Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Featured Author: John Doherty

The Spanish version of The Ultimate Job Guide (Guia Fundamental Para Buscar y Conseguir Trabajo) was published in 2013, the English version in 2012. VirtualBookWorm Publishing brings author John Doherty here today to talk about this educational book. John says, "Career success is a journey, not a destination."

Interview with John Doherty

John, how long have you been writing? 

Approximately 5 years, I started in 2008.

What inspired you to write The Ultimate Job Guide

The poor advice that the unemployed were receiving on the basis of current publications.

How long did it take you to write the book? 

Approximately 2 years to perform the research and organize the substance.

What do you hope readers will get from this book? 

A lesson of planning and inspiration for continuing to explore career opportunities.

How did you come up with the title? 

Simply put, the book is the best book of its nature ever published and within a hundred pages can be found the ultimate job for the individual—-thus The Ultimate Job Guide.

Do you have another job outside of writing? 

Yes, as a wizard of transition.

Hmmm...that sounds interesting. But you're going to keep us guessing as to what that job entails, aren't you? How would you describe your book in a tweet? 

If you're looking to find the right job, buy a business, or even buy a franchise, look no further.

Why did you decide to write this book? 

To raise the professional bar against the current published books.

How did you come up with your cover art?

The cover art was inspired by Daniel Healy and Associates, a recognized expert on Spanish publications.

Tell us about your favorite chapter.

The chapter on branding, quoting Lady Gaga.

What song would you pick to go with the book? 

"You've Got to Have Heart," from Damn Yankees.

Who are your favorite authors? 

David McCoullogh, Mark Twain and Agatha Cristie.

What were your favorite books...

as a child? 

The Bobsey Twins

As a teenager?

The Red Badge of Courage.

As an adult?

To Kill a Mockingbird.

What book are you currently reading and in what format? 

Digital Marketing
, hard cover.

Do you have routine for writing? 


Where would prefer to do your writing.  

In my study.

Name one thing you couldn't live without. 

Belief in God.

If you could only keep one book what would it be: 

The Bible.

Pretend you're going to leave the country for a year. What meal would you have to have before you leave? 

Chicago deep dish pizza with pepperoni.

Would you rather work in a library or a bookstore?

A book store.

If you win the lottery what's the first thing you would buy? 

I'd buy a zoo.

Now that's an answer I've never heard before! I love it. Name five people with whom you would pick to be stranded in a book store. 

Bill O'Rielly, David McCoullogh, Mark Twain, Saint John, and George Will.

A day off to do anything but write. 

Go to a Chicago Cubs game.

Where would your dream office be?

A tree house in Colorado.

Where is home for you? 

The Big Apple.

What's one of your favorite quotes?

“Second place is rinky-dink.”

What three books read recently would you recommend? 

Rumsfeld Rules, Digital Marketing, The Brooklyn Bridge.

What would you like to do when you're not writing? 

Put people back to work.

What are you working on now? 

Publishing an effective website.

About the author: 

John Doherty brings to Doherty International his considerable talents and expertise as a counselor in the fields of entrepreneurial strategies and new business development. He also is a recognized pioneer and visionary in the field of executive transition, with more than 25 years of leadership in this highly competitive field. In fact, he first identified the need for and began providing these services to corporations and their executives many years before such services became popular and commonplace. 

Doherty is CEO of Doherty International, Inc., which he formed in 1993 to provide executive transition planning and counseling plus related services. Prior to that he served as chairman and CEO of an internationally ranked consulting firm. He also has held progressively more responsible positions, primarily in human resources, with companies including ITT and Baxter Laboratories, and in organization development with Booz, Allen, and Hamilton. Doherty also serves in a volunteer capacity as Executive Director of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Career and Business Networking Ministry. This ministry, which has assisted hundreds of individuals, was founded to relieve the pain and stress of job loss.  With an excellent established speaker's program, the ministry has drawn attention for its effectiveness. Participants receive a free copy of The Ultimate Job Guide in either English or Spanish as part of a community outreach. Doherty holds a BA in political science from Iona College and has done extensive graduate work at St. John’s University School of Law and Stern’s School of Business at New York University. He has lectured at the Sorbonne University in Paris. He currently serves on the board of advisors of Options Unlimited, a retirement counseling firm, and for a decade was on the board of advisors of Mercy Hospital and Medical Center. He is a past member of the Chicago Club and the Philadelphia Union League Club.

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