Is Kindle a Newspaper Savior? asked on CNET Friday, May 8 2009 

Caroline McCarthy

Caroline McCarthy

CNET news staff writer Caroline McCarthy poses this question and gives insightful opinions on this topic. Kindle and competing e-readers force this question and others, which both creators and consumers of media world wide will be answering for themselves in the coming years.

At one time, not long ago, having all our music with us on an iPod seemed like fantasy world stuff. Now we don’t know what to do with all our old CDs.

A battle has been brewing between Amazon and Google over who wins in the next step of a changing business model for the way we distribute and consume news, periodicals and textbooks—a fairly encompassing market, no?

Read Caroline’s article on the state of the e-reader and please post your thoughts here.

Ready? Set? Read!

>Is Kindle a Newspaper Savior? <


Another Book You Might Like Tuesday, May 5 2009 

book-job-search-solution> The Job Search Solution: The Ultimate System for Finding a Great Job Now! < by Tony Beshara was mentioned on a program I watched today. The book, and the author, received high praise. I’ve linked the book title in this post to Amazon, where you can find additional information.

The book is available in paperback on Amazon (as I write this) for $9.72 (paperback, used.) Some of the readers’ reviews give also give helpful information about using the book successfully on their own career transitions and job searches.

Of course, you can also get the book from the public library; request it, if they don’t yet own a copy.

Tony Beshara

Tony Beshara

The author, > Tony Beshera <, also has a Web site that I’ve linked here. A copy/paste from it says,

Tony is recognized as the #1 recruiter in America by the industry’s leading journal, The Fordyce Letter. Since 1973, he has placed more than 6,500 people on a one-on-one basis, in more than 100 different job categories. His candidates have accepted positions earning minimum wage and salaries up to more than a million dollars a year. Tony has directly worked with more than 24,000 hiring authorities, at 21,000 different hiring organizations. The system he has developed has helped more than 100,000 people find jobs.

If anyone reading this post has used this system or read the book, please post your comment. Thanks!

“Kindness is a great way to cope with difficult times.” Sunday, Mar 8 2009 



This was the title of an article in the St. Louis Business Journal (February 27 issue) by Anna Navarro. If you are a regular reader of the “Biz Journal,” you have seen her column and know that she is the owner of a local firm called Work Transitions, is a nationawide career consultant and is internationally respected for her insights on the workplace. The subtitle to the article is, “Job hunting is all about building good relationships.”

anna_about1I got behind on my reading the last few weeks, and I took a day yesterday to get caught up when I came across Anna’s “Kindness” article. It’s good advice, and I think everyone here is thinking the same way Anna is thinking. I’ll link her article here for you.

> Anna Navarro’s article in the St. Louis Business Journal on February 27, 2009 <

I’d be interested to know if anyone has worked with Anna or any other career coach.

I have worked with one, myself. Her name is Dory Hollander, Ph.D. Her company, Wise Workplaces, is based in the Washington, D.C., region (Alexandria, Va.), and she keeps an office in Clayton, Missouri, for local clients here. Her roots to St. Louis go back to the founding of a Psychology department at Webster (College) University, where she was instrumental in that development of that program there. hollander_with-text-copy2

Dory is currently on a hiatus, but I can highly recommend her first-hand when she begins accepting new clients again. She has been on 20/20, in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, USA Today and other national media. She also has a book called The Doom Loop System, about keeping your career on an upward swing, which you can find on Amazon.

Here are links to Anna Navarro’s Work Transitions Web site, Dory Hollander’s Web site, and to her book on Amazon.

> Anna Navarro | Work Transitions <

> Dory Hollander | Wise Workplaces <

> Doom Loop System on <

These are two excellent resouces for career coaching and professional development. If you find yourself in a position that’s being eliminated are able to negotiate a severance package to include money for this kind of thing, do it. If not, see if you can budget for a few sessions. If that’s out of the questions, don’t rule out offering to trade in-kind services in your area of specialty with the coach for a couple of sessions. If you are in a stable position and want to discover how to become more valuable as an employee, a career coach is the way to go.

If any of the readers here have had experience with a coach you can recommend (including either of those mentioned here), please post your info to share with all of us!