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Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future Hardcover – April 9, 2013
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From the Author
What sparked your interest in professional reinvention?
My interest in reinvention started because I've changed careers a number of times. I went to graduate school for theology, and then became a journalist, a presidential campaign spokesperson, a nonprofit executive director, and finally a marketing strategy consultant. I realized each time, you need to explain that transition in a way that makes sense to other people and demonstrates that you'll be able to do the job successfully. This book is a way to share what I've learned through my own experience, and through advising many talented professionals about rebranding themselves.
Why would people need to reinvent themselves professionally?
There are a lot of reasons. These days, you can't count on a lifetime job with one company - or, in many cases, even a lifetime career. Too many industries are going through convulsive changes. The people who could benefit most from this book would be individuals looking to change their careers, people who want to move up in their company and know they need to shape how they're viewed by others, and folks who may have been laid off or are looking for a new job in their industry. I also think that younger job-seekers, who are at an earlier stage in personal brand-building, might find this helpful as they're starting out.
What if I'm not really comfortable with the idea of 'personal branding'?
Some people are turned off by the implication that people can be 'branded' the way cereal or detergent is. They may feel branding equates to phoniness or inauthenticity. But that's exactly the opposite of how I view it. Personal branding isn't about packaging something in a fake way that results in a sale (or a job offer). Your reputation lasts for a long time, and needs to be treated with respect. You won't get very far if you try to be something you're not. Rather, your personal brand is about figuring out who you really are and what you do best, and then living that brand out. It's the essence of authenticity.
You argue that it's essential for people to understand the unique talent or perspective they can bring. Why is that important?
I like to say that you'll never win if you're playing someone else's game. When you're transitioning into a new company, new job, or new career, you may be judged by other people's standards. Your colleagues may have 20 years of experience, while you have three months. You're going to lose unless you find a way to show you have unique skills and expertise (perhaps because of your previous professional background) that they simply don't have - and explain why that's a valuable contribution.
- ASIN : 1422144135
- Publisher : Harvard Business Review Press; 41649th edition (April 9, 2013)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781422144138
- ISBN-13 : 978-1422144138
- Item Weight : 12.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 1 x 8.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #346,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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One of my favorite concepts from the book is that in today's world, reinventing you isn't optional. In other words, you can either reinvent yourself proactively and have a lot of control over the trajectory of your career, or you can wait for it to happen to you and let the chips fall where they may.
Let me ask you a question - if you're my age, are you doing the same job (or even profession) as when you first entered the work force? And let's say you just entered the workforce - how much do you want to bet that your career is going to take a lot of twists and turns?
In Reinventing You, Dorie Clark helps you think about how you'd like to be seen in the world and then shows you how to develop a strategy to accomplish that. When I was 26 I decided I didn't want to continue my career as an Army officer. I ultimately got out of the army and went back to school and everything turned out fine. But during that career transition I learned the hard way a lot of the lessons that are in this book. I wish I'd had this book then.
This book is not written for: people for whom work is "just a job," people who have no idea what they want to do with their lives, people who perform at a mediocre level
Feel free to call that snobby--it is what it is, and you need to know that upfront. I don't think it's snobby; I think it just has a specific audience. If you're not that audience, this book isn't going to be able to do much for you.
One of this book's one star reviews says, "The book speaks only to the multi-degree'd and fully funded reinvention- not the 'lost my job at 45 with a few months savings and one degree to my name' - I would hope if I had degrees from Harvard and Stanford and was a CFO, I'd be savvy enough to figure out what's next without Dorie Clark. But no, I made the mistake of thinking she'd address the real issue of the middle-waged and middle-aged needing to carve a niche in the new employment market of unpaid internships." The reviewer has a point (one I don't wholly disagree with) which is why I'm posting it here. If that is what you want out of this book, you will be disappointed.
This book is also not written for: people who have studied branding. This is a primer, not an in-depth, next level discourse.
Now, ALL OF THAT SAID, I loved it. I absolutely loved it. I devoured it on a plane ride and finished it feeling inspired. I'm going to lend this to everyone I mentor (I generally mentor people just starting out who haven't yet gotten to the place they want to be yet). I'm going to use twitter more effectively. I'm going to ask HR for a 360 evaluation. Hell, my new big goal for 2014 is to get myself a speaking engagement. I finished this book ready to go.
I would highly recommend it to any ambitious folks out there. Dorie Clark is kind of my new hero.
Top reviews from other countries
I'm afraid I couldn't find any. If you are experienced, perhaps with an MBA, and several business books under your belt I doubt you will learn anything new here (that's my case). Still, if you are more interested in actual reinvention and really have no idea how to go about doing it, you will find this useful as a good re-branding 101.
Lastly, I can't avoid pointing out that the book is (as usual) extremely US-centric (no surprise here as most Americans are not aware/interested of the world beyond their shores), and as a consequences you will find plenty of examples from US political campaigns that in my view are useless in real (business) life. But having lived in the US myself, I know that this is quite common among American authors.
Packed with step by step advice on everything from conducting informational interviews to combing your online presence for 'smoking guns' that could cause you to not get your dream job, to building the narrative around the new version of YOU, this is a career change bible.
From an entrepreneurial perspective, if you are about to start a business, there is a value in following some of the advice, but it's really not an entrepreneurs book. It's best suited for an employee looking to make a career change. For example, if you're currently a lawyer but you really want to become a restaurant manager, or if you are a management consultant but you want to become a talent agent, your current brand and reputation isn't what you need to make a leap. It's not like you can announce to the world you are now x and have everyone wipe their memory of what you were known for before. This book guides you through what to do to make that big change.
If you're feeling unsure of how to get where you want to go in your career, this book could be the exact guide you need.
I enjoyed reading this book as I'm in the process of changing fields. Especially useful as I'm looking to change from a social work to a business profession. This book is certainly more useful if you are looking to change TO a business field, rather than the other way around. The suggestions are helpful, and the case studies are interesting. I would highly recommend it.