Bookcover and author, Chaz Pitts-Kyser

Nationwide ( -- Just 30 minutes of watching the news is enough to make the average young professional woman want to crawl beneath the covers. The headlines always seem to come back to the sluggish economy, high rate of unemployment, fierce competition for jobs, and ultimately, just how unlucky young professionals are for having to build a career amid such misfortune.

The bad news? It really is a tough time for job seekers everywhere. The good news? Armed with a new book, Careeranista: The Woman’s Guide to Success After College, young women can gain the knowledge and insight needed to begin crafting rewarding careers despite any obstacles they may face.

Written by Chaz Pitts-Kyser, a writer and speaker on career, women, and diversity issues, Careeranista is packed with advice to help women better navigate the path from college grad to savvy, sophisticated professional. Those already making a name for themselves will also find the book to be a must-have resource they can turn to time and time again to solve life’s many career conundrums. Careeranista builds on Pitts-Kyser’s first book, Embracing the Real World: The Black Woman’s Guide to Life After College.

At 32 chapters, Careeranista schools readers on everything from job searching in a tough job market, interviewing for jobs, succeeding in a new position, building a positive professional image, managing their boss, and getting their finances in check. But what sets this book apart from other career guides is that it’s specifically written for women and covers topics that most career-related books ignore, including issues affecting women of color. Battling racial discrimination, succeeding in corporate America, and overcoming self-doubt and fear of failure are just a few of the real-world issues Careeranista effectively tackles.

“College provides graduates with the book smarts needed to launch their careers, but not necessarily the professional smarts,” notes Pitts-Kyser. “To fill this gap, Careeranista coaches young women on the many aspects of working life, while empowering them to not only face the inevitable challenges ahead, but to take advantage of the myriad opportunities that surround them.”

Interwoven throughout Careeranista are the author’s own stories, humorously written and packed with life lessons. Adding to the book’s depth are personal essays by both seasoned professionals and rising stars. Dozens of tips from career experts further give women the know-how and confidence needed to thrive on their journeys as newly minted Careeranistas.

Careeranista should be required reading for all young women. The book is full of practical advice, useful tools, and real-life examples of how to survive and thrive in today’s competitive work environment,” said Dr. Julie Furst-Bowe, chancellor of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

About The Book
Careeranista: The Woman’s Guide to Success After College (Print ISBN# 0-9788188-2-2 / E-book ISBN# 0-9788188-3-0/Published by Seshet Press) can be purchased for $15.95 plus shipping through This recently launched career website offers women information and products to aid them in crafting a fulfilling work life. The book and ebooks can also be purchased through and

About the Author:
Chaz Pitts-Kyser is the founder of Careeranista, a company created to inspire, support, and educate women in their quest to lead more fulfilling lives; and a writer and speaker with a passion for empowering college students and young professionals to achieve personal and career success. As a keynote speaker and workshop facilitator, she is known for inspiring, educating, and entertaining her audience through her interactive presentation style, and she has spoken at universities and conferences throughout the United States. She received a master’s degree in publishing from Pace University, and bachelor’s degrees in journalism and sociology from Texas State University. Careeranista: The Woman’s Guide to Success After College builds on Chaz’s first book, Embracing the Real World: The Woman’s Guide to Life After College (2007), the first book created specifically for black collegiate women. To learn more about Chaz, visit

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