The Unplanned Career

Ready to build the career you want with a plan that changes with you? Whether you are starting a new venture or searching for more challenge and fulfillment in your current profession, this interactive journal will help you explore critical decisions, motivate you to create new opportunities, and guide you through career transitions.


Can I Wear My Nose Ring to the Interview?

A witty, friendly, unexpected job hunter’s bible that finally answers the real questions. Yes, if you’re wedded to your nose ring, wear it to the interview. No, you shouldn’t be e-mailing out hundreds of résumés. Writing with enormous authority and a compelling, lively voice, Ellen Reeves brings together her lifetime of experience of hiring, counseling, and résumé-doctoring into an essential guide for young job seekers.

Can I Wear My Nose Ring to the Interview? takes readers step-by-step through a process that was always tough, but is today especially challenging. Begin the search with a professional mind-set—get organized, and set yourself up with business cards, a respectable e-mail address, and a working cell phone. The importance of networking and the rule of three—try to make three e-mails or phone calls a day, but never more than that. The “elevator speech”—hone your pitch to the length of an elevator ride and be prepared to use it at the most unexpected times. The art of writing cringe-free cover letters and killer résumés—from timelines, hooks, and grammatical do’s and don’ts to why you should never use the phrase “References available upon request,” never include your GPA, and never, ever make a typo. How to dress for an interview, including why to put on your business clothes when interviewing at home, over the phone. Things to be honest about: citizenship and past salary range. And things not to say: “I want this job because I need health insurance.”

Then once you’re in, how to negotiate salary, what to expect in a review, and basic first job common sense: take initiative, be humble and helpful, never use your boss as a confidant, and always say “I’ll find out” instead of “I don’t know.” Now you’re on your way.


The Job Seekers Handbook

A book of practical advice and useful tips for job seekers on how to present themselves, this book explains key issues such as resumes, job applications and interview techniques, providing an understanding of what employers are looking for in an employee.


Today’s Military Wife

*Essential information for service members’ wives and families*Benefits, resources, and sound advice for a quality life in the service: Now in its sixth edition, this book covers all the information a service wife needs to survive and prosper in a service environment, including a complete description of family-friendly programs, advice for coping with periodic separations, tips for managing a separate career, discussion of living overseas, information on raising a family, and details on being a full participant in the rich and rewarding social aspects of military life.


I Want to Work in an Association–Now What???

Most people agree that jobs fall into two categories–those in which you work to make the world a better place and those in which you make money. There is a widespread belief that the two are mutually exclusive; you can have one or the other…but not both.

“Charlotte Weeks” shows you that this is only a misconception; that there is indeed a middle road. In “I Want to Work in an Association–Now What ” she draws upon numerous case studies and her personal experience to prove that jobs in the management of professional associations can give you the best of both.

Charlotte believes strongly in the value of professional associations as employers. One of the primary advantages of associations is that their requirements are broad, and they have something for everyone. Whether your expertise lies in human resources, IT, finance, marketing, management or administrative work, chances are there’s a position for you at an association. Of course it varies from one association to another (obviously larger associations have more opportunities), but overall professional associations offer multiple, diverse options.

Another factor in favor of professional associations is that they remain relatively stable in their resource requirements even in uncertain economic times. Typically, they pay competitive wages, treat their employees well and are driven by community goals and the desire to implement social change. Plus, there’s a focus for just about every interest. So how do you go about getting a job at one of these amazing places? “I Want to Work in an Association–Now What ” shows you how.

This book is the career book for people who want to make the world a better place, but without sacrificing normal aspirations, including a competitive salary, workplace benefits and more. Working in an association means you can usually receive income and benefits comparable to those offered by corporations, yet still be involved with an organization that has the mission-driven focus of non-profits. Whether you’re hoping to break into the association industry, are seeking a promotion, or are looking to strengthen your personal brand, this book can help.


The Message of You

A step-by-step handbook that teaches readers to find the extraordinary stories tucked deep within them to make a difference in the lives of others—and to get paid—as a motivational speaker

THE MESSAGE OF YOU begins with a simple belief – that your greatest speech already exists and that it has already been delivered in front of a live audience masterfully and powerfully by you. Best-selling author and international comic, Judy Carter sets out to prove that THE MESSAGE OF YOU is in the advice you give to your friends; in the lessons you teach your children; in the stories you tell your family. It’s expressed through the volunteer work you do, the way you run your business, the way you turned your messes into successes. THE MESSAGE OF YOU is a distillation of all of your experiences, both personal and professional, that form the narrative meaning of your life. A meaning that you can develop into a well-written, funny speech to inspire audiences, enhance your current profession, and launch a successful money making career as a professional speaker.

In Part One of the book, Judy leads you through a series of in-depth exercises meant to mine your personal and professional experiences for stories that establish your qualifications, your problem/solutions, your action steps and your methodology. In Part Two, Judy has created a six-step structure for writing an entertaining and informative speech, guiding you through each step in detail. But the real bonus of THE MESSAGE OF YOU is that Judy is a comic. Her “Comedy Pass” chapter takes you through simple but effective comedy writing techniques that will transform even a flat PowerPoint snoozer into a knee-slapping showstopper of a keynote. Once your speech is well-written and funny, Judy takes you through Part Three, teaching you how to take your message to the masses with inexpensive but essential marketing tips.

The Message of You offers an accessible approach, big picture guidance, and nitty-gritty nuts and bolts of sound advice.

Judy has been a comedy and speaking coach for over twenty years. She’s a firm believer that how you present your ideas is just as important as the ideas themselves. She knows that humor and strong content are the missing ingredients in most speeches and her book, THE MESSAGE OF YOU helps you discover both your message and your comedic voice by taking you through the same process she uses to coach her private clients.

Compassionate Careers

Many young people today are seeking something more–purpose, meaning, a cause.

Compassionate Careers is filled with examples of people who have meaningful jobs in cause-focused organizations. These stories capture their spirit, intelligence, imagination, and heart. The book is an inspirational guide to finding purpose-driven work and offers advice to anyone who feels that sitting on the sidelines is just not enough. It includes:

  • Stories from people of all walks of life who have jobs that make a difference, including Bill Clinton, Jane Goodall, and Dave Matthews.
  • Information on how to get started in a cause-focused career.
  • An online assessment that identifies the type of organizational culture for which you are best suited.
  • Exercises and resources for hands-on exploration of compassionate career opportunities.

    An old Yaqui Indian proverb reads, “If you have a choice of paths to take in life, take the path with a heart.” Compassionate Careers will show you how.