I love music; all kinds of music. So I titled the chapters and sections of this book as “Albums” and “Tracks.” From newer acts to classic songwriters, I can appreciate a well-crafted tune in so many different genres. Some of my track titles are actual song titles. Here’s a sampling of what you’ll learn in each “album:”

Demo Album: Prepare for the

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”

That was a quote by Abraham Lincoln, who clearly understood the importance of preparation. The tracks in this album focus on the realities that teens with no work experience must face. For years I’ve observed first-timers on the job; I know how and why they often fall short of their boss’s expectations. We’ll start sharpening your own axe here.

Album One: The Process of

I explain to you in great detail what to expect during the application stage– and how to prepare for it. There is a process of elimination that happens long before you’ll ever get to a face-to-face interview with an employer. We’ll try to keep you out of the “No” pile for as long as possible.

Album Two: Survive and Advance

If you’ve made it this far in the process, you’re doing OK. But now the hurdles get higher. I need more information before I invest much time in you. My email and phone screening techniques aim to ferret out more weak candidates and reduce the chances of me wasting my time talking to someone who is not going to be a good fit for my business. (Ouch.)

Album Three: Finally Face-to-Face

The actual in-person interview is often the last step of the hiring process before an offer is made. Most candidates never make it this far. But if you do, I’ll help you pass this “chemistry test” and give you a heads-up on what kinds of questions a decision maker might ask you. For the best chance at getting the job, you need to be able to answer all of them.

Bonus Tracks

I offer some final words of encouragement to parents, teachers and teens at the end of the book.


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