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"Having a college degree is like having a powerful engine for a car - potential ready for application. Dale's concept of the Company of One is a needed perspective on today's changing workplace. Resumes are Worthless will help anyone put wheels on their hard work and preparation."
Dan Miller, author 48 Days to the Work You Love: Preparing for the New Normal

About the Author

Dale Callahan is the director of the Information Engineering and Management graduate program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. (uab.edu/iem) Dale's special niche is helping people be entrepreneurs wherever they are - allowing them to take control of their earning power and their career. Dale clearly sees how the future of companies will operate. He sees the employee / employer model in a state of total flux. Those looking for jobs and career the old fashion way are set for great amounts of frustration and instability. The only hope is to operate like a company of one - learning to behave like an entrepreneur even if you work for a fortune 100 corporation. Learn more about Dale and his work from his blog at dalecallahan.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 186 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456496433
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456496432
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #967,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dale Callahan is the director of the Information Engineering and Management graduate program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. (www.uab.edu/iem) Dale's special niche is helping people be entrepreneurs wherever they are - allowing them to take control of their earning power and their career. Dale clearly sees how the future of companies will operate. He sees the employee / employer model in a state of total flux. Those looking for jobs and career the old fashion way are set for great amounts of frustration and instability. The only hope is to operate like a company of one - learning to behave like an entrepreneur even if you work for a fortune 100 corporation. Learn more about Dale and his work from his blog at www.dalecallahan.com.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Glenn S. Phillips on March 30, 2011
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Like many great books, you'll find that while the title is "spot on," it also has more than one meaning. Callahan brings a great new angle to how business professionals must not only take a new look (and responsibility) for their career, they must prepare differently. This book has great stories to tie the lessons together and is on my "must read" recommended reading list. G
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SudheerA on November 29, 2011
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Do you want to know how a corporate works? What exactly a CEO, COO, CFO, CIO does? What are the daily duties or responsibilities of those roles in very simple and plain words? "Resumes are worthless" is the right book for you.

I am really impressed by certain things discussed in the book. One of them was formula, "Event + response = outcome" which explains events are not in our control but we can control how we respond to those events. One more interesting thing that I learned is Passion > vision > risk > goal > execute. This explains the evolution process or the steps to convert your passion as your career. The other useful things that were discussed in this book are various inspirational quotes and reference to many relative personality/career development books.

I would summarize this book as a pocket dictionary to organize you as company of one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert on December 2, 2011
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Dr. Callahan finally uses real logic in how to get ahead in business. You are a company of one and he trains you and teaches you how to be a Company of One through the book. Dr. Callahan goes through a detailed process of how to develop your Company of One--look at yourself as the COO, CFO, CRO, CMO and CEO of your company. Dr. Callahan doesn't suggest you not have a resume, but that you need to use your other skills and knowledge to get what you love to do. How to become successful, how to focus on the solutions and plans and NOT on complaining and blaming. Why didn't you get the job? It's because you didn't connect with the right person. Read the book to help develop your company of one
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jason Carter on December 5, 2011
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The "Company of One" is a different take on today's job market. Typically we are all taught to look at open jobs and then concentrate on gaining the skills we need to compete for those jobs. Dr Callahan completely flips this upside down. He challenges you to discover what you are truly passionate about and then pushes you to make a career out of your passion. Life is just too short to work at a job you hate.

I highly recommend the book. If nothing else, you will gain a different perspective on building a career, which I think will be very helpful with the condition of the job market today.
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In Resumes ... are worthless: How to Find the Work You Love and Succeed, Dale Callahan forces the reader to look at life and career from a fresh perspective. He does so with an engaging and thought provoking presentation.
The author takes a look at the route that people typically take when initially embarking on their career. He points out the flaws in that method and challenges the reader to consider an approach that focuses on evaluating core values and individual calling.
In particular I found the reevaluation of the whole idea of the employee -employer relationship to be of interest. The concept that each of us is a "Company of One" is compelling. Callahan does an effective job of breaking that concept down and relating corporate leadership roles to our individual life roles and responsibilities.
Questions and action steps are used throughout the book to guide readers through the process of examining their passions and finding their calling. If you are willing to step outside the cube and use these tools to reevaluate your career you will be amazed at the opportunities that you will encounter.
For anyone who feels that they are just going through the motions in their work life this is a must read.
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Dale has a good grasp on the "Company of One" concept. If you are looking to take charge of your career, this is an excellent starting point whether you are looking to start your own gig or continue to work for others. Relating to the works by Rabbi Daniel Lapin (Thou Shall Prosper), Dan Miller (No More Mondays) and Robert Kyosaki (Rich Dad, Poor Dad), Dale adds to the literature by establishing the leadership concepts and roles for the Company of One. His exercises are thought-provoking and timely for today's information and knowledge worker. I believe it could have been better only by expanding upon the concepts presented in each of the roles that Dale defines. The best content in the book may be the networking and reverse interview techniques. Also, take a look at "Joe's Plan" in the back of the book for how to bring all of the concepts together in a hypothetical scenario. Most importantly, for this and all self-help books, take action! Don't waste your time reading it if you aren't going to take action to improve your life.
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De-Program your archaic, useless career and job seeking thinking. Sit down and read Resumes Are Worthless now. No, ...right now! Callahan challenges you to step out of your cubical-walled professional way of life. He teaches you how to develop and become CEO for your own Company of One - imagine that! One key thought he details is determination of your own value at present. Learning this Me Value was a huge wake up call for me. This book is full of light bulb and ah-ha moments because Callahan too has been in that cubical-walled state of dull-drum and understands the desire to find your passion. What I was most impressed with is the fact that Callahan "gets" the introverted crowd. He's not just talking to the extroverts - he's talking to us "innies" as well! I highly recommend reading this book; conquer each day alert to finding work that you love to do and succeeding at it.
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