I’m kinda working on an ebook. I have been for the past 18 months. When I say working on it, I mean mostly in my head. I’ve written an outline and several posts on this blog from over the years will be turned into chapters. The inspiration comes from the hundreds, if not thousands, of resumes that have come across my desk over the years. I feel like I’m usually hiring someone every year and I’m often frustrated by the quality of most of the resumes sent my way. I’m frustrated because of my time wasted by unqualified applicants but also frustrated for many of the applicants. Most of the time, the answer is “no” for all the hopeful candidates. However, I feel that with some coaching and adjustments to the resume, they’d likely get a “maybe.”
A part of this ebook (seriously, I’m going to write it) will focus on broader ideas like, where do you want to be 10 years from now? It’s one thing to look for a job, but its an entirely different thing to plan out a career and it seems like most people are a little short-sighted.
Just last week, Jon Acuff’s book, “Do Over” released and I’ve heard that it’s already made it to the New York Times Best Seller List. I’m not surprised. I got an advanced copy and it is by far the best career book I have ever read. Okay, it’s the only career book I’ve ever read – but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t impactful – because it was.
I’m not planning on making a career change anytime soon, but I do have some ideas of what I want to do five years from now and even ten years from now. The vision is still a little fuzzy, but this book stirred up an excitement for the future that I didn’t know was there and motivated me to pay attention to some things I needed to focus on right now. I learned that I have a career savings account (I didn’t even know) and there are things that I need to do now to prepare me for the future. So smart!
So, if you are on the verge of a job transition, you need to get this book. If you think you might make a transition in the next 3-5 years, you need to get this book. If you think there’s even a remote chance that you could find yourself unemployed, you certainly need to read this book. Basically, if you’re still working for a living, just get the book. You’ll be glad you did.
I’ll still write my ebook, because I care about people called to ministry finding their dream jobs. However, I’ll recommend “Do Over” as required reading for anyone who is planning for their career future.
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