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Recession Proof Graduate: How to Land the Job You Want by Doing Free Work

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"Recession Proof Graduate is just epic for younger people starting out..."
- Noah Kagan, Founder of AppSumo

"...Or anyone who's starting over, or trying to reinvent themselves."
- Tim Ferriss, Bestselling Author of The 4-Hour Workweek

"Top 10 Audiobooks on"
- New York Times, Associated Press (May 5, 2015)

Recession-Proof Graduate is a popular career guide th
Kindle Edition, 83 pages
Published May 14th 2014 by Hoehn Zone Media (first published July 14th 2009)
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Feb 10, 2015 rated it did not like it
Honestly, Hoehn comes off as such a world-class douche from the very beginning that I found it very hard to take this book seriously. His advice is hardly ground-breaking. Go peddle your schtick to someone else, Tonto. The line of generic dude-bros clutching their econ degrees might be buying, but this lady sure isn't. ...more
Felt like I was listening to a clickbait article aloud.
Andrew Obrigewitsch
Oct 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Some interesting ideas, that no doubt have helped people. But it makes me wonder what the Author got a degree in that was so worthless as to only giving the skill to use Microsoft word. I'm pretty sure that people getting degrees in computer science, nursing, law, accounting, and pretty much anything that teaches highly technical and specialized skill is still considered highly useful.

My advice to kids going to college is to research out which degrees are in demand before getting one, as there
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
this book gives people an alternative way of thinking when it comes to jobs and can hopefully kickstart some ideas as to how to creatively find work (meaningful work).

It does lack detail and could have used some real-life examples as to how this process has worked previously (author mentions successes of friends and family but no details at all).

The general idea is work backwards, look at where you want to work, find an approachable target (via kickstarter or something) and try to work with suc
Spencer Gowan
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm another COVID-cut employee. I stumbled across this book through a Ryan Holiday blog article and thought it could help me get an edge on other applicants once the economy starts up. I really like this book; it's a different spin on my application mindset, it's a quick read (for a self-admitted slow reader) and Hoehn's points are easily understood. If you want to read, you might be able to save a few bucks by subscribing to Hoehn's newsletter on his blog/website. He emails his book PDFs to sub ...more
Harry Harman
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wealth
This book is about how to work for any entrepreneur that is on the upswing, by offering free work on a project that will increase their revenue.

Email templates included.

Case studies include himself, Charlie Hoehn (working for Tim Ferriss and Seth Godin), Bas Ording (UI designer for Steve Jobs), (Eli Wilhide (top salesman for Tony Robbins), Jefe Greenheart (videographer for Barack Obama, Lady Gaga, National Geographic), Christine Lai (Chief of Staff for Tony Hsieh of Zappos), Kevin Rose (created
Sarah Harris
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
I know many readers found this to be abrasive. Whether you completely agree or not, it still gets you thinking about what's important to you and how you want to achieve it. There were many interesting points that might be relevant to college grads without work experience. It is important to develop relevant experience and learn how to market yourself. ...more
Rigved Singh Maurya
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
There are some very interesting ideas shared in this book which you can apply at large but those ideas also depend on the kind of jobs you are looking for and also on the industry you are working in. Regardless, you can prepare yourself with the help of some great tips provided in this book to make sure that you have a list of clients always ready to work with you.
Dec 13, 2017 rated it liked it
it's more guidelines then a book
but it is based on real experience
Zachariah Lewis
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Even though it's a short book, it's an awesome read and can easily be finished in a single sitting! Definitely provides a range of tactics and overall advice that I will try to employ. ...more
Emily Ross
I found this contained good advice if you want to be in a web, virtual or long distance job. If you don't want to be in one of those types of jobs, this was pretty useless. ...more
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook
Good but not too good!
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great read for starters and existing work force in job hunting
Tim Gillen
Enjoyable read. A little snarky. Interesting concept. In the end, useful in being nimble in a tough market. Not sure the reception will be as sure-fire as indicated in the book.

Jon Phang
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Paulina Cayon
Really good book! I like his concept of showing value first and then trasition to a position, very good concept and worth a read!
H.G. Gravy
Feb 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Downloaded this as a free audio book on a whim and decided to give it a listen while sitting in traffic.

Recession Proof Graduate's central ideas are nothing new if you've been paying attention to the job market after 2009. At the time, it must have been ground-breaking information. Essentially, its a matter of learning a technical skill and working at continuously improving your overall skill set. Once you've got the skills, offer your services for free to potential employers. In offering yourse
Jamie King
Oct 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: business
I feel bad for the poor souls who have been duped through the college system and legitimately need this. This helps me be empathetic to their plight but also echos many of the frustration I feel as an employer; the truth being after 15+ years of public education here at nearly $20,000/year these young people lack the most basic skills, manors and responsibility that is expected of any individual. Is it any wonder why our culture is such a rot? Perhaps I hold too much against the author for simpl ...more
Kingshuk Mukherjee
Jun 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
If you're in college (or out), this book is your secret weapon as far as getting ahead in your career. I read this in 2 hours max- extremely quick read, but filled with so much awesome ACTIONABLE information.

Charlie is 26 or 27, cant remember. He's worked for some of the smartest guys online- he lives what he preaches. Take advantage of this.
Chiara Cokieng
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you're hating your job and want to understand what it takes (mindset and skills) to build real skills that makes you add real value so you can get a real job... Read this. I recommend this all the time to people asking for advice on making friends with strong people and mentors and when it makes sense to do free work. ...more
Scott Pierce-Wrobel
May 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Had I read this in college I would have reconsidered the way I approached internships. Instead of approaching companies offering not to pay me from the start, I would have been offering my services for free to companies who I really valued. This book has given me a lot of confidence for offering my services for free.
Jonathan Anderson
Jan 27, 2017 rated it liked it
A counter-intuitive strategy with frighting short term prospects, but this is the kind of plan that the modern world demands of those who want to stand out in a competitive market that doesn't look good for newbies. ...more
Wanda Hartzenberg
Sep 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Amazingly simplistic but not simple I can see why this book is so popular.
The author did an amazing job in summing up his pov and to make his points clear.

I seriously think this is a book EVERYBODY should read.
Aug 01, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: audio
Charlie comes off as a pompous self righteous elitist who goes so far as to tell all who don't follow his way of thinking as stupid and ridiculous. He has some good advise but overall his delivery sucks. ...more
Constantin Minov
Jun 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
The best response which fits with the main idea of this book is the following Darwinian approach to evolution: “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that
survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.”
Dec 11, 2014 rated it liked it
If I end up using the advice from this book and it works, I'll give it a higher reading. I am reluctant to believe it. It does sound appealing, though. ...more
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: self-help
The ideas in this short audio book are very helpful for any one who is building his/her job portfolio. One can take advantage of the generous opportunity of potential employers to accept free work.
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