Monday, October 16, 2017

My Next Book is Coming: Careers for Dummies

I couldn't be more excited. 

I've just signed the contract to write the flagship book in the for Dummies career series. It's Careers for Dummies.

Aimed at people starting out, it's designed to offer fresh, best-in-class ideas for choosing a career, getting well-trained, and landing a good job or becoming successful self-employed. Importantly, it also offers solid advice on how to succeed, even become beloved. 

Careers for Dummies' major elements:
  • The Careers Catalog: a vastly improved version of what was the most popular part of my previous for Dummies book, Cool Careers for Dummies.  It contains punchy but authoritative scoops on 300+ popular and good under-the-radar careers and self-employment ideas.
  • The DIY Under-the-Radar Career Finder
  • The DIY Under-the-Radar Business Idea Finder
  • The Who Am I, Really? checklist, an easy yet potent way to understand yourself and where you fit in the world. 
  • Landing a good job, step-by-step. The world has changed. This will offer fresh advice on what works now.
  • The Un-MBA: Why one- and few-person businesses should do the opposite of what's taught in business school. This will offer a collection of specific business ideas plus step-by-step advice on how to succeed.
  • The Career Changer:  This will help in choosing from a collection of rewarding yet easier-to-transition-to careers. Plus, it will help you choose from among four successful approaches to changing careers. 
  • New, potent ways to get trained for a career other than a time-consuming, expensive degree.
  • The Trends: A dozen major trends you need to know about to thrive in our changing work world.
  •  What Matters to You? Questions to unearth your life's foundational principles.
I was so excited about writing this, my tenth book, that back in July, when the publisher and I agreed on basic terms but hadn't ironed out the details, I started working on the book. So it will be done in time for publication this spring!

I may or may not achieve it but my goal is no less than to make this the breakthrough career guide. We'll see. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Thoughts on Action vs Reflection

A relative of mine, now 50, has always struggled careerwise. He occasionally emails me a question. Yesterday, he asked me if spirituality and personal reflection are important parts of my worklife. 

I thought my readers might find my response of value so I posted it as my PsychologyToday.com article today.
 

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Foiling Dishonest Job Seekers

Whether you’re an honest job seeker or an employer, you’re hurt by dishonest job seekers. The honest job seekers ends up losing jobs to inferior liars. And employers get worse employees, which hurts coworkers, customers, and themselves.

Alas, having been a career counselor to thousands of job seekers and consultants to dozens of employers, I can tell you first-hand that there are a lot of dishonest job seekers who manage to bamboozle employers.

I consider writing my PsychologyToday.com article today, Foiling Dishonest Job Seekers, a bit of penance for remaining silent, occasionally condoning, and even very occasionally, in moments of sympathy for that struggling job seeker sitting in front of me, abetting tactics I wouldn’t be proud to tell my daughter about.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

A Fresh Start Yet Again

Here's another of my PsychologyToday.com short-short stories embedding a life lesson or two. This one's about a passive person.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Sam's Saga: What a typical graduate's next 20 years is likely to be like

As my PsychologyToday.com contribution today, I offer a short-short story that projects what a new graduate's life over the next 20 years might be like.

Friday, September 22, 2017

On the Difficulty Of Getting People to Change

My most well-received tip is the Traffic Light Rule: an antidote to long-windedness. Yet even when clients claim to want to use it, despite guided practice and homework, they rarely do. I explore why in my PsychologyToday.com article today.


 

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