J.T. Kirk, author-consultant, J.T. Kirk Associates
Question 1: Based on the above, what do you have to offer? Give me a brief pitch of your book, below.
Answer: CONFESSIONS OF A HIRING MANAGER (subtitle: “Sage Advice for Fearless Job Seekers and Career Changers in a Confused Economy”) offers a view from the other side of the interview desk that reveals the perspectives, presuppositions, and expectations hiring managers have of people looking for a job or wanting to change careers. From cover letter to compensation negotiations, and from resume structure to interviewing strategy, CONFESSIONS OF A HIRING MANAGER covers it all. While resume writers and career coaches may give you a fish to feed you for a day, CONFESSIONS OF A HIRING MANAGER teaches you how to fish so you can feed yourself for a lifetime.
Question 2: What is your experience that sets you up as a thought leader?
Answer: 25 years experience as a hiring manager in marketing, high technology, and the oil industry for Fortune 500 companies.
Question 3: Why did you write your book?
Answer: The book grew from an professional journal article in the late 1990s. A professional association then asked me to present a workshop at their national convention. Shortly afterwards, I was invited to provide local and regional workshops for a variety of organizations and associations. After years of frustration with seeing qualified job candidates fail to land jobs because of their poor technique and interview preparation, I decided that I could reach more people with the book than with focusing only on workshops and such. I combined my 25 years experience with my worshop notes and information, and wrote CONFESSIONS OF A HIRING MANAGER IN 2009.
Question 4: Are you currently speaking? If so at what level of compensation?
Answer: Yes, currently providing half-day workshops, full-day workshops, keynotes. Rates vary according to specific arrangements (number of books bought by sponsoring organization, half-day vs. full-day workshops, etc.), but flat out 1-hour keynote rate is $2,500 plus expenses.
Question 5: Do you hope to use your book for growing your business? If so how?
Answer: Yes, absolutely. Publishing a book today means you are adding another brick to your platform of expertise. A book is a tool that enhances your current revenue-generating streams and not THE vehicle for success, unless you’re a nationally recognized expert or name. Today’s successful authors see book publishing as another way of getting out important information to audiences that have a need for it. CONFESSIONS OF A HIRING MANAGER is being used to enhance my other revenue streams, which are seminars, workshops, keynotes, and one-on-one personal consulting.
Last Question: Anything else you`d like to add?
Answer: Reviewers have called CONFESSIONS OF A HIRING MANAGER “…the ultimate guide for properly positioning yourself for a job offer in this or any economy…” Visit www.jtkirk-author.com for more information, free online cover letter, resume, job interview, and salary negotiation assessments and free tip sheets for those assessments.
Responder Contact Information
First Name: J.T.
Last Name: Kirk
Job Title: author-consultant
Company: J.T. Kirk Associates
State/ Province: Texas