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Brazen Careerist: The New Rules for Success Hardcover – May 25, 2007
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"BRAZEN CAREERIST has the street-smarts you need to make your career and life work for you from the start. Read it now, or you'll wish you had when you're 40!" -- Keith Ferrazzi, bestselling author of Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time
"Penelope Trunk brings considerable savvy and a fresh new perspective to the business of career success. Bold and sometimes unconventional, BRAZEN CAREERIST gives readers much to think about as well as concrete, practical suggestions that will help them know what they want, and know how to get it." -- Paul D. Tieger, author of Do What You Are and CEO of SpeedReading People, LLC
"Take everything you think you 'know' about career strategies, throw them away, and read this book because the rules have changed. 'Brazen,' 'counter-intuitive,' and 'radical' are the best three descriptions of Trunk's work. Life is too short to be stuck in a rat hole..." -- Guy Kawasaki, author of The Art of the Start
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Trunk is known for test-driving her advice before spewing it. Her own career choices have been featured by TIME magazine and the London Guardian as examples of the new issues people face at work today. Both the New York Times and Business Week cited Trunk's writing as especially in tune with this new workplace. In her personal life, Trunk routinely (often awkwardly) demonstrates buzzwords before they buzz, like the quarterlife crisis, portfolio career, and shared-care parenting.
Her new book is Brazen Careerist: The New Rules for Success. It was published by Warner Books in May 2007.
Trunk spent ten years as a marketing executive in the software industry and then she founded two companies of her own. She has endured an IPO, a merger and a bankruptcy. Prior to that she was a professional beach volleyball player.
Trunk started writing business advice when Fortune magazine published an open call for a woman to write about her own life as an executive. Trunk auditioned with a piece about her brother's stupid Internet ideas, and a piece about her boss's appeal, and she won the job. Today, she is a columnist at Yahoo Finance and the Boston Globe, and her syndicated column runs in more than 200 publications worldwide.
Trunk has spent roughly ten years each in Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles and New York City. Recently, taking her own advice about how to leverage scientific data to choose a job and a place to live, she landed in Madison, Wisconsin. The first word her baby learned in Wisconsin was cow.
Trunk is also a popular public speaker. This is true, but not massively true. For example, where she has spoken, she has been popular, but she does not speak all the time. That said, as a career advisor, Trunk realizes that a bio is not so much factual as aspirational, and she feels compelled to put an aspirational paragraph in her own bio. Otherwise, how can she advise other people on setting goals for themselves that are a bit of a reach?
She is dedicated to helping people find success at the intersection of work and life, because that's what she wants for herself. She thinks of career advice as a group effort - the movement for her generation ' so please email her. Or at least check out her blog, where she posts daily tips for making work life and personal life one happy, synchronized adventure.
Top Customer Reviews
Yes, Gen Xers and Yers are moving into the workforce and redefining work, etc. etc. However, in most industries and companies, there are still baseline levels of comportment, behavior, etiquette, etc. that people are expected to maintain. I have worked for two Fortune 1000 companies and what I have found is that in many cases, the younger people moving in to replace Baby Boomers aren't rejecting their values and beliefs wholesale, as Trunk would have you believe, but adopting some and rejecting some others. Overall, I see more people buying into their own corporate culture and carrying on at least the major tenets than rejecting it completely.
Trunk admits on her blog she's been fired many times for a wide variety of offenses, including insubordination, inattention to her work, etc. One of my old bosses, who had an MBA from Stanford, said it best - always beware of people who make a career out of writing about having a career, rather than actually having one. I am not sure what credentials being a professional beach volleyball player gives you in the business world, but I don't necessarily think that being a professional blogger and getting one book published indicates someone is at the pinnacle of their profession, and therefore in a position to be dispensing advice to others. I don't claim to be at the pinnacle of my profession, but I can also say that I've never been fired for blowing off work assignments to work on freelance jobs. I've actually never been fired, period. My best piece of advice to any generation of worker is this: almost any company, big or small, is looking for people who make some attempt to fit themselves into the system, to some degree.Read more ›
In my opinion, you should not buy this book.
Ms. Trunk touts herself as a career "expert" but if you read her bio, there is nothing that gives her these qualifications. She worked for a handful of companies, all of which went bankrupt or otherwise folded (even the company she founded is out of business); she was a professional volley ball player (not sure how that enhances her as an "expert"); and for a while she modeled advertisements on her chest. And we're supposed to take her seriously????
I'm not even sure she has a college degree (nothing is mentioned in her bio, which leads me to believe she only has a high school education), and she certainly doesn't have any advanced degrees, nor has she published any serious studies on careers/career-related issues (everything is pretty much her opinion, rarely backed up by serious data). I don't even consider her 10 years as a marketing exec to be anything of substance. How can you possibly be an "expert" by remaining in one field for your entire worklife?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Super good for a mom of teens wanting to have more insight to give to them. I found that some of my career advice to them is wrong.Published 10 months ago by PatriciaInCA
The book was okay. There were a few good takeaways but a lot of it was common sense or personal opinion. It was a short read and had some good points. Overall just okay.Published 20 months ago by ABickel
I love this book. Its a great motivator for the person wanting to start their own business and get out of the cubicle. Read morePublished on October 5, 2012 by Dr. Sheryl Salkowitz
Brazen careerist takes the idea of the workplace as we know it, flips it upside down and offers suggestions on how to behave in ways that are often contrary to the way many boomers... Read morePublished on May 7, 2012 by Dianne W
This is perfect for those individual who have done zero things to forward their career. However, if you have a good network you should probably skip this book.Published on January 16, 2012 by jmillage
Penelope Trunk is interesting. You want to hate her guts, maybe even kill her. But, then you know she is right. Read morePublished on October 9, 2011 by Jason M. Hrycyk
What is passing for advice these days is beyond me. I didn't buy the book, one of my younger employees did, and she was so disgusted she left in on the conference table -- saying... Read morePublished on August 5, 2010 by cla
Brazen CareeristI picked up a copy of Brazen Careerist after stumbling upon Penelope's blog of the same name, reading through the archives, and thinking to myself that this is... Read morePublished on April 6, 2009 by Trent Hamm
Short, fast read. Most of the content is available in more detailed books such as "What Color is Your Parachute?" and "Don't Send a Resume". Read morePublished on February 3, 2009 by Don't Bother