One of my favorite people, who I met in the early days of JibberJobber, is Billie Sucher. I reviewed her first book called Between Jobs over three years ago (it’s still relevant). This week’s giveaway is her second career book (she has non-career publications) titled Happy About the Career Alphabet. She gave me a copy in New Orleans… so you’ll either get my signed copy or perhaps I can talk her into mailing it to you (she doesn’t know I’m writing this post).
Here’s how one person will get it … answer the question below on this blog (not on Facebook or Twitter, etc.) and Billie will choose her favorite response.
My question centers around something I saw on the news on Saturday morning. A young fella from New Orleans was talking about his future and said something like this: “either join the military or go to college – those are my two best career paths.”
I have been thinking about that since I saw it – I don’t think those are his only “career paths,” but what bugs me more, are those really “career paths?” I guess I would have used a different phrase as I’ve traditionally thought of a “career path” as a sequence of jobs that helps me get to where I end up… not the stepping stones to get their. So here’s the question:
Assuming you are giving advice to a young person (I’ll let YOU define young! :)), what are significant parts of the “career path” that you help them understand? In other words, say they want to be a financial planner, CEO of a big company, entrepreneur, etc… what are the components that they need to think about for their career?
Answer on this blog and I’ll ask Billie to pick her fav!
I got this book about a week ago and was blown away – almost 200 pages of MEAT and SUBSTANCE on how to get value out of Twitter. How to find people, how to communicate, how use Twitter for personal branding, how Twitter fits into other social tools, what all the technical stuff means… I don’t really know what the authors could have left out? The book is phenomenal.
Sorry about yesterday (no giveaway), I got hung up doing taxes (done) and getting the LinkedIn DVD ready to ship to the replicator (the person who makes duplicates in bulk). I have a giveaway all ready, and it’s really sweet… but you’ll have to wait until next week!
“[Queen Schmooze is] my pick. Why? The Queen suggests the same strategy that’s at the heart of Ask The Headhunter. Job hunting is not about you – it’s about the work an employer needs to have done. And your challenge is not to get a job, it’s to demonstrate to the employer how you’re going to help it achieve its goal to be more profitable. Nice work, Queen Schmooze! You’ll learn more about this approach in your free book, How to Work with Headhunters. I hope you enjoy it!”
I read a post titled “MBA Mows Grass To Make Ends Meet.” It’s kind of sad. The saddest is this (talking about how he does a job search: “…now I can work (mowing lawns) until dark at least. Then I get home, take a shower, plop down in front of the computer and fill out as many job applications as I can.”
He is doing a job search wrong. I spent 60 hours a week plopped in front of my computer and filling out job applications… and look where it got me. The question is:
What should Frank Harris do for his job search, assuming he has to mow lawns to pay the bills? I have some ideas, but I want to hear yours, then will share mine.
ANSWER ON THIS BLOG – not on Twitter, or Facebook, etc.
The winner of last week’s contest is … drum roll…. Shane Smith. Others had ideas for job seekers using a job board, but the question was what job boards should do differently. Runner up is CareerTiger.com founder Abhijeet.
Last week there was awesome, hearty discussion to the giveaway question – on my Facebook wall. Unfortunately not many people saw that, and no one from that discussion was considered by Tom (except one who copied and pasted their answer to the blog).
Please comment on the blog, below. This book is awesome and very useful. I bet most people you meet at a networking event don’t network, don’t get it, aren’t effective, etc. This book will change that for you.
Sorry about last week’s Giveaway (I skipped it!). Here’s the question for this week:
WHY do we (in general) HATE networking?
Leave your answer in the blog post (not on Facebook) I’ll have Tom Dezell, author of the book Networking for the Novice, Nervous or Naive Job Seeker choose the best answer. This is open until the next Giveaway (next Monday).
I’m just about done reading this through again and am ready to drop it in the mail to anyone who wins this week’s giveaway. You know the rules… just answer the question in the comments on the blog (not on Facebook).
My biggest issue with this book is that it talks too much about social marketing… Gary built a huge business using social tools and so that’s what he talks about (I think he talks about it too much in this book). When I think about what type of book this is, I think it’s a social marketing book. I expected some other stuff…
Having said that, I see people talking about it all the time, and many people are saying “I’m reading it again.” Gary knows how to touch people. Stripping out all of the social marketing stuff, the thing I get the most from this book is the excitement and permission to achieve a ton of stuff – to be successful – to conquer – to CRUSH IT!
Here’s the question:
WHY don’t you Crush It? Are you afraid of failure, or afraid of success? Do you not have enough smarts, looks or money? Is the economy not good enough? What is in YOUR way of crushing it?
Answer on the blog post. Winner will be notified next week. To see past Monday Giveaway prizes, questions and answers, click here.