The Career Playbook: Essential Advice for Today's Aspiring YoungProfessional

by - June 22, 2015

 I decided to take a break from my usual cookbook review and share with you a book that is relevant to not only bloggers who want to take their blog to the next level, but also to any young adult who is lost or needs direction in regards to their career path. For many of us, once we graduate high school and/or college,we face the difficult decision of where do we go next. What type of jobs should you apply for and how will you ace that interview?

Essentially this book answers all those questions. The book is called The Career Playbook: Essential Advice for Today's Aspiring Young Professional and it's by a man named James M. Citrin. James is the leader of Spencer Stuart's CEO Practice and a member of the firm's worldwide board of directors. His diverse clients include leading media, technology, financial services, and consumer companies, as well as other multinational corporations and private equity firms.

In the first chapter, James discusses the six phases of your career. Did you know there were six phases? Neither did I. Each different phase demonstrates where you will be at in each stage of your career. From your early twenties, all the way up to your sixties, James talks about each phase differs and what significance it has in your career.

James also discusses the major dilemma we are all faced with throughout our careers...balancing a successful career while also maintaining a healthy home life. Both are very integral to making everything run smoothly. If one is out of balance, the other suffers.

One important if not THE most important thing that James talks about is the power of relationships and networking. The right connections and relationships can open doors for you to careers you might not have been able to get unless you had that connection.

In Chapter 6 James discusses a topic you might be familiar with in your job hunt....Overcoming the Permission Paradox. What is that you ask? I'll be honest, I've never heard if before either until reading this book, but it's that frustrating road block we all face when applying for jobs, not having enough experience for the position and needing the position for experience. This happens to be my favorite chapter, because I myself have faced this difficult obstacle when on my job search.

Don't worry either because James also discusses how to ace your interview and he also covers what you should do when deciding what job to accept, because believe it or not, it's a very important step in pointing yourself in the right direction for your career path.

In each chapter of this book, James goes into detail, step by step, of each process you will need to go through in order to successfully carve out a great career path. I enjoyed reading this and think that anyone who is struggling with their business or career can benefit from reading this book. I urge you to read this if you are searching for help in your career.

Facts & Figures:

  • Of the more than 3 million college graduates who entered the U.S. workforce in 2013, nearly half accepted jobs for which they believed they were overqualified.

  • According to the U.S. Bureau Of Labor Statistics, 70% of all jobs are found through networking.

  • More than 3 quarters of top leaders who were surveyed, advised that the right company or organization is most important for young professionals starting out in their careers.

  • Business leaders said almost unanimously that company culture and fit should be your top priority in choosing a job.

  • In a Gallup survey, one of their most important and actionable findings, is that employees' job satisfaction is the single biggest determinant of how effective they will be in their role.

Question of the day: What was the best career advice you were ever given?

*** I received this material in exchange for an honest book review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. ***

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  1. Looking at these facts are eye opening as I try to help my little sister find a job. She's fresh out of grad school with her MBA. The best advice I was given was by my mentor. He told me that my generation is more than like not going to stay in one place for more than a couple of years during these first few years of work. We're building our families, seeing the world, and figuring out where we want to be in life. I took that to mean that I have to do what's best for me! I have to find the right job fit for me and pick a place that will allow me to learn and grow while I'm there. My loyalty lies within me. I'm building my future for my family, so I have to keep me in the forefront of my mind!
    Great post!

  2. I graduated less than two months ago with a teaching degree and it's not easy to find a job around here, I spent the first few weeks networking: I would visit schools to drop my buiness card off, ask to see the principal and talk to the teachers. At some point, I realized that I was all over the place and decided to focus on my goal. There's one school I really want to work at so I made extra efforts to get noticed by them and it seems to have worked. I don'tremeber who game me this advice but it's a good one: keep you goals in mind whenver you make a decision.

  3. I agree with this so much. When I worked in the corporate world networking was key. I have never had to interview for a job. I was always recruited at events that I would be hosting. One time a sales call I had made impressed the regional manager so much, he came to my office an offered me a job. Sometimes networking and doing your absolute best at your job can open a million doors for you. Excellent post on how important networking is. I swear by it.

  4. Sounds like a really great book to read.

  5. hehehehehe....wait for it...wait for it...

    Guess who got this book too!?!?! :P I'm in the middle of it right now, but definitely enjoying it, even though I don't feel that I'm the book's exact target population.

  6. I really look forward to reading this - always looking for books that will be useful to my progression in my career, and so I am going to take your advice on this one :) {}

  7. well at least it wasn't another cookbook haha :P

  8. Thanks Mionna! Yeah I think that a common misconception is that as long as you have a degree, you're set. I know a lot of people have a degree but had to take an entry level job because a degree doesn't guarantee a well paid job.

  9. I love that Em! Thanks for sharing your struggle and I'm glad things are going to work out for you. That's great advice for anyone who's in a similar situation :)

  10. That's awesome Trisha! Thanks for sharing that :)