Careering: The Pocket Guide to Exploring Your Future Career
by Tamara S. Raymond
Morgan James Publishing

"...two kinds of jobs: with one type, you are there just to make money; with the other,... career building. But... you can learn valuable skills at either."

In the preface, the author states her goal is to bring fun, exploration, and adventure into career building. Usually, this process is considered to be about responsibility and accountability. To accomplish her unique purpose, Raymond has tucked this shirt-pocket-sized guide full of hints, steps, and simple guidelines to help readers focus on finding a career.

Chapter topics lead the reader through a series of simplified steps that start where one is right now (student, part-time worker, or someone in the mid-life change). Each brief chapter becomes the next step as readers follow the guidelines for networking, applying, and interviewing. For example, applications often ask for a reference. Raymond says it is alright to list a relative for whom a person has worked. She also advises that one not be offended if someone refuses. After all, it's better to know ahead of time so someone else can be asked. Once congratulations are due, then Raymond suggests that readers capture short insights about their career hunting adventure in a journal. She offers insightful questions to answer, such as describing the first day, finding someone who can be a mentor, and identifying what may prove to be the most challenging aspects of the job.

The answer to how such a small book can pack a punch powerful enough to possibly change a person's future rests in the author's obvious enthusiasm for her topic. Raymond is a certified leadership coach who really cares about young people, especially those making their first foray into the business world as employees. Readers can rest assured that the book is not a long list of extracurricular activities and chores one must add to an already busy life. Raymond is behind each reader intent on building a career all the way.

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