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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Original edition (December 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345508807
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345508805
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #357,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Few people consider how or why to change careers. Alexandra Levit's New Job, New You explores the motivation behind successful transitions and teaches you how to follow in the footsteps of others who are living their dreams. Let it guide you to success and joy."—Guy Kawasaki, author of The Art of the Start and Reality Check

"Is it time to follow your passion? Spend more time with your family? Walk through the job transition process with the help Alexandra Levit's New Job, New You. By diving into the pages of this insightful book, you'll be prepared to discover the secrets to loving your job." —Marshall Goldsmith, author of What Got You Here Won't Get You There

"New Job, New You is one of the best career books I've read in a very long time. It's packed with success stories, interesting statistics, and probing exercises. But equally important, it does a terrific job of helping readers understand their motivations for seeking change in the first place. If a new, better, or different career is on your horizon, you want—you need—Alexandra Levit as your guide." —Daniel H. Pink, author of A Whole New Mind

"Changing careers is in vogue, but what's missing for most people is the reason to do it in the first place, as well as the step by step actions required to make it happen. Alexandra Levit's New Job New You deftly explores the journeys of accomplished career changers at various life stages and instructs readers how to replicate their success."—Penelope Trunk, author of The Brazen Careerist

"The personal stories of how different individuals made their own career change are perhaps the jewels of this book. People learn through the example of others. New Job, New You offers practical and real world advice about taking charge of the career you want. Anyone thinking about reinventing themselves would do well to read this book."—Chris Russell, Founder, JobRadio.FM

"Career change is scary.  Alexandra Levit helps you face the fear and do it anyway. New Job, New You is full of inspiring stories and smart advice for anyone who longs for a more fulfilling career.  I love that Alexandra digs down into the motivations that drive career changers and provides guidance tailored to address the causes of job dissatisfaction, not just the symptoms.  I will confidently recommend this wonderful book to my career coaching clients."—Pamela Skillings, author of Escape from Corporate America
"Reinventing myself—the result of a painful pink slip—was my single best career move. It could be yours too with this smart, straightforward guide. If you're struggling to figure out what makes you tick—or how to turn those strengths and passions into a fulfilling career—dive in and let Alexandra Levit lead the way." –Tory Johnson, CEO of Women For Hire
"Alexandra Levit is the career guru of our times! Part adventure ride, part career guidebook, New Job, New You is outstanding and could not come at a better time for the many Americans who suffer work related frustrations."—Lisa Haneberg, author of Two Weeks to a Breakthrough
"This well-sourced guide can help nearly every working adult, since we all entertain thoughts of switching careers at some points in our lives.  New Job, New You could become the wisest investment for reshaping your professional life!"— Tom Musbach, editor, Yahoo! HotJobs
 "Written by seasoned career expert Alexandra Levit, New Job, New You is the perfect book for people who feel lost and are looking for a change. It sprinkles in just the right amount of motivation and practical advice to get you off the dime."—Ressler, co-author of Why Work Sucks and How to Fix It
"At a time when the future is uncertain and career reinvention is widespread, New Job, New You has the secret formula for opening your eyes and empowering you to make a difference in your life. "—Dan Schawbel, author of Me 2.0
"Career changes aren't easy, and now thanks to Alexandra Levit, no one has to undertake one blindly.   In New Job, New You, Levit provides both interesting and varied examples of successful career changers interspersed with inspirational and practical advice.  A must read for anyone seeking a career change in this difficult economy."—Diane K. Danielson, CEO of
 "I can't wait to give this book to everyone I know who's whined about hating their job or wondered how to pick themselves up after a devastating layoff. Alexandra Levit takes the guesswork and fear out of creating your own self-styled career, even in a shaky economic climate. The checklists, resources, and in-your-face quizzes are worth the cover price alone."—Michelle Goodman, author of My So-Called Freelance Life and The Anti 9-to-5 Guide
 "In New Job, New You, Alexandra Levit provides a wealth of information, ideas and inspiration for career changers in a wide variety of situations. This book combines Levit's expert guidance with courageous examples of real people who will motivate readers to take the leap into new careers of their own. I highly recommend it!"— Lindsey Pollak, author of Getting from College to Career
"New Job, New You is not just another career book - it is a must have resource for individuals at professional crossroads.  Alexandra Levit combines thorough research, years of career coaching experience and a fresh perspective to the topic of career transition.."—Christine Hassler, author of 20 Something Manifesto
"If you wake up every morning and say 'I love my job and love what I do,' then don't buy this book to read, but to give to one of your friends. If you can't make that statement, then read this book and start your own reinvention process."—Levy, CEO of Happy About
 "Alexandra Levit's New Job, New You is a timely, comprehensive, and no-fluff guide that answers the all-important questions of career change. If you've ever wanted to reinvent yourself but haven't known where to start, read this book." —Guillebeau, author of the blog, "The Art of Non-Conformity"
 "Alexandra Levit's New Job, New You should be handed out in unemployment offices, college career centers and chamber of commerce branches across the country.  Anyone who dreams of starting a new career, but who is afraid to take that first step will find Levit's book priceless." —Maria Pascucci, founder and president of Campus Calm
"In these economically precarious times, Alexandra Levit's new book shows you how to rediscover what your career is truly supposed to be." —Barry Moltz, author of Bounce

About the Author

Alexandra Levit is a nationally recognized business and workplace author and speaker. A syndicated columnist for the Wall Street Journal and a blogger for, Alexandra has authored several books, including the popular They Don't Teach Corporate in College, How'd You Score That Gig?, and Success for Hire.

Alexandra makes frequent national media appearances and has been featured in thousands of outlets including the New York Times, USA Today, National Public Radio, ABC News, Fox News, CNBC, the Associated Press, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, and Fortune, and her articles regularly appear on the home pages of CNN, MSN, and Yahoo!.

Known as one of the premiere spokespeople of her generation, Alexandra regularly speaks at conferences, universities, and corporations including Campbell's Soup, CIGNA, the Federal Reserve Bank, McDonalds, and Whirlpool — on issues facing modern employees. Alexandra is also a global spokesperson for Microsoft and has recently been called upon to speak to corporate C-suite audiences and Baby Boomer and Generation X managers about leveraging the talent of the Millennial generation.

Alexandra has ten years of experience providing integrated marketing communications solutions for Fortune 500 companies and is also skilled at providing guidance regarding twenty-first century motherhood, human resources and general business issues, and entrepreneurship. She graduated from Northwestern University and resides in Chicago, IL with her husband Stewart and son Jonah.

More About the Author

Alexandra Levit's goal is to help people succeed in meaningful jobs, and to build relationships between organizations and top talent. A former nationally syndicated columnist for the Wall Street Journal and a current writer for the New York Times, Alexandra has authored several books, including the bestselling They Don't Teach Corporate in College, How'd You Score That Gig?, Success for Hire, MillennialTweet, New Job, New You, and Blind Spots.

Since serving as a member of Business Roundtable's Springboard Project, which advised the Obama administration on current workplace issues, Alexandra produced the critically acclaimed JobSTART 101, a free online course that better prepares college students and graduates for the challenges of the workplace, and a U.S. Department of Labor course that helps military veterans transition to the civilian workforce.

Alexandra consults, writes, and explores leadership development, career and workplace trends on behalf of Microsoft, American Express, Intuit, and DeVry University. She has spoken at hundreds of organizations around the world including the American Management Association, the Federal Reserve Bank, Campbell Soup, McDonalds, and Whirlpool.

Alexandra is also a frequent national media spokesperson and is regularly featured in outlets including the New York Times, USA Today, National Public Radio, CNN, ABC News, CNBC, Forbes, the Associated Press, and Glamour. She was recently named Money Magazine's Online Career Expert of the Year and the author of one of Forbes' best websites for women.

A member of the Northwestern University Council of 100 and the Young Entrepreneur Council, Alexandra just received the prestigious Emerging Leader Award from her alma mater. The award honors a Northwestern graduate under 35 who had made a significant impact in her field and in society. She resides in Chicago, IL with her husband Stewart and their two young children.

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Elizabeth T. Smartt
I am confident that the insights I found in this book will help me reinvent myself and my career as I take on new opportunities!
Monica Leonelle O'Brien
I highly recommend this book for anyone who may be thinking about a career or job change.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dan Erwin on January 14, 2010
Format: Paperback
The headlines about jobs are pretty stark already two years into this recession. We're learning that even when the market recovers, some jobs won't return, that short term temps are going to become permanent temps, that companies are going to be providing less and less in the way of health care and pensions, and that workers are going to get paid less for a lot more work.

Faced with this tough marketplace you'd think that workers would be digging in and doing their best to hold on to their jobs--at least if they had one.

Yet more and more people are looking at their careers and giving serious thought to career change. As Rahm Emmanual puts it, "You never let a serious crisis go to waste." This is just the crisis to get a lot of people thinking and acting about reinventing their careers. But why do people reinvent themselves, and set out for a new career? And perhaps even more important in today's tough environment, how do people go about making a successful career change?

In a fascinating new book, New Job, New You: A Guide to Reinventing Yourself in a Bright New Career, Alexandra Levit, the well-known Wall Street Journal career writer and author of the highly successful, They Don't Teach Corporate in College, answers those two big questions: why do people reinvent themselves, and how do they do it?

Levit takes an unusual, yet highly relevant approach to career change. In her research she identified the seven basic motivations that drive people to make career change and sets up her book, chapter by chapter, with that information.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. Chandlee Bryan on February 5, 2010
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One of the biggest challenges of any career transition is getting started--especially when you are confronted with shifting priorities such as family, financial pressure, or simply the overwhelming feeling that your talents could be better used elsewhere. In the words of Taoist Philosopher Lao Tzu, "the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step." But how do you start to make a career move to a new job or industry when you don't have any role models?

I thought of this last night as I watched the DVD for Julie & Julia. As I too, am a blogger and live in New York, Julie Powell's cooking and writing project inspires me. But I tried modeling my life after a heroine years ago (I picked Anne of Green Gables for her work ethic, resiliency, and ability to fix awkward situations), and I discovered that--ultimately--it didn't work for me in the real world and especially not in Manhattan.

I've spent the last ten years helping others make career transitions. I've worked as a career counselor, a recruiter, and have worked with dozens of job seekers navigating transitions. My take-away: You can learn a lot from studying the past predicaments of individuals whose motivations are similar to your own.

Enter Alexandra Levit's New Job, New You. It's full of extended conversations with real people who've made career transitions, and is a great way to learn what worked--and what didn't work--for others in transition. In writing the book, she sought out stories of people who successfully made changes, but who were neither career rock stars nor "exceptionally lucky." The result: over 21 profiles of "real people" who you can learn from as you figure out the beginning steps in your own career journey, followed up with a concrete road map that outlines steps you can take to make your next move. Check it out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth T. Smartt on January 5, 2010
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If you're considering a career change or have recently lost your job & are looking for inspiration, this book is a great resource. It shares real-life stories of others who have made career shifts in various industries for 7 major reasons: family, independence, learning, money, passion, setback (i.e. getting laid off), and talent. If you're in your 20s or 30s, you'll relate particularly well to the examples. I think the recent economic downturn gives us all an opportunity to reassess what we're doing and what we WANT to be doing. It just might be the perfect time to make a change! Grab a copy of this book if you're with me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn Mayurnik on December 29, 2009
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This book is a great starting point for career men and women of all age groups who are either looking to change careers, or who have been forced to re-evaluate their strengths in this terrible economy. It's an easy read with engaging, relevant advice. I've shared some of Ms. Levit's other excellent career books on 20-somethings in the workplace with the 20-somethings who I manage at my firm (and the advice in the books have always helped them greatly), but I'm afraid to share this one lest they get any ideas about leaving for a new career!

It's a new decade, so why not finally brush off the procrastination and explore the new career you've been looking for?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Becky Chandler on February 13, 2013
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During times of transition, it helps to have a book like this that can provide a clear road map from Point A to Point B. If you are at a turning point in your career and you're not sure what step to take next, New Job, New You is a great read.
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