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Get a Life, Not a Job: Do What You Love and Let Your Talents Work For You Paperback – March 15, 2010
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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“layoff-proof your current job...Define a mix of wealth-building activities that stimulate and liberate you...Escape outdated “psychological contracts that let others control your destiny...Build the inspiring career you deserve!
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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.
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?Read more ›
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.
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?
Critics of this book are concerned that it paints too rosy a picture and that once a corporate executive leaves the fast track either voluntarily or involuntarily, he/she must get back on fairly quickly or risk being shut out forever. My response to this is that millions of Americans are being thrown off track and finding another suitable corporate position is either psychologically unpalatable or unlikely due to ageism, geographic restrictions, or economic shifts. This book tries to give some alternative career pathways and is a terrific start in helping people to change their mindset about work.Read more ›
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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 morePublished 16 months ago by Sandra dee
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 17 months ago by No nonsense
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 morePublished 22 months ago by Yimy
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 morePublished on October 18, 2013 by Scott Tower
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 morePublished on July 22, 2013 by Riyad Kalla
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 morePublished on May 9, 2013 by Carmen
This book is helpful, but maybe a little too simplistic in it's approach to finding another career or position. No truly inspirational. Read morePublished on January 3, 2013 by lisatz