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48 Days to the Work You Love: Preparing for the New Normal Paperback – January 1, 2015
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If you -- like us -- are an aficionado of the tried-and-true "What Color is Your Parachute?," there isn't much new, here. One glaring 'error' I see is something a lot of people assume, but is simply not the case (at least nowhere in the real world we and our friends inhabit): if you are an out-of-work professional, you are NOT going to get a job by talking to a manager at a burger joint or with the receptionist (who will not magically summon the hiring manager you need) at company ABC.
The excuse at the burger joint is: "The minute something in your career comes up, you'll be gone." You mean, as opposed to the person who gets enough for a couple of car payments and leaves? What's the difference?
The response at a company's front desk (or, increasingly, at job fairs)? "Apply online for a specific job." Sort of tough to get the insider view, that way. Even when my husband was trying to get OUT of a career, he couldn't find a job in another industry where he was highly qualified. You can't convince the hiring managers you're serious.
Now: having said all that: if this is your first foray into this type of book, go for it. But if you've been at this for years, maybe not so much, or grab the Kindle version and use the TOC to find chapters which will interest you.
planning. Everyone knows that there are scads of books out there about beating out the competition and getting ahead in the best jobs. I read many of them. The problem with almost all of those books is that they urge you to package yourself for the "hot jobs" without first considering who you are as a unique human being and what your goals in life might be aside from making the most money possible. While money is certainly wonderful, psychologists have proven in multiple studies that no amount of money is enough to counteract the misery created by trying to force yourself to fit into a job that works against your inherent, God-given design. Believe me, I know that the results of those studies are accurate.....been there, done that. Experienced hell on earth. Dan Miller has an approach that leads to satisfaction. He shows you how to figure out what you want your life to look like, and then to figure out what work fits your personal definition of a satisfying life. Dan's approach leads to fulfillment and satisfaction. Most of the other books on career planning just set you up to become a statistic.....one of the people who has a heart attack on Monday morning as they face yet another week at the "job from hell". I highly recommend
48 Days To The Work You Love.
The only drawback that I found in this book may be particular to me; basically, I found the author overly optimistic about how everyone should find work that they love. I think that cleaning toilets is a necessary job that someone has to do, but I strongly doubt that someone cleaning toilets will get up in the morning, be passionate about clean flushes, and call themselves a 'sanitation engineer.' I think that janitorial work is fine, honorable work (I've been a janitor myself), but I'm not as certain as the author is about people discovering that mining, cave diving, janitorial work, or other dangerous occupations are people's dream jobs that they love. Perhaps I am wrong and this is just what you think or need; in that case, enjoy the book.
Even if you agree with my gripe, the book is great to have and will serve you well.