Author, Former Fortune 500 Hiring Manager J.T. Kirk Announces Two New Jobs Books and Free Guide for Returning Military Vets

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New books from speaker, author, and former Fortune 500 hiring manager J.T. Kirk to help job seekers stay on top of the hiring manager's short list throughout the hiring process, and how employees can solidify their positions with employers during uncertain economic times.

Former Fortune 500 hiring manager and author J.T. Kirk announces publication of two new books. Confessions of a Hiring Manager Rev. 2.0: Getting to and Staying at the Top of the Hiring Manager’s Short List in a Confused Economy ($19.95), and 50 Things You Can Do Now to Help Keep Your Job ($16.95), both from Kings Crown Publishing.

Kirk also has released a new free guide, "Transitioning to the Civilian Job Market: Proven Strategies for Returning Military Veterans," that shows Armed Forces veterans how to start translating military expertise into skill sets needed by hiring managers in the civilian job market. The free guide can be requested from the publisher website (

According to Kirk, the vast majority of job candidates are poorly prepared when providing a written or verbal record of their professional accomplishments. “Most people fill their résumés with responsibilities and tasks when the hiring manager wants to see accomplishments—especially quantified accomplishments. Don’t just tell me you have a proven track record—show me with numbers…revenue generated, costs avoided, or percentage improvements.”

Confessions of a Hiring Manager Rev. 2.0 is an updated version from the 2010 release by the same name. Rev. 2.0 contains more examples of cover letters, résumés, and additional chapters all focused on showing job candidates how to grab and hold the hiring manager's attention beyond the job interview.

Released at the same time as Confessions Rev. 2.0, 50 Things You Can Do Now to Help Keep Your Job provides the benefit of 25 years of insight into 50 skills, knowledge, and personality characteristics managers value when they have to choose between "keepers" and those destined for workforce reduction. It's not always the smartest person who makes the cut, and Kirk shows readers why in this companion release.

According to Kirk, "Dismal unemployment numbers, record deficits, higher taxes, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, global political instability, foreign debt, uncertainty about health care costs--these factors exert a strong influence on the business climate and whether companies expand operations and hiring, or retreat until conditions improve. 50 Things You Can Do Now to Help Keep Your Job shows employees how they can put the odds in their favor for staying employed."

J.T. Kirk is president of J.T. Kirk Industries: The Job and Career Foundry. Kirk has a 25-year career in various hiring manager positions for Fortune 500 companies in oil and gas exploration and microprocessor design. J.T. Kirk has been featured on,, BlogTalk Radio, Melissa Giovagnoli Wilson's Networlding podcast, GlobalTalk Radio, Fascinating Authors radio program, and the Toilet Paper Entrepreneur website.

He lives in Austin, Texas and can be reached directly at jtkirk(at)austin(dot)rr(dot)com.


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