The Career Playbook: Essential Advice for Today's Aspiring Young Professional

The Career Playbook: Essential Advice for Today's Aspiring Young Professional

by James M. Citrin
The Career Playbook: Essential Advice for Today's Aspiring Young Professional

The Career Playbook: Essential Advice for Today's Aspiring Young Professional

by James M. Citrin


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Are you about to graduate and begin your job search?


Or are you a young professional trying to choose the right field or looking for that perfect position that will catapult your career?


Figuring out a career and getting a great job has never been more difficult. On top of that, today’s graduates are looking for not only good jobs but positions that will help them launch careers in which they can grow and prosper. But knowing what to look for and how to actually land a great job is exceptionally challenging when you’re trying to get an interview, make enough money, and position yourself for advancement.


Based on an in-depth survey of thousands of graduates and young professionals, and hundreds of interviews with the world’s top business and nonprofit leaders—not to mention James Citrin’s decades of experience as a senior partner at the premier executive search firm Spencer Stuart—The Career Playbook offers recent graduates and aspiring young professionals actionable advice for excelling. From his practical tips on generating valuable introductions, nailing interviews, and negotiating compensation to strategic advice on the arc of a career, the importance of relationships, how to cultivate a mentor, and knowing when to change jobs or industries, Citrin provides an invaluable guide to the most urgent questions that are at the heart of every person’s career deliberations.


Packed with first-person advice from graduates and young professionals themselves, as well as the perspectives of seasoned CEOs, entrepreneurs, leaders, and experts, such as Virgin’s Sir Richard Branson, Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, Third Point Advisors’ Daniel Loeb, author Malcolm Gladwell, and US Navy SEALs’ Admiral Eric Olson, The Career Playbook is an essential resource for landing, launching, and thriving in your career.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553446968
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/21/2015
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,098,686
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

JAMES M. CITRIN is the leader of Spencer Stuart's CEO Practice and a member of the firm’s Worldwide Board of Directors. His diverse client work includes leading media, technology, communications, and consumer companies, as well as other multinational corporations and private-equity firms. A noted expert on leadership, governance, and professional success, Citrin is the author of six books, including bestsellers Lessons from the TopThe 5 Patterns of Extraordinary Careers, and You're in Charge—Now What?


New Canaan, Connecticut USA

Place of Birth:

Great Neck, New York, USA


Vassar College, A.B. 1981 in Economics, Harvard Business School, MBA 1986

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Essential Advice for Today's Aspiring Young Professional 1

Part 1 How Careers Really Work

1 The Six Phases of Your Career 17

2 The Career Triangle: Job, Compensation, and Lifestyle 29

3 What About Money? 37

4 The Power of Relationships and Networks 42

Part 2 How to Get the Job

5 Time to Land Some Interviews 55

6 Overcoming the Permission Paradox: You Can't Get the Job Without Experience, but You Can't Get Experience Without the Job 76

7 You've Studied Liberal Arts, Now What? 83

8 The Art of the Interview 95

9 Deciding What Job to Accept 112

Part 3 How to Thrive

10 Getting Off to the Right Start in a New Job 127

11 Four Guaranteed Strategies for Success 141

12 You're a Knight, Not a Bishop (Or, How to Move from Job to Job) 155

13 Negotiating (or Not) to Get More Money 169

14 How to Cultivate a Mentor 179

Conclusion 193

Appendix A The Latter Three Phases of Your Career 205

Appendix B How Select Colleges and Universities Are Helping Their Students Compete More Effectively 209

Sources 219

Acknowledgments 227

Index 235

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