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Just Make It Work

An Honest Guide to Navigating the First Decade of Your Career

Building a successful career is harder than it should be, and sometimes standard career advice doesn’t put you on the right path. Just Make It Work gives you tips, inspiration, and stories on how to unapologetically build the career you deserve within your first ten years.

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Are you finding it hard to gain a rhythm when job hunting? Are you confused about how to get promoted and grow at your company? Are you struggling to overcome rejection and self-doubt in your career? Then you need to read this book.

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On Job Hunting

“What’s most important is that you have a strategy for getting what you want and knowing how to replicate that strategy when it works. However, having a strategy doesn’t mean you won’t struggle. The job hunt will be tough, and sometimes you need a little luck on your side. But with perseverance, grit, and a thoughtful blueprint, you’ll be luckier than the rest.”

On Job Growth

“If you’re someone who hopes to have a leadership or managerial role, have a more prominent job title, or make more money, you need a growth plan. Achieving more than what you currently have requires strategic thinking and a roadmap of how to get to where you want to go. Without a strategy or a roadmap for career advancement, you’ll find yourself stuck and left behind.”

On Job Performance

“The expectations for a new hire vary widely depending on the role and experience level…However, regardless of the expectation, you should have one goal as a new hire and that’s to make the greatest impact that you possibly can in your first six months.”

On Fighting Imposter Syndrome

“Completely eradicating imposter syndrome is a career-long battle. It will continue to crop up just like the weeds in a yard. Your best weapon is your ability to be vulnerable and embrace learning, failure, criticism, and humility. Only then will you be able to keep those annoying weeds out of your yard.”

On Personal Branding

“Personal branding with a foundation of authoritative thoughts, ideas, opinions, and success will bring you an immense amount of opportunities to grow your career. It’s not something that’s required for career growth, but when you have it, and it works, it’s like having a cheat code to success.”

On Balancing Work & Life

“When it comes to the balance of work and your personal life, it’s more your job than your company’s job to make sure that the balance stays even. You have to create personal standards and guidelines for yourself that’ll help keep work from being a detrimental part of your life.”

About the Author

Donté Ledbetter is the founder of OXC Collective, a marketing expert, and author born and raised in New York City who has spent years working for fast-growth startup companies in the tech industry. He is on the list of “20 Black Leaders To Follow For Career Inspiration” by FindSpark.

He has spoken to audiences at New York University, Montclair State University, State University of New York at New Paltz, and various marketing conferences. He has also written for Elite Daily, Advertising Week, and VentureBeat. Just Make It Work is his first book. He hates peas and loves pizza.