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The New Rules of Work: The Modern Playbook for Navigating Your Career Hardcover – April 18, 2017
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“In today’s digital age, finding job listings and endless data about those jobs is easy. What’s difficult is making sense of it all. Here, Muse founders Alexandra Cavoulacos and Kathryn Minshew give us the tools we need to navigate the modern job search and align our careers with our true values and passions.”—ARIANNA HUFFINGTON, bestselling author of Thrive and The Sleep Revolution
“Once upon a time, it was possible to succeed by following a script: develop skills, work hard, make connections, rinse and repeat. Not anymore. In an ever-changing world of work, TheMuse.com has become a go-to resource for career advice. In this book, the founders have condensed years of The Muse’s best tips all in one place. It’s a user-friendly guide to finding and thriving in a job.”—ADAM GRANT, New York Times bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take
“In a world where required skill sets for any given job are constantly changing, and career curveballs are coming at us at a moment’s notice, today’s career paths look very different compared to ten or even five years ago. The New Rules of Work embraces this new reality, showing how constantly pursuing new experiences, skills, and networks helps us enhance our value in the workplace, expand our career options, and thrive in a world where change is the new norm.”—SALLIE KRAWCHECK, CEO and cofounder, Ellevest, and author of Own It
“The New Rules of Work brilliantly embraces the spirit of perpetual change in today’s workforce, and demonstrates that the journey to success is about thinking for ourselves, rather than following a predetermined path.”—ERIC RIES, bestselling author of The Lean Startup
"The founders of The Muse have written the new blueprint for every stage of your career. These New Rules of Work are not just about job search but also job discovery, which is why I invested in these women and why I’m excited for you to read this book. Get it for yourself or someone who needs to find their path."—ALEXIS OHANIAN, cofounder, Reddit
"To succeed in today’s constantly changing work environment you could waste time, stress yourself out, and spin your wheels following the questionable advice of career experts who don’t know anything about you—or you could buy this book. Save yourself years of struggle: start with this book."—CHRIS GUILLEBEAU, New York Times bestselling author and host of Side Hustle School
"Cavoulacos and Minshew have really nailed the new dynamic of passion and purpose at work, while offering invaluable strategies for how best to achieve one's goals. Make sure to have a pack of post-it notes with you to tab pages that really resonate. There will be a lot of them!"—CATHIE BLACK, former President, Hearst Magazines
“The Muse is constantly on the cutting edge of trends in the fast-changing world of work. Here, the Muse founders distill all their experience and expertise into an accessible guide that shows us how to navigate the new world of job hunting, career switching, and career advancement, and more—while also providing timeless career lessons and tools we can take with us as we evolve and grow.”—KARA GOLDIN, CEO, Hint Water
"Alexandra Cavoulacos and Kathryn Minshew’s book cuts through the career clichés and myths to pass on the information you need to help you identify—and get—the career you really want. It contains countless smart and practical tips you’ll wish you’d known years ago. A must-read for anyone serious about taking back control of their career.”—SJOERD GEHRING, Global Head of Recruiting, Johnson & Johnson
About the Author
ALEXANDRA CAVOULACOS is the Founder & COO of The Muse.com, where she leads the Product and Operations teams, creating and launching new features weekly. Alex has spoken on WNYC and at SxSW and was named one of INC's 15 Women to Watch in Tech and Forbes 30 under 30. Prior to founding The Muse, Alex was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company's New York office. She graduated from Yale University and is an alumna of Y Combinator in Silicon Valley.
KATHRYN MINSHEW is the CEO & Founder of TheMuse.com, a career platform and community helping 50+ million Millennials find inspiring careers at innovative companies. Kathryn has spoken at MIT and Harvard, has appeared on The TODAY Show and CNN, and contributes on career and entrepreneurship to the Wall Street Journal and the Harvard Business Review. She was previously named to INC's 35 Under 35 and Forbes' 30 Under 30 for two years in a row.
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It should be noted that this book is truly a playbook. Which I take to mean that you don't necessarily have to read back to front. It also means it covers a lot of ground and doesn't go into any one subject area too deeply (as many of the other reviews have noted) However, what I found in the book is that you could take any piece of a job search process starting with career choice all the way to job offer and find something that would give you specific steps to pursue and good solid how to advice.
Ok so who's it not for:
-It's definitely not for people who are out of touch with the modern world, In reading some of the other reviewers there seemed to be a lot of "same advice dressed up for newer times". It's clear to me that those people missed the subtleties that were in that "dressing". Much the same way that if I watched something that i know nothing about, like showing horses, it would just look like somebody parading horses around, but I'm very sure there's quite a bit going on there that I'm clueless about. People who aren't in tune with today will miss those subtleties, so don't waste your time if that is you.
- It's also not for people looking to dive incredibly deep into one of these areas. It works well if you want to flip open a section and get immediate help in that area but not if you are the type of person who needs absolutely everthing spelled out for them in each area. You will have to figure some things out on your own (which for most people this is ok)
-It's not for you if you have serious issues that make you unemployable (or less employable), seek out a counselor for those instead.
It is for you if:
-You're looking for a good solid playbook that has specific examples, exercises, to dos, checklists and other ways to make a difficult process much easier.
- You are in your first 25 years of your career (could be helpful in the last 20 years too, but for sure on the front side it will save you a lot of time)
- You are looking for a one stop reference guide for each step as you go along.
- You are looking for solid advice, based on experience (i've personally used a lot of the stuff that this book talks about and gotten many jobs, promotions and job offers over other people that had more qualifications or experience)
It's particularly good for you if you're in a professional (or want to be in a professional) environment or if you don't want to learn all this stuff yourself the hard way!
Overall - Highly recommend, purely because $20 for this book is a deal when you count the number of things that you will put to use in a career search.
It starts off introducing the new era of job seeking and how it has changed from how things have been. All written from a positive angle that opportunity and advancement awaits you with these changes like never before, that you have the chance to actually work at something you love - unlike many before who worked for a pay check only.
Excited I dove into chapter one. Each chapter starts with what the 'old' rule was and what the 'new' rule is. One part I found of value in this chapter is the section you go through to find out what you value most (p21). I have never come across this type of thing before and have to say, it was a very effective analysis too. Values are something that are hard to just come up with, for a work setting. This is a great tool, that helps simplify them into a format that you can really benefit from. In my mind, this alone, was the value of the whole book for me. Chapter 2 also
was good helping you to identify your areas of interest. I also found this helpful. Beyond this point, to be honest I got a bit lost. Up until here it was very clear what to do step by step. You had to put these values and areas of interest into a chart (Muse Chart) and then it indicated for you to research. Several times it referred to a chart below, which wasn't below? Basically you are directed to fill out as much as you can with information about roles, companies etc. This was on page 36. Further along on page 50 was one example. I would have benefitted from several different types of examples to really get me going with this as even from the one example given, I'm still not overly sure what I'm looking for to fill in my chart. Whether I'm looking for specific roles? But then that wasn't on the example so I'm lost with that.
Part Two talks about building your brand, personal branding and your brand statement. They suggest you have your own website to be a stand out from others with your resume. They discuss networking, the art of conversation, how to search for a job, creating a resume, interviewing in person/skype/phone. Finally Part Two covers the new rules of communication in a professional setting, etiquette etc, art of conversation, and continuing your personal development.
This book does have a wealth of information. I guess for me, I'm disappointed about getting stuck on the charting process and just wish there was more clarity there so I could continue as I was enjoying following their steps. The information presented following is thorough and interesting and relevant to today's world. For those really wanting a good start back into the work force, this is a great handbook to help you with the details.
Please note that I was sent a copy of this book for purposes of review, however all opinions expressed are entirely my own.