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Chris Fontanella

Chris Fontanella is the founder of Encore Professionals Group, a professional services firm specializing in the identification and placement of accounting and finance candidates in temporary and permanent positions. He previously served as Division Director for Robert Half International and Client Service Director for Resources Global Professionals.

Prior to entering the staffing industry, he spent years studying theology and preparing for ministry, having received his bachelor’s degree from Oral Roberts University and his master’s from Fuller Theological Seminary. Chris is also the author of Against the Grain: Counterintuitive Ideas on Business and Life, a unique account of the atypical philosophies behind his own success in the competitive staffing industry.

Chris continues to provide staffing services through Encore while he explores the world of writing and publication.

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Jump-Start Your Career

Ten tips to get you going

Looking for a Meaningful Work Life?

You’ve just graduated college and embarked on your first “real” job. Now you’re asking yourself, “How will I do this for the next forty years?” What you need is a jolt of encouragement. While work is not life, it can be rewarding and noteworthy—even a calling.

Jump-Start Your Career is not a book of tips on resume writing and interviewing, or steps you should take to ascend the corporate ladder. It doesn’t tell you how to explain the gaps in your resume, how to negotiate your salary, or when to ask for a raise. You won’t learn how to exit a company without burning a bridge. In sum, it’s not a how-to manual.

Instead this is a guidebook to help shape who you are as a person, which in turn can shape your career. You’ll learn how to

  • Identify the overarching theme that gives your life meaning
  • Map out your career by finding your “area of exploration”
  • Abandon inconsequential goals
  • Concentrate more on getting the job done and less on getting credit


Tune Up Your Career

Tips & cautions for peak performance in the workplace

Are the Dashboard Lights of Your Career Engine Flashing?

You’ve worked for several employers, paid some dues, and attempted to climb the corporate ladder, but despite your years of experience, do you still find it hard to navigate the corporate world? Have you lost your drive? Has the evolution of your working life slowed, or worse yet, stalled?

If the answer to any of those questions is yes, you’d better take a look under the hood before it’s too late and learn to 

  • Take ownership of your career: Assume complete responsibility for your life of employment.
  • Consider entrepreneurship: Take a hard look at whether you are meant to be in business for yourself.
  • Take a broader view of “wrong” moves: Embrace a more positive perspective about the missteps taken on your career path.
  • Realize a step down can be a step up: Learn to align yourself with a job that allows you to be true to yourself.

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Against the Grain

Counterintuitive Ideas on Business and Life

The unique story of success and the atypical philosophies behind one man’s achievements. It’s an account of Chris Fontanella’s journey from the ministry to the staffing industry and lessons learned along the way.This book offers entrepreneurs, salespeople, and anyone who believe alternate views and approaches and being true to oneself, an insightful outlook on how to achieve one’s goals.


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