Be the Captain: A Trusty Compass

Book cover imageAs you read Jack Molisani’s Be the Captain of Your Career, you might find yourself thinking that you already know most of this. But then you’ll hit upon something new, something that gives you an “aha” realization and makes the book worth every penny you paid for it.

As you stand at the helm and navigate your way through your career, this book can be the compass you need to get your bearings and stay on course.

It’s easy to read: short, with chapters that often go just two or three pages. Have a highlighting pen handy: you’ll need it. I’ll keep my marked-up copy close by, to refresh my memory and to take stock of what I’m doing well and what I need to do better.

I love the tone of encouragement and exhortation. Jack speaks with authority born of his work as owner of a staffing company as well as his own personal experiences. An accomplished speaker and the organizer of the Lavacon conference, Jack is the real deal. His entrepreneurial know-how and his positive energy resound throughout the book.

Be the Captain contains great tips, from someone who’s sat at both sides of the interview table, on things like overcoming inertia, networking, selling yourself, and acing the interview. But this book isn’t just for job seekers. For example you’ll find solid, realistic advice on estimating work and then selling your estimate, and on negotiating to reach a win-win result.

The last section, Have It, covers some well-worn ground: decide what you love, and then do it. But the section is still worth reading, for in it Jack gives away his hard-earned wisdom on things like establishing a set of core values, personal branding, and negotiating.

Finally, Jack invites his readers to engage with him, providing an email address and two Twitter handles. I appreciate knowing that he’ll be there with me as I navigate the shoals.

Have you read Be the Captain of Your Career? If so, what was your take? If you had any “aha” moments I hope you’ll share them in the comments.

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