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The Anti 9-to-5 Guide: Practical Career Advice for Women Who Think Outside the Cube Paperback – January 18, 2007
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The best part of the book is the section on living the freelance life. She gives down-to-earth advice on organizing the ridiculous amount of paperwork that goes with the freelance life. (I got some good ideas I can use right awway!)
I also liked the section on interviewing for information. She's listed steps from dazzle (write a nice simple request) to prepare to saying thanks. I couldn't agree more.
Additionally, Goodman has some excellent resources in the back of the book. Any career-changer would benefit from readings the books she recommends.
This book will be most helpful to thirty-somethings - those who have worked for five to ten years and are now asking, "How can I express my creativity in the world?" The Anti Guide makes a great companion to a book that's similarly targeted, This Time I Dance, by Tama Kieves. Kieves focused more on the emotional and psychological elements,while Goodman deals with practical implementation.
My own career clients tend to be 45-60. While they'd benefit from some elements of this book, I find that senior executives and experiened professionals need to choose different networking approaches.
I have just three quibbles about the book's content.
First, career consultants often encourage clients to shadow someone who's in a career they're considering.Read more ›
The worst of reading this book was the sing-song-y, forced hip talk that does make for faster reading, if you know what she's talking about, without constantly having to stop and think about it. True, this book is clearly aimed at 20 and 30 somethings, so this old goat just had to plod along at times--often very tiring. Also not all the advice is all that appropriate to the older set, but then we're wise enough to adapt what we can and disregard the rest.
So overall a good read, full of helpful ideas and tips. Recommended.
I would have liked the book much better if it had stuck to explaining how to get out of a cube and make the transition into self-employment. Or if the title were changed, I would have like the book much better if it had only explained how to escape a cube into a more meaningful and lucrative job with an office or a company car. Of course, I wouldn't have pulled this book from the bookstore shelf if it was about the latter because I pretty much just review books that relate to my volunteering for SCORE, the small business coaching nonprofit.
The part of the book that I enjoyed the most was the author's story of how she had found herself stuck in a cube at age 24 and not doing what she wanted to do with her life - which was to do freelance writing. She decided to quit her job and start her own freelancing small business. And she found she couldn't make money at it at first - but she was resourceful and started temping in order to pay her bills while she got her business off the ground. Of course, I would have liked her story better if she were to have said she got her business WELL off the ground within a year or two.Read more ›
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I wish I had a book like this when I started out working. Woulda saved me a ton of but outs and stress. Read morePublished 7 months ago by ROYALTY
Very inspiring book, it gives u a lot of ideas on how to start your own business, and be happy doing something you really love. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Derlie
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I think Tonto with Long Ranger and the silver bullet can write a better book. I never understand why I bought this book.Published on December 30, 2012 by Carl R. Mailhos
I love how practical and useful this book is. You can read other books for inspiration (Strangest Secret/How to charge your battery), but this book actually walks you through step... Read morePublished on November 4, 2011 by Rharlan
Michelle Goodman offers solid advice geared to women who want to work in nontraditional jobs but don't know where to begin. Read more