ABOUT THE PLAYBOOK

Today’s graduates are looking not only for good jobs but for positions that will help them launch careers. But knowing how to land a great job is notoriously hard when trying to get an interview and worrying about money.

Based on an in-depth survey of thousands of graduates and young professionals and hundreds of interviews with leaders in business and the nonprofit sector, The Career Playbook, by James M. Citrin, a noted expert on leadership, governance and professional success, offers aspiring young professionals actionable advice for thriving in the workplace.

A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR

The career marketplace for new graduates and millennials (the approximately 82 million people born between 1981 and about 2000) has never been more competitive, unstructured, and difficult to navigate.

For every appealing entry-level professional position in a given industry, there are dozens, often hundreds, and sometimes thousands of candidates. The acceptance rates at today’s most competitive colleges and universities—Stanford and Harvard—are roughly 5%; very long odds. But the number of applicants who receive job offers from today’s most prestigious and largest companies is even tougher—often 1 to 2%.

Packed with first-person advice from graduates and job seekers as well as the perspective of seasoned executives, The Career Playbook is an essential resource for students and new graduates seeking to land and launch their best possible jobs.

The career marketplace for new graduates and millennials (the approximately 82 million people born between 1981 and about 2000) has never been more competitive, unstructured, and difficult to navigate.

For every appealing entry-level professional position in a given industry, there are dozens, often hundreds, and sometimes thousands of candidates. The acceptance rates at today’s most competitive colleges and universities—Stanford and Harvard—are roughly 5%; very long odds. But the number of applicants who receive job offersfrom today’s most prestigious and largest companies is even tougher—often 1 to 2%.

When successful people give advice or tell the story of their careers, they often speak in a way that makes it seem as if their success was inevitable. But when you’re dealing with the reality of trying to secure an interview, deciding which job to pursue or accept, worrying about money, and yet looking for that entry level position that will open the door to future opportunities in your chosen field, nothing is clear. Certainty only exists in hindsight, when you’re looking back on the decisions and actions you took that eventually led to whatever success you accomplished.

A solid understanding of how careers really work and a concrete action plan is the basis for getting a great job and achieving ongoing success, and there is no better time to start thinking about a career than college. In The Career Playbook, I share everything I’ve learned about successful careers from working intimately with some of the most successful chief executives, entrepreneurs, not-for-profit leaders, and business gurus around the world. My goal is to present essential advice in a way that will be relevant to anyone motivated to get ahead and achieve success in today’s hyper-competitive, fast-changing, and confusing world.

The Career Playbook is dedicated to the inspired college student who is looking to carve out a distinctive career path over the first decade after graduation. My goal is to provide readers with the most effective, actionable, and market-tested strategies for maximizing their success and personal satisfaction in the workplace.

—James M. Citrin