Jane Jackson is a highly respected career management coach and has assisted more than 1,000 clients across Australia and Asia to find their true career path. She is the book author of “Navigating career crossroads: How to
survive thrive when changing direction”. Her mission is to give jobseekers more clarity, build their confidence and guide them towards a more rewarding career. She is also an engaging speaker, trainer and specialist in transition coaching. She passionately delivers her 7 Step Careers Program that enables career-minded people to confidently take control, make a change and achieve their career goals. Her corporate clients include Credit Suisse, Australian Graduate School of Management, Chicago Booth Graduate School of Management, Lee Hecht Harrison and Rio Tinto. Jane Jackson is also a regular radio guest on Sydney’s Steve O Show as Sydney’s leading career and life coach. You can check out her website at: www.janejacksoncoach.com, contact her via email at email@example.com, follow her on Twitter @JaneCareerCoach and ask to join her Careers Crossroads Community Forum.
“Navigating Career Crossroads” –
10 Things I love about this book
# 1 – The reader’s benefits.
The benefits that the reader will gain from reading this book are mentioned twice in “Navigating career crossroads”, once at the beginning and then again at the end. This approach will make the reader feel that it was worthwhile buying and reading the book. Would I choose a similar strategy if I would write my next book too? Definitely! Thanks Jane for this idea and inspiration!
# 2 – The topics.
I liked the fact that ‘Navigating Career Crossroads’ covered all the relevant topics from finding your ideal career to working at your chosen company. Thus, including advice on career choices, writing your cover letter and CV, job search strategies, preparing for different types of interviews, polishing your image, getting the job, negotiating the job and starting your new job role.
# 3 – The experiences.
Real value has been added by including the author’s and other peoples’ struggles and experiences from their personal and professional lives. What does it feel like to be out of work for a long period of time, to do a job that does not give you real satisfaction, to do something only because your parents want you to do it?These experiences (and many more!) that are shared in the book “Navigating career crossroads” will give every reader (who feels being in a similar situation) the impression that they are not alone in going through a tough time. But also many insights have been shared from Jane Jackson’s clients on how they recruit and what they focus on when dealing with candidates. Highly useful!
# 4 – The focus on Linkedin.
I found the section that focuses on how to promote yourself effectively on LinkedIn as very good, effective and quite detailed. The author provided a lot of information, for example the do’s and don’ts of your profile picture (check out also this article: http://careerheads.com/profile-picture-20-tips-what-to-avoid/).
# 5 – Your image.
I noticed that in other career books the “image” topic often focuses mainly on appearance and communication. You should know that the book “Navigating career crossroads” provides you with more details by covering: your hidden, your assumed, your visual, your experienced and your proven image. Never seen before, loved this part!
# 6 – The samples.
Describing something is one thing, but providing a concrete sample makes it much more useful and effective for every reader. Jane Jackson provides numerous samples for: cover letter, CV, thank you letter, career summary, list of referees, LinkedIn profile summary, 7 positive morning affirmations etc. But also what potential behavioural questions an interviewer could ask during an interview.
# 7 – The self-assessment tools.
I found the self-assessment tools that are included in the book “Navigating career crossroads” highly useful since they inspire the reader to look at their own situation in a more reflective way. For example, find out what stresses you the most, what impact stress has on your confidence, what your values, your motivators/demotivators, your skills, your knowledge, your dream role and your achievements are. Analysing your personal situation can become a quite eye-opening experience and that without having to spend hundreds of dollars on coaching sessions. However, should you still consider approaching a career coach I would say that having already all the answers to the questions from this book would give you a great start.
# 8 – Great resources and statistics.
Jane Jackson provides lots of other resources in her book “Navigating career crossroads” for additional research, support and exploration, e.g. other business professionals opinion and experiences, interesting statistical facts, useful websites, links and books for your job search (focusing on the Australian job market).
# 9 – The suggested tips, advice and strategies.
When it comes to networking, she describes 3 different approaches that one can take in order to network more effectively (PAL, PEARL and PEAK approach). Very good points, surely something that they don’t teach you at school! But there is much more advice to be found in this book, also for industry insiders.
# 10 – Quotes.
I noticed that more and more book authors start including quotes at the beginning of each chapter. “Navigating career crossroads” took a similar approach. My favourite quote was “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf” by Jon Kabat-Zinn.
How would I rate this book?
I would give it a 9.5/10.
I would have given it a 10/10 if:
- It would not have had 2 mistakes in it (page 6 and page 157).
- It would have also mentioned and described the LUNCH interview in more detail (besides the other types of interviews, such as the panel, face to face, digital, sequential and phone interview).
- It would have included more details on personal online reputation management (e.g. do’s and don’ts of social media etiquette for career purposes, some examples, the negative impact that publishing inappropriate content can have on a person’s career backed up with statistical evidence, etc.)
I would be very happy if the book author would publish a second edition of “Navigating career crossroads” considering my feedback.
Book Title: Navigating Career Crossroads: How to
survive thrive when changing direction
Book Author: Jane Jackson
Publisher: The OMNE Group (Australia)
Year of Publication: 2014
Number of pages: 195
Buy at: http://www.amazon.com for $7.55 (Kindle edition), $24.99 (Paperback – Amazon Prime), $77.00 (Paperback)
Content of “Navigating career crossroads”:
- Introduction (the risk of a crisis of confidence, how to survive an unexpected career change)
- Confidently manage change (the impact of stress on your confidence, the key to confidence-understanding change, managing stress)
- Assess what makes you tick (your life inventory, be clear on your values, motivators/demotivators, skills and knowledge identification, your dream role, achievements)
- Resumes and your marketing communications (verbal pitch, the 60- to 90-second introduction, verbal pitch template, written marketing material – your resume and cover letters, providing referees, LinkedIn and online branding, how to ensure your profile is optimised for search, how to use LinkedIn for research, how to use LinkedIn for job applications)
- Express your professional image (your hidden image, your assumed image, your visual image, your experienced image, your proven image)
- Explore job search strategies that work (how to use online job boards effectively, working with recruitment consultants, networking, approaching employers directly, internships, volunteering)
- Relate your suitability in interviews (interview preparation, what types of interviews might you encounter, what to do after the interview, what will tip the balance for you in an interview)
- Success strategies in your new role (determine your needs, know what you are worth, how to open negotiations, on-boarding into the new role)
“Jane Jackson’s book is a great resource for professionals at all levels to learn effectively on how to survive in today’s competitive job market. Once you read it, you will feel that you are empowered to take control of your own career. It will provide you with highly relevant advice and practical steps. Last but not least, you will feel so much more confident because you know you will be best prepared for your next challenge.” Karin Schroeck-Singh
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Author: Karin Schroeck-Singh
Karin Schroeck-Singh is a trilingual Career Optimizer at www.Careerheads.com. She has an MBA from the University of Leicester (UK) and gained 20 years of international work experience in various industries in Italy, the UK and India. Her passion lies in creating multilingual, high-quality content in career matters, giving highly engaging public speeches and helping job seekers to optimize their career by providing professional coaching. She is the author of several ebooks, among them “44 Tips for a successful Video Interview” (http://careerheads.com/product/ebook-44-tips-for-a-successful-video-interview/). She has written several career and business articles for international HR and Marketing companies. Her favourite motto is “Learn from anyone, anywhere, anytime!” Follow her on Twitter @CareerHeads.