Books

ABOUT CAREER WONDERS AND BLUNDERS: If I Knew Then What I Know Now

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“When You Know Better, You Do Better” ~~ Maya Angelou

As you embark into the world of work, wouldn’t you like to hear the practical advice of successful others who have already gone down their career path? Wouldn’t you like to learn from their mistakes? Claudia knows that experience is the best teacher and that you can avoid making devastating mistakes on the job that can stunt your career. In Career Wonders and Blunders: If I Knew Then, What I Know Now, she has provided the advice, insight, and experience of others who have walked this path of the world of work before you. Read the powerful advice of successful executives including CEOs and COOs. Equally powerful are the candid stories of people just like you - acquired over the course of their working years.

Build a unique and successful career path by reading this guide of unwritten workplace rules. It’s what you will not find in your company’s books of policies and procedures. Enter and navigate through the exciting and sometimes daunting world of work. This is Career 101 - what you were not taught in school – what nobody told you. Form your own must do and never do lists to help you advance in your career. Use the wonders and blunders of real people with real experiences at the end of each chapter to ascertain you are on the correct path. The blunders were made by real employees when they were rookies. The wonders show what made them who they are today. Now you don’t have to repeat their mistakes.

A Few Amazon Customer Reviews

“This is an excellent read and a phenomenal guide through most of the entanglement, entrapment, conflict, and seemingly brick walls that seems to have ensnared all of us at one time or another during our pursuit of career happiness. I highly recommend this as it shows the journeys already taken and tells the stories by others who have succeeded in achieving their goals during their chosen career. This was a most attractive reading piece that I am truly glad to claim as a part of my collection. Kudos and many thanks to the author for doing such a wonderful job on making a road map through Corporate America.” ~ Melvin

“This is such a fantastic book! I wish that I had something like this prior my entering the workforce. Colleges should make this book required reading, so that students are prepared for the ups and downs and of the REAL workforce. I have recommended it already to several people.” ~ Veronica

ABOUT INTERVIEW WONDERS AND BLUNDERS: What Not to Do If You Want to Get Hired

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Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance!

Claudia Samuels Newton taught thousands of employees and new college graduates how to navigate through the sometimes daunting world of work in her first book: Career Wonders and Blunders: If I Knew Then, What I Know Now. Now she tells employees how to prepare for and ace interviews to achieve the job of their dreams as they map out their career future.

In Interview Wonders and Blunders: What Not to Do if You Want to Get Hired, you will not only learn the dos and don’ts of interviewing, but you will also get into the minds of the people you will be sitting before to be interviewed by. Samuels Newton provides you with the preparation techniques and insider secrets told directly to her by hiring managers and shares their interview styles and approaches. She introduces you to curve-ball questions that you may least expect and tells you how to deal with them as well. Whether you are looking for a job outside of your company or pursuing an internal position, you will want to refer to this book each time you get invited to be interviewed.

In the tradition of her first work, she provides real stories of wonders and blunders from both interviewees and hiring manager interviewers that will make you shake your head in amazement. Filled with Samuel Newton’s own experience and advice, and complete with tools, affirmations, and resources, the book covers every aspect of job interviewing that you need to know.

  • What a job interview is and what it is not
  • How managers prepare to interview you
  • What you should do to prepare for your interview
  • How being over-prepared can hurt your chances of being hired
  • Interview styles and approaches
  • What to do and not to do on your interview day
  • How social media can wreak havoc in your job quest
  • How to deal with rejection

ABOUT RESUME WONDERS AND BLUNDERS

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“If You Don’t See Yourself as a Winner, Then You Cannot Perform as a Winner” ~~ Zig Ziglar

No matter who you are or what stage of your career you are in (entry-level, mid-career, or seasoned executive), you should always have a current résumé. As a job applicant, you need to develop and circulate information that not only reflects positively on your knowledge, skills, and abilities, but that also markets you as THE CANDIDATE to effectively compete and be contacted for an interview.

In order for you to be invited for an interview, your résumé must be a powerful sales tool – not just a repetition of your job description on paper (or electronically) along with the company name and a start and end date. In Résumé Wonders and Blunders – How to Knock out the Competition and Get Your Résumé Selected, Samuel Newton offers sound advice on how you must include a record of your accomplishments to make you stand out to the person reviewing your document.

This e-book details that while your résumé gives information about your strengths that supports your candidacy for a job, it must also differentiate you from your competition – other applicants to the same job you are applying for. It emphasizes that résumé development is not about just putting down your job history on paper and posits several factors you need to consider.

For example:

  • What résumé format should you use?
  • Do you need a web page or should you stay traditional?
  • What sections should you include and what should you leave out?
  • What should your résumé never reveal?
  • Should you write your experience section using the first person?
  • What are keywords and which ones should you include?
  • Should you include your pending degree?
  • How do you figure out your accomplishments?
  • How should you present your achievements?
  • How much of your work history should you include?
  • Is it dishonest to omit information?