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March 1, 2010

News & Opinion: Create Your Job

By: 800-CEO-READ @ 12:00 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Career coach Nancy Anderson had released the inspiring book Work With Passion: How To Do What You Love For a Living, and is now set to launch her newest book that addresses those looking for work with an even greater wealth of experience behind them. Titled, Work With Passion in Midlife and Beyond.

To get an idea of the approach of either of these books, here's a blurb from a recent essay written by Anderson, where she talks about a conversation between her and a client:

"When I met Charles he spent most of his time going to networking meetings, and surfing job sites on the Internet. He would get excited about a referral or posting and send in his resume, and then get disappointed when there was no response. It did not occur to him that what he wanted to do for a living was not advertised, and that he would need to create the job that matched his values.
“What do you mean, create the job? “ Charles asked worriedly.

“If you try to fit yourself into a job that’s already defined you will only repeat the past,” I said. “You need to think about what is important to you at this stage of life, the problems you can and like to solve. Then connect with the people who have those problems. In other words, think like an entrepreneur, not a job hunter.”"