Monday, December 5, 2022

Brian Fenerty - Author Interview with Dr. Mel


Brian Fenerty

                  Find a Job You Love and Get the Job You Want


Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.

I grew up outside of Philadelphia, PA, and now live and work in South Florida. In between, I have lived and worked in several countries, largely in Asia.

It has been a great experience and profoundly affected how I see the world and the world of work. I wanted to travel the world for as long as I can remember and was lucky enough to find recruiting as a career early; it is a job found almost everywhere and allowed me to learn from people worldwide.


What inspired you to author this book?

I love talking about what I do and am always open to helping people in their job search, interview, and offer negotiation. You know how you have a friend who you call for help with specific things? Well, I am the recruiter who acts as a career coach for my friends and family.

A couple years ago, I started collecting my career coaching insights into workbooks and, later, blog posts that I can share with people to help them.

How to negotiate a signing bonus, how to navigate the interview process, how to ask for a raise, etc. Eventually, I figured it may be easier to put it all together and make it available online for everyone. At $0.99, I feel like it is really available for everyone - I have no plans to raise that price.

Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?

One of my favorite authors, Gil Schwartz, a.k.a. Stanley Bing, Fortune's longtime humor columnist, had a column for years and wrote some great books about navigating the craziness that careers can entail. I was inspired by his humor, and the cover is reminiscent of the image he used back in the day.


Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?

Hunter Thompson proved to me that you can write about anything if you can write. I do not compare myself to Hunter in terms of writing, I think I may have been able to hold my own with Hunter in other areas back in the day.

What were the struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?

ADD, Instagram, work, life, lack of writing skill, you name it. Honestly, this is not a long book and is more of a primer or workbook than the next Great American Novel. I put in hours after work and on the weekends and leaned on my editor and publishing team to get it done. The struggles and obstacles for me have been in getting here professionally; that was a great motivator for me, helping others get past those same obstacles.

Tell your readers about your book.

The entire job search process can be tough on people. There is a power imbalance that puts the jobseeker in a position of little power and leverage, and it can be soul-sucking to go through. It does not have to be this way. I wrote this book to remind people they can find a job they love and help them take steps to get it.

There are checklists and worksheets at the end of the book that may be all some people need. Others may want to start at the beginning of the book, the beginning of the job search, and go through all the chapters before they apply what they learn.

Most chapters can stand alone and do not need the chapter before to be useful. The book is chronological, so we start at the beginning of the job search and work toward the offer.


Who is your target audience, and why?

This book is perfect for anyone who is looking for a new job or career change. The concepts and steps in this book are tried and true and will help you see results immediately. If you follow these steps, you will be well on your way to finding the job you love. With a positive attitude and some hard work, you can achieve your goals.

What do you consider your greatest success in life?

I am really lucky that I work in a function that allows me to look for the best in people. Recruiting to me is about identifying the best in people, not just looking for the best people. My greatest days are when I am able to get someone a lift in their career or into a job that will change their life. I also like to see the people who I have managed grow into this profession or beyond. That may be my greatest success, watching the people I have been lucky enough to lead grow into leaders in the work we do.

What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?

I have decades of experience in talent acquisition and recruiting and have been with some of the world's biggest and best, which is good, I suppose. I think what really sets me apart though, is that about 20 years ago I was unemployed and flat broke. I had to work my way back from losing a business and learned to focus on every part of the job search and selection process to get back to work and create my career. Being in the recruiting industry gave me great insights into how to move when to move, and where to move to maximize the years I have left in my career. I did pretty well and now I want to help other people avoid any of the mistakes I made and do even better. That would be great if I could share what I know to make other people successful.