Lisa Caldas Kappesser – The Smart New Way to Get Hired

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

The Smart New Way to Get Hired: Use Emotional Intelligence and Land the Right Job, Published by JIST, 2010.

My book is a self-help non fiction book that is easy to read and can be used as a resource, flipping to whatever chapter is relevant to the job seeker or career changer.

I wrote the book to help others land the right job and develop skills critical to success. Research shows emotional intelligence is the largest predictor of career success. Emotional intelligence or EQ for short is a group of skills or competencies that when used together effectively help one achieve goals or create a desired impact. The four skill sets are: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and social skills. They are personal and social skills that are often taken for granted but can make a big difference when comparing candidates for a position or a promotion.

Employers look for emotional intelligence when they hire or promote employees. They’re developing structured interview questions and giving assessments that tap into emotional intelligence, because research has convinced them that such intelligence is a critical part of developing high potentials, star performers and leaders. My book provides tips for developing one’s emotional intelligence and maximizing it to become a standout candidate in the job hunt and to provide direction on changing careers.

Tell us something about yourself.

I grew up and have lived in Ohio with my husband and 2 daughters who now attend an Ohio college. I was a counselor for 20 years in the non-profit and education industries and made a career transition about 5 years ago. I have always been about helping people reach their goals, and I made a transition to become a career coach to focus on helping people reach their career goals and attain their dream jobs. I completed training through the College of Executive Coaching and did contract work for a career consulting firm, while starting my own coaching and training business. My brand has been partnering with others to attain their goals and emotional intelligence is critical in this process. I work with growth minded individuals and organizations to grow their potential and increase performance to attain their goals.

What inspired you to write this book?

I wanted to help others achieve their goals and to grow my coaching business. I thought writing a book would help market myself and add to my credibility. It has also been a long time career goal of mine as well.

How did you choose the title?

JIST came up with various titles and asked me which one I liked.

What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?

I had few obstacles in writing this book. I was very lucky. I sent out query letters to 3 different publishers and on my first time around and I heard back from one of those three within a couple weeks which was JIST who published my book. Besides some luck and divine intervention, I researched which publishers would be interested in the kind of book I wanted to publish, and I was very targeted in my selection process of who I sent query letters.

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

I knew I could write from the feedback I received from professors in college who told me I have a very persuasive style of communication. I started writing magazine articles before I wrote the book.

Do you have any writing rituals?

I like to write early in the mornings which is my most energetic and creative time. I would get up at 5 or 6 am on the weekends and write until noon.

Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?

I learned a great deal about the process of writing and publishing a book.
I also had to market and promote my book so I adapted another set of skills that I did not have before this venture.

If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?

I would likely choose a different format for writing my next book and look for a bigger publisher that has a broader reach and possibly hire a publicist to market my book to increase sales and opportunities.

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

I like to read self-help books and non fiction books to learn and grow my knowledge and skills.

Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?

No I have no plans to write a second book at this time.

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

Target a group of publishers that would be interested in the subject and type of book (format, etc) that you want to write. Send letters and follow up. Don’t expect to make much money from your first book. First time authors get very little.

Who is the perfect reader for your book?

Job seekers, Career changers, Men and women returning to work after an extended absence, Individuals who want to grow their emotional intelligence or “people skills”.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

My website: