Career Wonders and Blunders

If I Knew Then, What I Know Now: A Practical Guide for Graduates and a Refresher for All Others

Non-Fiction - Business/Finance
330 Pages
Reviewed on 07/12/2013
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Author Biography

Born and raised in Jamaica, West Indies, Claudia Samuels Newton immigrated to the United States in June 1985. Since then she has held a variety of staff and management positions for small businesses as well as corporate giants. Claudia launched her online business Candees Resume Service in Newark, New Jersey in 1991. With extensive experience in supervision, hiring, interviewing, and personnel management, after moving to Columbia, SC in 2002, she continued her career services assisting individuals nationwide to advance their careers, with her business Rewarding Resume Services.

Claudia has made guest appearances on media outlets including WLTX TV, Columbia, SC to share her career services expertise. She has also been frequently invited to host career sessions for local universities, institutions and state agencies. She serves as an adjunct professor in Communications at the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Phoenix, her alma mater, and as a freelance writer and frequent contributor to various online publications.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Martina Svyantek for Readers' Favorite

One of the greatest concerns for a new college graduate is getting a job. And after they get that job, they then worry about keeping it. After having read Career Wonders and Blunders: If I Knew Then, What I Know Now: A Practical Guide for Graduates and a Refresher for All Others, I believe that it is easy to say that Ms. Claudia A. Samuels Newton knows what she is writing about in this book! Career Wonder is honest and open about what works, and what doesn’t, after you leave the classroom behind.

Written for everyone, but maybe especially for those students who did not have a lot of job experience before or during college, Career Wonders offers up the experiences of different characters as guides to what is or is not appropriate in the workplace. Though most of the so called “essential blunders” are things that I would have hoped that my fellow students would have picked up on their own, such as “Do not sleep on the job” mimicking “Do not sleep in class,” I do believe that there is valuable insight to be gained from Ms. Newton’s words.

I highly enjoyed reading this book. I was very lucky to be able to move through college while working and getting some on-the-job experience working in office settings and working with students. For those who are unfamiliar with doing things like turning reports into the boss on time, interacting with co-workers, and dressing for success. This book acts as an essential guide for navigating those crucial weeks on the job while making an impression that can last for an entire career.

Anthony G. Atkinson

Makes for an exciting read. A guide not just for persons that are new to the job market but also a guide to avoiding missteps in a competitive job market.