Author Darrell Doepke loves music; all kinds of music. So he titled the chapters and sections of this book as “Albums” and “Tracks.” From newer acts to classic songwriters, he can appreciate a well-crafted tune in so many different genres. Some of the track titles are actual song titles. Here’s a sampling of what you’ll learn in each “album:”

Demo Album: Prepare for the

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”

That was a quote by Abraham Lincoln, who clearly understood the importance of preparation. The tracks in this album focus on the realities that teens with no work experience must face. For years Doepke observed first-timers on the job; he knows how and why they often fall short of their boss’s expectations. You’ll start sharpening their own axes here.

Album One: The Process of

The author explains to you in great detail what your teen should expect during the application stage– and how to prepare for it. There is a process of elimination that happens long before they’ll ever get to a face-to-face interview with an employer. You’ll try to keep them out of the “No” pile for as long as possible.

Album Two: Survive and Advance

If they’ve made it this far in the process, they’re doing OK. But now the hurdles get higher. A decision maker needs more information before they invest much time in your young adult. Email and phone screening techniques aim to ferret out more weak candidates and reduce the chances of the employer wasting time by talking to someone who is not going to be a good fit for their business.

Album Three: Finally Face-to-Face

The actual in-person interview is often the last step of the hiring process before an offer is made. Most candidates never make it this far. But if your teen does, you can help them pass this “chemistry test” and give them a heads-up on what kinds of questions a decision maker might ask them. For the best chance at getting the job, your son or daughter needs to be able to answer all of them.

Bonus Tracks

Doepke offers some final words of encouragement to parents, teachers and teens at the end of the book.


Also see Darrell Doepke's other book The Part-Timer Primer™. Learn more