlong narrative, the author traces her childhood as a Baptist preacher’s daughter moving 18 times before she “hit fifth grade,” and follows her remarkable rise to fame as a singer. She reveals the psychological trauma resulting from years of sexual abuse by a family friend, experiences that drew her repeatedly into bad relationships with men, most publicly with ex-husband Nick Lachey. Admitting that she was attracted to the validating power of an audience, Simpson analyzes how her failings and triumphs have enabled her to take control of her life, even as she was hounded by the press and various music and movie executives about her weight. Simpson’s memoir contains plenty of personal and professional moments for fans to savor. One of Kirkus and Rolling Stone’s Best Music Books of 2020.

An eye-opening glimpse into the attempted self-unmaking of one of Hollywood’s most recognizable talents.

Pub Date: Feb. 4, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-06-289996-5

Page Count: 416

Publisher: Dey Street/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: Feb. 16, 2020

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Honest messages from one of America's best known women.

WHAT I KNOW FOR SURE

A compilation of advice from the Queen of All Media.

After writing a column for 14 years titled “What I Know For Sure” for O, The Oprah Winfrey Magazine, Winfrey brings together the highlights into one gift-ready collection. Grouped into themes like Joy, Resilience, Connection, Gratitude, Possibility, Awe, Clarity and Power, each short essay is the distilled thought of a woman who has taken the time to contemplate her life’s journey thus far. Whether she is discussing traveling across the country with her good friend, Gayle, the life she shares with her dogs or building a fire in the fireplace, Winfrey takes each moment and finds the good in it, takes pride in having lived it and embraces the message she’s received from that particular time. Through her actions and her words, she shows readers how she's turned potentially negative moments into life-enhancing experiences, how she's found bliss in simple pleasures like a perfectly ripe peach, and how she's overcome social anxiety to become part of a bigger community. She discusses the yo-yo dieting, exercise and calorie counting she endured for almost two decades as she tried to modify her physical body into something it was not meant to be, and how one day she decided she needed to be grateful for each and every body part: "This is the body you've been given—love what you've got." Since all of the sections are brief and many of the essays are only a couple paragraphs long—and many members of the target audience will have already read them in the magazine—they are best digested in short segments in order to absorb Winfrey's positive and joyful but repetitive message. The book also features a new introduction by the author.

Honest messages from one of America's best known women.

Pub Date: Sept. 2, 2014

ISBN: 978-1250054050

Page Count: 240

Publisher: Flatiron View Books

Review Posted Online: Aug. 22, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 2014

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