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"You want-you need-Alexandra Levit as your guide." -Daniel H. Pink, New York Times bestselling author of Drive There's been a major paradigm shift in business practices and the workplace. Alexandra Levit tells readers what no longer holds true for getting ahead today, and debunks business myths that are more dangerous and less viable than ever-given the current climate of ethical scrutiny and intense competition-including it's best to climb the ladder as fast as possible, and that employers want you to be yourself.Levit offers something better in place of these myths: practical advice on what it really takes to succeed in this new values-driven environment.
InHow'd You Score That Gig?, career expert Alexandra Levit profiles more than sixty of the coolest careers on the planet-all rated in a national survey by twenty- and thirtysomethings for twenty- and thirtysomethings. To find the jobs that are calling your name, take Levit's short quiz and discover your "passion profile. " You may be: an Adventurer: You're spontaneous, free-spirited, and you always ready for change = foreign services officer, oceanographer, news correspondent a Creator: You're always looking for a way to express yourself = video game designer, book author, landscape architect a Data Head: You have an uncanny knack for gathering and organizing information = computational linguist, meteorologist, urban planner an Entrepreneur: You have business savvy and don't want to be chained to a desk = blogger, boutique owner, inventor an Investigator: You excel in science, logic, and learning = futurist, classic-car restorer, field archaeologist a Networker: You're a people person-outgoing and a team player = lobbyist, speechwriter, TV producer a Nurturer: Selfless and compassionate, you make a difference one person at a time = physical therapist, life coach, nutritionist Engaging and practical, the book includes insider accounts of young careerists currently in these jobs and provides specific action steps for breaking in. So before you settle for a position that just isn't you, shake it up-and land the career of your dreams! "Alexandra Levit's new book,How'd You Score That Gig?, is chock full of research, offers a rare glimpse into the privileged world of those who hold the jobs that other people covet, and provides the roadmap for readers to pursue fields that they might have considered out of reach. Don't hop blindly from career to career looking for one that suits you. Use this book as a guide to tell you what it's like before you make a wrong turn. "--Penelope Trunk, author,Brazen Careerist: The New Rules for Success "First, Alexandra Levit broadens your imagination about what kinds of careers are possible, and then after tantalizing you, she provides specific tips for breaking into the field. Enormously valuable!" --Ben Casnocha, author,My Start-Up Life: What a (Very) Young CEO Learned on His JourneyThrough Silicon Valley "This is a cool, unusual, and truly useful book. In my career coaching practice, the number one issue my younger clients face is having the strong desire to do something different work-wise with little knowledge about what jobs exist and how to find them. Alexandra Levit's guide organizes passion into seven profiles and describes specific jobs within them. A real gem in the book is the innumerable resources listed to help readers learn more about the jobs that strike their fancy. Buy this book!"--Julie Jansen, author,I Don't Know What I Want, But I Know It's Not This "Alexandra Levit has written an ideal book for all those adults who still don't know what they want to do when they grow up. The practical self-assessment that opens the book could point even the most indecisive person toward a realistic and satisfying career path. While reading about the dozens of coolest gigs that are thoroughly researched and attractively presented in this book, I almost started second-guessing my own career choices. Good thing I've already scored a cool gig!"--Tom Musbach, Editor, Yahoo! HotJobs "Reading this is like having your own career counselor on call. It is, without doubt, the #1 book for anyone who's unhappy in their job, confused about what to do next, or j
If you're dissatisfied in your current position, fantasize about doing something else with your life, or have just unceremoniously been given a pink slip, take heart. It's never too late to start fresh and forge ahead on a fulfilling new career path. Alexandra Levit, career columnist forThe Wall Street Journal, has interviewed dozens of individuals who have successfully switched careers-many of them more than once-and provides practical, empowering, and action-oriented steps for figuring out your next move with clarity and confidence. Organized by the seven major motivations that lead people to seek career changes-family, independence, learning, money, passion, setback, and talent-New Job, New Youshows you how to bull; research careers that best reflect your new direction bull; stand out in this competitive job market bull; market yourself to a particular (most ideal) position bull; create a financial plan to maintain income during your transition bull; use the power of networking to put you exactly where you want to be Complete with compelling personal stories, helpful questionnaires, and savvy, down-to-earth advice,New Job, New Yougives you the resources you need to turn your wildest pipe dream into a solid reality and obtain the rewarding, invigorating career that you deserve.
When straight A student Alexandra Levit graduated from college, she was hell-bent on skipping up New York City's corporate ladder. But after six months on the job, Levit was so stressed out that she was ready to ditch the corporate world completely and head to graduate or law school. Eventually, by sticking around and paying attention to the few people around her who weren't dropping from stress-induced coronaries, Levit developed many of the skills that are crucial to staying sane and building a career. By her mid-twenties, she had been promoted four times. Highlights include: Unorthodox but proven job-hunting techniques. Making a memorable first impression. Navigating a company's social scene. Practicing cringe-free networking. Mastering goal-setting and self-promotion. Combating negativity. Coping with difficult personalities. Finding a new position, and gracefully exiting from the old. At 28 years old, Alexandra Levit has spent all of her post-college career in Corporate America. She most recently worked in marketing communications for Computer Associates, the fourth largest software company in the world. Levit was previously an account manager at Edelman Public Relations Worldwide, where she developed award-winning PR campaigns for Fortune 500 clients, including Microsoft, Pfizer, Philip Morris, Procter & Gamble, and Unilever.