Friday, February 14, 2014

Review of BODY OF WORK by Pamela Slim

Title: Body of Work
Author: Pamela Slim
Publisher: Portfolio/Penguin
What It's About: Body of Work reads like a rare career handbook. Many people have a variety of different jobs in their lifetime, and if you're one of those people, you might wonder how your various career choices actually tie together, if they even tie together at all. Pamela Slim makes the case that we can see our career paths as a cohesive body of work that does indeed have a thread that ties it all together.
Why I Read It: Eight years ago, I knew exactly what my career path was going to be, but soon I discovered that my path wasn't what I thought it should be. When creating a resume last year, I had a hard time trying to see how there was anything significantly in common between the different jobs I've had. This book shows people like me how to find meaning and direction in their body of work.
What I Liked About It: I tend to love reading books that are both career-related and centered on innovation and creativity. This book definitely fits into that niche. Slim's reading is enjoyable as she shares her own personal stories and the stories of people she has worked with in developing a career plan. What I like about this book is that it helps you to find a common thread to your work, allowing you to craft a compelling description of what you've done and how it helps you in whatever it is you're striving to do next. I see this book as one that helps you to develop a narrative of your body of work with a solid throughline that leads you to applying your passions and utilizing your experiences to be successful in your career path. The outlining of the ingredients to your body of work is especially helpful. This is a great book for anyone who wants to find meaning in their body of work and especially for people who have an entrepreneurial spirit. It would also be helpful for recent high school or college graduates.

Review copy provided by Portfolio/Penguin 
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