Customer Review

15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's not a job hunting manual, it's a philosophy of life, February 14, 2012
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
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.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 

Comments

Tracked by 1 customer

Sort: Oldest first | Newest first
Showing 1-1 of 1 posts in this discussion
Initial post: Mar 14, 2013 6:42:50 AM PDT
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.
‹ Previous 1 Next ›

Review Details

Item

Reviewer


Location: San Francisco, CA

Top Reviewer Ranking: 746,767