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"Having a college degree is like having a powerful engine for a car - potential ready for application. Dale's concept of the Company of One is a needed perspective on today's changing workplace. Resumes are Worthless will help anyone put wheels on their hard work and preparation."
Dan Miller, author 48 Days to the Work You Love: Preparing for the New Normal

About the Author

Dale Callahan is the director of the Information Engineering and Management graduate program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. (uab.edu/iem) Dale's special niche is helping people be entrepreneurs wherever they are - allowing them to take control of their earning power and their career. Dale clearly sees how the future of companies will operate. He sees the employee / employer model in a state of total flux. Those looking for jobs and career the old fashion way are set for great amounts of frustration and instability. The only hope is to operate like a company of one - learning to behave like an entrepreneur even if you work for a fortune 100 corporation. Learn more about Dale and his work from his blog at dalecallahan.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 186 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456496433
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456496432
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,379,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Like many great books, you'll find that while the title is "spot on," it also has more than one meaning. Callahan brings a great new angle to how business professionals must not only take a new look (and responsibility) for their career, they must prepare differently. This book has great stories to tie the lessons together and is on my "must read" recommended reading list. G
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The "Company of One" is a different take on today's job market. Typically we are all taught to look at open jobs and then concentrate on gaining the skills we need to compete for those jobs. Dr Callahan completely flips this upside down. He challenges you to discover what you are truly passionate about and then pushes you to make a career out of your passion. Life is just too short to work at a job you hate.

I highly recommend the book. If nothing else, you will gain a different perspective on building a career, which I think will be very helpful with the condition of the job market today.
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Do you want to know how a corporate works? What exactly a CEO, COO, CFO, CIO does? What are the daily duties or responsibilities of those roles in very simple and plain words? "Resumes are worthless" is the right book for you.

I am really impressed by certain things discussed in the book. One of them was formula, "Event + response = outcome" which explains events are not in our control but we can control how we respond to those events. One more interesting thing that I learned is Passion > vision > risk > goal > execute. This explains the evolution process or the steps to convert your passion as your career. The other useful things that were discussed in this book are various inspirational quotes and reference to many relative personality/career development books.

I would summarize this book as a pocket dictionary to organize you as company of one.
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Dr. Callahan finally uses real logic in how to get ahead in business. You are a company of one and he trains you and teaches you how to be a Company of One through the book. Dr. Callahan goes through a detailed process of how to develop your Company of One--look at yourself as the COO, CFO, CRO, CMO and CEO of your company. Dr. Callahan doesn't suggest you not have a resume, but that you need to use your other skills and knowledge to get what you love to do. How to become successful, how to focus on the solutions and plans and NOT on complaining and blaming. Why didn't you get the job? It's because you didn't connect with the right person. Read the book to help develop your company of one
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There is so much great information in this book, that at one point, I stopped reading it just to evaluate myself and my career based on the chapters that I had already read. The Networking 101 sub chapter has helped me a lot since I'm an introvert. The Reverse Interview actually works!
I will say the entire book is great and life changing if you're ready to pursue your passion.
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Dale has a good grasp on the "Company of One" concept. If you are looking to take charge of your career, this is an excellent starting point whether you are looking to start your own gig or continue to work for others. Relating to the works by Rabbi Daniel Lapin (Thou Shall Prosper), Dan Miller (No More Mondays) and Robert Kyosaki (Rich Dad, Poor Dad), Dale adds to the literature by establishing the leadership concepts and roles for the Company of One. His exercises are thought-provoking and timely for today's information and knowledge worker. I believe it could have been better only by expanding upon the concepts presented in each of the roles that Dale defines. The best content in the book may be the networking and reverse interview techniques. Also, take a look at "Joe's Plan" in the back of the book for how to bring all of the concepts together in a hypothetical scenario. Most importantly, for this and all self-help books, take action! Don't waste your time reading it if you aren't going to take action to improve your life.
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This is a great book if you are looking to take your career to the next step. This book will challenge some to the things you have been taught as well as force you think in ways you have never thought of. Don't allow that to intimidate you rather than look at it as a challenge to become a better you.
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This book makes you see things in a whole new way. While reading the book I encourage you to do the exercises. You will discover things about yourself that will enable you to put your life in prospective. If your career goals are to one day be the owner of your own business or to advance in a corporate setting, this book give you the insights to pursue your goals. You truly are a company of one.
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