Grindhopping: Build a Rewarding Career Without Paying Your Dues

Grindhopping: Build a Rewarding Career Without Paying Your Dues

by Laura Vanderkam


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Nose to the grindstone? Skip it! “Grindhopping” is the fastest career path for you-and this is the definitive book on the subject

From the journalist who “broke the story” in a much-talked-about USA Today article on the rise of self-employment, Grindhopping is packed with real-life stories and how-to advice for how you can bypass the corporate grind. Including dozens of nontraditional success stories, career options, and interviews-plus “Grindhoppers' Guidelines” for starting a business, freelancing, consulting, job-hopping, and networking-it's the ultimate do-it-yourself guide for planning your career path.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780071479332
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date: 11/28/2006
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.44(d)

About the Author

Laura Vanderkam, a full-time writer and Grindhopper, is a member of USA TODAY's board of contributors, and a contributing editor at Reader's Digest. Visit for more information.

Table of Contents

Getting Started
Carving Your Own Career Path     1
The Grindhopping Guidelines
Always Be Your Own Boss     19
Know Where You're Going     45
Recalculate Risk     61
Think Projects, Not Jobs     77
Seek to Be Judged on Results (and Deliver Them)     97
Everything is Negotiable     113
Cultivate a Network and a Nimble Mind     133
Dealing with the Downsides     151
The Grindhopping Gist     169
Now What?     173
Acknowledgments     175
Notes     177
Index     191

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