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It's not a job hunting manual, it's a philosophy of life,
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This review is from: The Start-up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career (Hardcover)
I've read my fair share of career books. While each takes its own angle on the whole "job" thing, I find that oftentimes I get most annoyed in the section where authors - typically, at least - say "OK now, the first thing you need to do is follow your passion!" Luckily, this book takes an entirely different approach.
In the start-up of you, Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha give a framework for how to think about your career. This framework, obviously, is adapted from the start-up world. The strategies that start-ups use to survive can also be used for individuals to survive (especially given the current state of our economy). And, because of this framework, the question isn't "what do you really, with all of your heart, want to do?" (which I appreciate, because how many people really have a good answer to that question?) The questions are: what are you good at? What resources do you have at your disposal (could be money, connections, location, etc)? What are the needs in the market? These are the same questions that start-ups must ask as they get going and pivot as needed.
I actually used these questions when I myself was looking for a job. Rather than staring at my computer screen thinking "hmmmmm maybe I could be a botanist?" I made lists of people I knew, their positions and their companies, and worked from there. This helped me map out my network and see what resources I had at my disposal, people-wise.
But these aren't just strategies for how to survive, they're strategies for how to thrive. Each chapter contains numerous stories of ultra-successful people from SIlicon Valley and how they used an entrepreneurial attitude to get where they are. And I'll give you a hint: none of them applied to jobs through Craigslist.
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Initial post: Mar 14, 2013 6:42:50 AM PDT
Dr. Cathy Goodwin says:
Excellent point- this is exactly how career choices and changes are made: start with what you have, take small steps, learn from the outcomes and course-correct.
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