The Good News About Careers. How You'll Be Working in the Next Decade

  • ID: 2215863
  • Book
  • 256 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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As today′s workers are all too painfully aware, downsizing, takeovers, and technological changes have made job security a thing of the past. But there is a bright side to this new reality. Released from the pressure to conform to keep our jobs, we are free to take on the roles that really suit us and seek out personal fulfillment rather than exhaust ourselves striving for the proverbial brass ring. In this book, career expert and best–selling author Barbara Moses decodes the rules of the new workplace–what she calls Temp World–and shows how we can use them to take charge of our own careers.

Moses identifies six types of contemporary workers–including "careerists" who thrive on the pressure of the rat race and "personal developers" who cherish learning and professional growth. She helps individuals decide which type they are, what they want out of their careers, and how they′re most likely to succeed. She gives managers a guide to the new employment contract and ten strategies for managing the new workers. She even gives parents tips for career–proofing their children.

In Temp World, where employment is ultimately transitory, key to survival is developing a portable set of skills that can be used in a succession of different assignments. In her trademark tell–it–like–it–is fashion, Moses shows readers how to develop those skills, seek new challenges, identify new opportunities, and nurture the self–confidence necessary to maintain enthusiasm during times of transition.

Peppered with anecdotes from years Moses spent consulting for companies including Levi Strauss, Lucent Technologies, and PricewaterhouseCoopers, The Good News About Careers is full of frank advice and practical strategies for finding liberation, satisfaction, and success in an uncertain world.
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The Cult of Busyness.

The New Obsession with Work.

Living and Working in TempWorld.

On Being a Player.

What We Didn′t Do on Vacation.

Why the Grass Isn′t Always Greener...


The Search for Authenticity.

What Kind of New Worker Are You?

Career–Defining Moments.

Who Will Win? Introverts vs. Extroverts.

20 Something Career Angst.

"Hey 40–Something, I′m Talking to You!"

"Hey 20–Something, I′m Talking to You!"

"Hey 20–Something/40–Something, Shut Up Already!"

What 20–Somethings Ask About Work and Careers.

How to Career–Proof Your Children.


The New Employment Contract Comes Home to Roost.

Ten Strategies for Managing the New Worker.

Old Worker vs. New Worker.

The Coaching Boom.

The Manager as Career Coach.

Mentors Show the Way.

How to Give People a Belief in the Future.


Become a Career Activist.

On Selling Yourself.

The Right and Wrong Ways to Network.

Communicating on Fast Forward.

"Don′t Take THis Personally, But..."

The Politics of Bad Fit.

Recession–Proofing Your Career.

Conclusion: The Good News about Careers.

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"Moses, a career guru? offers a truly useful guide to career activism." (Fast Company)

"Moses, whose book Career Intelligence, was a Canadian best–seller, offers an astute, refreshingly jargon–free, and essentially hopeful analysis of the conditions of the new working world." (The Toronto Star)

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