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Unique book combines fact and fiction

Teens – and parents alike – will welcome First Job Jitters, a new book by author and career coach Susan K. Maciak. First Job Jitters mixes fact with fiction. While riveted to the story of what happened to a missing 5-year-old, readers will absorb helpful hints from main character Anastasia Adams on how to find a job.

134676-MACI-soft-LSI.inddFirst Job Jitters (books and eBooks) available at and To order in volume for schools, libraries and other non-profit agencies, email your request to , or visit the website:

Fresh out of high school, Anastasia desperately needs a job to pay for college. In the meantime, she takes young adults through the job-seeking process – with plenty of insights on how to choose a college and a career. First Job Jitters combines a young girl’s adventure in landing her first real job with uncanny luck that leads her to help police solve a crime.

Anastasia needs her first real job to realize her dream of leaving small-town Wisconsin for Chicago by fall. She has to find a summer job to pay for her education there. Ana, as she’s known to her friends, provides dozens of details on what to write in a resume, what to say in an interview, who to list as references and how to dress for a career

While anxiously trying to sell herself in an interview and facing her first day on the job, Ana stumbles on clues that help her rescue a spoiled kid from his dim-witted kidnapper. Readers will learn many practical life lessons from Anastasia Adams while they unravel the mystery of a missing neighborhood child with her.

First Job Jitters (books and eBooks) are available now at and To order in volume for schools, libraries and other non-profit agencies, email your request to , or visit the website:

2013 grads need job-seeking savvy

by Susan K. Maciak,

PIC.13.gimp JOB SHOPPING graphic   Any recent  graduates who want more than a minimum-wage  job need to understand the job-seeking process and arm themselves with top-notch self-marketing materials: Resume, Cover Letter, Reference Sheet, Samples of Work Page — and even a portfolio will help.

An easy-to-use workbook called JOB SHOPPING: Don’t Settle for a Job that Sucks! walks young adults through the complete job-seeking process. It includes samples and instructions on how to put together effective self-marketing pieces. For your copy of JOB SHOPPING, go to

Hot jobs! by Susan K. Maciak,

Technology is sizzling hot in today’s job market. Demand for software programmers has grown 142 percent in the last year!

Other hot jobs include: web designers, information technologists, electrical engineers, restaurant managers, oil rig workers and — believe it or not — real estate agents.

These jobs are also some of the best paying professions today. It’s all about supply and demand!


Job seekers change direction

by Susan K. Maciak, CAMEO’s lead career consultant

People are on the move again! After a few years of working with desperate job seekers, career coaches now receive more requests for help from people looking for promotions or career changes.

There’s a special art to climbing the career ladder. The steps are far different from simply getting a job. Anyone who thinks they can just pull out the old resume and move forward may be stuck in the same spot for a long time.

Getting ahead in a career is a much different game than just getting a job. From cover letter and resume to interview techniques, everything needs upgrading.  If you know someone who wants to move ahead in their career, tell them to check out our new Promotion Package at



What’s the ‘Next Big Thing?’

Next Big Thing Blog Chain, features authors from U.S., Canada and beyond. All are asked to answer questions about their latest project.

CAMEO’s lead consultant Susan K. Maciak published three career-related or corporate-related non-fiction books: What Are People Skills, Anyway? JOB SHOPPING and The Monster Show. Now, she’s writing fiction for the first time.

 What is your working title of your book?
 First Job Jitters by Susan K. Maciak
Where did the idea come from for the book?
Like the 17-year-old main character of her new book, Maciak worked her way through college. First Job Jitters is based on her own experiences as a young woman on her own after high school. The story includes mystery and romance, but it also provides plenty of tips for entering the job market and surviving obstacles to earning enough money to enroll in college.
What genre does your book fall under?
First Job Jitters falls under fiction for middle school and high school youth.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
The stars of the Twilight series, of course. Beneath the First Job Jitters, there’s a sweet, innocent love story between a young girl and a man she admires. A child snatcher, rather than a pack of werewolves, create the conflict, however.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Anastasia gets her first job, solves a mystery, catches a kidnapper and falls in love — all in one weekend.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Published by Xlibris.
How long did it take to write the first draft of your manuscript?
First Job Jitters was put to paper in 2009. The story was reconsidered, revisited and is under revision for the past four months of 2012 — to be published in 2013.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
The pure and simple love story was inspired by the Twighlight series. The concept of including career planning and job-seeking elements is probably new. Those elements fit into the author’s mission of helping people land a job they’ll love.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
The school-to-work movement of the 1990s highlighted a huge need for career education. School funding shortages and new academic requirements caused those programs to dwindle, so Maciak is filling in the gaps. JOB SHOPPING, her first book  walks high school and college students through the entire employment process. Her next book, First Job Jitters, will provide more subtle career planning tips wrapped into an intriguing story to attract a larger audience of readers.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
The notion that a 17-year-old can help solve a crime was extremely appealing to high school students who test-piloted several readings of First Job Jitters.NOTE: This blog chain will continue next week as more authors post about their latest projects. Let us introduce you, and and

Don’t Ask. Don’t Tell. Don’t Expect a Promotion.

 Stop assuming and speak up if you’d like to be promoted in your company. Confide in a few people above you on the career ladder. Tell them what you’d like your next job title to be. 

If you’ve worked hard and have a good attitude, they will more than likely want to help you advance in your company. If you’ve been a complainer, critic or slacker, though, you’ll have to change your behavior. People who move up the corporate ladder are usually the hard workers with positive attitudes who want the next position badly enough to ask for help in getting there.


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