I got an email from JibberJobber Partner Linsey Levine linking to a terrific New York Times article by Thomas Freidman titled The Start-Up of You.
Linsey has been a JibberJobber partner for at least two years. She really gets it. Here’s her tagline in her email reads:
I help people in career pain, career limbo, or career depression
Get Unstuck: Get Clear, Get Focused, Get Moving
You can learn more about her at LinseyLevine.com.
Back to the article by Freidman… READ IT! Then read it again. I had to read it three times. It is awesome. Here are some of my favorite parts:
They (the companies he writes about) are all looking for the same kind of people — people who not only have the critical thinking skills to do the value-adding jobs that technology can’t, but also people who can invent, adapt and reinvent their jobs every day, in a market that changes faster than ever.
But you would never know [what companies are looking for] from listening to the debate in Washington, where some Democrats still tend to talk about job creation as if it’s the 1960s and some Republicans as if it’s the 1980s. But this is not your parents’ job market.
Quote from LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman: “No career is a sure thing anymore. The uncertain, rapidly changing conditions in which entrepreneurs start companies is what it’s now like for all of us fashioning a career. Therefore you should approach career strategy the same way an entrepreneur approaches starting a business.”
Another Hoffman quote: “For entrepreneurs it’s differentiate or die — that now goes for all of us.””
The last paragraph is brilliant… read the article.
How are you thinking about your career, and career management? Is it just happening TO you, or are you driving and managing and directing it?