Careers – Avoiding the Dodgeballs … at Work

Avoiding the Dodge Balls at WorkAvoiding the Dodgeballs … at Work
A Young Woman’s Guide to Succeeding at a First Job
Author: E. Marie
ISBN: 978-1484033951
Pages: 206
Published: October 2014
Genre: Career Guidance, Non-Fiction, Women’s Issues

After working 25 years in various industries, supervising and mentoring numerous of young professional men and women, E. Marie was inspired to write a book that prepares entry level employees for the world of work.

This career guidance book addresses a variety of subject matters including: project management, team work, managing your boss, performance evaluations, sexual harassment, difficult coworkers and networking.

It is an easy to read guidance book with two main characters. One of the fictional characters is a female, a recent college graduate, who is preparing to enter the workforce. The other character is the narrator, who gives the new employee straight to the point advice –with a touch of humor- on how to handle or avoid potential work related issues.

There are funny scenarios and illustrations scattered throughout the book. An index is included to locate specific subject matter.

E. Marie is hopeful that upon reading her book, readers will get a heads-up on what to expect during the first year of employment while obtaining some tips on how to avoid first job “hiccups” and smoothly move up the ladder.

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About the Author:
Emerald Betts is a business professional who has worked in various industries, including large and small corporations and non-profits. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Accounting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Science Degree in Communications from Northwestern University. As a person who loves to read and listen to talk radio, Emerald enjoys mentoring young people of all ages. When not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and attending grandson Jalen’s baseball games. Mrs. Betts resides in Chicago, Illinois.

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Family – Dadprovement

A Journey from Careerist to Adoptive Father to a Real Husband and Dad
By Patrick R. Riccards
Publisher: Turning Stone Press
ISBN: 978-1618520845
Published: July 2014
Genre: Family

When Riccards suddenly (and inexplicably) loses his job, he is devastated, but it forces him to take stock of his life – to re-examine his relationships, his perceptions of himself, his fears, his values, and dreams for the future. Dadprovement is his raw and honest account of recognizing that he wasn’t the great father or husband he thought he was, that he had simply been going through the motions. Starting with the adoption of two children from Guatemala, Riccards writes of the vast obstacles faced in the international adoption process, the challenges of building a family, and the rollercoaster ride that follows as one tries to balance career and home life. Part adoption story, part career memoir, and a complete telling of one man’s path to personal and professional redemption, Dadprovement details some of the difficult truths to inspire and help other parents wrestling with how to live up to society’s expectations when it comes to career and family.

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About the Author:
Dadprovement authorPatrick R. Riccards is a nationally recognized strategist, writer, and public speaker on school improvement and education reform issues. A noted education agitator, he is the author of the award-winning Eduflack blog. Named PR News’ Public Affairs Professional of the Year in 2013 and Bulldog Reporter’s Not-for-Profit Communicator of the Year in 2011, Riccards is a contributing author to Why Kids Still Can’t Read: Challenging the Status Quo in Education and PR News’ Media Training Guidebook: Volume 2. He is also the author or editor of a dozen major education policy reports. Most importantly, Riccards has been married to Jennifer since 2001 and is the proud father of Michael and Anna. Today, his most important jobs are those of husband and dad.

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Jas: Chronicles of intrigue, folly, and laughter in the global workplace

Jas: Chronicles of intrigue, folly, and laughter in the global workplace

JASBy Jas Singh
With Gregory Beckstrom
Publisher: Two Harbors Press
ISBN: 978-1626525511
Published: February 2014
Pages: 296
Genre: Workplace Humor, Travel

Travel, humor, romance, diverse cultures, and a fascinating career — Jas is a memoir unlike any other. Jas Singh is a globetrotting health and safety expert whose implausible journey from a dusty village in Northern India to the pinnacle of the consulting profession is a story of inspiration, sadness, intrigue, joy, romance, and a fair bit of wonder. These stories are remarkable reflections on his life and experiences.

Stories include:

Jeeto-The Uncut Diamond – A rustic, uneducated, and beautiful village girl who dreams of marrying a college graduate and going to America.

Silk Pajamas – Shanghai hotel lounge hostesses will go out of their way to make travel weary foreigners feel welcome.

Alana Does Not Live Here Anymore – Delivering gifts to a Jewish family in the darkness of a Moscow apartment complex is risky business.

Terre Haute, Indiana – Herb Mossner is a quick-witted super-nerd with irreverence for just about everything.

About the Author:
JAS authorDr. Singh is a certified industrial hygienist whose journey from a dusty village in India to the height of the consulting profession is a story of inspiration, sadness, intrigue, and wonder. The chronicles of his expe­riences is a remarkable reflection of life experienced through two extreme lenses. He excelled in school, was encouraged by his family to do his best, worked hard, received an excellent education, built businesses, and has shared his knowledge with many people in his global network.

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