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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing, LLC (April 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598586017
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598586015
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 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: #673,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Krissy on August 4, 2012
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I'm only half-way through the book, and so far so good. It's only 114 pages, but I can tell that author J.T. O'Donnell put forth MUCH effort into this. This book is only useful if you actually answer the questions in a journal/notebook. Take your time, because the book will last longer that way. It's not meant to be just a quick read.

She asks questions like "Are you trying to live up to someone else's definition of success?" Just to challenge readers to find out what influences them in life. There's a bunch of other quizzes/assessments to help people find out what kinds of learning styles they have--like visual/verbal--or interaction styles, like Contemplator or Empathizer. The latter is especially good to know, because it helps gauge whether you're in the correct, supportive learning environment.

Some things she describes are new/interesting, while other content may look familiar. To me, this was worth buying. If it weren't so engaging and only lectured me, I probably wouldn't say the same. With this book, I feel like I have a career coach by my side, and it only cost me $20 bucks.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Barry L. Davis on July 19, 2010
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Subtitled The Smart Approach to a Satisfying Career, the author is the founder of the website [...], as well as a contributor along with Dale Dauten to `JT & Dale Talk Jobs, ` the largest nationally syndicated career advice column in the country.

This book chronicles her personal career journey in the creation of what she calles the "G.L.O.W." method of career development, using each of the letters to focus the four key parts of the book. Here is a brief overview of this excellent and practical process:

1. Gain Perspective - Seeking balance in work and life, challenging some of the key mistakes people make in directing their career focus. This section includes worksheets, assessments and assignments around values, interaction, learning and work styles, as well as passions and interests. The result of all of this introspection is the reader's PSP (Personal Success Profile). This is the most comprehensive portion of the book.

2. Luminate Your Goal - Focus on establishing, tracking and meeting the goals and objectives that have been identified in the PSP. Time is dedicated to discussing the practicality and application of career tests as well as completing a Career Matrix to put the pieces of the Goal "puzzle" together.

3. Own Your actions - Practical advice on resumes (I don't necessarily agree with all of her recommendations, notably always having a one page resume and using email instead of thank-you notes, but she gives much solid advice nonetheless), information interviews, job search methods and the selection and use of a Career Mentor. I particularly appreciated her advice and practical approach to handling what she calls NST - Negative Self Talk.

4. Work It Daily - Establish a G.L.O.W.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bud Bilanich, The Common Sense Guy on March 13, 2012
I spent some time with JT O'Donnell the other day. JT is the founder of Careerelism.com and Career HMO. She is an incredibly talented and gifted person - and a great source of life and career success advice. JT gave me a copy of her book Careerealism: The Smart Approach to a Satisfying Career.

JT's career advice is based on her G.L.O.W. model...

* G - Gain Perspective
* L - Luminate Your Goal
* O - Own Your Actions
* W - Work It Daily

I like this model, and not just because I offer similar advice in my career success books and coaching, but because it is common sense. Let's take a look at each of these four tips for career success...

Gain Perspective - Perspective is important. You have to figure out what's important to you in your life and career. You need to understand yourself. JT says you should spend time figuring out your core values - what matters most to you. She suggests that you should create a success statement - what success means to you personally. This is important career advice. Too many people are in careers that others wanted for them. Tweet 6 in my career advice book Success Tweets says, "Make sure your personal mission and vision are what you want - not what someone else wants for you." Tweet 7 says, "Figure out what you really want to do. Work you love will make it easier to create the career success you want and deserve."

Luminate Your Goal - JT says that laminating your goal is "lighting up" your career goal by taking steps to ensure it works with your unique personal style and preference. She suggests that you need to create a "Career Criterion List." To do this, she suggests you think about several factors and decide if they are a "must have," a "nice to have," or a don't want.
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