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Recession-Proof Graduate is a wildly popular career guide that's been downloaded over 150,000 times. This audiobook is frequently shared among students, teachers, parents, counselors, freelancers, and entrepreneurs. It's been integrated in the coursework at a number of universities, given away as a graduation gift, and translated to Italian.

I struggled to find meaningful work - or any work - after getting out of school. I graduated in 2008 - during the worst economy in 80 years - and spent my days spamming my resume to hundreds of companies I didn’t want to work for…and never heard back. It was exhausting. When I changed my strategy, I landed a handful of dream gigs, got to work with amazing people like Tim Ferriss and Ramit Sethi, and found myself turning down multiple paid job offers. Best of all, I was getting paid to work on projects that made me come alive. It was a far cry from the days of begging for soul-crushing work. People kept asking how I did it, so I wrote this free guide on how to use free work to land your dream job.

©2014 Charlie Hoehn (P)2014 Podium Publishing

Critic Reviews

“What do Seth Godin, Tucker Max, Ramit Sethi and Tim Ferriss have in common? All of them are NY Times Best Selling authors, have ginormous followings, and are media magnets. Most of us already knew this about them. The one thing they have in common that most do not know is at some point in their careers they all had a level of support from Charlie Hoehn.” - Lewis Howes, author of the #1 LinkedIn Book, Founder of Sports Executives Association“Charlie is one of the most talented marketers and entrepreneurs I’ve ever worked with. A true gem. I highly recommend him.” (Ramit Sethi, New York Times best-selling author of ‘I Will Teach You to Be Rich’)

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I loved this free book. valuable and useful tips. motivational audio book. good quality audio.

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  • ruben
  • 08-05-2015

Every college students guideline.

I'm grateful I came upon this gem. It completely changes the frame of the job seeking experience and emphasizes a proactive approach. The guidelines Charlie offer demonstrates value for the potential employer. The process includes work and that filters the doers from the "kinda-want it." Good stuff.

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  • Micael
  • 07-04-2015

Nice tips.

Good book. I am starting my blog right know. Thank very much for sharing this

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  • Mario
  • 09-10-2014

Well worth the price.....

The price is right for this little book companion and a good read between large volumes of books.

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  • Austin Pierce
  • 30-05-2014

Absolute Game Changer

Would you listen to FREE Recession Proof Graduate again? Why?

When I read this as an ebook two years ago, it was transformational for me.

Not only was it the most useful ebook I ever read. It also meshed perfectly with my values: getting ahead in the world by helping others.

Two years later, a month doesn't go by where I don't think about these lessons in one way or another.

What was one of the most memorable moments of FREE Recession Proof Graduate?

The greatest takeaway for me was helping me clarify and find the work I want to spend my life doing. By doing free work, I found the projects I am interested in when there isn't even a cent involved.

What about Ray Chase’s performance did you like?

I love the narration. I was so happy to see this as an audiobook.

Any additional comments?

If you enjoy this book, be sure to check out Charlie's other great book: Play It Away.

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  • Sabrina
  • 27-10-2016

Be Wary

I always take these sorts of books with a grain of salt. What works for one person isn't guaranteed to work for another. His process seems a bit too simplified, but if someone is desperate/willing to try anything, I suppose it's decent advice.

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  • tosbanzai
  • 16-01-2016

No magic bullets here, or magic for that matter

I can sum up this book for you in a handful of words:
-Make/use networking/connections, ensnare an employer by using false pretense, and work from home while temping

Doesn't sound very attractive or lucrative, does it? I'm guessing the author did pretty much exactly what he's advising. The mistake is distributing this information as a general solution, under the guise of some new method, which it's not.

And what bugs me the most is his proposed letter. It breaks down to finding the type of job and company you want to pursue, that can be done from your home remotely if you even have that luxury and then finally tell them you want to work for them for free. Fast-forward a couple weeks, and you're apparently demanding wages with an ultimatum. At best that's a way to try to bypass the intern-to-hire hurdle which doesn't particularly bother me, but it's still unscrupulous the way he advised you to do it.

If you want to work from home and you've struck out with job hunting with no job experience, there's some helpful advice in here. Just don't take any of it for gospel.

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  • Katie E. Maiella
  • 26-03-2015

Great Idea

Great concept and ideas for landing a desired career. Worth listening to. Charlie gives insight into building skills and a solid portfolio targeting a desired career.

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  • The Audience
  • 18-06-2014

Worth $100K in Tuition

What did you like best about this story?

Charlie Hoehn is the man. His experience working for 6 best-selling authors makes him worth listening to. I wish my friends would try this out before registering for college - they could likely land a great job without the piece of paper.

What does Ray Chase bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He gets the humor right. He's a great narrator.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did, its short, but free.

Any additional comments?

I bought Charlie's new book (in print mind you) Play It Away: A Workaholic's Cure for Anxiety, which is awesome. I see there is an audiobook of that too with the same narrator.

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  • Hector Lira
  • 01-09-2016

Snake oil with grains of truth

Trying as best as I can to be fair, the so called "recession-proof" graduate, seemed somewhat light on the details of the circumstances that led him to become "successful" which is the basis of his argument. Apparently a degree matters when you're in a highly technical field like computer engineering or chemistry where your expensive piece of paper actually matters.
Also there are millions of people who already do Photoshop, HTML, & PHP.
Seriously! that's the solution to being recession-proof like WTF!? I could program in Java, Python, SQL, and Work Adobe Premiere, and Photoshop before the end of my freshman year. And even then those were still mediocre skills compared to most of my peers.
Of course probability stats have nothing to do with the so called recession-proof formula there are apparently no other variables others than the authors own whit, really!?
This is practically advocating serfdom, because paying the god damn Chinese a few cents an hour is just too much for employers no, you got to undercut even them! Absolutely insane, this "one weird trick" click-batey Kool-Aid might go down well with the desperate and unfortunate cognitive-illiterate students of some sad for-profit college in some of the more backwards & regressive parts of this country but anyone with basic critical thinking skills, eyeballs and a pulse could see the BS that this is.
I'm sorry but this was certainly not worth my time nor yours.

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  • snehal
  • 13-01-2015

live when your alive , enjoy your work

In this competitive world , it's not easy to stick to your passion. But to make a difference , you have to be different. I have seen a very few number of people with a satisfactory lifestyle , I think it is worth the wait in the initial stages of free service , as described in this book.Thank you for this wonderful book.

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  • M heath
  • 08-07-2016

A very bad copy of GaryVEE

Spouting more and more babble as if it's useful to you when it's really just to sell their real product - the full book.

Another pretend entrepreneur telling everyone else hoe to do it when he hasn't. He is just a bad version of Gary Vee.

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  • Melody Denny
  • 10-05-2016

So so.

The book outlines one possible method for getting into a good job or opportunity. Which is completely web based, I'm not sure how this works if your skills don't translate to virtual/remote work either. Or if you are working class and have to work most of the week to keep a roof over your head leaving you little time to work for free and write a blog about it.

Short enough to read and decide for yourself though.

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  • Arnie and Helen
  • 09-08-2018

talks about web-based opportunities.

Free guide and an interesting listen for those who seek opportunities. Mostly talks about web-based opportunities.

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  • Bookworm.
  • 22-07-2018

pointless

obvious and pointless with nothing to offer by way of useful information. waste of time.

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  • Katia
  • 14-10-2017

Thought out loud

I am very grateful to the author for sharing this story and his new ways of beating the unemployment and unsatisfactory employment. It made me wonder if there was something I could do too and there could be more to my life than an ordinary 9-5PM job.
Would definitely recommend to others and listen to it again!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-10-2017

Brilliantly Presented Expert Knowledge

I loved the book right from the beginning. Just by looking at the title, you could almost feel the transformation the book brings. I listened to it while driving and it’s one of the best audio book experiences I have ever had.
The information is concrete and the advice laid out makes sense and you can almost feel the reward even before you try it. It is direct and simple but has all the ingredients to make you a real recession proof person.
Charlie Hoehn is the real deal. Thank you Charlie.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-07-2017

Easy to follow

Short, to the point, great audio voice, useful tips. Impressed! A must for any graduate needing work.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-07-2017

great read

loved it. Charlie gives a great insight for beginners in the job industry on how to land the dream job strategically

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  • Zuzanna
  • 02-06-2017

It is just ok

There are few hints here and there, BUT especially when it come to advice I do not think it is good way to go about it. You need to be a bit more settle but informative. In which I felt like READING EMAIL like as it advice would not achieve even work for free. Working for free is already tempting in itself, and if you have skills share them and be proud for who you are, but NOT say that without me FREE work your company will not achieve where it needs to be.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 30-05-2017

Makes you realise

Going into a line of work or a new line of work is alot easier with experience via working for free, he emphasizes how it enables you to build a relationship whereas applying for a job employers know what you aren saying to them is a sales pitch. Great listen.