Start Now: Because That Meaningful Job Is Out There, Just Waiting For You

Start Now: Because That Meaningful Job Is Out There, Just Waiting For You

by Reynold Levy

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Overview

From the New York Times bestselling author, “a compelling guide to determine what you wish to do in life, and the best ways to build a meaningful career” (Ken Auletta, bestselling author).
 
Newcomers to the workplace. The recently fired. Those desiring to advance with their current employer, and those eager to move on. And many who have found what they do for a living deadening, disappointing, and tedious. For these reasons and others one in five Americans change jobs every year.  
 
Drawing on his extensive career in the non-profit, commercial, and public service realms, Reynold Levy will help you think about your future creatively and prepare for it resourcefully. How to network naturally and adeptly. How to interview effectively. How to perform well in your current job. He will offer you a recipe for moving up in an appealing organization or moving out gracefully to a better position elsewhere. 
 
Start Now offers concrete, actionable, practical advice: Taking fullest advantage of school, friends, acquaintances, and colleagues. Learning how to succeed at work without being imprisoned there. Asking others for help compellingly. 
 
“This book is about work—finding work you love, getting it, doing it well, leaving it—but it is also a book about how to live. Part memoir, part social analysis, part practical guide, it is a terrific read: wise and fun, deep and light, full of stories about people and problems, and the sheer good pleasure of a job that gives back to the world. Never moralizing, just right, Start Now is a book for us all.” —Jennifer Homans, New York Times bestselling author


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780795353420
Publisher: RosettaBooks
Publication date: 12/07/2021
Pages: 218
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

A frequent recipient of awards and honorary degrees, Reynold Levy maintains a busy schedule of public speaking and consulting to commercial, nonprofit, and philanthropic clients. His last book, They Told Me Not to Take That Job: Tumult, Betrayal, Heroics, and the Transformation of Lincoln Center,was a New York Times bestseller. In a career devoted to public service, Reynold was most recently the president of the Robin Hood Foundation. Previously he served as the president of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts from March 1, 2002, to January 31, 2014. Reynold also served as the president of the International Rescue Committee, a senior officer at AT&T and the president of the AT&T Foundation, executive director of the 92nd Street Y, and the staff director of the task force on the New York City fiscal crisis. He has taught at New York University, Columbia University, and the Harvard Business School. Levy is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a trustee of the Charles H. Revson Foundation and the American Ballet Theatre, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He also serves as the lead director of First Republic Bank. A graduate of Hobart College, Phi Beta Kappa, Levy earned a PhD in government and foreign affairs from the University of Virginia and a law degree from Columbia University. Start Now: Because That Meaningful Job Is Out There, Just Waiting for You is his fifth book.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

1 Start Now: Because the Worst Time to Look for a Meaningful Job Is When You Need One 1

2 Start Now: Because the Best Time to Look for a New Job Is When You Are Securely Settled in Another One 17

3 It's Never Too Early (Or Too Late) 39

4 Persuading the Target Employer 65

5 The Interview 75

6 The Competition for Talent 87

7 Performance: Excelling at Work 119

8 Ready, Set 135

9 The Quest for Meaning 155

10 Beyond Self 165

11 Not Done Yet: Lives Unfinished 175

Notes 183

Selected Bibliography 191

About the Author 195

Index 197

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