BOOK: FAST FORWARD: The Ultimate Career Guide for Millennials on the Move by JONATHAN YABUT

***Sharing with you all the book I just finished reading.

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GETTING HIRED

  1. It’s Okay to be choosy with your first job
  • Get the best one that you can get because it will influence the future of your employment.
  • Avoid jobs that have no multiple doors for career switching.
  1. Tips for Job hunting in the Digital World
  • That one line summary stating who you are must be the first thing the recruiter sees.
  • The strategy is to think out of the box and be open minded to more opportunities.
  • Be humble enough to admit that you will need to exploit your network.
  • Every piece of success requires hard work so do your part. Be visible online, be strategic in your search and be brave and relentless to ask around.
  • The universe won’t give you what you want or what you need – unless you ask.
  1. Don’t make these 5 resume writing mistakes
  • Recuiters will always want proof of your expertise the moment they start scanning your resume. Turn your achievements into numbers.
  • GRAMMARLY – App
  1. 5 Tips for a successful interview
  • Do your research – what is its strategy in the next 5 years? Link it back to you.
  • By failing to prepare, you prepare to fail. – Preparation breeds familiarity, familiarity breeds confidence and when you’re confident, you become an unstoppable force set on winning.
  • ORP (Online Reputation Management) – Clean up your social media profile.
  • It’s never the end of the world if you failed an interbiew. Use the defeat as a means to fuel your hunger to ace the next one.

 LEARN FROM OTHERS

  1. Choose your friends wisely.
  • Are they making you a better person?
  1. The Power of Networking
  • You’ll never know who you’ll bump into.
  • Have your business card with you wherever you go.
  • Have the courage to talk to people.
  • Your network is your net worth
  1. Delete people who bring Negativity to your life
  • Stop worrying and being stressed about these people. There are more important things in life to spend your energy on.
  • Be smart with your choices. You don’t need to fight fire with fire. There are other battles to win.
  1. 3 Lessons from Pia Wurtzbach’s Victory.
  • Never settle. Always look for opportunities ahead that are grander and bigger.
  • Contentment breeds complacency. Complacency breeds mediocrity.
  • Asking for help is not a sign of weakness.
  • Every new failure is a strategy to become better.
  • Giving it another shot might just change your life.

DEFEAT OFFICE POLITICS

  1. Yes you can defeat office politics
  • You are the only one who can steer your own career to greatness.
  • The key is to be observant, be critical and analyze patterns that you see in people and in their habits.
  1. You’re not pizza. You can’t please everyone
  • You want people to respect you because they know you mean business. You can be firm without losing your grace.
  1. You don’t need to be a bully to get things done
  • You don’t need to threaten people to get things done. You don’t need to hurt people’s feelings to gain their attention.
  • Kindness and excellence in the corporate world are never, ever mutually exclusive.
  1. When water boils, are you a potato or an egg?
  • You can never control the winds that move your ship but you can always adjust your sail.
  • The same fire that melts the butter, toughens the steel.
  • The same water that softens the potato hardens the egg.
  • We should make the most of what life throws at us.
  • How you choose to react to situations maybe permanent and will likely determine your future.
  1. Don’t make permanent decisions based on temporary emotions
  • Think properly and look at the bigger picture without making hasty decisions.
  1. At work, always see the best in others.
  • Always focus on the goodness of others. People are naturally good, only stress can make them rude.
  1. The Power of a Growth Mindset
  • You only need a minimum level of intelligence or talent to succeed in life – the rest depends on execution.

GET PROMOTED

  1. 5 Unspoken rules to getting promoted
  • Make your boss fully aware that you are expecting it.
  • Promotable employees initiate tasks beyond what is needed, and with minimal supervision.
  1. Why even the best employees don’t get promoted
  • Leadership is a pullership not a pushership. It is about serving other people who work for you. It is putting a spotlight on your team and not yourself.
  • The role of a great leader is to make more leaders out of themselves.
  1. Why do soft skills matter at work?
  • Pick the right friends, the right boss, the right company and the right mentors in life. If you are going to spend 12 hours of your life everyday with these people, might as well spend them with the right people who can transfer the best things that you’ll never have.
  1. You’re never too important for a small task
  • Humility is always integral to your success.
  • You can never be too good for any task, so take even the smallest of legwork with dignity and respect.
  1. Always give your best even when no one is looking
  • Always aim for the best quality you can give to any craft that you do
  • Do well even if no one’s looking.
  • Give your best shot because giving your all is a good end goal in itself.
  1. Have one crazy goal
  • Choose one goal that will push you to achieve that 1 extra mile you always missed.
  1. Stop being an askholic
  2. Take the moment and perfect it
  • Do what you need to do even when it’s painful.
  • We don’t find perfect time, we make it ourselves.
  • You don’t need to be great to start but you need to start to be great.
  1. Success is the best revenge
  • Focus on your dreams and ambitions, commit to it for years and get it done. Success.
  1. What’s done in love is done well
  • We cant always be fond of every work thrown at us, but we have the power and time to love it in due course.

MANAGE YOUR BOSS

  1. I hate my boss
  • The more you know your boss, the more predictable and manageable he will be.
  • Focus on one small thing and cultivate it and leverage on it until you finally get to accept your boss despite the bad things you hate him for.
  1. 4 Questions to ask your boss about work.
  • Successful people only get what they want when they chase it
  • Take time to find out what those career related strengths are.
  • Take the wheel when you can because there is no one else more responsible for your career but yourself.
  • You need to assert and communicate what’s on your mind and heart.
  1. At work, it’s okay to say no to your boss
  • Say no to other opportunities and focus on one big thing and be good at it.
  • Deciding what not to do is as important as deciding what to do.
  • Don’t try to be everything in people’s minds. Don’t try to please everyone at work. Ignore the rest, focus your energy so you can move up the scale.
  1. How to motivate yourself when your boss doesn’t.
  • The world is bigger and larger than your boss. Be resourceful and independent to inspire yourself or get that inspiration somewhere else instead.

ACHIEVE WORK LIFE BALANCE

  1. Work Life Balance is a Choice
  • Recharge as much as you can because life is a marathon not a sprint. Pause once in a while and invest in more energy that can help you achieve more later,
  1. Your 8 Office Resolutions for a better Work Life Balance
  • Appreciate that life really happens when you exit the office doors.
  • Find a mentor outside your department
  • Sell yourself as a brand. Be consistent with an ensemble that can project a confident and sharp you.
  • Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.
  1. Let go of the lettuce in your life
  • The reality is that we can’t be everything that we want to be, and we won’t have the time to enjoy everything we aspire to have.
  • We have to make a bold choice and commit to the things that really matter in life. This also means sacrificing things to give way to more important things.
  • What is the lettuce in your life that you need to let go of?
  1. Stop eating lunch at your work desk
  2. Why I spend so much on travel and why so should you
    • Travel changes you permanently.
    • You become less stubborn about what you think is only right.
    • Travel changes you for the better, no matter how bad the experiences can be and no matter how it can devalue everything that your credit card swipes for.
    • Enjoy the time to be merry and learn much from the time needed to recover the expenses.
  3. Always keep a life scoreboard

 QUIT IF YOU MUST BUT FIND GREENER PASTURES

  1. 4 Undeniable signs that it’s time to leave your job
  • Remember that your role in life is to live life through a job not to end in one.
  • Don’t quit a tough boss who polishes you painfully like a diamond.
  1. The 5 reasons why good employees quit their bosses
  • A good boss takes the time to know your life story.
  • A good boss sharpens people’s skills so they can become like her.
  1. Yes, it’s okay to jump from one company to another
  • The only way to learn and to expand your horizons is to stretch yourself to take on challenges you’re not comfortable with just yet. To understand what you like and want in life, you have to expose yourself to as many things as possible.
  • Look for greener pastures until you find what’s right for you. Do it early and do it quickly. People who make it big are big because they think big. They’re never contented. The successful ones always wins because they risked what they thought was worth fighting for.
  1. Don’t leave before you need to leave

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