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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

Get your foot in the door with our job-seeker’s workbook

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JOB SHOPPING: Don’t Settle for a Job that Sucks!

Only $15 (includes postage). To order your job-seeker’s handbook, fill out order form below, mail to us at CAMEO Books, 3031 Green Meadow Drive, Jenison, MI 49428, along with your check or money made out to CAMEO LLC for each book you order.

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Your JOB SHOPPING workbook will be mailed to you on receipt of payment.    Follow each step in your new Job Shopper’s workbook to find the best job for you.

Drowning in Job-loss Woes?

Don't drown in job-loss sorrows. Regroup and move on with a CAMEO career analysis via

Don’t drown in job-loss sorrows. Regroup and move on. Find another job that capitalizes on your skills, abilities, talents and experience. Go through  a CAMEO career analysis and get started on a new job search. Go to  Our consultants will analyze your career potential and suggest 20 or more job titles you should consider.

Training builds better companies


How do employees know what to do unless someone tells them? Too often, an eager young worker starts a job — and is never trained to do it. After a few months, the manager wonders why he is not catching on. The employee is frustrated, the manager is concerned and the company is losing business.

CAMEO Consulting offers more than 30 Do-It-Yourself Powerpoint programs in topics ranging from customer service to communications and creative thinking for the staff of any business or agency. Fall prices are just $29 each.

To order and download your self-training or staff training programs, go to and click on Training Programs for details.

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.


Job market turns corner

After almost four straight years working with clients desperately seeking work of any kind, a corner is turned in the job market. According to consultants at CAMEO Career & Corporate Consulting LLC more clients are again seeking better jobs, promotions, raises and career changes. This is good news for anyone still unemployed. More jobs will open as employees start climbing up the ladder again instead of just hanging onto their current jobs for dear life. 

Ask a consultant

Welcome to CAMEO Consulting Tips. Follow this blog for cutting-edge advice in corporate training topics and career advancement by CAMEO’s lead consultant Susan K. Maciak. See our website to access our blog and find out more about our online and onsite consulting services.

Happy blogging! by Susan K. Maciak

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