Book: In Search of the Fun-Forever Job - Career Strategies that Work by Ellis Chasecategories: Book, Career Choice, Job Search, Executive Search, Career Coach, Job Change, Networking, Interviewing, Negotiating, Business, Career Options, Career Assessment, Social Intelligence, Career
Ellis Chaseabout this book: I've been working with clients and students for more than 25 years, helping them figure out what they want to do with their lives. No one ever showed them how to do a job search before so it's not surprising that so many are confused about how to do an effective search or how to target a job that fits their own personal style. At the same time, a lot of the information out there is either too general, or too unrealistic. By that I mean, too many books imply there's some kind of "transformational journey" involved in finding work. Sometimes, there is but more often, finding a job or changing careers is hard work. I want to make it a little easier by giving people strategies they can use.
I think anyone at any age can benefit from the book, but it is especially helpful for mid-career professionals. Often they're like the students I work with in the Executive MBA Program at Columbia Business School. So the book is also aimed a grad students.
The title comes from a "book" my daughter wrote when she was eight. She was trying to figure out what she would do when she grew up and understood if she had to get a job, she'd want one that would be fun forever, where she could do whatever she wanted.
My great book design team came up with the cover when they understood I wanted to get across the idea of fun, plus the idea of work. I think Allie Tucker, 143 Creative, did a great job.
I'd been writing this book over the course of maybe eight to ten years; the hardest part was sitting down, putting it all together and finishing it. I did all the research myself.
What I learned from writing this book is how very valuable it is to have a good editorial team and a supportive family. Even though I'd written and revised the manuscript after my wife Carola reviewed it, the book didn't really fall into place until I had the help of a professional editor, Lorraine Fico-White of Magnifico Manuscripts.
I also learned that when you finally finish, it really is a lot of fun to have a book. One that I'm proud of.
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