Recession-Proof Graduate is a wildly popular career guide that's been downloaded over 150,000 times. This audiobook is frequently shared among students, teachers, parents, counselors, freelancers, and entrepreneurs. It's been integrated in the coursework at a number of universities, given away as a graduation gift, and translated to Italian.
I struggled to find meaningful work - or any work - after getting out of school. I graduated in 2008 - during the worst economy in 80 years - and spent my days spamming my resume to hundreds of companies I didn’t want to work for…and never heard back. It was exhausting. When I changed my strategy, I landed a handful of dream gigs, got to work with amazing people like Tim Ferriss and Ramit Sethi, and found myself turning down multiple paid job offers. Best of all, I was getting paid to work on projects that made me come alive. It was a far cry from the days of begging for soul-crushing work. People kept asking how I did it, so I wrote this free guide on how to use free work to land your dream job.
©2014 Charlie Hoehn (P)2014 Podium Publishing
“What do Seth Godin, Tucker Max, Ramit Sethi and Tim Ferriss have in common? All of them are NY Times Best Selling authors, have ginormous followings, and are media magnets. Most of us already knew this about them. The one thing they have in common that most do not know is at some point in their careers they all had a level of support from Charlie Hoehn.” - Lewis Howes, author of the #1 LinkedIn Book, Founder of Sports Executives Association“Charlie is one of the most talented marketers and entrepreneurs I’ve ever worked with. A true gem. I highly recommend him.” (Ramit Sethi, New York Times best-selling author of I Will Teach You to Be Rich)
Solid advice on SEO tactics and the vital importance of owning your name and brand.
There are hits and misses as far as advice goes. It's an interesting concept that would work well for some people in highly specialized situations, but the biggest miss is the overall tone of know-it-all world weary superiority. I never felt like the author was sharing advice to help others along, but more like he was bragging and that coupled with the frequent put-downs of young people just left me feeling pretty chilly toward the book, even when the ideas were interesting.
The narrator sounds like such a d o u. . . not nice guy. I didn't like his smug superior tone. The narration had me grimacing and making faces at my speaker. LOL!
Look, obviously this audio book was free - so clearly there's no reason to rip on it. Free advice costs nothing - unless it's bad advice and it's not necessarily bad advice, so I guess this was an okay book.
A little over 40 minutes of your time and it may be worthwhile to you. But really depends on your career path and your training. The author has some IT background, so obviously his skills can be transferred into project work.
If you are an accountant - or a medical professional - his advice may not fit well.
The reader made the presentation pleasant to listen to - and the fact that the book was short made it tolerable to finish.
Overall, I would recommend this title to someone that is out of work because it's possible this plan could work for them - but don't expect tremendous value for every career choice.
Audible listener who's grateful for a long commute!
Charlie Hoehn's "Recession Proof Graduate: How to Land the Job You Want by Doing Free Work" (2011) has some fantastic ideas for finding work in a tough economy, and those ideas worked for him. Hoehn talks about approaching businesses and volunteering work, and he's set forth the specifics on how to figure out who to approach; what approaches to use; and how to turn that into paying work. It appears to have worked for Hoehn very well, but it looks like he's consulting to relatively young and technologically nimble companies.
I'm having a hard time imagining his approach working in companies that are so large that adapting new technology is expensive because of the sheer number of people involved; so entrenched that older management wouldn't be comfortable thinking outside of long established practices; and highly regulated, which makes those businesses, of necessity, extremely cautious. I'd add a caveat to Hoehn's plan: if you are going to do this, chose an industry that's structurally capable of accepting what he's suggesting, rather than an industry like big banking or insurance.
Hoehn's ideas are intriguing, and it's worth the time to listen.
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If you expect an audiobook that's less than an hour long to explain to you have to secure yourself against recession by planning ahead for your college education and beyond, you clearly need to have a college education. But again, this is a freebie.
I'm a web developer based out of Sacramento, I listen to books while I work, and love audible.
Some interesting ideas, that no doubt have helped people. But it makes me wonder what the Author got a degree in that was so worthless as to only giving the skill to use Microsoft word. I'm pretty sure that people getting degrees in computer science, nursing, law, accounting, and pretty much anything that teaches highly technical and specialized skill is still considered highly useful.
My advice to kids going to college is to research out which degrees are in demand before getting one, as there is nothing worse than knowing you wasted 4 years of your life. And an in demand degree will work much better at getting you work than doing free jobs for people.
Amazingly simplistic but not simple I can see why this book is so popular.
The author did an amazing job in summing up his pov and to make his points clear.
I seriously think this is a book EVERYBODY should read.
Charlie Hoehn is the man. His experience working for 6 best-selling authors makes him worth listening to. I wish my friends would try this out before registering for college - they could likely land a great job without the piece of paper.
He gets the humor right. He's a great narrator.
I did, its short, but free.
I bought Charlie's new book (in print mind you) Play It Away: A Workaholic's Cure for Anxiety, which is awesome. I see there is an audiobook of that too with the same narrator.
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