By J.T. O'Donnell I recently got an e-mail from a guy who wanted to know if there were any entertaining career guidebooks on the market. He said he had gone to the library and taken a bunch of popular ones out (I shall not name names), but they all made him fall asleep. After I got over the initial, self-absorbed reaction of wanting to ask this guy if he realized I had written a career book, I decided to do the right thing and research some books that were both smart AND extremely funny. Here's why... I'm a huge believer in the 10,000 hour rule, which means you need to study and read up on a subject if you want to improve. Given that each person likes a different writing style, I think it's only fair I respond to the reader's request by trying to find something that might help him stay awake long enough to learn a thing or two, don't you? He needs humor as a way to engage in learning - I can respect that. Hey, I like funny too! So, I went to work and actually found, not one, but TWO hilarious and insightful guides. Check these out: Dig Your Job: Keep It or Find a New One - I've actually been reading the author's blog for some time now. GL Hoffman writes "What Would Dad Say," a no-nonsense and very humorous advice column for professionals. A serial entrepreneur himself, his self-proclaimed 5-word resume is "Frequently Wrong, Never In Doubt." There are over 200 short, easy-to-read career advice articles packed into this book which you can get as an e-book for only $9.99. Honestly, if you are lucky enough to get GL as your private career mentor (Hint: join Twitter and follow him), you are guaranteed to laugh all the way to a better job. For those who can't afford him (Do I even need to put the classic joke in here?), there's always the book. And, he's agreed to let me give away a copy to the person that posts the best six-word resume about themselves below. I'll be judging. The funniest six-word summary of your career woes wins! You have until this Friday (January 16th) to get in your entry. Whoa! My Boss is Naked - Jake Greene is also a blogger. It's called 'Jake on Jobs.' He e-mailed me a month ago to tell me he liked our blog, so I jumped on his blog to check it out and saw he had a book. The title alone had me intrigued, so I asked if he'd send me a copy to check out. He actually sent two! I opened the package and figured I'd glance a the intro and skim the chapters - one hour later, I was still reading. As Jake puts it, "This is a book for those who want to climb the ladder without becoming a corporate tool." My favorite is the test at the end that tells you if you have the potential to become a corporate tool and what kind you might be. Jake's book is $11.01 and can be grabbed here. And, if you want to try to win the extra copy I have, simply post why you don't want to become a corporate tool below. The best answer, chosen by me, will get the book. Again get your entry must be in by this Friday, January 16th. PS - YES, you can post answers for BOTH books - why not try to sweep the contest? J.T. O'Donnell is a nationally syndicated career strategist, author and founder of Careerealism.com. Check out the new CAREEREALISM University and CAREEREALISM Private Network which provide affordable private career coaching with JT.
8 Ways You're Being SHUT OUT Of The Hiring Process
1-hour workshop to help job seekers figure out what's getting them tossed from the hiring process
September 28, 2022
Are you terrified of screwing up a job interview? Does the thought of writing a cover letter horrify you? Are you scared to network with others? What do you even say, anyway? If you're struggling to overcome your job search fears, this live event is for you.
We get it. Looking for work can be scary, especially if you’ve been at it for a long time and haven’t gotten any results.
Understanding which fears are getting in the way and how to overcome them will make all the difference. Sometimes you might not be aware of which obstacle is getting in the way of your goals. If you want to overcome these fears once and for all, we invite you to join us!
In this training, you’ll learn how to:
- Utilize strategies for coping with your job search fears
- Be confident in your job search—from writing your resume to networking
- Face your fears and move forward
Join our CEO, J.T. O'Donnell, and Director of Training Development & Coaching, Christina Burgio, for this live event on Wednesday, October 5th at 12 pm ET.
CAN'T ATTEND LIVE? That's okay. You'll have access to the recording and the workbook after the session!
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