Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Review: Promote Yourself

Promote Yourself

Should you read this book? 

Answer: It Depends on if you answer Yes to the following Questions...

Are you a Millennial? 

Do you want to move up in your career? 

If Yes to either question, then YES read the book

If No, then pass. 


Here's why:

It was nice to read a book that focuses it's career advice particularly on the Millennial generation. I am on the back-half on the Millennial generation, still in my first job out of college looking to continue to move my career forward. Schawbel offered lots of great advice about how to get a promotion, change careers, and seek new opportunities both in and outside of your employer.

As a proactive employee I agreed with most of the advice Schawbel gave, such as having a continuing conversation with management and expanding both hard and soft skills. I also appreciate how Schawbel emphasized how to deal with different generation in the workforce and what that can mean for your career, particularly how different generations value different things.

The advice I did not agree with was how Schawbel advocates how your social media profile should be extremely career focused. I personally think it is more important to show prospective and current employers that you are well rounded and have interests and a personality outside of work. I do agree that your social media profile should reflect you in your best light, one you would want your boss to see. I just didn't agree with how Schawbel advocated creating such a profile.

Overall, I am definitely going to take some of Schawbel's advice. He had some great points on how to take your career development into your own hands. If you are a Millennial I HIGHLY recommend you read this book, so you to can take the next steps in owning your own brand and career.

Would I read this book again? 

For me, the true judge of a book is whether or not I would read a book again, in the case of Promote Yourself, probably not. This does not mean you should not read it, it just not necessary for me to read again.

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Next up on my reading list: Dangerous Curves Ahead by Sugar Jamison

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