WHEN CAN YOU START?―How to ACE the Interview and WIN the Job

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

How to ACE the Interview and WIN the Job
By Paul Freiberger
Los Angeles Times Book Prize Winner

OVERVIEW: New York Times best-selling writer Paul Freiberger gives you the tools to ace the interview and win the job. As President of Shimmering Resumes, Paul has helped thousands of job seekers with his expertise. Filled with practical and proven techniques this book will help you convert "We'll be in touch" to four words everyone wants to hear: "WHEN CAN YOU START?"

AUTHOR: Paul Freiberger  is the author or coauthor of five books, including Fire in the Valley: The Making of the Personal Computer (with Michael Swaine) and Fuzzy Logic (with Daniel McNeill). Fire in the Valley was made into the movie Pirates of Silicon Valley, which was nominated for five Emmy Awards. Fuzzy Logic won the Los Angeles Times book Award. Freiberger provides career improvement services at his firm Shimmering Resumes. He has a BA in history from the State university of New York at Binghamton and a Masters in Italian from Middlebury College.

MY REVIEW: I agree with Larry Kramer, President and Publisher, USA Today who said, "This book is powerful and expertly researched. Packed with interview advice you need to get your next job."

This book will teach you to: (1) Be ready for The Only Question You Must Be Able to Answer, (2) Not tell the interviewer about your weaknesses, (3) Answer trick questions or oddball questions, (4) Ask the right questions, (5) Show confidence in any interview, (6) Avoid costly interview mistakes, (7) Negotiate the salary you deserve.

Being a retired minister I did not feel this was a book I needed to read for my personal benefit. However, I wanted to read it and review it for friends of mine who are much younger and still looking for a job. After reading it I agree with Guy Kawasaki, founding Partner, Garage Technology Ventures and Former Chief Evangelist, Apple who said, "You will get a job a lot sooner if you read this book." That would do it for me. If I was a young person looking for a job I would want to read this book.

Avery Lyford, Chairman, the Churchill Club believes this is "An effective and pragmatic guide that should be read by anyone preparing for an interview. As I said earlier I have been retired for several years now and have done my last job interview. But I recommend this book to young people still looking for work. I benefitted from reading this book and believe that it has helped improve my communication skills.

(I received this book for free from The Cadence Group for this review.)


Monday, March 25, 2013

By Mike Glenn

OVERVIEW: In The Gospel of Yes, Mike Glenn reveals God's most powerful word, which opens our eyes to everything he does. That word is YES. God said yes to creating a world for us to live in and yes to inviting us into a relationship with him. When you live in God's "yes" you find your identity, your true value, and your unique purpose on earth. You can stop trying to be someone else and enjoy being yourself as you join with God in doing the work of his kingdom. When God leads you, he always says yes. It's time to live like you know it.

AUTHOR: Mike Glenn is the senior pastor of Brentwood Baptist church in Brentwood, Tennessee. He is a graduate of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, and received a Master of Divinity and Doctorate of Ministry from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.

MY REVIEW: Ah yes! Is The Gospel of Yes a good book? Yes―yes it is!

Mike Glenn says, "We have missed the most important thing about God. Finding it changes everything." He thinks that what you believe about God affects how you approach life―often in ways you don't realize. "When you live in God's 'yes' you find your identity, your true value, and your unique purpose on earth."

Glenn's book comes high recommended by many high profile people such as: Michael Hyatt, chairman of Thomas Nelson Publishers, Dave Ramsey, New York Times best-selling author and nationally syndicated radio host, Brad Paisley, Grammy Award-winning record artist, Matt Batterson, author, and many others. The forward was written by author and theologian, Scot McKnight.

I agree with Sandra D. Wilson, PhD, seminary professor and author who said, "This is not a 'prosperity gospel, name-it-claim-it' book. This is a 'glorious God, love him and praise Him' book. All Christ-followers will be challenged and encouraged by it. Mike Glenn provides a solid biblical foundation for building authentic relationships with God, with others, and with ourselves."

(I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.)


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

14 New Behaviors That Will Energize Your Life
By Joyce Meyer

OVERVIEW: In this book, Joyce Meyer starts by examing the nature of habits. The first habit―and most important one to have―is the God Habit. By making it a habit to start your day by reading the Bible and communing with God, asking for His help in your efforts and His strength and sustenance, the stage is set for overcoming the habits you want to break and establishing new one in their place. She then explores how to break bad habits by examining the destructive negative behavior patterns.

The author moves on to discuss fourteen good habits and devotes a chapter to each. By the end of the chapter, the reader has a specific roadmap to follow until the behavior has become automatic (the definition of a habit). It's like following a GPS to get you to a new place. After traveling the same route several times, the GPs isn't needed for you to find your destination. The "habit" of following the right route is ingrained.

In 1985, Meyer founded her own ministry, initially called "Life in the Word". She began airing her radio show on six other stations from Chicago to Kansas City.In 1993, her husband Dave suggested that they start a television ministry. Initially airing on superstation WGN-TV in Chicago and BET, her program, now called Enjoying Everyday Life, is still on the air today.In 2005, Time magazine's "25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America" ranked Meyer as 17th. Meyer is a number one New York Times bestselling author. She is the author of many books.

MY REVIEW: I have not been a big fan of Joyce Meyer but I have always found her to be interesting and even exciting. She has a lot of common sense, energy, and passion for everything she does. I like these qualities in a person and wanted to see what she had to say about habits.

I wasn't disappointed! Meyer writes with a style that is easy to read and easy to understand. As I said earlier, she has a lot of common sense and therefore what she says about breaking bad habits makes sense. She writes about fourteen new behaviors that will energize your life and I believe, if followed, they will. I especially liked what she wrote about: The Habit of Being Responsible, The Hurry Habit, The Confidence Habit and The Habit of Adding Value to Others.

Will this book energize your life? I don't know. I really don't. Just reading it won't do it. But I do believe that if you read this book with an open mind and then give what she teaches a try―it will work.