Strategize to Win | Carla A. Harris

Summary of: Strategize to Win: The New Way to Start Out, Step Up, or Start Over in Your Career
By: Carla A. Harris

How to Land Your Dream Job

As the sole manager of your career, you must transform yourself into the top employee every company wants to hire. To get started, combine online and traditional ways of making contact with employers. Attend job fairs and informational interviews to learn more about the company and sell yourself before applying. When it comes to the interview, create a compelling story that showcases your ability to do the job and fit into the organization’s culture. Even if you don’t have all the required skills or education, focus on highlighting your strengths and experiences. Lastly, do your homework on the company to ensure the job aligns with your career goals, and apply for jobs that you enjoy and that will hone the skills you’ll need for your next job. Remember, to land the job that takes you forward in your career, always put forward your authentic self.


Welcome to the world of ‘Strategize to Win’, where author Carla A. Harris unpacks the secrets to a fulfilling and successful career. Starting with defining your core interests and ideal activities, this book guides you through the process of mapping out your career trajectory. Armed with this information, you will learn how to research, network, and secure interviews tailored to your interests. The author emphasizes the importance of selling yourself and developing valuable skills, and explains how to constantly assess and adjust your career growth with an eye on your future goals.

Finding Your Dream Job

Discover how identifying your favorite activities can lead to a more fulfilling career by researching potential job titles, networking with experienced professionals, and effectively selling your skills during interviews.

Your dream job may not be as elusive as you think. By focusing on the activities you enjoy the most, you can uncover a path that will lead you to a fulfilling career. Forget about job titles and start by compiling a list of your favorite tasks. Once you have this list, research job titles that include those types of tasks and identify potential career paths.

It’s essential to transfer your strong interests into skills, something that is easier when you already have experience in a particular activity. If you enjoy communicating with others, for example, you could shift to a job that involves face-to-face sales instead of remote telemarketing.

Don’t worry if you haven’t tried a particular activity before but find it interesting. It’s still worth adding relevant job titles to your list and speaking with experienced professionals in those fields. Reach out to connections and arrange coffee meetings or online conversations to ask questions and get a better understanding of the skills and knowledge required for specific job roles.

Once you have a clearer idea of potential career paths, start looking for relevant job openings. Remember to research and network to secure interviews and then focus on selling your skills to potential employers. Highlight the areas of your education and experience that are most relevant to the employer, and explain how you would leverage these skills to benefit their business.

By following these steps, you’ll be well on your way to achieving your dream job.

Career Advancement Tips

If you want to excel in your career, you need to understand your company’s promotion culture. Before joining a company, take time to study it and learn how promotions work. Learning and developing skills like selling, analytical, organizational, and management, helps to prepare for future opportunities to lead a product or manage people. Invest in relationships while at the company and participate in rotational programs to not only improve your skills but to also introduce you to new relationships.

Building Performance and Relationship Currency

To achieve a successful career with influence and compensation, producing outstanding work is the key. Strong performance builds your performance currency, which can be spent to gain new opportunities and recover from mistakes. Relationship currency, on the other hand, is built through personal connections and can lend you the strength to bring about evolutionary or revolutionary change in an organization. To nurture your relationship currency, make meaningful connections, build trust, and identify individuals who can help you grow. Your work platform will depend on both your performance and relationship currency. Women should invest in building relationship currency to achieve career success.

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