Friday, July 3, 2015

The Career Playbook - Recommended Read

 Title: The Career Playbook

Author: James M. Citrin
Publisher: Crown Business
Genre: Adult Nonfiction
Theme: Job Search, Job advancement

 For generations, people have been looking for jobs. The subject isn't a new one. And although some of the advice in The Career Playbook isn't "new" either, the author organizes the material in a logical concise, easy-to-read manner using concrete examples to illustrate his points and made this book a two thumbs up read for me.
     The subtitle of the book--Essential Advice for Today's Aspiring Young Professional--is a good description of the content. It's the information that I would want to give my job-seeking kids, but that kids probably don't want to hear from their parents. And because I believe parents shouldn't be involved in their kids' job search, this book is a super stand in.
     The book combines over-arching advice about the power of relationships and tenacity with practical examples of cover letter language and phone interview etiquette for job searchers. Suggestions for those in the early parts of their career such as being "a receiver of information, not a broadcaster." (p 131). Yes, some of this is common sense for many readers but when you are facing job search/job change stresses common sense often goes out the door and this is a good reminder of ways to put your best foot forward. In today's job market nothing is a gimme.
   I suggest skimming the information in Part 1 (pages 1-52) and then a slower read to digest the rest of the book (55-208).
   I can already think of a few people who might enjoy this so I am going to buy another copy of the book to pass on!

Note: I received a review copy from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review. No other compensation was received.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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