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WASHINGTON DC, December 1, 2009 — Sharon Armstrong and Barbara Mitchell, co-authors of the popular human resources book, The Essential HR Handbook (, got word today that their 2008 book is so successful that it will go into its second printing later this month.

Nearly 6000 copies have been sold to date, an impressive amount for a business book, explains the publisher, Career Press. It plans to print 2000 more copies just in time for the holiday rush.

While many of the books are sold at national retail bookstore chains such as Barnes & Noble, the majority of books are sold through In addition to being available in paperback, the 224-page book is one of fewer than 300,000 titles that were selected to be compatible with Amazon’s Kindle e-book reader.

“We couldn’t be more excited that the book is doing so well,” says Armstrong, who is also the author of Stress-free Performance Appraisals, which is also in its second printing. Her next book, The Essential Performance Review Handbook will be published in the spring of 2010.

“Human resource professionals are not only charged with resolving labor issues, but help acquire, train, appraise, and make sure employees are fairly compensated, while attending to their concerns about labor relations, health and safety, and fairness,” Armstrong explains. “It’s a big job, but we make it easier by outlining guidelines and best practice recommendations in the 12 chapters of our book.”

“Whether you are a newly promoted manager, a seasoned business owner, or a human resources professional, knowing the ins and outs of dealing with HR issues is critical to your success,” says Mitchell, who worked for Marriott Corporation and several technology firms in the Washington DC area before launching her own company — The Millennium Group International — in 1998. “We couldn’t be happier that so many people are being helped by the information in the book.”


With this easy-to-read paperback, you’ll learn how to effectively and efficiently:
• Individually manage each employee, starting on his or her first day.
• Manage a multi-generational workforce.
• Appraise job performance.
• Coach and counsel.
• Provide equitable pay, benefits, and total rewards strategies.
• Minimize legal risk.

“Finally, a complete, clear, and concise book that covers every essential element of that mix of art and science we call HR,” says Joe Calloway, author of Work Like You’re Showing Off. “It’s 100% applicable to the real-world challenges faced by today’s HR manager or business owner.”

“This should be required reading for all owners of growing businesses and new managers launching their careers,” adds Stephen J. O’Connor, senior director of staffing, ESPN Inc. “Seasoned HR professionals will also find value in this quick guide to the essentials of managing people.”

“This book is easy to use, and full of solid advice and information from diversity to interviews to legal issues,” notes Chester Elton, co-author of The Carrot Principle. “If you are an HR professional, you should have this book at the ready every day.”


Sharon Armstrong began her career in human resources in 1985 as a recruiter/trainer in a large Manhattan law firm. Since launching her own consulting business in 2000, she has provided training and completed HR projects for hundreds of clients. Sharon is also the author of Stress-free Performance Appraisals, which she co-wrote in 2003 with Madelyn Appelbaum.

Barbara Mitchell, a human resources professional and former co-owner of The Millennium Group International, LLC, is a frequent speaker on HR topics. Much of her business career was spent in leadership positions at Marriott International and several technology companies in Washington DC.

Both authors live in the Washington, D.C. area.

• List Price: $14.99
• Paperback: 224 pages
• Publisher: Career Press (August 1, 2008)
• Language: English
ISBN-10: 1564149900 / ISBN-13: 978-1564149909
• Product Dimensions: 8.3 × 5.5 × 0.7 inches
• Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces

FOR MORE INFORMATION, or to arrange an interview with the authors, please contact Hope Katz Gibbs, Inkandescent Public Relations, 703-346-6975,