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I’m the Boss of Me: A Guide to Owning Your Career by Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn

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8. Myths and Murders: Getting Past Roadblocks and Barriers

If you want something different, do something different.

Martha Soehren

When I talk with people about designing their own jobs, moving up by building a foundation of success and directing their careers, I often get blank stares. And when I talk about how I’ve shaped my jobs and roles at Cisco and in other organizations, I get that you’ve-got-two-heads look or, worse, a look of skeptical disbelief. I hear people say things like, “I can’t get that job because I don’t have direct experience in this area.” Or “I didn’t get the job because they didn’t know me or my track record. They probably hired someone they already knew anyway—a friend or someone they have worked with forever.” Others ...

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