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This is a book to buy for any young person you know, a book to share with your friends and family. For kids who need a leg up, who need help in helping themselves with their future, this is the perfect gift.
The author has done a great job sharing his expertise. He gives kids and young adults the keys to success, what could be better. Read and share this important book. The Key Class will make a difference.
John J. Daly Jr.spent decades runing a successful events planning company, working with such clients as MasterCard, CBS, Gillette, Oprah Winfrey, Frank Sinatra and even the Smithsonian Institution. He channeled his years of experience in the business world into a course presented to at-risk teens through Santa Barbara County's Teen Court. He also writes a blog on business etiquette. His book THE KEY CLASS: THE KEYS TO JOB SEARCH SUCCESS is a compilation of those blog posts.
Though geared toward young people just entering the work world, Daly's friendly advice applies anyone looking for employment or interested in making the most of their current position. He begins by presenting the basic fact that good manners is about respect--respect for yourself and for other people. Demonstrating respect is the foundation of success in any life endeavor.
Daly uses fun, concrete examples of how a job applicant can make a fabulous first impression, prepare for an interview, build a professional network and forge a solid career. He also goes out of his way to show how NOT to behave if you want to get ahead. For example, when lunching with a potential employer, it's not a great idea to tear into a lobster and half a bottle of wine, especially if your would-be boss isn't drinking.
Once you have a job, Daly goes into detail about how to make a success of it. How to deal with angry callers and workplace gossips. What to say to "break up" with a client. Where applicable, he brings in guest bloggers, specialists in, say, protocol or public relations, to offer additional insights. All the information is presented in an easy-going, conversational manner with an eye towards interactions that are win-win for everyone involved.
If there is a weakness in the THE KEY CLASS, it has to do with the "sound-bite" nature of blog posts rather than any fault on the author's side. Even though the context or emphasis is different each time, the brief length of the sections makes these repetitions more noticeable than they would have been in a traditional non-fiction book. This does not impact the overall style of THE KEY CLASS or undermine its usefulness.
If I had a child preparing for his or her first job hunt, I would give them this book. It's a great quick reference and would likely save them some bumps and bruises.
"Gwenn", Fresno, CA