~PROLOGUE & THEN AND NOW REVEAL~WHY QUALIFIED PEOPLE DON’T GET HIRED OR STAY WITH THE COMPANY by Molita Powell…..

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 REVEAL OF:PROLOGUE & THEN AND NOW…

WHY QUALIFIED PEOPLE DON’T GET HIRED OR STAY WITH THE COMPANY

BY MOLITA POWELL

Why Qualified People

Prologue

 

 

As the economy changes, we see the role of the company and its leaders change to reflect a new vision.  The result is a revolving door where the number of employees who exit is greater than those allowed re-entry.

Who can ignore the local and world news about the increasing unemployment rates everywhere?  News on the radio and online continually remind us of the state of the economy; how many jobs were lost each week, each month versus how many new jobs were created during the same time period.

People who have been working for years at the same company, or may have just changed jobs are now a local and national statistic of the unemployment rate­­–perhaps through no fault of their own but a result of unfavorable decisions made by long trusted decision makers and industry leaders.

It was reported that many of the recent layoffs consisted of highly qualified workers who were having a difficult time finding new employment.  Some people may be taking the much needed break and started looking for new employment only when their unemployment compensation was close to running out.  This may account for the length of time they remained unemployed.

Admitting that times have changed is no cliché.  Most of us can recall our experiences going through the motions from getting laid-off and the process of looking for new employment.  We remember what it was like each time starting as a new employee and observing the differences in leadership styles across the various industries.

We observed the manner in which the managers and supervisors interacted with the employees, the amount of attention they gave, when the leaders interacted and under what circumstances.  We then make the connection as to why so many qualified applicants are not getting hired.   After all, they have what employers need and are looking for now.  Why are they not getting hired?

Unemployed workers are reading self-help and how-to books, and following the step-by-step instructions to prepare them for their next work opportunity.  They are attending workshops and joining support groups to network.  They go to job fairs, meet with hiring managers and leave resumes with companies looking to hire.  Still, they remain unemployed.

Why do some careers have a higher turnover rate than others?  How do companies determine who stays and who gets the pink slip?   Is there a hint of inequality that goes into the decision making?

Does this same inequality determine who gets the job, how much they are paid and the amount of visibility they get within the company?

This   book  is   meant  to  change  our  internal dialogue

when we become unemployed, whether voluntarily or involuntarily.  Included are some insights for the unemployed and underemployed who are actively looking to get back into the work force or looking for a new challenge.   Know there are no short cuts, quick fixes or easy streets to get back to being employed.

There are some things we have no control over.  We need to recognize what we can change and proceed accordingly.  Take the initiative to manage your own career.  Utilize the free resources available to get started.  Connect with your network of friends and find the motivation you need.  Take a break before jumping back into another position.

Remind yourself that getting laid-off from one position is not always a negative.   It can be a humbling experience the first time around or if you’ve been unemployed for an extended period of time.   Use the time off to re-group and take inventory of your current job skills and experiences.   This is your opportunity to decide whether you want to continue in the same career or choose another path.  Once you’ve made your decision, act on it.

 

Then and Now

 

 

The online Wikipedia Dictionary defines employment as ‘A contract between two parties, one being the employer and the other being the employee.’  The online Meridian Dictionary gives an additional meaning as ‘Being an activity or the like that occupies a person’s time.’

In this book, qualified people are also referred to as talented and high performers.  They include  anyone who has worked in the same position long enough where they can leave and work with another company in the same or similar industry,  utilize their skills, knowledge and education to do the same or similar type of work with little or no supervision.

So many of us invested a lot of time and money in our education in hopes of getting that one job where we can put  all  that  knowledge and  skills to good use.  So is there

any wonder that we want to be selective in our choices of employment and employer?

We look for jobs within a certain geographical radius and perhaps a more specific location closer to home, the downtown area or a shopping area.  We may choose an area close to a school or university, or closer to our kid’s school.

In other words, the location has to be convenient.   We put the same thought process into choosing the places to work, the size of the company, the various departments and the type of products or services that make up their core competency.

Well, that was a very long time ago when we had options.  We would target the company within our primary area of study and apply there.  We would submit the job application along with our resume and a cover letter via air mail or fax, and then wait.  Here we were taught that if we did not hear back within a reasonable time after applying, we should follow up with the Human Resources Department and inquire as to the status of our job application.   Sometimes the response would be promising.

Back then, we were able to have a conversation with the person doing the hiring and discuss our qualifications over the phone.  We received insights as to whether we possessed the skills and knowledge that matched what they were looking for.  Here, we could also find out whether the position was still open, whether there were additional positions opened or if they had anything where we could be a good fit.  It may not be the ideal position, but it got us in the door to learn those skills for which we were lacking.

The other practice that employers did was to hold on to our resumes for future needs.  Back then, one could count the number of applicants applying for the same position.

There were times when companies would have to extend the advertising period until they had enough qualified applicants from which to select for an interview.

It was not uncommon to be notified by mail if the position was closed, if we were not selected for an interview or for the position for which we interviewed.

Fast forward to today.   We submit our resumes online and we wait, and wait, and very rarely do we bother to call to check on the status.  Why?  There are so many more applicants just like us applying for the same position and we apply to so many places, some unknown.

We would hear employers say today that they would get as much as 400 applicants for one position.  That would be 399 “Dear John” letters sent, or 399 email replies.    All we can do is keep applying until we get a call, any call.

We are putting in a lot more mileage to go to the new job.  We are working in jobs we’ve never done, and that are not even related to our hard earned college degree.    Why do we do this?  We do this because our choices have become limited.  There are fewer jobs available for the number of qualified applicants actively going after the same positions.

So now, we have to be willing to be flexible and to compromise in some areas.   Sometimes,  we even  have to

make sacrifices.    We have to be willing to take the pay cut, drive the distance and work the unfavorable shifts if needs be.   It’s a matter of extreme necessity that we become open to make these life adjustments.   Consider the consequences when we decide the job is too far out or the pay is not quite enough for us to maintain the lifestyle we had come to enjoy.

Have you checked the news recently?  Do you know how many qualified people you are now competing with for that job you are still on the fence wondering if you should take or not?  Do you know how many people would not hesitate for a second to say “Yes, I accept the offer”?   Do you know how long some of these qualified people have been waiting in line for a call back or even a job interview?

Many people have had their unemployment compensation run out or close to it.  People can’t afford to be as selective anymore to turn down any offer that finally came their way.

If you were lucky enough to hit the jackpot and get a job interview, it would mean your resume passed the appearance and content test.    Every job hunter must have that all important resume.  It should be clean, well-organized, easy to read and brief.

When companies receive hundreds of resumes to filter through, you want yours to be eye-catching for the right reasons.   Is the person doing the screening able to scan your resume in under a minute and determine whether it’s worthy of a second opinion and for consideration?

When preparing your resume, consider what you want them to know about what you’ve accomplished over the years, and your potential.  It may not always be what you wrote on paper, but how it’s written.  Are you familiar with the saying, ‘it’s not what you said, it’s how you said it’?

Many people would write what they think the employer want them to write.  There is nothing wrong with that if you can show support for it.

It’s not uncommon to have several versions of your resume. In fact, it’s recommended  that you design your resume to the position for which you are applying.  Chances are you may be a Jack or Jill of all trades.  However, you do not want to show them all off at the same time unless you are writing your autobiography, and that will be after you get hired.

Focus on the skills the position requires.  Highlight your skills which closely match the qualifications, especially if your experiences span across several business types.   If however, you held several positions in the same field of manufacturing, food service, health care, real estate or in whatever industry, highlight them.  Be brief in your descriptions and be specific.  Use bullet points if necessary.  Your experiences should show consistency, longevity and expanded knowledge of the industry.

There was a time when interviewers wanted to know the short-term goals (within the first year) and the long-term goals (5 to 10 years) of the prospective employees.  These goals showed that we were interested in staying with the company for a long time. Then, it was easier to collaborate with the immediate supervisor to meet some of those goals.

Today it’s difficult to say where we would like to be in the next 5 to 10 years since no company is immune to closures or downsizing.

The interview questions today look for competencies and skills set to determine experience and expertise.  Companies want to know how engaged you are in the company.  The more engaged you are, the greater the likelihood you will stay with the company.   This may or may not always work in the favor of the potential employer or employee.

There are so many variables now that job hunters need to be aware of when trying to find a job in almost the same way as the employers who are looking to hire.    Today we have to look at how liquid the company is and how long they’ve been in business.  After all, we don’t want to get hired by Company X today only to be laid off tomorrow.  Or, get hired and not be able to receive equitable compensation and benefits due to cut backs.

We can never hear too much or too often how important it is to be prepared, both physically and mentally.  Know what you are looking for and be prepared to present yourself first and foremost.  That is the first thing you are judged on by the interviewers and the person at the front desk.  Their opinions count in deciding whether or not you get hired to join their team.  You lose points for being late so make sure that ‘Be on-time’ is on your to-do list for the job interview.

We see a lot of interstate and intrastate migration of qualified professionals and sub-professionals across state and county lines searching for any job they can get.   Some immigrants return to their home country or travel north to try their fortune in Canada.  These folks are in touch with the reality of the job market and know that companies are moving jobs to where it’s more economical to operate.  Therefore, if you need one of those jobs, you have to be willing to travel to where they are located.

The current economy has left the unemployed facing such financial hardship that some may be more willing than others to take a cut in pay.    Prospective employers know that this willingness does not always translate to accepting the low pay.  The ones who do accept are more likely to continue looking for higher compensation and will leave as soon as they do.

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About the Author:

This is the first book for Molita Powell.  Her career has taken her from San Diego, California to Dallas, Texas.  She has worked in small, medium and large companies across several industries and witnessed the growth, re-organization and demise of some of those companies.  Others are struggling to keep up with competition and with the changing tides of the economy.

 

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Why Qualified PeopleAbout the Book:

Why do you think the younger folks get hired over someone with experience?   They are more eager to learn and adapt to a career change, and come cheaper.

It’s good to have transferrable skills, but do not put yourself in a financial bind where you regress in your career.  Too often we see career-focused, qualified individuals in new careers and work in jobs that are out of character for them.  These are the same ones who were always sharply dressed in the latest trends, and the proud owners of the newest electronic toys.

The problem is, while they were busy working, they were not managing their own finances.  When the regular paychecks stopped, they found themselves scrambling to pay for even their basic expenses.  In order to not lose the things they’ve accumulated, they were forced to accept the first job they were offered.  This is a job and pay they would not have otherwise taken.

This is yet another reason why we see companies not hiring qualified individuals who carry a large amount of debt.  They may also not hire young people for high salary positions.   Companies are looking for qualified and financially responsible workers who they can trust, train and promote to leadership positions to make financial decisions on their behalf.

Financial responsibility is an actual requirement for church members wanting to become Deacons.  Financial institutions use this to fill positions that involve the handling of money.

If individuals are not able to manage their own personal finances, would you want them to handle yours?  Glenn Shepard said it best, ‘Don’t take financial advice from people who are broke.

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BOOK BLAST FOR YOUR NEW ASTROLOGY:CHINESE & WESTERN PREDICTIONS BY SUZANNE WHITE…

 

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Join Suzanne  White, author of the horoscope book, 2013 Your New Astrology Horoscopes: Chinese & Western Predictions, as she tours the blogosphere on February 8 on her first Book Blast with Pump Up Your Book. Suzanne will be giving away a $25 Amazon GC, one autographed copy of her book, 2013 Your New Astrology Horoscopes: Chinese & Western Predictions and one ebook edition of her book!

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2013 Your New Astrology HoroscopesAbout the Book:

 

Once again, Suzanne White brings us her ingenious “New Astrology” Predictions for the next 12 months. This exciting new book is offers lengthy, detailed, month-by-month horoscopes for every sign (Western and Chinese).
We each have two signs – AN ANIMAL YEAR SIGN AND A WESTERN SUN SIGN. Suzanne White’s brilliant NEW ASTROLOGY™ is the fusion of both. With this amazing book, a Leo born in an Ox year will know what will happen to her all throughout 2013 as well as what will be going on in the life of her Scorpio born Goat sweetheart and for her kids, her boss, her family, her friends and her enemies.

Suzanne White is the world renowned high priestess of Chinese and Western astrologies. She is always fun to read. And… she is uncannily accurate. This dazzling book offers readers over 100,000 words of crucial information about and forecasts for each and every astrological sign both Chinese and Western. Find out what’s in store for you and yours in the sultry, highly charged and charming WATER SNAKE YEAR 2013.

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Suzanne White is an American author. She lives in France. She has been a college professor, a fashion model, a journalist, an interpreter, a novelist, a fireworks salesperson, director of a Parisian Couture boutique, an elevator operator, a shoe salesperson, a single mother and a simultaneous translator. In between she has written books. Lots of books. About Astrology. The New Astrology – a blend of Asian Animal Signs and Sun Signs. Suzanne’s readers have dubbed her “The High Priestess” of Chinese and Western Astrologies.   2013 NEW ASTROLOGY HOROSCOPES BOOK – CHINESE AND WESTERN PREDICTIONS FOR THE SNAKE YEAR 2013 IS # 1 ON AMAZON’S ASTROLOGY BOOK BEST SELLER LIST.

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BOOK SPOTLIGHT AND TOUR SCHEDULE: ENDING ADDICTION FOR GOOD BY CONSTANCE SCHARFF,Ph. D….

MBA&M IS PROUD TO PRESENT A BOOK SPOTLIGHT FOR:

ENDING ADDICTION FOR GOOD

By

CONSTANCE SCHARFF,Ph.D.

Virtual Book Tour November 15 – December 14, 2013 


Constance ScharffABOUT CONSTANCE SCHARFF

 

Constance Scharff has a Ph.D. in Transformative Studies, specializing in addiction recovery. She is a researcher with the Institute for Creative Transformation and the world’s leading expert on using ecstatic spiritual experience to maintain long-term sobriety. Her ground breaking publication, “Filling the God-shaped hole: Reframing alcoholism as an opportunity for spiritual transformation,” is available from UMI Research Press. She is also a Transformative Studies and Addiction Research Consultant for Cliffside Malibu, a leading addiction treatment center in Malibu, California. Dr. Scharff writes for a variety of  journals and speaks to healing professionals on helping addicts in recovery maintain their sobriety.

 

 

 

ABOUT ENDING ADDICTION FOR GOOD

 

In Ending Addiction for Good, authors, Taite and Scharff present their personal true-life struggles with addiction and how they eventually overcame their problems. Each discovered solutions that were widely understood in the treatment community, but not put together into a comprehensive, holistic treatment protocol. Using this knowledge, Taite created the Cliffside Malibu addiction treatment center. Scharff became an addiction researcher, delving into the scientific evidence base to learn how addiction grabs hold of addicts and how, exactly, addiction is overcome.

 

Taite and Scharff delve into the nature of addiction and addiction recovery, focusing on addiction as a behavioral disorder. They suggest that at least in early sobriety, a focus on facing and healing past painful or traumatic episodes is of utmost importance in overcoming addiction. To do this, they introduce readers to the “Stages of Change” model, a method of creating psychological change developed in the 1990s, to help addicts at any stage of readiness to change – from complete denial to a deep understanding of and willingness to overcome their addiction. The authors also provide a brief discussion on many of the concomitant treatments that an addict may need in addition to in-depth psychotherapy – so that body, mind, and spirit are all treated simultaneously. This book brings a strong message of hope: recovery is possible for even the most desperate addicts.

Ending Addiction For Good Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule

Thursday, November 15

Guest blogging at My Devotional Thoughts

Friday, November 16

Interviewed at Examiner

Tuesday, November 20

Interviewed at Review From Here

Wednesday, November 21

Guest blogging at Allvoices

Monday, November 26

Interviewed at As the Pages Turn

Wednesday, November 28

Guest blogging at Open Salon

Thursday, November 29

Interviewed at Divine Caroline

Friday, November 30

Interviewed at Pump Up Your Book

Tuesday, December 4

Interviewed at Broowaha

Wednesday, December 5

Guest blogging at Literarily Speaking

Thursday, December 6

Interviewed at Literal Exposure

Monday, December 10

Guest blogging at Shine

Wednesday, December 12

Interviewed at The Writer’s Life

Thursday, December 13

Interviewed at American Chronicle

Friday, December 14

Interviewed at Digital Journal

 

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INTERVIEW WITH “MARK TWAIN AND THE COLONEL” AUTHOR,PHIL MCFARLAND….

NEWMAN COMMUNICATIONS  AND MY BOOK ADDICTION AND MORE PRESENTS…..

PHIL MCFARLAND!!

MBA&M: Please tell our readers a few tidbits about Phil
McFarland?
   

PHIL: I was born in Birmingham, Alabama, attended schools there, in New
Hampshire, and in Ohio (at Oberlin. where I majored in history),  served
in the US Navy for 3 1/2 years, then was lucky enough to get a grant to
attend Cambridge University, where I studied English.  I’m married, the
father of two grown sons of whom I’m very proud, and have lived in
Lexington, MA for more than 40 years.  For thirty of those years I
taught English nearby, and have also published two works of fiction and
six of nonfiction, the latter about literary and historical figures in
America’s past.

MBA&M: What was your inspiration behind “Mark Twain and The
Colonel”?
   

PHIL: I wanted to write a book on Mark Twain, as a companion volume to earlier
books on Hawthorne and Harriet Beecher Stowe, thus carrying my
consideration of American literary figures from the early nineteenth
century on through the late nineteenth and into the twentieth.  But
along the way I encountered Mark Twain’s judgment that Theodore
Roosevelt was “by far the worst President we have ever had.”  Theodore
Roosevelt?  It seemed such an astonishing opinion, about a chief
executive who is now ranked as one of our five greatest, that I was
intrigued, and spent several years finding out why Mark Twain felt that
way.

MBA&M: What where the challenges in writing this historical
account
   

    and where did you find your research material?
   

PHIL: The challenges were minimized in part because so much has already been
written by and about these two giants of our past, and in part because I
had the wonderful resources of the Boston Athenaeum to draw on,
including their ever-helpful staff and interlibrary loan service.  As
with many of my earlier books, that’s where I did much of the reading
and writing.  The challenge that did require attention was to assimilate
such a vast amount of fascinating material on two such colorful and
articulate people into a comprehensive and coherent narrative.

MBA&M: Is there any interesting facts you found while
researching
 “Mark Twain and The Colonel, you would like to share with our
readers?
   

PHIL: What struck me again and again was how much the issues that we deal with
now were the very ones that Americans at the turn of the century,
between 1890 and 1910, were dealing with.  How to adjust to a nation
that technology was changing so radically (electric lights coming in,
telephones, typewriters, motion pictures, the Wright brothers at Kitty
Hawk, Henry Ford and his Model T for the multitude).  Again and
suddenly, the great disparities in wealth brought about by profits from
the Civil War and the building of the railroads: the Rockefellers,
Carnegies, J. P. Morgans.  The problem of immigrants pouring in,Italians
and Slavs and Japanese, on the West Coast as well as on the East.
Growing problems between owners and workers, between management and
labor.  Problems between the races.  Problems about how powerful should
the federal government be, and the President.  Tensions between the
central government and state governments:  who was sovereign?  Problems
about Roosevelt’s conservation measures, which a great many people
resented, thinking the forests and mineral-laden mountains and canyons
and waterfalls were there for private enterprise to exploit.  Yet again,
should Congress legislate to make rich people richer and have their
wealth trickle down, or should it legislate to make poor people
prosperous and have their prosperity rise up to those above them?
Problems concerning America’s new role as a world power after the
Spanish-American War of 1898:  should we be sending troops into the
newly acquired Philippines to rule over the native peoples (as Roosevelt
insisted we had to do), or should we get out and come home (as Mark
Twain thought).  In other words, can democracy and empire mix?

MBA&M: Who would you say is your greatest hero? Why?
   

Maybe two of them.  Lincoln for one (I read very little about any aspect
of his life that I don’t admire), and Shakespeare for the other (there’s
nothing he doesn’t seem to know about human psychology and emotions at
every level of life).  And both of them, of course, wrote like angels.

MBA&M: What is one of your most interesting quirks?

PHIL: I suppose my tireless love of shifting parts of sentences around, moving
this part to there to see if it works better, changing that word to what
seems a better one, for its meaning, for its sound, for the rhythm of
the sentence in the context of other sentences nearby.  Others would go
crazy spending great patches of time that way.  I find myself doing it
contentedly hour after hour.

MBA&M: Please tell our readers where to find you and where “Mark
Twain
and The Colonel” is available?
   

PHIL: The book can be ordered from the publisher at  orders@rowman.com or
purchased online from Amazon or Barnes & Noble, or (I would hope) at
your local bookstore.  If they don’t have it, ask them to get it, and
I’ll be grateful.  You can find me on Facebook or at
www.philipmcfarland.com

Phil, do you have anything to add today?

PHIL: It’s been a pleasure.  I hope you’ll enjoy “Mark Twain and the Colonel”
and learn as much about our own times from reading it as you will about
the beginnings of a different century, a hundred and some years ago,
that the book describes.  If you’re like me–and with a knowledge of
those earlier times so much like our own in mind–you’ll listen to, read
about, and understand the daily news quite differently from here on out.
Thanks so much for letting me chat with you.

Thank you, Phil, for spending with us and our readers today!

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MARK TWAIN AND THE COLONEL

PHIL MCFARLAND

  • Hardcover: 520 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (July 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442212268
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442212268

For most of a decade Mark Twain lived in Europe, returning at last to America and a joyous welcome on an October night in 1900. Ten years later, in the spring of 1910, he returned once more, only days before his death, carried down the gangway as reporters on the New York piers waited, yet again, to welcome him home a final time.
In those two decades – last of the nineteenth and first of the twentieth – our modern nation was formed. Legendary names such as Rockefeller, Carnegie, Edison, the Wright Brothers, and Henry Ford signified the great changes taking place in America at the time. But only one name back then rivaled Mark Twain’s in the love of his countrymen. Theodore Roosevelt dominated the politics of the era the way the author of HUCKLEBERRY FINN dominated its culture. The celebrities were well acquainted, and in public neither spoke ill of the other. But Roosevelt once commented in private that he would like to skin Mark Twain alive, and the humorist recorded his own opinion (although not for public consumption just then) that Roosevelt was “far and away the worst President we have ever had.”
Philip McFarland’s MARK TWAIN AND THE COLONEL considers the prickly relationship between those beloved figures of our past by focusing on two clamorous decades of abiding relevance, decades to which no Americans were more responsive than were Colonel Roosevelt of San Juan Hill and Samuel L. Clemens, the humorist Mark Twain.

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INTERVIEW WITH ZAMBIAN AUTHOR,JENNIPHER.M. ZULU….

IT IS WITH PLEASURE  MY BOOK ADDICTION AND MORE PRESENTS….
ZAMBIAN AUTHOR,JENNIPHER M.  ZULU!!
WELCOME, JENNIPHER (JANE)!!
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MBA&M: Tell our readers a little about Jennipher Zulu?

JANE:   I’m Zambian by birth and citizenship. I started writing in 1996; but it was still just for fun back then. I only started publishing my work last year, after leaving my last job; that is when I had proper time on my hands to do some writing.

 

MBA&M: What where the challenges in writing”Life’s Purpose”?

 JANE:  First, I knew that I wanted my work published this time, but I didn’t know where to start from, or who to approach; so it took me quite some time to find my publisher. Second, unlike my old writing, I now had to learn and incorporate professional writing; taking into account the ‘dos and don’ts’, formatting, alignment, covers etc. All in all, I really had to learn writing from scratch- except for the ideas of course.

 

MBA&M: Why write a book self-discovery type book?
JANE:

The period that I wrote this book, is a period that I did a lot of soul searching and I can say, much of what is in this book is remedy for my soul search. It’s a time that I looked to see who Jane is, what her purpose in life is and consequently, what Jane is going to do in life. But I also realized, that that there are many people out there who are facing, or going through this same period; of really, trying to understand their being; who they really are and what their life’s purpose is. And unfortunately, I think there are many people out there, who are living life as prescribed by day to day circumstances; life’s winds simply blows them in any direction and they go along. I believe that, we all want to have some control over our lives, or at least have some sense of direction as to where we are going, what we want to achieve etc and we all want our lives to have some meaning and value, so as to leave a mark, signature, or print of some kind. So, I wrote Life’s purpose,in the hope of helping others out there, through this quest; as I believe that, if one does not understand his/her purpose in life, they’ll live their lives forever asking these questions. And I also believe that many people go into crisis, because because they don’t understand who they are enough to know their value. They are always in a quest to be like others, or to adopt other people’s lives and when they don’t live up to those standards, they simply fall into crisis.

MBA&M: Do you feel there is a wide audience in today’s reader market for self-discovery or Christian non-fiction book?Why?

JANE:
Life’s Purpose is especially relevant for anyone who is still trying to figure out who he/she is and where to go in life.  And also, in my part of the world; yes, there is a wide market. As Africans, we’ve been scrambling to adopt other cultures and live lives as we assume we ought to; as stipulated, by the standards of the cultures we are adopting. For a long time, we have overlooked our uniqueness and identities; that is putting aside the negatives. I believe that, as we are developing, we have reached a time, when we have to define ourselves. This is a message that is echoing around the region and ‘Life’s Purpose’, bears a loud message, that is relevant to fuel this process. However, this does not mean that it is only for Africans, but I believe it is relevant for even an American, Japanese or any other person out there on a quest to self discovery. Besides, these are messages preached in churches around the world; self belief, self value, destiny etc Thus, yes, I believe there is a wide market Christian non-fiction; yes I also think there’s market out there because I think, when it comes to ministry; every gift should be a channel and the church family is there to give the support; that is when you market from church to church.
MBA&M: What is the one thing you would like to accomplish in your writing career?
JANE:   I want to be relevant to the world’s needs; provide solutions and answers; when and where need arises and I also just want to find fulfillment and in the end; become a big na
MBA&M: Where did the idea of “Life’s Purpose” come from?
JANE:  .

As earlier discussed, Life’s purpose was a remedy to my own quest

MBA&M: Please tell our readers where to find you and where “Life’s Purpose” is available?

JANE: I am from Zambia in Africa, my
  web sites are www. jzanessteps.weebly.com                         www.jzanessteps.com  
          email-  jennipher.m.zulu@jzanessteps.com 
                         jzane123@ymail.com
  
Jane, do you wish to add anything?
JANE:  Another edition of Life’s purpose will be done; there will be revised content and orientation, but until then; support me by buying the book; if not for yourself, then buy it for a friend even as a present.

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He’s Already Written My Destiny

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                                         THE PURPOSE OF MY LIFE
HE’S ALREADY WRITTEN MY DESTINY
JENNIPHER M. ZULU
Publication Date:Sep 05 2011
ISBN/EAN13:1466216522 / 9781466216525
Page Count:102
Binding Type:US Trade PaperTrim Size:5.5″ x 8.5″
Language:EnglishColor:Black and White
Related Categories:Religion / Christian Life / Inspirational
Publisher:Createspace; 1 edition (September 5, 2011)
Language:English
ASIN: B006X9BA06

Product Description(From Amazon)

This is a motivational book meant to inspire self discovery and the appreciation of self worth. Many of us, are not contributing or giving out as we ought to because we do not know who we really are; what is deposited inside of us and thus, we do not know what and how much we can give out. And some of us are doing things they are not called for, just in the name of having a ‘job’ and thus, not contributing to the fullest potential. As a remedy for real success, one needs to know first, who he or she is, what he or she is and his or her worth and value. This book emphasizes the uniqueness and relevance of each person and how we each have a place and role to take up and play in life.
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