The 1% Career Advice That’s Actually Useful
From Silicon Valley’s Best Coaches
Google “career advice” and you’ll see 72 million+ results. Like everything else on the web, 99% of that is useless. Here’s my list of the 1% — concrete, insightful, inspiring advice on how to think about architecting your career in today’s “a million people can do your job” world.
Should I start a company or join a startup?
- Is it Time for You to Earn or Learn? — Mark Suster
- Why to Not Not Start a Startup? — Paul Graham
- How to Make Wealth? — Paul Graham
Should I go to an early-stage startup or a late-stage startup?
What companies or industries should I be looking at?
- Where to go and why — Marc Andressen
Should I follow my passion?
- Don’t Follow Your Passion — Ben Horowitz
- How to do What You Love — Paul Graham
- How to Be an Expert in a Changing World? — Paul Graham
- The most important piece of advice for folks starting their careers — Jason Calacanis
What do I want to be doing in 10 years?
- Climbing the wrong hill — Chris Dixon
How should I prepare for interviews?
- How to Impress an Interviewer? — Julie Zhou
How should I evaluate job offers?
- I have a job offer at a startup. Am I getting a good deal? — Babak Nivi
- Are founders really 1000x more valuable than employees? — Babak Nivi
How should I prepare myself to be a good engineer?
- CS Degree Won’t Make You A Great Engineer, Your First Job Will — Jeremy Ginsberg
- How can I prepare myself to be a software engineer at Google? — Gaurav Jha
- What is some good career advice?
Some great stories on how people hustled their way to get a job:
- How I Hustled to Get the Perfect Job
- A Foursquare Graduation: Jeremy Arnon’s Interview with Tristan Walker
- A woman created an awesome resume to land her dream job at Airbnb — and it caught the CEO’s attention immediately
- Wall Street Bosses Are Calling This “The Best Cover Letter Ever”
- How I got the CEO of American Express to Respond to my Cold Email
- What’s the craziest thing you’ve done to jet a job?
- What’s the craziest thing you have ever said (or done) in an interview and still got the job?
- Are there skills other than coding that I can learn to get a good salary job?
- I’ve applied for many jobs without a single interview. What am I doing wrong
- The Brilliant Career Advice Google Chairman Eric Schmidt Gave Sheryl Sandberg
- Who took a chance on you?
The best book on career planning:
- The Startup of You — by Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha. A practical framework to think like an entrepreneur — develop unfair advantages, build networks, and take intelligent risks to succeed. Here’s a short summary.
Some data points and tools:
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