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    What to Do When You Are Fired or Laid Off A Complete Guide to the Benefits and Legal Rights You Need to Know to Get Back on Your Feet

    ISBN #: 9781601382870


    $15.95

    In the last five years, more than a million jobs have been lost in the United States, many of them due to the closure of plants, factories, or downsizing in shrinking companies. Millions more people have lost their jobs due to being fired, restructuring, or mergers in major corporations. Many thousands more are expected to lose their jobs in the year to come and that leads many to wonder what rights and benefits they have to help them recuperate and get back on their feet. This comprehensive guide to the laws and benefits provided to those individuals who have lost their jobs, for whatever reason, will help you discover exactly what you can do to ensure you have the resources you need to salvage your life and your career after losing a job.

    A complete listing of the requirements your employer is bound to and the legal implications of your particular situation will be provided in multiple chapters broken down to reflect the various situations in which you lost your job. If you were laid off due to a factory closing, you will be given advice on how much of your retirement benefits you are entitled to, how much notice your employer is legally required to provide you (as per the WARN act), and what you can do in the final 60 days to shore up future employment. If your company downsizes, you will be given detailed descriptions of the laws that apply to your workplace according to where you work and how long you have worked there.

    You will learn what opportunities the federal government provides to those who have lost their jobs, including unemployment benefits and welfare coverage. You will also learn about how you can take advantage of additional workforce training to further your technical skills. You will learn how to handle your taxes while unemployed. You will learn how to know if your firing was legal and if you have a legal basis to reproach your company for laying you off. If you were unfairly terminated, you will be shown how you can approach an attorney and what you need to provide to win your case.

    Finally, you will be shown which resources and tools are available to help you get back on your feet, finding a new job that utilizes your skills and training. You will learn how you can modernize your skill set with additional training, seek out hiring services, and supplement your income between jobs with temporary or parttime opportunities. Hours of expert opinions have been gathered into this book from hiring managers, employment lawyers, and other experts in the field to help you know exactly what rights you have and what you can do to recover. If you have been laid off, fired, or unfairly terminated, this book will provide you with everything you need to minimize the stress and suffering of your situation and get back on your feet in no time.

    How to Change Your Career and Do the Work You Really Love: A Step by Step Plan for Making It Happen
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    How to Change Your Career and Do the Work You Really Love: A Step by Step Plan for Making It Happen

    ISBN #: 9781601382887


    $12.95

    According to a USA Today poll of more than 1,000 working Americans, less than 10 percent of all employees feel that they are prestigious in the jobs they perform. As many as 60 percent of all employees will freely admit they wish they had another job. Few people are happy with their lots in life and yet many of them do not know how to fix the problem. They do not know how to start searching for the perfect job or how to put themselves in the position they always dreamed of. There are many steps involved in quitting and finding a new job. You must know what you want from your career, be able to track it down, and have the resources to do so. This book will provide you with the information you need to do all three things. You will be shown the right mindset to start and succeed in discovering what it is that would make you truly happy in life.

    You will learn how to block out everything in your life and pinpoint what it is you have always wanted to do. A guide of popular careers and their related fields is provided to help you discern where you went wrong in your career, as well as pointed advice on how to methodically start thinking about the right career. Instead of quitting and being left in the cold, you will be shown how to start saving money and preparing the right resources to get a new job.

    Instead of toiling over your job, you will learn what to look for in a career and how to outline how much money you really need to make to survive. You will be provided the top jobhunting resources in the country, along with a complete list for how to weed out bad jobs, with code words and telltale signs revealed that will help you ignore bad job listings. A special chapter is included to help you create the winning resume package, including a topnotch resume, cover letter, and all the fresh information you need if it has been years since the last time you looked for a job.

    Finally, you will learn how you can start working toward turning your life's passions into a viable career. You will learn how to decide if what you love is viable as a business and how to start working for yourself. You will learn the most common mistakes people make when they try to strike out on their own and how you can avoid becoming just another sad story. With a plethora of interviews and conversations with real world professionals who have managed to chuck their job and start living and working the lives they have always wanted, you will learn the ins and outs of finding a career that will make you truly happy, while maintaining your current quality of life. If you feel trapped by your job or the press of your bills, this book will help you break free and finally start working towards a rewarding career in a field you love.

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How to Get the Raise You Want in 90 Days or Less A Step-by-Step Plan for Making It Happen

ISBN #: 9781601382863


$15.95

You work hard every day and you know that your performance merits more money than you are currently making. But the rat race is making it next to impossible to ask for that raise you want. Job growth is slowing, salaries are tightening up, and you feel like you might miss your chance if you do not act soon - do not feel alone. Millions of Americans feel the exact same way and it can be hard to get past your initial hesitance to ask for a raise.

But, it is a more complex process than merely asking for a raise. You must be prepared to approach your boss and company from a multitude of different angles. In this comprehensive guide to overcoming your hesitance and getting the raise you deserve, you will learn exactly how you can step up to the plate and become the employee that no one can ignore, not only earning that raise, but proving to everyone around you that your presence is vital to the success of the company.

In this book, you will learn how to approach the process of getting a raise one step at a time, focusing on what you need to do as an employee to successfully convince your employer that you are worth the money. You will learn how to analyze where you are in your life and career, how you got there, and where you want to end up. A complete outline is provided to detail exactly how salaries are set by employers and how you can work within those parameters, evaluating your own skill set, and deciding if you are truly entitled to a raise or if you need to work a little harder for it.

You will learn how to go about earning your raise by creating a list of what your employer is looking for and methodically checking off each item as you improve your overall work performance to meet their expectations. Learn when and where you can ask for a raise and how to negotiate with a tough boss to convince them that your request is both fair for you and beneficial for them. A special section on the top mistakes you should avoid in negotiating your raise is included to ensure you do not make the same mistakes that have tripped up many before you and an explanation of how employers give and analyze employee evaluations allows you to see inside their head as they try to decide whether your request is worthwhile to them. For any employee grinding their way through work every day, knowing they are worth more money, this step by step guide to asking for a raise is for you.
   
 
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How to Get the Promotion You Want in 90 Days or Less A Step by Step Plan for Making It Happen

ISBN #: 9781601382856


$15.95

Millions of people are unhappy with their current jobs. They either do not feel like they are properly appreciated or feel that they could do much better. A recent USA Today poll found that only one in ten people actually feel important in their job. In actuality, the number may even be lower than that, as it does not take into account people who aspire to being promoted or feel that they could perform better at their current position.

Many people agonize over whether they should and how they can go about landing the promotion that will allow them to feel better about their job and their position in the world. In this groundbreaking book, you will discover not only how to move from desire to action, but how to pass from each step to the next without making any major mistakes. The process of earning and then requesting a promotion can be a complex one, meaning you need the best possible resources at your disposal before you make any decisions or have any conversations.

In this book, you will learn how to start analyzing your own performance at work. Are you as productive as your peers? Do you have a reputation that you must live up to or overcome to be in the right position to request that promotion? What do you need to do to earn the promotion that you know you deserve? These are all vital questions that every employee must be able to ask and find the answers to in order to successfully get that promotion and this book will provide solutions to each and every one of them.

Through hours of interviews with hiring managers and professionals, we have been able to compile a complete guide to everything your employer looks for when deciding whether you deserve a promotion. Learn which traits your boss values highest, what days of the week and times of day are best to ask for a promotion, and when not to approach your boss. Learn how to have the conversation and prepare yourself in terms of job performance before you ask for the raise. Learn what you can do after you receive a promotion to continue your rise to the top, and in a special chapter on the top ten reasons promotions are denied, learn why it is that so many people are rejected. If you are seeking a promotion or the next major step in your career, it is vital that you know what to expect, what your employers look for, and what to avoid doing in order to land that new position. This book guides you through every step of the process and ensures you are ready on day one to pick up your new position and run with it.
   

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The Complete Guide to Joining the Peace Corps What You Need to Know Explained Simply

ISBN #: 9781601382849


$15.95

The Peace Corps, one of the great symbols of relief and assistance in countries around the world, is an opportunity for men and women of all ages to give a small part of their lives in the effort to help those much less fortunate than them. In 2007, the Peace Corps announced its highest volunteer number in 37 years with more than 8,000 volunteers and the Corps continues to grow as more people jump at the chance to help around the world.

Many people want to join and help in the Peace Corps, and more than 160,000 people have, since it was established by President Kennedy in 1961. But, many more wonder what it involves and what they need to know before they can volunteer and sign up for the world famous Peace Corps. This informative book will guide you through the process of not only deciding whether you want to join the Peace Corps, but of showing you everything you will experience and need along the way.

You will learn all of the basic lingo and necessary information needed to start the application process. You will be shown the specific qualifications to join and what you can do to boost your chances of submitting a winning application. Advice for older volunteers as well as those who are married or worried about entering another country as a minority or different sexual orientation is included in a special chapter about preparing for the Peace Corps mentality.

Once you have applied and are ready for your Peace Corps commitment to start, you will learn what you should bring for two years abroad and what kind of training the Peace Corps will provide to you. A full list of the countries you might travel to and the languages you will need to learn are included, alongside the vital medical and safety information that you will need to remain safe during your travels. Learn how to stay in touch with home through the proper channels and how much travel and free time you will be permitted. Social interaction is a vital part of any volunteer commitment and you will learn how and when you can get to know you fellow volunteers and the rules for interaction with the local nationals. Finally, the process of returning to normal life will be hard, but this book will walk you through everything you need to know, including the procedure for coming home early and a full section on how to adjust to your life once more. You will also find information on incorporating your new outlook on life gained from the humbling experience of your travels into the life that you left back at home. For those interested in joining the Peace Corps who feel overwhelmed by everything it represents, this book will take your hand and walk you through every step of the way.
   

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The Complete Guide to Writing Effective Resume Cover Letters: Step-by-Step Instructions With Companion CD-ROM

ISBN #: 9781601382382


$21.95

Your cover letter is what decides if a company looks at your résumé, contacts you for an interview, or gets you placed in the rejection pile. Knowing that, it is important to create a well-written, eye-catching letter that sells your achievements and job skills to impress the recruiter. However, many people are unable to effectively translate their thoughts into words when faced with the task. That is where The Complete Guide to Writing Effective Résumé Cover Letters comes in. With this book you will be able to craft a letter that will undoubtedly land you the interview.

In this new book, you will learn how to address your letter, how to grab the reader's attention immediately, how to format your letter, how to choose the font, how to be professional but persuasive, how to choose the type of paper, and how to target your letter. You will also learn about writing the different kinds of letters, including those in response to a classified advertisement, those in response to a blind advertisement, those sent to employment agencies, cold letters, and broadcast letters; writing style guidelines; what to include in your letter; writing for an online audience; cover letter styles; and common mistakes recruiters abhor.

Additionally, you will find examples of effective and ineffective letters, proven tips for making your letter stand out, sample phrases to use, and letters for new graduates, for professionals, and for those changing careers. Also included are samples specific to job industries, including administration and clerical; accounting; banking and finance, government; health care and social services; hospitality and food service; human resources; law enforcement and legal; manufacturing; sales, marketing, and customer service; skilled trades; technology; and science and engineering.

The companion CD-ROM is packed with samples and worksheets to help you brainstorm and create a successful cover letter. By following the step-by-step instructions outlined in The Complete Guide to Writing Effective Resume Cover Letters you will ensure that your letter will impress the recruiter and that you will be contacted for an interview. In the end you will create a tool that will be of enormous importance to you in your job search.
   

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Returning From the War on Terrorism: What Every Veteran Needs to Know to Receive Your Maximum Benefits

ISBN #: 9781601381507


$9.95

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are approximately 26 million veterans in the United States. As of January 2012, more than 1.6 million U.S. servicemen and women had tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq. When not on active duty, more than 20 percent of these vets do not have health care coverage, and many more are unaware of the hundreds of benefits to which they have access. As a result, many are suffering financial strain during and after deployment.

This is a discouraging statistic because the federal and state governments, as well as private foundations, have scholarships and military discounts available only to veterans. There are billions of dollars in aid available, waiting to be claimed, but the problem is finding and properly applying for these programs. This groundbreaking new book will provide help to those heroic Americans who have answered our government's call to duty. You will find all contact information and Web sites included, making it easy to apply for the benefits you are entitled to, while meeting the requirements of the Department of Veterans Affairs and other organizations and private institutions.

Here is a small sampling of what you will learn about: the GI Bill, scholarships, grants, companies that offer military discounts, GI Bill eligibility, details of VA loans, National Guard GI Bill, benefits after service, veterans' employment, education, and training programs, VA-guaranteed home loan, GI Bill Apprenticeship and OJT Program, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E), Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP), disability compensation, employment and training, frequently asked questions, asking for local discounts, GI Bill education programs, homeless veterans programs, state veteran benefits directory, survivor benefits, VA appeals process, VA benefits explained, VA hospitals and facilities, veteran disability compensation, veterans' health care, veterans' life insurance, veterans' pension programs, vocational rehabilitation, burial and memorial benefits. If you are in the military now, a veteran, or a military family member, you will find this resource invaluable.
   

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How to Write and Design a Professional Resume to Get the Job: Insider Secrets You Need to Know - With Companion CD-ROM

ISBN #: 9781601381347


$21.95

In these tough economic times companies are downsizing, outsourcing, and merging, and job seekers are facing more competition than ever. You need a great resume to stand out from the crowd. Your resume is a platform to detail your achievements and experience. A resume is a "marketing" document, designed to "sell" an employer on why they should contact and ultimately hire you.

You will learn the basic components that must be in your resume,  resume formats, key action words, common  resume myths, what fonts to use, how to stress accomplishments, what information you should never put on a resume, how to write your resume from the employer's perspective, how to write the resume to fit the job, what words to use and what words never to use, techniques to get the interview, the secrets of a great cover letter, how to best describe your experience, how to detail employment gaps, and how to develop a professional resume. You also will learn about paper selection, electronic resume, white space, margins, graphics, and computer software to help layout your resume. If you use all this information, you will give yourself that edge over the competition that you deserve.
   

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The Most Important Questions to Ask on Your Next Job Interview: Insider Secrets You Need to Know

ISBN #: 9781601381330


$9.95

You have brushed up on the tough interview questions. You have covered every area of your resume -including that three month unemployment gap - and you have studied up on the company. But there is one more thing you may not have thought of - some questions you want to ask in your interview. Many prospective employees do not realize, or forget, that the interview process is a two way street.

When the formal interview is over and the interviewer asks if you have any questions, now is the time to distance yourself from the competition. You should be asking questions to determine whether you would be happy in the position or with the company, but you need to ask the right questions. The questions you ask will help show what you can contribute to the organization. They also can help you figure out if you want this job. In this groundbreaking new book you will find over two hundred of the RIGHT kinds of questions to ask. You will be able to stand out from the others competing for the job and gain valuable insight into what working for a company would be like.
   

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How to Run for Political Office and Win Everything You Need to Know to Get Elected

ISBN #: 9781601384089


$15.95

The American Government, including the national, state, and local levels, has more than 400,000 elected and appointed public officials according to a New York Times estimate. That number, more than the number of people who work for most major companies, is a tell-tale sign of just how important the political system is in this country. To become part of it however, and realize your dream of running and being elected to local office, you need to know exactly what will be expected of you, what is going to come up during the campaign, and how much time and energy the process might take out of your life.

This book is written to guide every potential new politician down the path of filing for, gathering support, and running for local office, whether you are a lawman, judge, politician, or concerned parent. You will start by reading a complete list of everything you need to know about the process of running for office, from the rules that govern your conduct, to the timeline you can expect to start living. You will learn how to organize you resources and start hiring campaign staff. You will learn how to start creating a database of donors and individuals who can be called or contacted when drumming up support. You will be walked through the process of dredging up your own past and disclosing everything you can about yourself to offset the potential for negative campaigning by your opponent.

Successful local politicians and campaign staff have been interviewed for this book and have provided detailed information about what you can expect when you start the process of running for office, from the door to door walking to the campaign literature and signs that must be created. You will learn the ins and outs of campaign fundraising and how to acquire the best possible endorsements to your campaign. You will learn what events you should be appearing at and how to start gaining access to television commercial air time. Finally, you will be walked through the phone bank and survey process on the road to the primaries and through the primaries to what you can expect on Election Day. From start to finish, you will learn everything you need to know to effectively run and win your campaign for local office with this book.
   

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How to Write the Perfect Federal Job Resume & Resume Cover Letter: With Companion CD-ROM

ISBN #: 9781601383204


$21.95

According to FederalResumeExperts.com, the format and method of applying for a Federal job with an official resume has changed more than a dozen times in the last twenty years alone. The constant alterations, multiple form options, and sheer importance of getting the application process just right when applying for a Federal position can be a horribly tense situation for any freshly anointed job seeker. Understanding how to write the ideal resume and cover letter when approaching a federal opening can be the difference between you and the hundreds or even thousands of additional applicants pushing for the same position.

This book was written for every new job seeker who is striving to land a federal job but does not yet have the necessary tools or knowledge needed to put together the perfect resume and cover letter. You will learn in this book the difference between the major forms, including the 612 and 171 and how they are used for different job types including everything from aviator and warrant officer to teacher, police officer, and office manager. Former members of the military are given specific details on how they can fill out these highly important forms as well. You will learn how you can start writing a resume that will effectively catch the attention of a federal hiring manager, whether it be in a military position or an office administration role.

Dozens of top hiring experts have been interviewed and their responses compiled here to show how anyone can effectively fill out the necessary forms and write a resume for a federal government job, whether it be the GS 1431 for Building Managers or the GS 0344-12 for Computer Scientists or even US Postal Service applications and resumes. If you are considering or are being considered for a job in the federal government, you owe it to yourself to read this book today and learn more about how you can effectively write and submit your resume and cover letter today.
   

501+ GREAT INTERVIEW QUESTIONS FOR EMPLOYERS AND THE BEST ANSWERS FOR PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYEES
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501+ Great Interview Questions for Employers and the best Answers for Prospective Employees

ISBN #: 9780910627504


$24.95

For anyone who hires employees this is a must have book. It is also essential for anyone searching for a new job. This new book contains a wide variety of carefully worded questions that will help make the employee search easier. These questions can help you determine a candidate's personality type, the type of work he or she is best suited for, and if the person will mesh with your existing employees and workplace.

Once you learn the right questions to ask, you'll get the best employees. For the prospective employee-learn how to sell yourself and get the job you want!

   
The Complete Guide to Working for Yourself
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The Complete Guide to Working for Yourself: Everything the Self-Employed Need to Know about Taxes, Recordkeeping, and Other Laws—With Companion CD-ROM

ISBN #: 9781601380487


$19.95

Many people dream of starting and running a business of their own but often do not know HOW to start. Entering the small business field as an independent contractor, freelancer, sole proprietor, or consultant is not a single decision but a series of steps, each one bringing you closer to the day your enterprise is up and running, competing for customers, and making money.

How will you organize and register your business? What are the regulatory considerations? How will you protect your intellectual property? Is your business plan adequate? Where can you find financing? What are your obligations as an employer? Do you understand your tax responsibilities? This brand new book includes the most current tax rates and changes in IRS regulations such as, "Is it a business or a hobby?"

You will learn all about business operations: selecting a business structure, licensing and permits, employer identification number (EIN), business taxes, recordkeeping, self-employment taxes, paying estimated taxes (and calculating how much to pay), dealing with independent contractors and 1099-miscellaneous forms, client agreements, insurance, workers' compensation insurance, rights and intellectual property law, accounting periods, selecting an accounting method, checklist for starting a business plan, choosing a name, business plans, forms of business structures, financing, location, marketing and advertising,

In addition, new entrepreneurs will appreciate this valuable resource and reference in their daily activities and as a source of ready-to-use forms, Web sites, operating and cost cutting ideas, and mathematical formulas to apply to their operations.

The Companion CD-ROM contains all the forms in the book as well as a sample business plan you can adapt for your own use.
 

The Complete Guide to Veterans' Benefits: Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply
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The Complete Guide to Veterans' Benefits: Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply

ISBN #: 9781601387028


$14.95

Retiring or being discharged from the military is one of the most trying times for service members. You must leave your military life and training to venture once more into the civilian life, transition into a civilian career, and navigate the waters of life without the military. But the good news is, you don't have to do it alone. As a veteran of the U.S. military, you are entitled to multiple benefits including health care, loans, and many other aids for all aspects of your life. The Complete Guide to Veterans' Benefits will help you discover and apply for every benefit you are eligible to receive.

As of 2010, there were approximately 21.8 million veterans in the United States., according to the U.S. Census Bureau. When not on duty, 20 percent of these veterans do not have health coverage. This book will help you discover all you could be receiving for your dedicated service to this country. Author Bruce C. Brown provides all the details you need to know in order to receive your maximum benefits.

Still serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, Brown understands what it takes to be in the military and knows the difficulties of navigating all of the government programs and policies. That's why he has gathered everything you need to know here, in one great resource. Topics included are: health care, disability compensation, The Post-9/11 GI Bill, scholarships, grants, military discounts, VA loans, vocational rehabilitation and employment, hospitals and facilities, and much more.

Take the next step for yourself and your family's future by finding out what veterans' benefits you qualify for, and apply for them today using this book as your guide. Thank you for your service.
   

How to Write Successful Letters of Recommendation: 10 Easy Steps for Reference Letters that Your Employees, Colleagues, Students & Friends Will Appreciate - with Companion CD-ROM
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How to Write Successful Letters of Recommendation: 10 Easy Steps for Reference Letters that Your Employees, Colleagues, Students & Friends Will Appreciate - with Companion CD-ROM

ISBN #: 9781601386120


$29.95

Letters of recommendation are a part of every standard school or job application. As an employer, professor, colleague, peer, or friend, chances are that at one point or another, you will be asked to put a person on paper - and every word counts.

How to Write Successful Letters of Recommendation is your one-stop source for painting the perfect picture in just one short letter. You will learn everything you need to know about writing the perfect letter of recommendation that will get your friend, colleague, or student accepted or hired. The most effective letters of recommendation are accurate, succinct, descriptive, and powerful, and include realistic evaluations of performance and capability. With ideas about how to start your letter and topics to include, this complete guide will teach you how to do just that, as you construct the perfect letter from start to finish.

Outlined in ten easy steps, this complete guide gives you the tools you need to write reference letters that your employees, colleagues, students, and friends will appreciate. This book is filled with tips and tricks for personalizing the letter and making your friend, student, employee, or coworker shine. With a word bank of powerful phrases and descriptive words, you'll have everything you need to make your letter stand out at your fingertips. Sample letters of recommendation are also included, along with explanations of why each one is effective and tips for replicating these letters in just minutes.

You will learn about the different types of recommendation letters, from employment to academic to volunteer, and how to direct your letter to the appropriate audience. You'll even learn what to do if someone you haven't worked with closely asks you to be a reference, or how to deal with being asked for hundreds of recommendations at once. This exhaustively researched book will even teach you how to politely avoid writing letters for those people you aren't quite comfortable recommending. The Companion CD-ROM is filled with templates, examples, word banks, and worksheets, so that you can easily learn to verify experience, confirm competence, build credibility, and bolster confidence with just a simple letter.

A recommendation is more than just a letter; it's often make-or-break in a candidate's application for school, volunteering, or employment. With the step-by-step instructions and writing guidelines in this book, you will learn how to write introductions; opening statements; the body, including a well-written, vivid assessment of character and work ethic; and a strong conclusion. This new book will also teach you how to appropriately sign your letter, and will provide you with tips of re-reading and editing it to make sure you gave an effective recommendation. We spent hundreds of hours interviewing high school teachers, college professors, employers, and more who have nailed the art of composing effective communications. With How to Write Successful Letters of Recommendation, your employees, colleagues, students, and friends will see you as their go-to source to helping them succeed in their next big venture.
  

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The Inventor's Complete Handbook How to Develop, Patent, and Commercialize Your Ideas

ISBN #: 9781620230183


$19.95

With 50 years of experience as an inventor and close to 60 U.S. patents, Dr. James L. Cairns shares his vast know-how to help you come up with, develop and benefit from your ideas. This book takes you through the entire inventing process starting with a sound idea. It directs you through the uses of visualization and the importance of planning for all contingencies before ever investing capital. Cairns also demonstrates how to protect your creation by filing a patent. All the information about this multi-faceted process, from design patents to international patents, is laid out in an easy-to-follow format rigorously proofing by several lawyers.