Job Search: So Good They Can’t Ignore You

CareerCast - Life-long Career Development

Cal Newport Are you following your passion? Is this the best way to approach a job search? Cal Newport, a PhD in computer science from MIT and current faculty member at Georgetown University, says “No!” He believes that “follow your passion” is NOT good advice, and that what you do for a living is much less important than how you do it. In this CareerCast, Cal shares his very unique perspective, experience, and practical tips on about how to be so good that employers will really notice you.

Aired January 18, 2013

Cal Newport received his PhD in computer science from MIT and is currently on the faculty at Georgetown University. Newport has appeared as a student success expert on ABC, NBC, and CBS and on over 50 radio networks, including ABC Radio, USA Radio, and XM Satellite Radio. His advice has also been featured in major print publications, including the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post and the Seattle Times. Newport’s articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal’s College Journal, the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, Flak Magazine,, and College Bound Magazine. In addition, his award-winning blog, Study Hacks, is one of the internet’s largest student advice sites, with over 3,000 RSS subscribers and 30,000 to 50,000 monthly visitors. He lives in Washington, DC.

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Cal Newport So Good They Cant Ignore You

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