Five Steps to C.A.L.M. – Author Interview – Robert Patterson

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Paperback Writer welcomes Robert Patterson, author of the business book, Five Steps to C.A.L.M. (Career and Life Management) (Booksurge, 2008), as he virtually tours the blogosphere in December and January on his first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotion!

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A father once told his young son, who was going out into the world on his own, “Son, whatever you want to become, be The Best.” This course teaches you how to be “The Best.”

It begins with instructions on how to put “The Best” of Writing Your Resume. Then, later presenting “The Best” of you inyou on paper, Preparing for an Interview.person

You’ll begin with the basic Resume Content, noting what should and should not be included in your Resume. After mastering the content, then begins the formatting of the Resume.

The author has thoughtfully provided you with a Resume checklist. Some of the questions are as follows:

Is the Resume two pages or less?
(Do you realize the importance of this question?)
Are the dates consistent on the left (or right) side, and limited to years?
Does the language “flow” (neither stiff nor stilted)?
Are Action Verbs used to your full advantage?

I would like to make a comment here; this is one of the many sections that you will utilize not only in your job search but also in your everyday associations.

C.A.L.M. gives you access to nine different categories for Action Verbs. They are listed under the headings of:

Communication Skills
Creative Skills
Detailed Skills
Financial Skills
Helping Skills
Management Skills
Manual Skills
Research Skills
Teaching Skills

You’ll be surprised how many Action Verbs from this section you will be able to include in your Resume, which will help make it more impressive to your employer.

Didn’t I tell you that employers would be impressed with your Resume? Now, you have been called for an interview! The next section of the book takes you into “Interviewing Techniques.” What other book walks you through an all-inclusive “Pre-Interview” session? Well, C.A.L.M. does, and once you have completed this lesson, you will indeed be CALM during your interview, no matter how many people may be on the panel of interviewers.

Included in the “Interviewing Techniques” section are Fashion Recommendations, which takes you step by step through the protocol for the business interview dress code, how both men and women should dress when going to an interview. Remember, your Resume may have “opened” the door, now your personal appearance may get a “foot” in that door. Here is where you put the lessons you have learned from C.A.L.M. into practice. Here’s where you sell The Product – Yourself! Don’t worry. C.A.L.M. has fully prepared you for any of the possible questions that you may be asked during the interview. You are ready for them, and you will remain CALM.

C.A.L.M. guides you step-by-step through the entire interview: from the Beginning of the Interview, during the Interview, and through the Closure of the Interview. After completing this course of study, you will glide through your interview with confidence and a sense of achievement. You will have left a favorable impression with the employer, and all because you put into practice your C.A.L.M. course of study.

While the employer is checking you out, C.A.L.M. also instructs you on how to compile a checklist of pertinent company information. Information that is important to you in helping you decide whether or not you would want to work for this firm or company.

The author has thought of everything in preparing you for the job search. He has included a web-site listing for those of you who want to do your job-hunting via the Internet.

C.A.L.M. answers all the questions you may have ever had in your previous job search. The “Who,” the “What,” the “Where,” and the “How.”

If you are willing to strike a Faustian Bargain, that is, willing to sacrifice anything to satisfy a limitless desire for knowledge, then C.A.L.M. is, without a doubt, the course of study for you.

Hi Robert Patterson Sr.,

Welcome to Paperback Writer.

PBW: Would you share with us how you came up with the idea for your book?

Robert: The idea for my book came to me while teaching Job Search Seminars. I wanted to simplify the process, so I arranged the Job Search Workshop seminar into five lessons and called it Five Steps to C.A.L.M. (Career and Life Management). This did not happen over night, it took fifteen years of trial and error to come up with my final plan.

PBW: How did you come up with the title?

Robert: I wanted the Job Search process to be a less stressful procedure and have people be calmer while undergoing the entire process of either changing from one job to another or seeking a job.

PBW: How did you find an agent and publisher?

Robert: This was my first book and being new to writing the first place I went looking was the Internet.

PBW: Who reads you work in progress?

Robert: That task goes to my wife and my very close friends.

PBW: Who made a difference in the book’s quality?

PBW: There is no way that any good author can put a quality well written book out without a good editor.

PBW: How long did it take you to complete the first draft?

Robert: I worked on my first book for about five years. Give or take.

PBW: How long did it take from start to publication?

Robert: Around eighteen months.

PBW: Do you have any advice for new authors?

Robert: Advice for new authors would be to study your craft. What I mean by that is to do your research. Make certain that you are not putting something out there that already exists. There are plenty of books out there about resumes or Cover Letters made easy, howeverI wanted my work to relate to the whole person. Have them find-out more about themselves and everything they had done in the way of the job market, skills, accomplishments, work related values, work related preferences. All of these things are necessary prior to planning and forming a serious job search strategy, and being successful at the end of your efforts, landing that job that is right for you.

Thank you, Robert, for stopping by Paperback Writer on your virtual book tour. I wish you continued success through the rest of you tour.

’09 officially began on January 5 and end on January 30. You can visit Robert’s blog stops at in January to find out more.

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