Good Work

Good Work

How to Build a Career that Makes a Difference in the World

Shannon Houde
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Do you want to have a positive impact on the world? Do you want to have a successful career that makes a difference? In short. . . do you want to do Good Work? Let this step-by-step guide show you how. Packed with useful tools and exercises, this step-by-step guide will help you figure out your passion and purpose, and how to effectively harness it to make real and positive change - on the world, and on your career. Whether you want to battle climate change, promote diversity and inclusion, work in sustainability - or if you' re not sure, but just want to leave things a little better at the end of every work day - let this book support you in turning that passion into action. Written by corporate responsibility consultant and certified coach Shannon Houde, this book is part career guide and part job search help - and all purpose-driven. From understanding what the ' purpose economy' is and how you fit into it, to what jobs to go for and how to land them, Good Work is the helping hand you need to make a career out of changing the world.
"If you want to make a difference through your day job, then this book is for you. Good Work is a very practical guide that takes you through each iterative step to convert your passion into purpose and pay. It dispels the myths around finding a new job and leverages Shannon Houde' s 20 years of recruitment experience to give you the hiring manager' s perspective. Unlock the secrets you never knew about how to position yourself to be relevant to hiring managers and recruiters alike, while growing your knowledge and networks around the issues you care most about. This is a must-read for anyone wanting to make a career change into impact. " * Joel Makower, Co-founder, Chairman and Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group Inc * "Shannon Houde' s Good Work is an invaluable tool for anyone seeking to attain a job that harmonizes personal purpose with the objectives of organizations in the impact economy. A career coach with specialized focus on the impact economy, Shannon has supported many emerging leaders in navigating their paths to meaningful work that aligns who they are with what they do. Now, with her best-in-class book Good Work, she has offered a detailed road map - a profoundly valuable how-to process to land a job in the impact sector. If you buy one book to assist you in your work/purpose journey, this is the one!" * Peter Lupoff, Chief Executive Officer, Net Impact * "Shannon Houde has dedicated her career to catalysing sustainable development through empowering and mobilizing human capital, both as a coach and as a hiring manager. By providing practical advice, along with market intelligence and buckets of inspiration, she has created a book that is a crucial tool for those already operating in positions of purpose, and for those who aspire to transition their talents into the impact sector. " * Andrew Cartland, Founder and Managing Director, Acre Recruitment * "If you want to make an impact and make a living you found the right book. Jobs in corporate responsibility are exploding, but so is the competition. This is a relatively new field, and Good Work provides insights on the knowledge, skills and abilities needed. As a specialist in this emerging field, Shannon Houde provides a practical and actionable road map to attaining your goals. This book is sure to enable the next generation of sustainable business leaders. " * Tim Mohin, former Chief Executive, GRI, and former Sustainability Leader, Intel, Apple and AMD * "Shannon Houde' s book is a welcome addition in a field that I have watched deepen and grow as a sustainability recruiter and consultant over the past two decades. The expansion of the purpose economy is good for the world, but it also means that navigating your career path is more complicated than ever. In these pages, Houde distils the wisdom she has cultivated coaching individuals around the world into a straightforward framework for sustainability - and sustainable - career success. If you want to use your working hours to make a difference in the world, this book will show you how, whether you are just starting out, making a career switch or starting your own business in the impact sector. " * Ellen Weinreb, Managing Director, Weinreb Group Sustainability and ESG Recruiting * "If you are looking to unlock the potential of your personal values in an ' impact career' , Shannon Houde has written you a handbook. Whether you are just starting your professional journey or seeking a transition to impact, Good Work provides the tools and a road map to identify, target and secure the impact job of your dreams. I guarantee that you will also learn a bit about yourself in the process. " * Dave Stangis, former Chief Sustainability Officer, Campbell Soup Company, and former Director of Corporate Responsibility, Intel * "Good Work is filled with practical and helpful insights, example career profiles, networking strategies, and resume and interview tips for purpose-driven jobseekers. This is sure to be a go-to resource for anyone interested in pursuing a career that aligns their professional skills with their passion for changing the world for the better. " * Katie Kross, Managing Director, Center for Energy, Development and the Global Environment (EDGE) at Duke University. *
Shannon Houde is the Founder and Managing Director of Walk of Life Coaching, an international career advisory consultancy focused on sustainable business, environmental, impact investing, international development and corporate responsibility. A speaker, consultant and certified coach, she works with clients around the world, across brands ranging from Google and Deutsche Bank to Virgin Airlines and the UN Foundation. Originally from Maryland, US, she has lived and worked in Washington DC, Chile, San Francisco, Phoenix, Sicily, Geneva and London, to name a few, and is now based in Cambridge, UK.