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Based on a mix of interviews, research and personal experience, this books upbeat advice focuses on tangible tactics that recent college grads and experienced twenty-something's can put to work immediately to enhance their employability now and in the future. Highlights include: Unorthodox but proven job-hunting techniques. Making a memorable first impression. Navigating th Based on a mix of interviews, research and personal experience, this books upbeat advice focuses on tangible tactics that recent college grads and experienced twenty-something's can put to work immediately to enhance their employability now and in the future. Highlights include: Unorthodox but proven job-hunting techniques. Making a memorable first impression. Navigating the company's social scene. Practicing cringe-free networking. Mastering goal-setting and self-promotion. Stretching the eight plus hours a day spent at work, from effective time management and organization to making every piece of communication count. Combating negativity. Coping with difficult personalities. Troubleshooting the performance review process and anti-promotion situations. Learning to be an effective boss. Finding a new position and gracefully exiting from the old.


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Based on a mix of interviews, research and personal experience, this books upbeat advice focuses on tangible tactics that recent college grads and experienced twenty-something's can put to work immediately to enhance their employability now and in the future. Highlights include: Unorthodox but proven job-hunting techniques. Making a memorable first impression. Navigating th Based on a mix of interviews, research and personal experience, this books upbeat advice focuses on tangible tactics that recent college grads and experienced twenty-something's can put to work immediately to enhance their employability now and in the future. Highlights include: Unorthodox but proven job-hunting techniques. Making a memorable first impression. Navigating the company's social scene. Practicing cringe-free networking. Mastering goal-setting and self-promotion. Stretching the eight plus hours a day spent at work, from effective time management and organization to making every piece of communication count. Combating negativity. Coping with difficult personalities. Troubleshooting the performance review process and anti-promotion situations. Learning to be an effective boss. Finding a new position and gracefully exiting from the old.

30 review for They Don't Teach Corporate in College: A Twenty-Something's Guide to the Business World

  1. 5 out of 5

    Michael Merline

    Great resource, surprisingly entertaining read. Clean prose appropriate for an educational text.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    You are fresh out of college, and you have just gotten your first corporate/white collar job. Aside from wearing a suit on your first day, what do you do? If you have a lot of tattoos or piercings, strongly consider covering or removing them. This is just until you get familiar with your fellow employees, and they get familiar with you. As boring as it sounds, read the new employee handouts. It will include important stuff, like the company's smoking policy (if you are a smoker), and the number o You are fresh out of college, and you have just gotten your first corporate/white collar job. Aside from wearing a suit on your first day, what do you do? If you have a lot of tattoos or piercings, strongly consider covering or removing them. This is just until you get familiar with your fellow employees, and they get familiar with you. As boring as it sounds, read the new employee handouts. It will include important stuff, like the company's smoking policy (if you are a smoker), and the number of vacation days that you have available (for the first couple of months, don't take any time off). Get to know your nearby cubicle inhabitants. Some of them will be friendly and approachable, and some will not; don't worry about it. Realize that there is a difference between fellow employees who are good to have lunch with, and friends you can call when you significant other has just broken up with you. Sit down with your immediate boss, and iron out just what your duties are, and how often the performance evaluation (or other feedback) will be. You will be given lots of boring, grunt work to do that you may consider beneath you. Just be quiet, and do it; it's called "paying your dues." Besides, it never hurts to show your boss, instead of trying to tell your boss, just how good an employee you really are. In meetings, it might be tempting to say that, in school we did it this way, or, at my previous job, we did it that way. In the first few months, don't do it; your job is to listen and learn. Some of your fellow employees will be"difficult," at best. Take several deep breaths, count to ten, or get in your car and scream and curse, but don't lash out at them in the office. If you do, you will be the one with the attitude problem. Other employees are going to try to get you to do their work for them. Learn how to say no, without really saying no. This is an absolute gem of a book. It will answer a lot of questions before they are asked. Large companies should in the habit of including a copy of this book (there is a more recent third edition available) with the handouts given to all new hires. It is very much worth reading.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Kukuljan

    For a self help book; 5 stars. Ok, so this book is aimed at Recent American College Graduates (In their 20s) going into their first corporate job at a large company. As a 21 year old Australian, almost graduate working for a large lab for an even larger laboratory do I think this book was relevant to me? You bet it was. Ok, the stuff about Personalising your cubical and American healthcare did not do much for me but the rest of the book was. Also to be honest, this book is much more relevant if you For a self help book; 5 stars. Ok, so this book is aimed at Recent American College Graduates (In their 20s) going into their first corporate job at a large company. As a 21 year old Australian, almost graduate working for a large lab for an even larger laboratory do I think this book was relevant to me? You bet it was. Ok, the stuff about Personalising your cubical and American healthcare did not do much for me but the rest of the book was. Also to be honest, this book is much more relevant if you work for a large company of 100+ people. It might not be as helpful if you are one of five employees at your new job. Unlike other cheesy Self-Help Authors Levitt comes across as a true Mentor. She doesn't blow her own horn too much, she doesn't promise to change your world - or that you will be a VP by the age of 30 - by reading her book, she has a great tone for an author. Approachable, respectable and knowledgeable. Levitt offers a lot of practical advice that actually works in the field like ways to effectively communicate to your boss and co-workers, the right way to change jobs and to be a better employee but she also reminds you that work is not the be all and end all and you don't need to rise to the CEO rank within 5 years to be happy and successful. A great gift for Uni graduates, well worth $20.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Peter

    I think the book, overall, is a good resource, but I took issue with a few things. I know that the book is not the first edition, and has been revised from previous versions, but there are actually places in the book where references to other sections of the book have not been updated. In one place, for instance, the book refers the reader to a section on "page X," which doesn't exist -- I can only assume this was meant as a placeholder that never got filled. There are other similar typos that a I think the book, overall, is a good resource, but I took issue with a few things. I know that the book is not the first edition, and has been revised from previous versions, but there are actually places in the book where references to other sections of the book have not been updated. In one place, for instance, the book refers the reader to a section on "page X," which doesn't exist -- I can only assume this was meant as a placeholder that never got filled. There are other similar typos that are primarily annoying in nature, but make the author (who is writing to teach others how to be professional and polished) hard to take seriously. In addition, the book deals a lot in absolutes -- that is, telling readers that they should "always" do this or "never" do that -- without considering the nuances of different work environments or personalities. For example, the author tells us that you should never tell a boss that you are looking for work elsewhere. I don't believe this to always be the case, and it would be beneficial for the author to point out that "in most instances, one should not inform their supervisor they're looking for other work," without declaring what a reader should absolutely do in any situation, not knowing the individual contexts in which readers will find themselves.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Violet

    Great book for anyone just coming out of college or anyone coming out of a non-corporate work setting into corporate life. The "Twenty-Something" in the title is not applicable as this book is useful for all ages. The advice given in this little book will save you some headaches and anxieties -- think of it as somewhat of a playbook for navigating the corporate game. Easy to read and understand, casual yet straightforward writing. We require all interns at my job to read this and it is my gift o Great book for anyone just coming out of college or anyone coming out of a non-corporate work setting into corporate life. The "Twenty-Something" in the title is not applicable as this book is useful for all ages. The advice given in this little book will save you some headaches and anxieties -- think of it as somewhat of a playbook for navigating the corporate game. Easy to read and understand, casual yet straightforward writing. We require all interns at my job to read this and it is my gift of choice for any recent grads in my personal circle of friends. A lot of it is common sense, but you'd be surprised how many people don't have it despite their college educations.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sydneyann Chase

    I read this book in preparation for leading staff training for new hires at my workplace. I think it's information that would have been especially helpful when I was starting out in my first job after college. Reading it now, a lot of it seems like common sense. But I still got some good take-aways for my career right now, and it will help me build off the "Your Corporate Persona" training session that I'll be training new hires on. Highly recommend for those still in college and about to enter I read this book in preparation for leading staff training for new hires at my workplace. I think it's information that would have been especially helpful when I was starting out in my first job after college. Reading it now, a lot of it seems like common sense. But I still got some good take-aways for my career right now, and it will help me build off the "Your Corporate Persona" training session that I'll be training new hires on. Highly recommend for those still in college and about to enter the workforce.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Meats

    A clear guide to getting started in the world of business. This book covers everything from how to find a job to how to leave if you find you don't like where you are, going via communication skills and how to delegate work. The style is clear and the book includes comments people have made about their own experiences which nicely illustrate the points. It's aimed at people who are just leaving university, but it's not restricted to that audience. My mum read a few paragraphs over my shoulder an A clear guide to getting started in the world of business. This book covers everything from how to find a job to how to leave if you find you don't like where you are, going via communication skills and how to delegate work. The style is clear and the book includes comments people have made about their own experiences which nicely illustrate the points. It's aimed at people who are just leaving university, but it's not restricted to that audience. My mum read a few paragraphs over my shoulder and then asked if she could borrow it when I was done!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Joan Nehls

    Great book for newer employees or managers with young employees. I read this as a manager in order to understand what advice I should be providing to Gen-Y. However, I found many of the recommendations suitable for all employees. Topics include: getting to know the boss, networking, getting a mentor, managing your career, visibility, communication, feedback

  9. 4 out of 5

    Pat Dillenburg

    This is a great little book for those getting ready to leave school and start a career in the corporate world. It is full of common sense tips and information you can't learn in the classroom. I would highly recommend this book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ernest Sneed

    Excellent introduction to the workplace for the recent college graduate. A summary of the skills and behaviors that lead to a successful start and job promotion. Great college graduation gift.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Justin Schulz

    This book is useful for someone stepping into the corporate world. Intended for college grads I find that it's suitable for anyone. I wished more colleges would adopt it into their curriculum.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Julia Pullen

    It was a really good book; unfortunately not very applicable to my current position. But I would definitely recommend it for anyone in the first several years of their career!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tony Canas

    Good introduction to how to behave when you start a job out of college, probably saved my butt a few times from completely embarassing myself.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Harold Wilson

    Excellent Resource I really enjoyed this book. I'm not in my 20's anymore, but still got a lot from this book. Should be required reading for business grads!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jaclyn Cataldo

    Helpful!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Alyse

    Well written. Mostly basic stuff about your corporate persona. Good information for first time managers.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Lincoln

    The book is fine. But just fine. It is a summary rather than an analysis, which I found un-inspiring. It would really benefit its readers if it gave more concrete examples and scenarios, such as the many they will undoubtedly face in the corporate world. That being said, I found the chapters "The Purposeful Workday" and "Check your attitude at the door" to be poignant and worth the read. So worth downloading a book summary or browsing it at the library.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Nasser

    to who are on their last year of universities or on first steps of their careers , I recommend this book to them. It's really give you a great insight of the corporate atmosphere and what kind of skills you need to succeed in your job. كتاب جميل للخريجي الجدد أو من هم في سنواتهم الأولى في وظيفتهم لأنه راح يعطيك نظرة داخل الشركات واجوائها الداخلية، وعن بعض المهارات التي يحتاجها الشخص في بداية عمله

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Some very useful information. Especially chapter 8:Moving up in the world. I took some notes for when I have my yearly review with my supervisor. I wish some information on investing/401(k) or rather taking more advantage of benefits was included. I plan on possibly giving this gift to my cousin who will be graduating college in May.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kareem Ebraham

    A very technical and to the point book. In summary, advancing to higher positions requires socializing and getting peers to like you.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Islam Hamido

    You Can Take good notes from it ..

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tim O'Hearn

    Just okay. A rather poignant example of why I dislike self-help books. I disagreed with very little of the advice but I found that a lot of it boiled down to treating others how you'd like to be treated. Especially from Chapter 6 until the end, I felt small adaptions of the golden rule were being substituted for true wisdom. There are something like twenty self-help publications (mostly books) cited which is excessive. I think the worst thing someone could do is get caught in the trap of obsessi Just okay. A rather poignant example of why I dislike self-help books. I disagreed with very little of the advice but I found that a lot of it boiled down to treating others how you'd like to be treated. Especially from Chapter 6 until the end, I felt small adaptions of the golden rule were being substituted for true wisdom. There are something like twenty self-help publications (mostly books) cited which is excessive. I think the worst thing someone could do is get caught in the trap of obsessive focus on self-help and not enough focus on self.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sidney

    A halfway decent book with a couple moments of sage corporate wisdom. However allot of the advice was clearly intended for someone in an HR-type role and geared more towards a woman's approach than a man's. While not entirely helpful for someone navigating the offshore engineering world, I will definitely use some of the chapters in this book; in particular, the chapter involving salary negotiations.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Liz Barclay

    I probably will use the 3rd edition (just out) as one of the readings books in a senior level undergrad course this coming year. I generally select 5 books for this course and this could provide a nice platform for discussions related to the class. While the topics are not new, it maybe that the author's presentation resonates with the new (or soon-to-be) grad.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Michele

    A sixth grader could read this book. While that was a nice break from textbooks for me, if I hadn't bought this book for school I would have been disappointed that it didn't tell me anything I didn't already know.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lorelei

    Great book

  27. 5 out of 5

    Gwen

    Great read for recent grads.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sell.m.ros

    This is a book that every college graduate should read.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mikeofmany

    Decent guide lots of thoughts for job hunting and creating yourself for the job.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Miro Nguyen

    A must read

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