The struggling economy has sparked new interest in finding ways to save without scrimping on lifestyle, and to use all available tools to find work. It has also awakened some teens — and even more parents — to the importance of building skills to craft a flexible career.
Three new titles offer guidance for tackling all of these topics.
If you want to learn the best ways to spend less without sacrifice, “Be Thrifty: How to Live Better with Less” offers lessons for even the most practiced at frugality. If you’re looking for a job, or thinking about looking, you can learn how to put social networking to work for you with “The Twitter Job Search Guide.” And if you know teenagers who are stumped on what to do in the future, “What Color is Your Parachute? For Teens” can help them get started on how to have a satisfying career.
Here’s a look at the new titles:
TITLE: “Be Thrifty: How to Live Better with Less”
EDITORS: Pia Catton and Califia Suntree
PRICE: $14.99 (paperback)
SUMMARY: Among the thrifty tidbits you’ll learn from this book: Even Queen Elizabeth II insists on turning off the lights in Buckingham Palace’s unused rooms to save electricity costs.
Editors Pia Catton and Califia Suntree have compiled a reader-friendly book chock full of stories and advice for the frugal and wanna-be frugal. Using a mixture of interviews, historical facts and step-by-step projects and recipes, they challenge readers to calculate the true costs of spending and the best ways to tailor thrifty principles to their lives.
The book attempts to cover nearly every aspect of spending. Home maintenance, cooking, pet, child and personal care and entertainment are all discussed. Some of the tips are tried and true — like the page that makes an argument for brown-bagging lunch. But there are also surprises, like the lists of dogs that are likely to require more expensive care, and ways to use what’s in your medicine cabinet to keep away garden pests. Even hardcore cheapsters are likely to discover some useful suggestions.
QUOTE: “The noun thrift originated from the verb thrive, and since it’s earliest usage more than 600 years ago … thrive has meant ‘to grow or flourish, with a clear sense of prosperity.’ Thriving, which suggests hearty and healthy living, is a challenge and a skill.”
— Eileen AJ Connelly
TITLE: The Twitter Job Search Guide
AUTHORS: Susan Britton Whitcomb, Chandlee Bryan, Deb Dib
PRICE: $14.95 (paperback)
SUMMARY: A career coach, a job search expert and best-selling author teamed up for this guide to job searching via Twitter. They tell readers how to incorporate Twitter into their daily life in a way that can help advance their professional goals. If you’re new to Twitter, the book can serve as a primer on how to get started and what to expect. The book also gets into significant detail, however, for more advanced users who want to master social networking.
Even if you’re not searching for a job currently, the book offers insight into how recruiters, hiring managers and career experts use the tool. For active job seekers, it offers specifics for how to brand yourself to get noticed, how to write an effective biography in less than 160 words and how to tweet a resume and cover letter.
QUOTE: “Employers and recruiters are turning to search engines more and more frequently to find candidates, especially in a down economy. Why? It’s free, it’s fast, and it’s easy…. One recruiter we interviewed for this book mentioned dropping his $6,000-per-year subscription to a major job board in favor of using free or low-cost vehicles such as Twitter and LinkedIn.”
PUBLISHER: Jist Works
— David Pitt
TITLE: What Color Is Your Parachute? For Teens
AUTHORS: Carol Christen and Richard N. Bolles
PRICE: $15.99 (paperback)
SUMMARY: You won’t generally find “How to choose a career” among high school or college classes. Young people still have to figure it out on their own. This updated career guide for teenagers, a spinoff of the original “What Color Is Your Parachute?”, seeks to fill that gap in an easy-to-digest way.
The authors say it typically takes about 10 years to get from having “no clue” about a career to a detailed plan to being employed, meaning it’s a good idea to start at about age 15. After a nod and a wink to a generation not known for its love of the printed word — “We know you don’t really want to read a book” — they go on to present useful information in readable chunks.
A series of exercises teach how to identify favorite interests, skills and goals and translate them to career options. Separate chapters provide tips on how to get the most out of high school and college, and how to search for your dream job. New chapters detail how to use social media in a job search and how to track emerging career trends. And for list-lovers — and who isn’t one? — there are the top 10 mistakes job hunters make and how to avoid them, the top 20 green job titles, career resources, and more.
QUOTE: “Jobs are like clothing; you have to try on a lot of them before you begin to find your style and outfits that fit you well. And, like the world of fashion, the job market is constantly changing. Some jobs that were in ‘fashion’ a decade ago may not even exist today.”
PUBLISHER: Ten Speed Press
— Dave Carpenter
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