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This blog and its resources are here to assist all students throughout their college years and into their careers. Blog is moderated by a Certified Professional Career Coach and Master Tutor Trainer. Site moderator, Neil O'Donnell, is an EOP graduate of Buffalo State College and can be reached at odonnenp@buffalostate.edu.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

RRBC Back to SChool Blog Block Party


* Prize for this stop on Blog Party: One person will receive a $10.00 Amazon giftcard.

Happy Summer, Readers! Yes, I have joined up with a group of amazing authors to help showcase our collective works. While I write fiction and Non-fiction, it is the latter I wish to focus on in this post. Specifically,THE CAREER-MINDED STUDENT and RESUME ESSENTIALS: DO'S, DON'TS, AND IT DEPENDS . 

THE CAREER-MINDED is a practical college success guide that breaks down, step by step, what college students should do each year as undergrads to best prepare for jobs IMMEDIATELY after graduation. The book includes study skills advice, but it includes a significant amount of advisement on how to build up career-relevant experience PRIOR to graduating (I used this advice and was able to beat out Ph. D's for positions (when I had only a Bachelor's, but a good amount of experience attained through relevant jobs the summers after my Sophomore, Junior and Senior years  - none of those jobs were internships AND all of them paid well). This book was written to stop the cycle of college graduates having a degree and no experience other than one or two internships. FYI - I never had an internship - I found full-time summer jobs, which made a bigger (better) impact on my job search after graduation.

As for my second new book, RESUME ESSENTIALS, was written to provide job seekers with a straightforward guide to writing eye-catching resumes and cover letters (with 20 sample resumes included covering fields such as biology, journalism, fine arts, trades, computer science, business management, and even high school graduates). Why did I write this book? I found students were paying so called "professionals" over a hundred dollars for a resume, and the resumes they received were crap. MY STUDENTS DON'T HAVE $100 TO SPEND WITHOUT MAKING GREAT SACRIFICES! I kept this book short, sweet and inexpensive to give new graduates and career professionals a way to develop a resume when they can't afford to hire a resume writer. For the record, I am a nationally certified career coach and resume writer (CCPC) and a longtime college career & academic advisor.

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  1. Good morning, Neill! You certainly have something different to offer today and I'm sure there might be some new graduates out there who would definitely appreciate getting professional help when trying to enter the job seekers' market at a reasonable fee. I wish you every success with this noteworthy venture. Kind regards.

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    1. Thank you Maretha! If you know any student who could use a copy, let me know and I will gladly email you a free pdf

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  2. Hi
    These are books I would have loved to have read while I was in school. Sounds like you have a lot of good ideas! Great post, thanks!

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    1. Good morning, D.L. If you need resume assistance or know a student who could use one of my books, let me know and I will send you a free PDF copy

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  3. Love your post! I'm so glad you're a part of the tour this year. Enjoy your day at the party.😁

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    1. Thanks Rhani! If you know someone who could use either book, let me know and I will be happy to send you a free pdf copy.

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    1. It definitely was needed, which promted me to put this together. If you know a student who could use a copy, let me know and I can send you a free pdf copy.

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  5. We have so many new faces at this year's "Back to School Party" I've stopped counting. You are welcome Neil, and I like the topics of your books. :) Enjoy your party today.

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    1. Everyone is up early! Let me know if you know a student who could use a copy of the book and I will gladly email you a free pdf.

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  6. Hi Neil, it's great to get to know more about you and your books. I hope you have a great time on your tour today :)

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    1. Thanks Harmony! Let me know if you know a student who could use a copy of the book and I will gladly email you a free pdf.

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  7. Hi Neil. Sounds like your books will be a great help to graduates. Have a great day at the party!

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    1. I hope they help. My students get all this advice so I figured others should as well. Let me know if you know a student who could use a copy of the book and I will gladly email you a free pdf.

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  8. I wish these books had been around when I was in college. :)

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    1. Me too! Let me know if you know a student who could use a copy of the book and I will gladly email you a free pdf.

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    2. A friend of mine has two daughters. One just graduated, and the other will graduate next year. I'd love a copy to send to them. Thank you. :)

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  9. Hi Neil, your books address a real need - especially for graduating students. Excellent! So happy to meet you through RRBC and this amazing Party!

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    1. It would actually best if they had the book in high school to prep, but at least the info is out there. Let me know if you know a student who could use a copy of the book and I will gladly email you a free pdf.

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  10. These are fantastic! I spent the last 20 years teaching high school students and trying to get them prepared for life beyond our walls. lol! Although I am now teaching middle school, I still have my former students on Edmodo and some follow me on Twitter, so I just shared your blog. Thanks for sharing this with us! :-)

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    1. Thank you! This book is a good thing for high school seniors to assist them in prep for college. Let me know if you know a student who could use a copy of the book and I will gladly email you a free pdf.

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  11. It's refreshing to see something different along the tour route. Our club is certainly diverse, and these sound like some helpful books.

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    1. Now though I have to get to my fiction, or my publisher will not be happy :) Let me know if you know a student who could use a copy of the book and I will gladly email you a free pdf.

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  12. Awesome info! Thank you for sharing

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  13. Awesome info! Thank you for sharing

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  14. Non-Fiction has always been fascinating and interesting for me and I hope it's worked out really well for you! Great post and good luck! I hope you've enjoyed your stop today!

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    1. I prefer writing fiction, but I did this book and my resume books so people other than my students got the info. Let me know if you know a student who could use a copy of the book and I will gladly email you a free pdf.

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  15. Your books are a great service. I interview lots of job candidates and so many of them would benefit from this type of coaching and information. Great job.

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    1. It's info that is definitely needed. Let me know if you know a student who could use a copy of the book and I will gladly email you a free pdf.

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  16. Great blog post. Your books look really useful and informative. Have a fabulous blog party today.

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    1. Thanks Lizzie! Let me know if you know a student who could use a copy of the book and I will gladly email you a free pdf.

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  17. My first book was non-fiction as well. I love that you set out to helping those in college.

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    1. I am grateful my publishers have been so incredibly supportive. Now I have to get back to the fantasy series. Let me know if you know a student who could use a copy of the book and I will gladly email you a free pdf.

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  18. I shared this post to Twitter.

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  19. As a parent who has a child just starting college, this was a timely and informative post. Thanks for tackling this horribly frustrating subject.

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  20. Good morning, Neil. So nice to meet you here at the #RRBC back to school blog and book party. I am sure many find your books helpful in maneuvering the maze of school and job hunting. Enjoy your day!

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  21. Different and refreshing stop along the tour...hope you have a great day and get lots of exposure!
    Robert Kimbrell

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  22. This sounds like a helpful book. My daughter went the experience route as well and is now a Senior Risk Analyst at a large investment firm (Tender age as well) Best wishes on your party day

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    1. Experience does make a difference! Let me know if you know a student who could use a copy of the book and I will gladly email you a free pdf.

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  23. Hello Neil. What you are offering today is timely and necessary. I will certainly take a look at your books. Its nice to meet you and have a great tour.

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  24. Did you forget to add the buy links to your featured books? I don't see them.

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  25. Neil, these books would be so valuable to the college student and job seeker. Will recommend them to those who would benefit. Thanks for the great post.

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    1. Thank you, Jo Ann! Let me know if you know a student who could use a copy of the book and I will gladly email you a free pdf.

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  26. Your work sounds like it contains some very useful advice, and not just for young people. Nice to see more nonfiction in the club as well!

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  27. It was great to learn a little more about you through your blog post. I love the title of your resume book, "Do's Don'ts and It Depends". There are always shades of grey.

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    1. Thank, Brent! There are definitely more options than people realize. If you want to read a copy, let me know and I will email you a pdf of the book.

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  28. Hi, Neil. What a well prepared post, with informative books. As someone who does hiring on occasion, I often lament the way many job applicants present resumes. I'm sure your books will benefit many! Have a great party day!

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  29. What great books and blog you've created for students! I wish I knew about these when I was helping my god-daughters with their college choices and academics!

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  30. Having taught at the college level for over 30 years, I can attest for how necessary a book like yours is. Good luck with marketing it!

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  31. Great post, Neil! Have a fun day on the Block Party!

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  32. Neil, it's fantastic to see your published work! I worked as a Vocational/Employment Counsellor for many years and know the value of guidance and encouragement. It's wonderful to know your students are receiving the right tools before graduation. And you've taken it a step further to reach others who missed it. Bravo! Thanks for sharing your work with us. Have an awesome party day! :)

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  34. Welcome to RRBC, Neil. Your book is so timely for us. My youngest is just starting her sophomore year of college. I'll definitely tell her about this book.

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  35. Hi, Neil! I'm in Sydney Australia, so whilst your body of work is not relevant to our University system it certainly would be of assistance to those in the USA. Great idea. I do hope the remainder of your day is great.

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  36. Your books most certainly would be valuable to many students and those that are making plans to enter the work field.

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  37. Hi Neil! What a breath of fresh air to have a valuable non-fiction contribution to the party! Your books will be sure to help many to find their success. Thanks for sharing, take care, and enjoy the rest of your week! :) ~Stephanie

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  38. Nice to see someone is still writing books that are actually useful! (Not that I don't enjoy entertainment though). Great post.

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  39. Really important topics, Neil. Well done.

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  40. Great post, Neil. Best wishes to you.

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  41. Hello, glad I stopped to learn more about you and your books. Your topics are a sure success! Congrats.

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  42. Hi, Neil--as a high school teacher, I think it's great that you've got books guiding young people towards career goals. They soooo need that! Hope you've had a great blog tour day! ;)

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  43. Neil, I am a school counselor and your book sounds great. Have to get a copy!

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  44. Wonderful post, Neil. I have a relative who does college planning for a living and I bet your books would be a nice adjunct to this.Good luck with this!!

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  45. These are great books, Neil! Thank you so much for hosting the party and letting us in on what you have to offer.

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  46. In my day job, I work with Career Centers. I'm adding your books to my TBR and will recommend to the career centers in my area as a reference.

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  47. Hi Neil - nothing like being able to help the next generation - good luck with it! Thanks for hosting the RRBC today - MikeL

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