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Get a Life, Not a Job: Do What You Love and Let Your Talents Work For You [Kindle Edition]

Paula Caligiuri PhD
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Book Description

You can design your own career, so you love what you do! You only have one life: why settle for anything less? Whether you’re an entrepreneur or working within a company, Get a Life, Not a Job shows how you can make it happen for yourself. You’ll learn how to move towards a fulfilling career that offers greater work-life balance, financial security, and personal control over your future -- and more sheer pleasure and inspiration from the work you do. You’ll learn how to allocate more time to roles you enjoy, and shed roles you can’t stand… identify career choices you’ll be passionate about, and build your skills and abilities to match them… improve your career without leaving your employer, and make your position more resistant to downsizing… define a mix of several stimulating and liberating wealth-building activities that keep your life engaged and balanced… keep personal relationships healthy while you pursue work you’ll love. This book doesn’t just teach you powerful career techniques: it profiles people in all walks of life who’ve used these them to build truly inspiring careers. With greater workplace uncertainty than ever, you can no longer afford to let anyone else control your destiny — or to maintain outdated “psychological contracts” with your employer. You need to take control of your own career and future. With this book’s help, you can do just that — and make work more fulfilling than you ever dreamt possible.

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A psychologist, career coach, and Rutgers University professor of Human Resource Management, Caliguiri uses her significant practical wisdom to turn the pie-in-the-sky notion of "doing what you love" into an achievable lifestyle. Caligiuri makes a convincing case that, as employers no long show any long-term loyalty to their employees, it's up to workers to take control of their own destiny. Thus she provides a progressive plan of attack focusing on empowerment and fulfillment-chapters range from "Discover What Really Motivates You" to "Integrate Your Career with Your Life Priorities"-with helpful questionnaires, exercises, and case studies of people whose multiple career "acts" have given them happiness as well as financial freedom (such as a nurse of 30 years who turned her love of sewing into a paying side business, or Caligiuri herself, whose career has included four acts). Though "do what you love" may seem like a luxurious conceit in a time of economic recession, Caligiuri provides a cumulative, practical plan for leveraging skills, talents, and interests to add income and value to life.
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From the Back Cover

With a radically new approach to redesigning your career--get more passion, more fulfillment...better work-life balance...and real financial freedom!


You only have one life. Why not love what you do? Discover how others have made it happen--and how you can too! One step at a time, learn how to

  • Start spending more time in a career you enjoy and less on work you hate...
  • Identify career choices you'll love and build your skills to match them...
  • Transform and “layoff-proof your current job...
  • Define a mix of wealth-building activities that stimulate and liberate you...
  • Escape outdated “psychological contracts that let others control your destiny...
  • Build the inspiring career you deserve!
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Product Details

  • File Size: 468 KB
  • Print Length: 209 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0137058497
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: FT Press; 1 edition (March 5, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0035IIBRS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #663,005 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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115 of 124 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This Kindle "edition" is just a sample chapter September 30, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Since when did a "try it free" sample count as an actual free ebook offer?

This book is being described as the full book in three places: in the title, on the cover image, and in the Product Details section. That means it's showing up in Amazon's Top 100 Free list as well. However, in the Product Description it says it's just an excerpt. Confused, I downloaded it to see for myself: turns out it's basically the same thing as the "try it free" sample every Kindle book offers.

I really wish Amazon would enforce some sort of policy that would require publishers to clearly and consistently portray their Kindle offerings accurately. This was a freebie, so there's no lost money, but that doesn't make it less annoying when you think you're getting one thing and you get something else entirely. Besides that, it hogs space on the Top 100 Free list even though it's not providing anything different than every other non-free book on the Kindle store.
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133 of 154 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sad to say this is too rosey a picture April 5, 2010
By Robin
Hmmm so many five star reviews? Given the book I was shocked, until I found that most were written by reviewers who have only reviewed one book--this one!

Okay, on with the review.

Paula Caligiuri, a Professor of Human Resource Management at Rutgers points out that the social contract between employer and employee has changed, our work lives take up most of our lives. She encourages people to manage their careers not by changing jobs, but by nurchuring their talents. Professor Caligiuri is clearly a compassionate person who wants people to think seriously about how they spend their lives.

But Paula Caligiuri doesn't realize that people spend their lives in companies because gettting out of a company, at a senior level, and devoting yourself to freelance means making an irreversible decision--labeling yourself as one who "could not make it." If you are over the age of 45 you will be labeled as someone who is washed up. Don't believe me? Try submitting a resume to a corporate giant with 30 years of stellar progressively responsible management achievement followed by two recent years of selling stuff on eBay or selling your handmade jewelry from a website. Generally it would be tough. In this economy its career suicide so you had better be 100% sure that that jewelry business is going to come through for you.

I am an executive recruiter and I wish I could love this book but if a 45 year old executive asked me if he should slowly cut back his corporate responsibilities at his 150K job to pursue photography, writing and his eBay business I would ask him or her this:

1) Are you aware that if you leave company X and do not follow it up with another similar 150K management job--that your corporate career is probably over?
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Appealing But Incomplete October 7, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Instead of hoping for a lifelong career with one employer, Paula Caligiuri wants you to focus on "career acts," productive components that make meaning and, ideally, money. To that end, she proposes you take a hard look at what you can leverage in your life, what skill sets make you uniquely valuable, and what strategic choices you can make to render yourself irreplaceable. I have mixed feeling about the finished product.

On the plus side, Caligiuri makes a persuasive case for diversifying yourself. A one-task job and one-boss career might have worked for our parents, but today, we need to strategize for both this job and the next one. That means planning our own multi-pronged careers, with a broad safety net and many irons in the fire. Caligiuri's career model looks enticing when I've been wondering who I'll work for in three months.

On the minus side, I have two caveats. First, Caligiuri's suggestions mostly speak to managerial workers and skilled professionals. Laborers can do little to increase their institutional indespensibility or make themselves more crucial, especially when a volatile economy makes sticking your neck out a poor career move.

Second, while leveraging what makes you happy sounds good, how realistic is that for most of us? Consider how many people really, REALLY want to be actors, novelists, full-time parents, or (let's not kid ourselves) drunks. Now consider how many have the connections, resources, or luck to live the dream. X does not equal Y.

Perhaps Caligiuri addresses my qualms in later chapters. But my Kindle edition is only a sample, containing just the introduction and first two chapters. I think I get Caligiuri's broad ideas, but if she explicates fine details, I'll need to buy the print edition. As it stands, her ideas look appealing but not yet clarified.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Excerpt, not a book October 1, 2010
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While the content is helpful, this free Kindle book is an excerpt, NOT the entire book. While the product description does indicate that this is an excerpt, the item title and cover do not. I downloaded the book thinking I was getting the whole thing and was sadly surprised that I didn't.

Amazon: please enforce a universal method for publishers to indicate that a kindle book is an excerpt or preview! Macmillan includes "preview" or "excerpt" in the item title; why can't the other publishers follow suit?
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be required reading March 19, 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
As a retired US Army NCO I know how important and difficult it is to advise people on career choices, most people want the answers handed to them. This book is a great tool to help people think for themselves, to look beyond what they do for a daily job and find options for careers within their hobbies and passions. I highly recommend this book. "Get a Life Not a Job" should be mandatory reading for all members of the military and their dependent spouses.

Dan Frontera
SFC, USA (Ret)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Total waste of money..... sample book.
Published 21 days ago by patrick f o'brien
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you to the author
This was an excellent book. Thank you to the author sincerely. I shared my biggest learnings about our "second act" with friends and encouraged folks to read it.. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sandra dee
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I wish this book was longer... I love this book and the ideas it champions. This book is more about leading a fulfilling life than about jobs or work.
Published 4 months ago by ann shang
5.0 out of 5 stars This book came at the right time for me!
In a moment when I was at a tipping point in my life, a friend of mine recommended this book. It was just what I needed to close a chapter in my book in order to start a new one. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Yimy
3.0 out of 5 stars More of the same - good for first timers.
Too similar to so many other books 'out there'. Solid advice if its the first book of this type you have read. Otherwise it's just more of the same. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Scott Tower
3.0 out of 5 stars Good ideas, but not a perfect fit for everyone.
Get a Life Not a Job by Paula Caligiuri is a welcome change from books about work which tell you how to make more money at your current job (which you probably hate). Read more
Published 21 months ago by Riyad Kalla
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
It was interesting reading it, but I did not apply anything into my life. I still have a job, and I think I have a life, but I guess I have to read it again, since I never actually... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Carmen
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Enough
This book is helpful, but maybe a little too simplistic in it's approach to finding another career or position. No truly inspirational. Read more
Published on January 3, 2013 by lisatz
4.0 out of 5 stars A Refreshing Change in Thinking
Paula Caligiuri, (a professor at Rutgers who studies work-life issues and is a career coach) guides us through the process of how to change the way we approach work and the... Read more
Published on November 14, 2012 by Ron Wis
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT AS ADVERTISED
This product is advertised as an Electronic version of this book but in reality is only a sample of chapter one. Read more
Published on September 27, 2012 by Mr. Wallace
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More About the Author

Paula Caligiuri, Ph.D. is a work psychologist dedicated to helping companies, business teams, and executives become effective in today's complex global environment.

Dr. Paula Caligiuri is a Professor in the Human Resource Management Department at Rutgers University, where she was the Director of the Center for Human Resource Strategy (CHRS) from 2001 until 2010. Paula is a leading expert in strategic human resource management with a focus on global leadership development, international assignee management, and cultural agility. She has been recognized as one of the most prolific authors in the field of international business for her work in these areas.

She is also the President of Caligiuri and Associates, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in selection, performance management, and development of culturally agile professionals. Across a wide range of industries, her clients include private sector, military, and non-profit organizations in the United States, Asia, Australia, and Europe. Paula is a frequent keynote speaker for industry conferences and company meetings and is an expert guest CNN and CNN International.

Dr. Caligiuri's academic publications include several articles in the International Journal of Human Resource Management, Journal of World Business, Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, and International Journal of Intercultural Relations and she currently serves as the HR Area Editor for the prestigious Journal of International Business Studies. Paula has written Managing the Global Workforce (Wiley, 2010) with Dave Lepak and Jaime Bonache and Get a Life, Not a Job: Do What You Love and Let Your Talents Work for You (FT Press, 2010).

Dr. Caligiuri holds a M.S. and Ph.D. from Penn State University in industrial and organizational psychology.


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