The Squiggly Line Career: How Changing Professions Can Advance a Career in Unexpected Ways

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When we are children, people ask us what we want to be when we grow up.  The question elicits all sorts of dreams as a kid — “I want to be a ballerina,” or “a firefighter,” or “an astronaut”.  It becomes daunting as we grow up and start feeling pressured to make a choice that could affect the rest of our lives.  What if we’re not meant to follow just one path but, rather, pursue a Squiggly Line Career that moves us across professions and industries?

Filled with examples of real life Squiggly Line Careers and interactive exercises, Angela Champ challenges you to think beyond your job title and the traditional career path, introducing you to ideas such as:

  • What is a Squiggly Line Career 
  • How to embrace a Squiggly Line Career
  • How to leverage your Squiggly Line Career
  • How to stay squiggly throughout your career 

It also provides tips and guidance for recruiters, human resources professionals, and hiring managers and makes the case for:

  • How to attract a Squiggly Line Career candidate
  • How to overcome resistance to hiring a Squiggly Line Career candidate
  • How to tell the difference between a Squiggly Line Careerist and someone who just can’t hold down a job

A must-read for career seekers looking for their next squiggly step and for recruiters tasked with finding the “perfect” candidate for their roles, this book will change the way you think about careers and recruitment.

Advance praise for The Squiggly Line Career:

“Angela Champ does a fantastic job of challenging the recruiting status quo in her book, The Squiggly Line Career.  It is high time to modernize our talent acquisition strategies if we want to fastback the creation of a talent pool that is capable of succeeding in today’s challenging circumstances.  Forgo a career path that is orderly and comforting and focus on personal capabilities that have been expressed in a diverse array of settings – that is the candidate to pursue. ” – Cy Wakeman, author of No Ego 

“Highly practical and full of interactive exercises, The Squiggly Line Career will guide the way for job seekers who want to embrace a fulfilling career and for recruiters who want to call a truce on the war on talent.” – Marshall Goldsmith, New York Times #1 bestselling author of Triggers, Mojo, and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

The Squiggly Line Career is for anyone who is tired of feeling boxed in by limiting career paths. This book is absolutely jammed with practical, actionable advice on how to thrive in a fulfilling and evolving career journey. As someone who squiggled her way from art college to running a leadership coaching organization, this is the guidebook I wish I’d had to navigate the way. You can be sure I’ll be gifting one to all the highschool and college graduates I know!” – Glain Roberts-McCabeFounder and President, The Roundtable and author, The Grassroots Leadership Revolution

“Neither lives nor careers is linear and predictable, but filled with numerous choices and pathways.  The Squiggly Line Career is a masterpiece.  It not only describes the new career pathways, but offers specific and useful advice for anyone embarking on this new career journey.  Like many others, my personal career mosaic has been a series of squiggly lines.  This book captures and informs these pathways in relevant ways.” – Dave Ulrich, Rensis Likert Professor, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan and Partner, The RBL Group