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Brazen Careerist
The New Rules for Success

by Penelope Trunk

      You’ve got your eye on a fantastic new job, and your resume spells out every job duty performed in the last ten years. The world wants to hire someone like you: in your 20’s or 30’s, with some job experience, a performer who follows the rules. What can go wrong? According to author and expert career advisor Penelope Trunk of Brazen Careerist, you’ll be headed nowhere quick - unless you understand the new career rules.

Most of us have heard a good resume is one page, and only one page, but the words and purpose of the resume are different. Resumes used to be an outline or paragraph description of job duties. The first change in mindset is to understand a resume’s purpose is to get an interview - not a job. The interview leads to the job. Second, a resume should highlight your performance at previous jobs. Amid stacks of resumes, your resume needs to attract attention in ten seconds. Turn job duties into job performance. Show an increase or improvement in the company’s sales and customers. No matter what your job title, you can show performance. Trunk gives an example of a video store clerk’s stocking movies and an increase in store sales.

What if you have a great job and want more job satisfaction? Trunk tells some basic, office rules in "Emails Will be Your Epithet: Five You Should Never Send". Remember that email is the same as publishing your words in a newspaper. Do not send risqué jokes to coworkers, break up with someone in email, slam a coworker or boss, or apologize and list your mistakes entirely. Why have we heard of people sending these kinds of emails? Because their emails were forwarded, copied, talked about, and published. Trunk reminds readers that emails need to be professional and something you wouldn’t be embarrassed seeing in print.

Brazen Careerist divides advice in two parts: "Relish the Path from Starter Job to Dream Job" and "How to Get What You Want from the People You Work With." Chapters include humorous and edgy ideas, such as "Don’t Be the Hardest Worker" with related tips titled "Differentiate Yourself by Staring at the Wall," and "A Long List of Ways to Dodge Long Hours." Trunk’s authoritative style and solid advice will appeal to careerists in their 20’s to 40’s. Older job seekers can still benefit from the book’s valuable information on how to switch careers and keep up with workplace changes. Readers can skip to pertinent topics or read straight through the book.

Concepts of work, family and success are evolving. Generation X and Y see the workplace as fun and personally fulfilling. Do you want to know the new rules? Jump into Brazen Careerist for the surest way to reach and keep your career goals!

The Book

Warner Business Books/Hachette Book Group USA
May 2007
0-446-57864-9/ 978-0-446-57864-6
Non-fiction - Business
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The Reviewer

Jennifer Akers
Reviewed 2007
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