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‘Brazen Careerist’ Brushes Back Job Myths

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The job hopping we see throughout the tech industry mirrors the youthful demographic entering all kinds of career fields; author Penelope Trunk has seen a growing shift in job seeking take place.

The Boston Globe and Yahoo Finance columnist had her book debut with the start of the Memorial Day weekend. Penelope’s book, The Brazen Careerist: The New Rules for Success, says the worker of today values time over money.

Penelope Trunk Penelope’s 45 short essays distill the workplace as it is today. She backs up her contentions by name-checking the likes of Y Combinator’s Paul Graham, who said in her book, "For the most ambitious young people, the corporate ladder is obsolete."

The essence of the experience she conveys in Brazen Careerist holds that the Gen X and Y people out there want to find jobs that fits their lifestyles, and not the way their parents or grandparents worked. It’s wise advice, considering how workers have almost come to being treated as disposable parts.

She discussed some of her life experience, good and bad, leading into the essays. Several interesting items come up in her writing, including the breaking of several workplace myths into little pieces.

For example, job hopping isn’t a resume killer. If it were, companies would be hard-pressed to find people to hire. And office politics has its uses. Being nice to others increases one’s likeability in the workplace, and gives one a political edge.

We’ve talked about people losing jobs or job opportunities due to their profiles on social networking sites like Facebook or MySpace. Penelope writes that people should worry more about managing their online identities, especially when it comes to the first link in Google pointing to a person’s name.

Penelope’s enjoyable read hits on a number of valuable points for the youthful job seeker. In homage to her pro volleyball playing days, we’d say she spiked it with Brazen Careerist.

‘Brazen Careerist’ Brushes Back Job Myths
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