Author Interview – Julie Bauke

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

I wrote “Stop Peeing On Your Shoes: Avoiding the 7 Mistakes That Screw up your Job Search” after working with clients for 10+ years who were in job search. I saw really smart, accomplished professionals make the same mistakes over & over again- mostly because no one taught them how to really do a good job search the right way. I focused my book around the most common mistakes- what they are and how to avoid & what to do instead. I use client stories and humor liberally to make my points.

Tell us something about yourself.

This was my first book and it flew out of my head in 6 weeks- it felt like an out of body experience! I live in Cincinnati in a house full of male creatures- a husband, two teenage boys and three male dogs…and I love it! I feel like I was born to inspire & educate people to really take back their careers…and taking charge of your job search is one way to do that.

What inspired you to write this book?

Seeing way too many people doing the wrong things and have nowhere to turn to get the clue they needed to turn it around

Why did you decide on to self-publish?

Because I wanted to get it done quickly- my way. Plus I had no idea how to find a publisher!

How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?

Writing is just part of what I do, but I do remember writing a story when I was in 4th grade about sisters competing against each other in a beauty pageant. I do remember that there was lots of jealousy involved and all of the girls were, of course, beautiful! So I must have been destined to write at least one book- just took me a “few” years to get there.

Did you learn anything from writing this book?

How hard it is for me to sit still!

What are you reading now?

A book I got for Christmas by NYT writer Gail Collins called American Women-When Everything Changed.

What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? Why?

For some reason that would probably require a diagnosis by someone with a couch in their office, I love True Crime stories. I am so fascinated by human nature- why people do what they do. Crime is such an extreme that I am especially fascinated by it.

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

If I can do it, anyone can. There are so many resources available out there to help you with the stuff you aren’t good at. I have gotten a lot of feedback that I am a very strong writer, but getting the whole thing pulled together and printed, cartoons, done etc., I needed help on and found it –pretty cost effectively

What are you doing to promote your latest book?

I am using a lot of social media tools. In fact, I posted my book on LinkedIn Chicago and a producer saw it, liked the title, and I was asked to come tape some segments for a Chicago morning TV show on job search.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

My website is www.congruitycareer.com and the book is available there as well as on Amazon.