Book Review: New Job, New You

By Scot Herrick | Book Reviews

Feb 17

New Job, New You

Start a new career! Get out of that old job and move to something new!

Appealing, isn’t it, just dumping one career you don’t like for another that you’ll love?

Appealing, but not practical. Until now.

Alexandra Levit gets jobs and careers and she has a new book out called New Job, New You: A Guide to Reinventing Yourself in a Bright New Career. The key to this book is it helps people thinking about a career change to practically go through how to get to the new career.

Changing careers isn’t easy. There are simply too many risks for people thinking of changing and a dearth of knowledge to figure out where to even start. Little knowledge combined with risk is usually a losing proposition. That’s why this book is so great: you can get the knowledge and then understand the risks.

Here’s what the book provides:

The common motivations for changing careers

Everyone is motivated to change for different reasons. Breaking them down, Alexandra discovers the common reasons for changing:

  • Family
  • Independence
  • Learning
  • Money
  • Passion
  • Setback
  • Talent

The book has sections for each one of these areas so that you can explore what is feeding your need to change careers.

Real people, real career changes

Each chapter has the stories of five people who began their careers in one line of work and then, because of these motivations, changed their careers. These are not marginal career changes either. Here’s one: from Writer, to Tennis Promoter, to Sponsorship Salesperson. Tough time planning that one, wouldn’t you say?

Or, how about this one: Visual Merchandiser to Mortgage Broker to Gallery Owner. This is precisely why the interview question, “what do you see yourself doing five years from now?” is such a stupid question. You can’t visualize going from a Visual Merchandiser to a Mortgage Broker to a Gallery Owner, much less plan for it, that easily.

Putting the Career Change to Work

Each section looks at the different types of motivations you may have for changing careers and then provides an area of what you can do right now to start implementing changes. This includes things you can do in your current position as well as some offerings on different types of jobs that fit into each of the motivation areas.

This is important because many people are not aware of the multitude of jobs out there and how they fit into what you are looking to do. This part of the book gets you looking in the right direction for the career that is right for you.

The resource toolkit

Alexandra also offers a resource section of both websites and books to help support each area of the book. So this book is not a one stop shop for what you need, but a launching pad that gets you pointed in the right direction with the right questions, possible solutions and more resources to help you dive right in.

Cube Rules Rating: Five Stars, a must to own and read

Look, every one of us will go through multiple jobs and multiple careers. Few of us understand what is motivating us or how to go about a career change. In the Great Recession, many people will change careers because they are forced to do so in order to work.

Even fewer of us understand our motivations and what drives us about work. It takes effort to work through the type of corporate experience we need to make our work not only livable, but enjoyable.

New Job, New You gets to the heart of career change and offers a practical way to help you get it done.