You won’t be able to describe Penelope Trunk’s career advice as traditional.
For instance, during her luncheon address Monday at the PRSA 2008 International Conference: The Point of Connection, in Detroit, Trunk said that job hopping and regular sex are two of the keys to career satisfaction.
Trunk, author of “Brazen Careerist: The New Rules for Success,” popular blogger and syndicated columnist for The Boston Globe, has a freewheeling, almost stream-of-conscious presentation delivery. If she worked from a prepared speech, the text wouldn’t contain any punctuation.
With the sass of a stand-up comedian and an unorthodox approach to a timeless subject, Trunk began by quickly describing her unusual career trajectory, including her start as a professional beach volleyball player. Later, she spent nearly 10 years as a marketing executive in the software industry. She also founded three companies of her own, enduring an IPO, merger and bankruptcy along the way.
Her current take on career opportunities may be seen as counterintuitive, though that kind of perspective is how she has amassed a following in recent years.
“Many people think that you have a lot of choices and the ability to manage your career if it’s a good economy. But when it’s a bad economy, you have to suffer through crap jobs. This is true for people who are in crap industries. Like if your hedge fund went under, then you’ll have to suffer through a crappy job,” she said, “But I truly believe that this is the golden age of public relations. You have so much more control over your careers right now than other people do.”