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Careerealism: The Smart Approach to a Satisfying Career Paperback – April 10, 2008
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This book chronicles her personal career journey in the creation of what she calles the "G.L.O.W." method of career development, using each of the letters to focus the four key parts of the book. Here is a brief overview of this excellent and practical process:
1. Gain Perspective - Seeking balance in work and life, challenging some of the key mistakes people make in directing their career focus. This section includes worksheets, assessments and assignments around values, interaction, learning and work styles, as well as passions and interests. The result of all of this introspection is the reader's PSP (Personal Success Profile). This is the most comprehensive portion of the book.
2. Luminate Your Goal - Focus on establishing, tracking and meeting the goals and objectives that have been identified in the PSP. Time is dedicated to discussing the practicality and application of career tests as well as completing a Career Matrix to put the pieces of the Goal "puzzle" together.
3. Own Your actions - Practical advice on resumes (I don't necessarily agree with all of her recommendations, notably always having a one page resume and using email instead of thank-you notes, but she gives much solid advice nonetheless), information interviews, job search methods and the selection and use of a Career Mentor. I particularly appreciated her advice and practical approach to handling what she calls NST - Negative Self Talk.
4. Work It Daily - Establish a G.L.O.W. chart (an excellent sample is included), using your Career Mentor as a personal motivator and developing Patience, which she describes as "The Ultimate Professional Skill."
An excellent and highly practical manual on establishing and fostering a successful career.
She asks questions like "Are you trying to live up to someone else's definition of success?" Just to challenge readers to find out what influences them in life. There's a bunch of other quizzes/assessments to help people find out what kinds of learning styles they have--like visual/verbal--or interaction styles, like Contemplator or Empathizer. The latter is especially good to know, because it helps gauge whether you're in the correct, supportive learning environment.
Some things she describes are new/interesting, while other content may look familiar. To me, this was worth buying. If it weren't so engaging and only lectured me, I probably wouldn't say the same. With this book, I feel like I have a career coach by my side, and it only cost me $20 bucks.
JT's career advice is based on her G.L.O.W. model...
* G - Gain Perspective
* L - Luminate Your Goal
* O - Own Your Actions
* W - Work It Daily
I like this model, and not just because I offer similar advice in my career success books and coaching, but because it is common sense. Let's take a look at each of these four tips for career success...
Gain Perspective - Perspective is important. You have to figure out what's important to you in your life and career. You need to understand yourself. JT says you should spend time figuring out your core values - what matters most to you. She suggests that you should create a success statement - what success means to you personally. This is important career advice. Too many people are in careers that others wanted for them. Tweet 6 in my career advice book Success Tweets says, "Make sure your personal mission and vision are what you want - not what someone else wants for you." Tweet 7 says, "Figure out what you really want to do. Work you love will make it easier to create the career success you want and deserve."
Luminate Your Goal - JT says that laminating your goal is "lighting up" your career goal by taking steps to ensure it works with your unique personal style and preference. She suggests that you need to create a "Career Criterion List." To do this, she suggests you think about several factors and decide if they are a "must have," a "nice to have," or a don't want. Tweet 11 in Success Tweets says, "Create a vivid mental image of yourself as a success. This vivid image will keep you motivated and moving forward when things get tough. Tweet 13 says, "Your vivid mental image is a blueprint. It is a plan for success, but you still have to do the work to make it a reality."
Own Your Actions - JT says, "Owning your actions means being ready and willing to put forth the effort required to make change happen. If you are not willing to put forth the effort necessary, than you don't deserve to reach your career goal." I agree. Tweet 21 in Success Tweets says, "You're in charge! Commit to taking personal responsibility for creating the career success you deserve." You demonstrate your commitment to your career success - to yourself and to the world - by doing three things. First, take personal responsibility for your career success. Only you can make you a career success. You must be willing to do the things necessary to succeed. Second, set high goals - and then do whatever it takes to achieve them. Third, stuff happens; as you go through life you will encounter many problems and setbacks. You need to react positively to the negative stuff and move forward toward your goals, dreams and career success.
Work It Daily - JT says, "Work It Daily" simply means you need to re-commit yourself to your goal each and every day. How do you do that? By finding ways to keep your goals in the forefront of your mind so that you'll take steps every day, no matter how small, to get closer to them." More common sense career advice. Tweet 24 in Success Tweets says, "Focus on your goals several times a day. Spend your valuable time on the things that will help you achieve them." I suggest that my coaching clients that they stop what they are doing five or six times a day and ask themselves, "Is what I'm doing right now helping me achieve any of my goals?" A truthful answer to this question can be very enlightening. Tweet 26 says, "Keep your goals with you - in your wallet or on a screen saver. They will be a constant reminder of what you will achieve." Keeping your goals with you and easily accessible is a great way to keep you in the forefront of your thinking - where they need to be if you are going to create the life and career success you want and deserve.
The point here is simple common sense. JT O'Donnell's book Careerealism: The Smart Approach to a Satisfying Career is full of great common sense career advice. Her G.L.O.W. model (Gain Perspective, Luminate Your Goal, Own Your Actions, Work It Daily) provides some easy to remember and use ideas on how to create your career success. Get the book, read it, do the exercises and you'll be on your way to the life and career success you want and deserve.