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Book Review - "Making the Case" by Kimberly Guilfoyle

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9780062343970_p0_v3_s260x420Making the Case by Kimberly Guilfoyle is a “how to” book, centered on being an advocate for yourself.  She navigates between her role as a mother and as a co-host of the popular Fox show, The Five.  She provides a glimpse of her personal life and how those she most admired influenced her.  The suggestions in the book are useful for those retiring from the military. The author shows how people can organize their thoughts and plans, engage in meaningful discussions with those around them, and achieve certain goals in all aspects of life. Readers will also learn tips and strategies that make the best advocates so successful.

Those defending America will recognize the points she emphasizes in the first chapter in order to succeed: be clear about your objective, prepare a brief story about your subject that reflects character, ensure all the facts are at your fingertips, consider the perspective of the other side, know the moderator, consult experts, and never ask a question for which you don't know the answer. She directly noted to, “The key lesson for me: Don’t make this life about you, it’s about other people. I’ve tried to live my life in a way that respects the beliefs of my mother and father. They sacrificed a tremendous amount for me to be able to do what I do today.”

Those entering the job market must understand that these are challenging times.  The work force is not as stable as it used to be because employees are looking for growth and fulfillment.  Guilfoyle feels “Graduating from college is a pivotal point in a young person’s life. Many college graduates receive advice from their other friends who are also encountering this change.  But maybe they should consult and talk with people who had had life experiences.”

She went on to say to, “Today’s times are a lot more impersonal, due to an outgrowth of technology. Everything is automated.  When you apply it feels like going to an ATM machine.  When trying to apply for a job, attempt to meet with the person or at least talk with them on the phone so they feel your presence, even though it may be difficult.  This interpersonal connection should not be a forgotten connection.  Remember it is difficult to establish any connection with email. College grads and those retiring from the military need to be encouraged by letting them know G-d helps those who help themselves. They have blessings, gifts, passion, and drive.”

When successfully getting an interview she emphasizes develop a "One minute spoken memoir. This is the story you'll share about yourself during your interview. It should sum up who you are. In other words, you need to be prepared to succinctly explain to a prospective employer what you're trying to accomplish or why you are applying to their firm.”

Making the Case encourages people not to be afraid to make career decisions.  Guilfoyle uses her story in the hopes that she can inspire others to have courage, to be an advocate by making their own case, and to learn how to state their case effectively.