The Career Coward’s Guide to Interviewing

Career experts agree that most job seekers already know what they need to do in order to find a new job. But they won’t, or can’t, do what it takes because they are paralyzed by their own fears: fear of rejection, fear of failure, fear of talking to strangers, fear of looking foolish, fear of being seen as a ‘bragger,’ and much more. Career coach Katy Piotrowski brings her expertise to the brand-new Career Cowards series, which analyzes each aspect of a successful job search and provides easy steps for facing job search challenges in a unique and easy-to-tackle format that includes; A Risk Rating: What’s the worst that could happen if I do this?; The Payoff Potential: What good things can happen if I do this?; The Time to Complete: How much time will this take?; A Bailout Strategy: If I just can’t do it, what can I do instead?.

How to Land a Top-Paying Reference librarians Job: Your Complete Guide to Opportunities, Resumes and Cover Letters, Interviews, Salaries, Promotions, What to Expect From Recruiters and More

For the first time, a book exists that compiles all the information candidates need to apply for their first Reference librarians job, or to apply for a better job.

What you’ll find especially helpful are the worksheets. It is so much easier to write about a work experience using these outlines. It ensures that the narrative will follow a logical structure and reminds you not to leave out the most important points. With this book, you’ll be able to revise your application into a much stronger document, be much better prepared and a step ahead for the next opportunity.

The book comes filled with useful cheat sheets. It helps you get your career organized in a tidy, presentable fashion. It also will inspire you to produce some attention-grabbing cover letters that convey your skills persuasively and attractively in your application packets.

After studying it, too, you’ll be prepared for interviews, or you will be after you conducted the practice sessions where someone sits and asks you potential questions. It makes you think on your feet!

This book makes a world of difference in helping you stay away from vague and long-winded answers and you will be finally able to connect with prospective employers, including the one that will actually hire you.

This book successfully challenges conventional job search wisdom and doesn’t load you with useful but obvious suggestions (‘don’t forget to wear a nice suit to your interview,’ for example). Instead, it deliberately challenges conventional job search wisdom, and in so doing, offers radical but inspired suggestions for success.

Think that ‘companies approach hiring with common sense, logic, and good business acumen and consistency?’ Think that ‘the most qualified candidate gets the job?’ Think again! Time and again it is proven that finding a job is a highly subjective business filled with innumerable variables. The triumphant jobseeker is the one who not only recognizes these inconsistencies and but also uses them to his advantage. Not sure how to do this? Don’t worry-How to Land a Top-Paying Reference librarians Job guides the way.

Highly recommended to any harried Reference librarians jobseeker, whether you want to work for the government or a company. You’ll plan on using it again in your efforts to move up in the world for an even better position down the road.

This book offers excellent, insightful advice for everyone from entry-level to senior professionals. None of the other such career guides compare with this one. It stands out because it: 1) explains how the people doing the hiring think, so that you can win them over on paper and then in your interview; 2) has an engaging, reader-friendly style; 3) explains every step of the job-hunting process – from little-known ways for finding openings to getting ahead on the job.

This book covers everything. Whether you are trying to get your first Reference librarians Job or move up in the system, get this book.


The Career Coward’s Guide to Changing Careers

The second book in the revolutionary Career Cowards series helps you tackle one of the most intimidating job search situations you might ever encounter: changing careers. Maybe you’re unhappy with your current work, or maybe you’ve been laid off in an industry that is losing jobs. In her friendly and comforting style, career coach Katy Piotrowski walks you though all the basic steps of transitioning from your current career to a new one that you will love! You’ll learn to identify several great-fit career options, make a confident choice about the best career, create a fun, doable career-change plan, and transition into your new career smoothly and successfully.


Career Opportunities in the Music Industry

Praise for the previous edition:
“…a practical and concise guide…a valuable resource…recommended.”—American Reference Books Annual

“…organized, comprehensive, and easy to use…Highly recommended.”—Choice

From making and selling records to managing the technology that helps record companies and musicians create and distribute music, the music industry offers a wide variety of exciting career options. Career Opportunities in the Music Industry, Sixth Edition provides current information on more than 90 specific jobs, including job duties, salary ranges, skill and education requirements, helpful organizations, tips for entry, and much more. A valuable starting point for career research, this book offers important information about positions of interest to job seekers. Each profile features a special Career Ladder charting the path for advancement.

This new edition includes updated salary ranges and employment opportunities, as well as comprehensive, updated appendixes of organizations, periodicals, associations, schools, and resources. Along with recent statistics and data, Career Opportunities in the Music Industry, Sixth Edition also contains a new appendix listing music career Web sites.

New and updated career profiles include:

  • A & R coordinator
  • Booking agent
  • Business manager
  • Music journalist
  • Publicist
  • Record producer
  • Recording artist
  • Session musician
  • Sound technician
  • Stage manager
  • Songwriter
  • Tour coordinator
  • and more.

College Majors & Careers

Praise for the previous editions:
“Highly recommended.” American Reference Books Annual

College Majors and Careers, Sixth Edition offers straightforward advice for high school and college students exploring their career options. Providing invaluable guidance on figuring out what to do with an English major or selecting a field of study, this practical guide covers more than 60 college majors linked to more than 350 different career paths. Each college major article includes Occupations, High School Subjects, Majors, Leisure-Time Activities, Personal Skills, Resources, and Values and Personal Attributes. These sections help students identify their strengths and skills, as well as the activities, education, and training they can pursue to help them succeed in their field of study and their career.

This edition includes new questions in the “Career-Related Questions and Answers” section, now reorganized into subcategories for easier browsing. All the major sections have been updated and revised, and a new “Fact Box” feature cites key statistical information, such as the number of grads per year or average starting salaries for jobs with a specific major. An invaluable new section helps parents, professionals, and students learn how to best use the book.

Majors covered include:

  • Accounting
  • Biology
  • Business administration
  • Criminal justice
  • Computer science
  • English
  • History
  • Law
  • Nursing and related services
  • Physics
  • Political science
  • and more.

Your CV: A Plain-Speaking Guide

Streetwise, no-nonsense writer Robert Ginger has used his experience of both sides of the job-hunting process – as applicant and recruiter – to produce a thorough, step-by-step guide to writing every section of a CV. General careers advice and a section on cover letters are included. The author mentions the murkier aspects of work that most other writers ignore, and if he thinks the “CV experts” are wrong, he isn’t afraid to say so. This refreshing honesty and the straightforward, user-friendly writing style are what set this book apart from others. Whether you’re applying for your first job or your twenty-first, and whatever type of work you’re looking for, this book will lead you through the process of writing a CV that will advertise your abilities as effectively as possible, and give you the best chance of securing that crucial interview.


Hot jobs

This one-of-a-kind career guide for students, recent graduates, and anybody trying to break into glamour industries, such as book and magazine publishing, film, TV, the art world, advertising, and music, provides inside tips on landing a job and moving up the ladder once there.


Resume and job-hunting guide for present and future veterans

Advises military personnel how to plan a civilian career, prepare an effective resume, make a good impression on interviews, and take advantage of military experience


Career Guide for the High-tech Professional

Getting the exact job you want with the company you want is either highly improbable or a cinch. It’s highly improbable if you play by the old rules, a cinch if you play by the new rules and go about your task in the ways suggested by David Perry in Career Guide for the High-Tech Professional.

If you’re willing to look upon finding a job as a job unto itself, you’re going to reap exceptional rewards from this book. It does not contain shortcuts, tricks, or anything unethical. But it does feature ultra-solid advice along with the rich details of landing the job of a lifetime.

Career Guide for the High-Tech Professional is filled with job-finding wisdom and the actual things you must say in your cover letter, on your resume, and during your interviews. Nothing is left to chance. Every detail is covered.


Getting a Job

This classic study of how 282 men in the United States found their jobs not only proves “it’s not what you know but who you know,” but also demonstrates how social activity influences labor markets. Examining the link between job contacts and social structure, Granovetter recognizes networking as the crucial link between economists studies of labor mobility and more focused studies of an individual’s motivation to find work.

This second edition is updated with a new Afterword and includes Granovetter’s influential article “Economic Action and Social Structure: The Problems of Embeddedness.”

“Who would imagine that a book with such a prosaic title as ‘getting a job’ could pose such provocative questions about social structure and even social policy? In a remarkably ingenious and deceptively simple analysis of data gathered from a carefully designed sample of professional, technical, and managerial employees . . . Granovetter manages to raise a number of critical issues for the economic theory of labor markets as well as for theories of social structure by exploiting the emerging ‘social network’ perspective.”—Edward O. Laumann, American Journal of Sociology

“This short volume has much to offer readers of many disciplines. . . . Granovetter demonstrates ingenuity in his design and collection of data.”—Jacob Siegel, Monthly Labor Review

“A fascinating exploration, for Granovetter’s principal interest lies in utilizing sociological theory and method to ascertain the nature of the linkages through which labor market information is transmitted by ‘friends and relatives.'”—Herbert Parnes, Industrial and Labor Relations Review