Monday, February 8, 2016

Avoiding the Work by E. Marie Review

Avoiding the Work
A Young Woman’s Guide to Succeeding at a First Job
CHICAGO, Illinois, -- They can come in all colors, shapes and sizes. Dodgeballs are hard-hitting, nerve-racking and sometimes life changing events that can occur on the job. Emerald Betts, a business professional, and under the pen name E. Marie, releases a guide for employees on how to duck, dip or dive to avoid dodgeballs in her new book, Avoiding the Dodgeballs…At Work, A Young Woman’s Guide to Succeeding at a First Job.
After working 25 years in various industries, supervising and mentoring numerous of young professional men and women, E. Marie was inspired to write a book that prepares entry level employees for the world of work.
This career guidance book addresses a variety of subject matters including: project management, team work, managing your boss, performance evaluations, sexual harassment, difficult coworkers and networking.
It is an easy to read guidance book with two main characters. One of the fictional characters is a female, a recent college graduate, who is preparing to enter the workforce. The other character is the narrator, who gives the new employee straight to the point advice –with a touch of humor- on how to handle or avoid potential work related issues. There are funny scenarios and illustrations scattered throughout the book. An index is included to locate specific subject matter.
E. Marie is hopeful that upon reading her book, readers will get a heads-up on what to expect during the first year of employment while obtaining some tips on how to avoid first job “hiccups” and smoothly move up the ladder.
About the book:
Avoiding the Dodgeballs…At Work, A Young Woman’s Guide to Succeeding at a First Job by E. Marie
ISBN: 9781484033951
Publisher: CreateSpace
Date of publish: October 2014
Pages: 206
S.R.P.: $14.95
About the Author:
Emerald Betts is a business professional who has worked in various industries, including large and small corporations and non-profits. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Accounting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Science Degree in Communications from Northwestern University. As a person who loves to read and listen to talk radio, Emerald enjoys mentoring young people of all ages. When not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and attending grandson Jalen’s baseball games. Mrs. Betts resides in Chicago, Illinois.
My Review:
This is a great book for women in their work life. It gives great examples in an easy to read format. There are also great questions, answers, charts and other figures to help the reader understand. I really enjoyed the part about the biker going to an interview! I also read the part about co-workers with a lot of attention. I am giving this book a 4/5. I was given a copy to review, however all opinions are my own. 

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