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Career Contentment: Don't Settle for Anything Less! Paperback – January 17, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1562865061 ISBN-10: 1562865064

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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: ASTD (January 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1562865064
  • ISBN-13: 978-1562865061
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,821,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The 7 Habits of career management. Combining positive psychology with sound career exploration and recruiting principles, Garton offers the secrets not of mere job satisfaction (which he shows is a myth in today's changing workplace). Instead, he maps the path to career contentment, a much more lasting kind of fulfillment that depends only on ourselves, regardless of who our employer is. A must-read for today's worker! --Marcia Bench, MCCC, Founder/Director, Career Coach Institute

This book offers a smart new take on why job dissatisfactions won't go away. For anyone looking to infuse contentment into a career, read these pages and prepare to take notes. --DANIEL H. PINK, Author of A WHOLE NEW MIND

This is not your typical career book. Garton challenges the myth of job satisfaction and teaches you how to leverage the power of your contented state of mind to connect with your callings, navigate your career, and to fulfill your purpose with or without job satisfaction. This is a must read for every career minded person. --TOM THURMAN, Senior Vice President, Kraft Foods International

About the Author

Jeff Garton is a global career-coach and executive recruiter who lives with his family near Chicago, Illinois. He formerly worked in Human Resources with the Philip Morris Companies, where he led the global staffing functions for Kraft Foods and the Miller Brewing Company. Jeff has devoted his entire career to recruiting and coaching people through transitions across North and South America, Europe and Asia. Jeff holds an MA degree in Organizational Communication and Public Personnel Administration, a BA degree in History and Political Science, and a coaching certification with the Career Coach Institute. He received two best in class awards for recruitment marketing from the Employment Management Association. Jeff is also a contributing author to Employment Management Today, a former advisory board member to the National Society of Hispanic MBAs and a volunteer facilitator for the Career Resource Center in Lake Forest, IL. Jeff is a member of the International Coaching Federation, International Association of Career Management Professionals, and the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), and the Employment Management Association.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Richard G. Petty on March 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
Most people don't enjoy going to work. And some loathe and detest it. That is extremely sad when you think how much time and energy we dedicate to it. And this dislike of work is not simply a matter of personal dissatisfaction; it can cripple every aspect of our lives and undermine the effectiveness of businesses both large and small.

Enter Jeffrey Garton's new book, which is a masterpiece! I was privileged to see an advance copy of the book, and I have had some fascinating discussions with the author, who has single-handedly identified a key aspect of our work and professional lives that has slipped under the radar.

We have all heard about job satisfaction, but that is only part of the equation. Contentment is the fruit of meaningful work. It is a cornerstone of resilience and the avoidance of burnout, so it is one of the most important aspects of personal empowerment and business success. Understanding the crucial role of career contentment should also help with one of the major challenges facing corporate America: the huge reservoir of younger employees who cannot settle into careers, and jump from one company or industry to another. A contented employee is unlikely to want to keep moving!

Jeff Garton is hugely experienced and has thought deeply about the problems faced by employers and employees alike. But it is not just a book about business; it is also a book about gaining a new set of attitudes and skills that can radically change the way in which we see and conduct ourselves. The book is road and deep, and also richly textured: it is full of practical advice and precise programs that could change the face of work as we know it.

This is more than a book: it is a totally new perspective that should birth a revolution in the workplace.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 6, 2008
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Why won't job discontentment go away?? From the myths of job satisfaction and how to make successful career choices to avoiding ruts and meeting employer expectations, CAREER CONTENTMENT: DON'T SETTLE FOR ANYTHING LESS! Is packed with tips on what makes or breaks a career, how to appreciate employers and identify satisfying career paths and options, and more. An excellent, highly recommended pick for any library strong in career counseling or job placement services.
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By Amazon Customer on February 17, 2014
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I selected the book because it was either recommended or I enjoyed the synopsis. The book is for self development. It is a great book to read to expand knowledge.
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