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New book Trajectory provides guide for advancing your career

New book Trajectory teaches readers how to advance their careers.
New book Trajectory teaches readers how to advance their careers.iStock

When the economy's difficult and jobs aren't secure, people tend to focus on the short term...on survival. But what they don't grasp is how their current position could be a springboard to their next position--or even the one after that. Caught between a fear of failure and a desire for instant success, they limit the risks they take, unwittingly limiting their opportunities. As much as they want to get ahead, they simply can't see how to get there.

Trajectory, the new book (published this month) by David L. Van Rooy is the answer. Each and every person has their own "trajectory" or career path--and this timely and practical book presents seven strategies designed to help anyone create and manage theirs.

Readers will discover how to:

  • Make the most of feedback
  • Avoid stagnation and break through plateaus
  • Think big, act small, and move quick
  • Achieve growth through failure
  • Move to the front of the pack through persistence
  • Continuously develop both "soft" and "hard" professional skills

"Career success doesn't happen overnight. From building relationships with mentors, to positioning (and repositioning) yourself for promotion--this essential guide provides the tools you need for a lifetime of advancement," explains Van Rooy.

  • Van Rooy is Senior Director, Global Organizational Effectiveness at Walmart, where he is responsible for the world's largest Employee Engagement and Performance Management programs. He has also overseen the development of talent management programs for leading companies, including Burger King and Marriott International.