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Power Moves: How Women Can Pivot, Reboot, and Build a Career of Purpose (Hardcover)
From the founder of the influential website Career Contessa, an invaluable career resource for women feeling stuck or unfulfilled that combines actionable advice, learning tools to make impactful life changes, and an in-depth discussion of how to build a meaningful career on your terms.
With her popular website Career Contessa, Lauren McGoodwin built an audience of ambitious, professional, millennial women who thought they did everything right—they got the degree, the internship, and even the promotion—but still wondered why they felt stuck and unfulfilled. The first site of its kind to focus on the unique, complex aspects of women's careers, Career Contessa offers women the smart advice they deserve, in a voice that resonates.
Drawing on the insights and lessons developed from Career Contessa, Power Moves is the essential handbook that helps professional women truly feel understood so they can bypass perfection and planning and head straight to evolving. McGoodwin addresses young professionals’ number-one concern: career transitions and growth, and engages them with specific goals, including:
- What is a Power Move and why they matter
- Cutting out comparison, shame, and self-loathing
- How to abandon the elusive “dream job”
- Embracing your inner questioner, your inner quester, and your inner-quitter
- Making money moves and taking control of your financial future
- Tuning out from the noise and tuning into your voice
Power Moves is filled with the information, guidance, advice, and essential tools, (including helpful graphics) that can help women take decisive, bold steps without self-doubt and fear, Power Moves shows women how to build a successful career on their own terms.
About the Author
Lauren McGoodwin founded Career Contessa in 2013 after experiencing a gap in career development resources for women who might be job searching, soul searching, leading and managing, or trying to find new ways to advance within their careers. With women accounting for more than 50% of the workforce and the workforce being less defined than ever before, it seemed crazy (and outdated) that a resource for us didn't exist.
Formerly, Lauren was a University Recruiter for Hulu focused on hiring, employer branding, and program management. Lauren has a Bachelors in Education from the University of Oregon and a Masters in Communication Management from the University of Southern California where she wrote her thesis on millennials and career resources.
“Power Moves is an honest and brave manifesto on how to take control of your career and, ultimately, your happiness, on your terms.”
— Reshma Saujani, founder, Girls Who Code, and bestselling author of Brave, Not Perfect
“I’ve read a lot of career-advice books and this one really stood out to me. When you read it, you’ll feel like she’s a big sister, guiding you through sometimes tough and tricky career choices in a way that will make you feel like you can tackle anything. It’s clear that Lauren’s experience as the founder of Career Contessa has given her insight into what thousands of women want, and she delivers. Plus, she’s refreshingly candid about her own struggles at the beginning of her career. It shows that if she can do it, so can you.”
— Claire Wasserman, founder, Ladies Get Paid
“There is a certain type of savvy I thought couldn’t be taught, but Lauren McGoodwin is making her sharp instincts accessible to everyone. She is part trusted friend who knows what you’re up against, part professional guru who wants to help you realize your full potential. Power Moves is a practical, engaging guide full of actionable advice for navigating career pivot points. This book will change careers and lives.”
— Alicia Menendez, author of The Likeability Trap: How to Break Free and Succeed as You Are
“Power Moves is an invaluable resource full of practical advice that will help you find the courage to pursue your next big dream. Lauren’s expertise will help you build your career on your own terms, and you will be inspired by stories from women who have made big power moves during the course of their careers.”
— Fran Hauser, former president, Digital, Time Inc., and bestselling author of The Myth of the Nice Girl: Achieving a Career You Love Without Becoming a Person You Hate
“If you are ready to achieve real success in your career (and life), this is the book you absolutely need to read right now. It’s the ultimate career book I wish my younger self had while I was navigating my career, negotiations, networking, and even self-care as a working woman. This entire book is a gem that all women need to read and share, as far and wide as possible.”
— Bola Sokunbi, founder and CEO, Clever Girl Finance