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Product Details

  • Paperback: 227 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; 1ST edition (April 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761141456
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761141457
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #346,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This short, witty paperback, a favorite of both Linda Spencer, career counselor at Harvard Extension School, and Maria Stein, career services director at Northeastern University, is an easy read. Stein says, ‘This is a book Millenials can relate to.’”
- The Boston Globe


“Reeves’s book answers every question imaginable during a job hunt.” —Chicago Sun-Times


“Reeves, through her book, may become the best friend a college student (and hiring managers) could have. The first task on a job seeker’s to-do list should be to read this book.” —Asheville Citizen-Times


  “Reeves’s book offers a plethora of job-seeking advice, from time-management tips to presentation skills.”
- The Greenville News


“Whether you already think you’ve got the goods or are frantically attempting to join the five-year plan at school, Can I Wear My Nose Ring to the Interview? has something in its pages to make you breathe easier as you enter that dreaded real world.”
- Campus Circle magazine


Can I Wear My Nose Ring to the Interview? is designed to answer any and all real-life questions of the newly employable.”
- Bookpage

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"Ellen Reeves has entered the depths of young job-seekers' minds, answering the questions most are afraid to put into words. If people are smart enough to listen to her, I may have fewer bloopers to add to my collection from interviews-gone-bad!"—Karen Danziger, Managing Partner, The Howard-Sloan-Koller Group
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If you think you might be looking for a job one day soon, you also need this book.
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I found this book to not only be helpful and informative, but also fun and easy to read.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Allison M. on July 10, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is the first book I've read that really makes sense for young people just entering the job force. As a recent graduate who has attended countless career-prep events, read blogs and websites, and flipped through many books, I must say that this is one of most helpful resources out there. It covers everything, from the very general (How do I network?) to the very, very specific (I was home-schooled... how do I list that?). Every time I had a new question, I came across the answer later in the chapter.

I find that many career books don't help people like me - current students or recent grads with a lot of classroom and internship experience but no actual grownup jobs on my resume. I need to know how to list extracurriculars and relevant class projects (things like building a website, not writing a paper). I may not ever have interviewed with an HR department. I want to know how I can write about after-school jobs and highlight my transferable skills. I'm worried networking seems fake and forced. This book addresses all of those concerns, and others I hadn't even thought of. It also offers examples of good resumes, cover letters, reference lists, etc, which I found helpful.

If you ever have the chance to hear Ellen's presentation in person, I recommend it. Regardless, this book is worth a look.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Leah Eagel on July 30, 2009
Format: Paperback
Can I Wear My Nose Ring to the interview? is a perfect balance between a witty, well written book and a how-to informational guide. I found myself quickly turning through the pages because Reeves approaches the subject of the interviewing process from a direct, yet incredibly entertaining manner. The book covers all aspects of the job search and breaks down each individual part in a way that makes it manageable; I have recently gone on several interviews and because the text was so easy and enjoyable to read, I remembered all the important aspects and have been very successful. Further, I followed her resume, cover letter, and reference sections almost exactly and saw a tremendous improvement in the feedback I received. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in perfecting the entire job search process and feel this is an incredibly beneficial tool to have.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ostara on October 2, 2009
Format: Paperback
Can I Wear My Nose Ring to the Interview? The Crash Course - Finding, Landing and Keeping Your First Job by Ellen Gordon Reeves Workman Publishing, New York

The title of Reeves book is intriguing and fun. In the Introduction, she explains that she isn't really talking about nose rings, rather about the complexities of the job hunt. She breaks her chapters down in a way that leads you from one to the next. The chapters are well named and talk about exactly what the name implies.

Even if you're not a person looking for a first job this is still a good book to read. She talks about people who have lost their jobs or been laid off because to the recession. She does an equally excellent job on this also.

I liked the book a lot and certainly wish I had had this 30 years ago.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bridget Hartzler on June 8, 2010
Format: Paperback
I read this book in anticipation of hearing Ellen lecture about her book and finding a place in the job market. Little did I know that not only would this book be a key tool in securing a job, it also gave me the courage to negotiate the salary that was being offered up by 7%; needless to say in a recession and the lack of courage I thought I had in myself this is nothing short of a miracle.

One important element in this book is self-confidence which is easier to talk about than being able to portray to a stranger in a high pressure situation. But what CAN I WEAR MY NOSE RING...accomplishes is to rationally break down everything you need to know into bite-sized pieces so that everything is digestible from the get-go, so it when it comes to actually applying that knowledge, you're more prepared for a job interview (or any tense situation really) than you could possibly imagine.

TRUE STORY: After several rounds of job interviews, I received a phone call while sitting in a Starbucks from a lovely woman in Human Resources offering me the position. The only thing I can recall was being stunned--she kept talking but I didn't hear a word she said after "We'd like to offer you the position". It was between complete excitement and awe that I found myself thinking, "Okay, what's the next step?" In Ellen's book she says to graciously thank the person who offers you the job and politely ask them if they may send you an email that in detail, outlines the entire offer and includes a salary offer, requirements of the position and benefits. You're asking for this information because you need time to consider the offer. After I said this, the human resource rep was stunned for a moment, surprised that I had even thought of this, and said absolutely.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Melcher on August 29, 2009
Format: Paperback
If this book had been available when I was graduating college, I could have saved myself a lot of career-related heartache. It took me awhile to realize that the world of work was not the same as the world of college, and that it has its own rules and ways of doing things.

Ellen Reeves's book is a practical guide for navigating the world of employment the right way, from the beginning. This book will be useful for any recent grad or 20-something, but I think it will be particularly useful for people who are not from affluent families and who have to figure things out for themselves. Ellen's book will give you a leg up.
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