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Curiosity Didn't Kill the Cat!

In fact, that cat became even wiser. Job interviews in 2022 frequently include questions about what you’ve been reading lately. Be prepared. Whether industry related articles or books, hobbies or other interests, it may feel like a throw-away question or another sidebar. However, consider it an opportunity to open further discussion and underscore your desire to be an informed and impressive candidate.

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss

I’ve always been a reader, averaging one to two books weekly. There are more volumes in our home than I will ever be able to read in a lifetime, but the possibility still exists. In fact, COVID has exponentially added volumes delivered, digested and ready to pass along. A tablet is ideal for travel, yet for the most part, I prefer to hold a book in my hands, to feel it; the energy is somehow different and more personally connected. Books are anyone’s ticket to other places, more information and a wheelhouse of knowledge.

A book is a dream that you hold in your hand

Based on my own experience and the value I place on books and other written material as resources, I was surprised to see the following statistics compiled by the Robert Brewer research organization.

· 33% of High School graduates never read another book in their lifetime

· 42% of College graduates never read another book after college

· 57% of new books are not read to completion

· 70% of US adults have not been in a bookstore in the last five years

· 80% of US families did not buy or read a book last year

· The more a child reads, the likelier they are able to understand the emotions of others

· Reading ONE HOUR per DAY in your chosen field will make you an international expert in 7 years!

Purchase books, reserve them at the library, share with friends and colleagues, even begin your own lending library. Vary your choices and pick something out of your comfort zone. When I travel, I frequently leave books at the front desk, especially guide books from that country. There are many ways to share so the gift of reading can continue.

“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” Haruki Murakami

There’s no common denominator for our book choices. We read for information or escapism and pure pleasure. When I find myself consistently drawn to the same genre, it’s helpful to make the next selection something quite different. Many people join book clubs so that it’s a given that there will be a broader range of picks made by the group than you might make yourself.

Sharing information formally or in general conversation is an excellent tool to encourage further connection, professional development and an overall curiosity. Referencing recent books, particularly among colleagues may create further opportunities for workshops, presentations and even promotion. Books really are the gifts that keep on giving!

Consider this COVID time, a break from the norm as an opportunity to rethink your goals. In the midst of our shifting landscape, engaging the support of a career coach with experience in helping professionals achieve better, faster, results is highly empowering.

At KICKSTART Your Transition we offer a broad range of services to fit your needs.


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