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Born in Cincinnati, Ohio Reverend Robert Patterson, Sr. is the father of six children (five sons, one daughter) and the loving husband of Mrs. Linda Patterson. He is a grandfather as well as a great grandfather.
As a member of Walker Chapel Church (The Fifth District), he has served in various capacities, from the Usher Board to the Steward and Trustee Boards. He has taught both Sunday School and Bible Study and has served in each department to the best of his abilities.
Reverend Patterson is a strong advocate of education and cultural awareness. He likes teaching and having the interaction and discussion of both Bible Study and Sunday School with the congregation in order to get down to the nitty gritty. As he is fond of saying, “The day that you stop seeking knowledge, is the day that you most surely are dead.”
We interviewed Robert to find out about his new book, Five Steps to C.A.L.M. (Career and Life Management).
Thank you for this interview, Robert. At what point in your life did you make up your mind you were going to become a published author?
I have been a motivational speaker for some fifteen years and during that time I have addressed people from various levels of education and business in areas from personal appraisal, career exploration, and strategies for effective job searches, interviews, reviewing job offers, and resume writing.
It was during that time that I came up with the idea of having people address themselves as the [product] which would solve their customers [the employers] problems.
Can you tell us a little about your latest book?
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.”
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. I have thoughtfully provided you with a resume checklist. Some of the questions are as follows:
Is the resume two pages or less?
- 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:
- 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.
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.
What was the inspiration behind your book? Why did you feel a need to write it?
As I have mention previously, the inspiration behind writing this book came from the thousands of individuals I have addressed in my seminars over the years who have told me how the seminars helped them to get a leg-up on their competitors.
What kind of research did you have to conduct to write your book?
I did my research all the years that I was teaching my seminars and the feedback that I was getting from the seminar participants.
What message are you trying to convey with this book?
The main message I am attempting to convey with this book is that finding a job is a full-time job. I'm saying that people need to truly understand the importance in making decisions and how to layout their jobs search strategy.
Do you blog? If so, what can you tell my readers about the advantages of blogging as a useful tool in book promotion?
Yes, I do blog because in this age of cyberspace it is one of the fastest means of reaching a very large group of individuals all across the global market in the world today.
What's next for you?
Five Steps to C.A.L.M.: The Second Five Steps to enhancing (you) the (product) in career and life job search management.
Thank you for this interview, Robert. Do you have any final words you'd like to share with my readers?
I would like to say this to anyone who buys and takes the time to read my book. This is not a book that you would read and then put down to say that you have read it. On the contrary, this is a book that you will be reading for some time because it is a workbook that's intended to guide you through your career path in life. It is a book that you will need to keep with you at every turn in your career and life management.