Book Review: “Switchers” by Dawn Graham

Title: Switchers
Author: Dawn Graham
Published: 2018
Pages: 272
Genre: Career, Business, Non-Fiction
Format: Copy from the library
My rating: 5/5
Goodreads Synopsis:

Don’t settle . . . SUCCEED in the right career!

Are you stuck in an unsatisfying job? In the wrong profession? An industry that just isn’t a fit? Get unstuck! Land a new career — one you’re genuinely passionate about.

Switchers helps you realize that dream. Written by celebrated career coach and psychologist Dr. Dawn Graham, the book provides proven strategies that will get you where you want to go. The first step is to recognize that the usual rules and job search tools won’t work for you. Resumes and job boards were designed with traditional applicants in mind. As a career switcher, you have to go beyond the basics, using tactics tailor-made to ensure your candidacy stands out. The book reveals how to:

  • Understand the concerns of hiring managers — and think like they do 
  • Craft a resume that catches their attention within six seconds 
  • Spotlight transferable skills that companies covet 
  • Rebrand yourself — aligning your professional identity with your new aspirations 
  • Reach decision-makers by recruiting “ambassadors” from within your network 
  • Nail interviews by turning tough questions to your advantage
  • Convince skeptical employers to shelve their assumptions and take a chance on you
  • Negotiate a competitive salary and benefits package — even as a “newbie” to the field

Career changers face unique challenges that demand fresh approaches. Packed with psychological insights, practical exercises, and inspiring success stories, Switchers helps you leap over obstacles and into a whole new field. Want to pull off the most daring — and fulfilling — career move of your life? Read Switchers.


While ‘follow your passion’ is a great motto for life, for your career I recommend following your professional energy (58)

I feel that this book is the perfect support for those who have no idea how to change into something different for their profession. As a Millennial, I find this is becoming more common with our generation. For me, I had four different majors in college, went to graduate school for none of those, worked with that degree for five years, and have recently switched into a different role at the same company. I have the itch to see what else is out there that will satisfy my career mind. I used to think that I worked to live but I am learning that it bounces back and forth with living to work.

I took numerous pages of notes since it lays out action steps at the end of each chapter and points of reflection. It starts out with an inventory to determine whether you are ready to take that step (ie. risk). There are a lot of factors that go into this decision, some of which may depend on family, current finances, and other aspects of life. It is a great exercise to put your non-negotiables down on paper. The question I appreciated Graham asking was “Where can I build in temporary sacrifices?” The focus on temporary is critical since the long-term happiness and success is worth it. My spending money on fancy coffees or eating out occasionally could be an area where I pull back.

Since I love taking classes, I wondered how getting another degree factors in to switchers gaining success in the job search process. False. Experience like volunteering and interning rule over education. Something else that is on my mind as I consider this is the concept of loss aversion.

We hate to lose the time, money, and energy we’ve already invested to start over (22)

A scary thought for sure, thinking that what I’ve done up until the switch is a waste potentially? A positive spin on that is that it is lived experience. They are like seasons, they are there for as long as we need them to be and then before you know it, the next one is here.

This book made me reflect deeply about where I am professionally and where I would like to go. My next steps moving forward are the following, thanks to Switchers:

  • Map out the pros and cons of a career switch
  • Research the market I’m interested in
  • Use my network. ASK FOR HELP!
  • Make a list of ‘what ifs’ (ie. fears) and how to address them
  • Weigh how important money is compared to a job change
  • Join industry associations, attend conferences, and post on industry social media sites
  • Research my brand and craft my career story

What will I lose if I don’t make this change?

Read Switchers if you like the themes of:

  • Career advice
  • Job searching
  • Networking
  • Interviewing

What tips do you have on a career switch?

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