A straight-talking, highly supportive networking manual.




A quick, concentrated how-to guide designed to maximize the efficiency of job searches.

Management consultants and debut authors Perez and Ballinger aim to help unemployed people crack the mysteries of “the invisible job market,” which consists of job openings that aren’t publicly announced. Companies fill these quietly and internally, they say, through private recommendations or referrals: “a whopping 70% of all jobs are obtained through people you know!” Hence the overwhelming importance of networking, which the authors say is “more than important. It is vital. It is the lifeblood of your job search and, in the big picture, your career.” As the book’s title indicates, one of the key elements of successful networking is brevity, and Perez and Ballinger lay out strategies to help job seekers streamline their approaches. They illustrate their recommendations—such as avoiding passivity during the interview process or finding an “evangelist” willing to sing your praises to potential employers—with fictional interludes that show how they might play out in real-life situations (or not, if the character chooses not to heed their wisdom). Some of the advice can be off-puttingly blunt (“Save the irrelevant chitchat,” and the like). However, at other times, the authors assure readers that networking is “not about being slick and smooth” but rather about forging personal relationships through quick, meaningful encounters over stretches of time. It adds up to a well-rounded approach that touches on elements of business relationships that other job-search guides often overlook, particularly in a section on following up with contacts. All of this advice will give job seekers, especially new ones, a great deal to think about.

A straight-talking, highly supportive networking manual.

Pub Date: March 18, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-9859106-4-8

Page Count: 182

Publisher: Career Innovations Press

Review Posted Online: Feb. 16, 2017

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



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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Analyzing his craft, a careful craftsman urges with Thoreauvian conviction that writers should simplify, simplify, simplify.


New York Times columnist and editorial board member delivers a slim book for aspiring writers, offering saws and sense, wisdom and waggery, biases and biting sarcasm.

Klinkenborg (Timothy; or, Notes of an Abject Reptile, 2006), who’s taught for decades, endeavors to keep things simple in his prose, and he urges other writers to do the same. (Note: He despises abuses of the word as, as he continually reminds readers.) In the early sections, the author ignores traditional paragraphing so that the text resembles a long free-verse poem. He urges readers to use short, clear sentences and to make sure each one is healthy before moving on; notes that it’s acceptable to start sentences with and and but; sees benefits in diagramming sentences; stresses that all writing is revision; periodically blasts the formulaic writing that many (most?) students learn in school; argues that knowing where you’re headed before you begin might be good for a vacation, but not for a piece of writing; and believes that writers must trust readers more, and trust themselves. Most of Klinkenborg’s advice is neither radical nor especially profound (“Turn to the poets. / Learn from them”), and the text suffers from a corrosive fallacy: that if his strategies work for him they will work for all. The final fifth of the text includes some passages from writers he admires (McPhee, Oates, Cheever) and some of his students’ awkward sentences, which he treats analytically but sometimes with a surprising sarcasm that veers near meanness. He includes examples of students’ dangling modifiers, malapropisms, errors of pronoun agreement, wordiness and other mistakes.

Analyzing his craft, a careful craftsman urges with Thoreauvian conviction that writers should simplify, simplify, simplify.

Pub Date: Aug. 7, 2012

ISBN: 978-0-307-26634-7

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Knopf

Review Posted Online: May 14, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2012

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