Sunday, May 7, 2017

The New Rules of Work

The New Rules of Work
When it comes time to have to get on with your life in a new way in the workforce, it is natural to look for resources to help guide you. So I picked up this book, The New Rules of Work, to help be another resource for me.


The subtitle is "The Modern Playbook For Navigating Your Career." It is done by two female founders of TheMuse.com, Alexandra Cavoulacos and Kathryn Minshew. I love that this is written by two women!

There are three parts to this hardcover book. Good thing it is hardcover too, because I have a feeling it will be referenced a lot!

Part I: What do I actually want?

Part II: Making Your Move

Part III: Charting Your Course Through the Modern Workplace

The book's introduction starts out by saying that you should love your job. How many of us can truly say we love 100% of what we do all the time? I love that they also talk about what is a job that looks good on paper versus one that you actually want to do. I think many of us adults struggle with this.
Things have shifted dramatically to the point that what worked many years ago for our parents and grand parents no longer will work for us. We have to be open to a whole new set of rules on top of what we have already learned.

Job search versus job discovery-- I love this term a lot. It makes a lot of sense. Part of the new job work force is finding ourselves through discovery just as much as it is if not more so than searching for a job itself. That is a beautiful way to re route an entire approach. This is why they said they created their site TheMuse.com

They encourage you to think and be outside the box and to make a contract with yourself to help get you out of that.

At the beginning of each chapter they talk about an "old rule" and a "new rule". It shows how the old rules had a more linear way of thinking but today this is just simply not the case any  more. They don't think twice about asking you hard but meaningful questions. And you can write you answer directly in the book.

I really appreciate this book so much and it is coming at a much needed time for me. And I think this is a great resource for any college graduate so they don't have to learn some of the same lessons the hard way like some of us had to do.

Really hoping that this can help guide me out of the funk I seem to be in and give me guidance that I have not heard before. Because really, I believe, there are endless resources out there.

While this book may not jive with everyone as a five star book because they are looking for a more concrete set of rules instead of things being a combo of rational and story telling, they will still find a lot of useful information from this book, I believe.

I give this book ☀☀☀☀☀ out of 5.

Book Description:

"Remember the days when, for the vast majority of workers, a job was (at best) a means to a paycheck and (at worst) total drudgery? When you had blindly to scour the web for generic job postings? When work was actually 9-5, five days a week, and your clients or your boss couldn t reach you unless you were in the same room, near a wall-installed phone? Or when a career trajectory was scripted and linear: find a good job at a stable company, impress your boss and climb the ladder, and after 30 or 40 years, ease comfortably into retirement? 
My how the times have changed! Today, passion and purpose are the starting point for laying down the foundation of a meaningful, successful, long-term career. The web is rife with useful resources for job seekers, and we are connected to vast networks of people who bring us more information than ever. We are constantly just a text message away from work and being available 24-7 is the norm. Most of our careers will zig and zag; we will have many roles in many companies in our lifetimes sometimes staying less than two years at the same job and a large number of us may even venture out and start our own. 

So why do most career advice books on the shelves today still offer advice tailored to the old way? The rules have changed: people don t discover or apply for jobs the same way, and employers don t find and evaluate applicants the same way either. Moreover, in a world where business is global, technology has given rise to niche positions that never before existed. Our career options have broadened more than ever. 
If only we had a rule-book for navigating them all. 

In this definitive guide to the ever-changing modern workplace, Kathryn Minshew and Alexandra Cavoulacos, the co-founders of popular career website TheMuse.com, show how to play the game by the New Rules. The Muse is known for sharp, relevant, and get-to-the-point advice on how to figure out exactly what your values and your skills are and how they best play out in the marketplace. Now Kathryn and Alex have gathered all of that advice and more in The New Rules of Work. Through quick exercises and structured tips, the authors will guide you as you sort through your countless options; communicate who you are and why you are valuable; and stand out from the crowd. The New Rules of Work shows how to choose a perfect career path, land the best job, and wake up feeling excited to go to work every day-- whether you are starting out in your career, looking to move ahead, navigating a mid-career shift, or anywhere in between.""


* I Received this book in exchange for my honest review from Blogging for Books *

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