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“Effective Immediately will teach you what you didn’t learn in college.”
—Jim Pawlak, business book reviewer for The Dallas Morning News, 5/2/10

“For recent graduates accustomed to giving teachers exactly what’s expected, the challenge of a workplace may be daunting. That’s why it would be useful for college presidents to hand out Effective Immediately to their students along with the diplomas. Co-authors Emily Bennington and Skip Lineberg tell readers how to make their mark early on.”
—Leslie Whitaker, Content That Works 
 
“This is a book with brevity, energy and wit likely to appeal to newbies in the career maze.”
—Joyce Lain Kennedy, Tribune Media Services

“The perfect resource to help college graduates launch a successful career.”
—Brad Smith, president and chief executive officer, Intuit

“A no-nonsense guide to maintaining a powerful presence at work that yields extraordinary results and keeps you ahead of the pack.”
—Dan Schawbel, personal branding expert and author of Me 2.0

“Grads will learn a lot and have a few good laughs in the process.”
—Alexandra Levit, author of New Job, New You

“This book is filled with invaluable wisdom from authors who have led and inspired others. It’s that increasingly rare book—written with respect for our time with brevity, clarity, energy, and wit. What more could a reader ask for?”
—Harry Beckwith, bestselling author of Selling the Invisible and You, Inc.
 
Effective Immediately shows recent college graduates how to be key players at work by providing them with the necessary tools to successfully manage their professional image, their relationships with coworkers and their boss, and ultimately their career trajectory.”
—Shawn Graham, director of MBA Career Services, University of Pittsburgh, and author of Courting Your Career
 
“An essential resource for young professionals that bridges the gap between what you can’t learn in college—and what you need to know to succeed on the job.”
—Gaston Caperton, president, the College Board, creator of the SAT and Advanced Placement Program
 
“This book packs a wallop of practical wisdom for young rookies determined to make it to the all-stars.”
—Robyn Waters, author of The Trendmaster’s Guide and The Hummer and the Mini

About the Author

A protégée and her mentor, Emily Bennington and Skip Lineberg help recent graduates bridge the gap between college and the workforce. Motivated by the premise that free coffee shouldn’t be the sole highlight of a newbie’s workday, Emily and Skip regularly host seminars on career success. Both authors live in Charleston, West Virginia.

During her first years in the workforce, Emily Bennington helped manage a successful Supreme Court Justice race and became the spokesperson for a business that was under intense public scrutiny. After navigating such sink-or-swim experiences with the guidance of her first boss, Skip Lineberg, Emily discovered that not all graduates are blessed with great mentors. Today she is a frequent speaker at universities and organizations on the topic of career success, particularly advancing the skills of young women in the workplace and volunteering as a means of leadership development. Emily also teaches a graduate course on social media and hosts a popular career blog at www.ProfessionalStudio365.com. She is a member of the CAREEREALISM team of career experts and contributes regularly to business publications and blogs on professional development issues. 

As a career newbie, Skip Lineberg learned the art of successful management at General Electric during the Jack Welch heyday. Today he applies those skills as the owner of Maple Creative, a marketing firm staffed with more than a few young professionals. Under Skip’s leadership, Maple has grown into a thriving business and garnered dozens of prestigious awards. Skip also hosts Maple’s Marketing Genius blog, which AdvertisingAge magazine named one of the 150 most influential business blogs on the Web.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; 1st edition (April 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580089992
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580089999
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book was a required read for an internship course at my university. I'll be brief in my review since Robyn's is pretty succinct. To me, this reads like a high school newspaper's advice column. I saw it as a good reminder of several common sense principles at best. Anyone taking the initiative to read this book is probably on-top of things enough to not need it.

As a required text, I do think it serves a good purpose for students that haven't been exposed to professional environments prior to graduating college. Overall it sends a good message.
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Even though I recently hit my one year anniversary at my first real out of college job, for some reason, this book appealed to me anyway and I decided to pick it up. I really enjoy career books, and figured that even though this information is targeted at very new grads and professionals, the advice in the book could really apply to anyone looking to be better in their careers. And after finishing the book, I can say that this statement is 100 percent true. While this book was written for new pros, any professional can certainly use a refresher.

A very quick read, EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY is broken into several 1-2 page chapters with bits and pieces of advice. Much of the book is in bullet or number form, so the book is a very easy and manageable read. Plus, it's good to take the advice in small doses, especially if you were planning on keeping the book at your desk and work and reading a page here and there when you felt like you needed inspiration or advice. Because the book is broken down the way it is, you could easily flip to a page and learn just as much as if you read the book cover to cover. Though I'd recommend reading the book cover to cover to get the full effect and take away the most valuable advice.

While some of the advice just felt like common sense to me (though much of business really is just common sense, right?), a reminder here and there never hurts. However, while I loved most of the advice in the book, I also just downright disagreed with some of it. There were several tips in the book that just seemed like sucking up to me... and that's never good.
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I bought this book on a whim, thinking it might be helpful. Boy was I right! While there were some tips that I did not need to hear (mostly regarding e-mail etiquette and meeting makers), the information contained within this book is vital for the new graduate. There is great information on making a first impression, bragging about yourself PROPERLY (if you don't, who will?) and becoming the kind of person that your boss and company loves to have working for them, while remaining a person that your co-workers love to work with.

This book would best be viewed as a reference guide; I read it in one day while flying around, and it is a VERY easy read. I would recommend going straight through initially, then keeping it around for references. I have already had comments from my boss on some of the changes I have made (weekly updates mostly) Keep this book around your office; it WILL come in handy.

For those who see this and think "Well I've been in the workforce for [5, 10, 25+] years, I couldn't possibly learn from that", guess again. I see concepts in this book that are likely very obvious to a recent grad, that co-workers with many years of experience in the workforce don't grasp (perhaps that's why they are still co-workers of mine, and not my boss). Little things like: don't participate in office gossip, don't put stupid pictures and info on facebook (EVERY recent grad who has gotten a job knows this...others who are new to facebook may have trouble with this concept), and all the way to project and time management. It's all here.

Summary: Effective immediately is a collection of knowledge that will make anyone effective immediately. Recent grads will find out how to hit the ground running, and quickly eclipse their peers.
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I was recommended this book after graduating from college and heading off to my first real job and I was very impressed with all of the tips and pointers in this book. Several of the points were just common sense, but there were lots of other things that I really did not think about. I think this book is a great read for anyone who has just graduated college or is looking to make a great impression at a new job.
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In this economy, internships are where a lot of young professionals are "stuck." They really are the closest thing to a job many of us will get until we find that perfect fit. Effective Immediately is just as relevant to any intern as it is to an entry-level young gun. In fact, this book allows you to use your internship as practice for that first real job; how great is that!?

I've read this book twice - once when I secured my very first internship and then a second time to refresh my memory on things I may have forgotten. The first chapter is extremely important to new interns: arrive early, look the part, exude confidence, and take initiative. I remember myself and others showing up for our internship in suits - we secured positions in the publishing industry, not Wall Street! The first observation from our boss was "you don't need to dress like that." Boy, did I feel uncomfortable. I felt as if everyone was staring at me even when I was alone in an empty room. What I learned from this: if your industry has a jeans and t-shirt kind of crew you need to dress this part even if it feels "wrong" or "unprofessional." This obviously makes it difficult when you're looking for a job because they'll sniff you out. You'll just have to keep the suit in a bag. If you're an intern looking for a job and your office is a positive place your suit will probably bring advice and good wishes.

Throughout the book, Bennington emphasizes taking initiative and being proactive in your work, team work, and seeking out the work that nobody else wants to do. This 100x if you're an intern because you were hired specifically to do the work people WILL NOT even look at. Chatting with folks in my industry, I have heard stories about interns that would make your stomach turn.
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