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Effective Immediately: How to Fit In, Stand Out, and Move Up at Your First Real Job Paperback – April 13, 2010
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—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
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A must read for people finishing college and entering the real world. I wish I would have read this earlier.Published 2 months ago by Desi
The book is a quick read with really key points for anyone coming out of college. I tagged a lot of pages to return to as a reminder. Recommend!Published 10 months ago by Samantha
Wonderful and very helpful advice for college students of any age! The book is easy to read and straight to the point!Published 16 months ago by Hanna DeBruhl
Very useful information for young professionals. Provides insight on areas you might not expect.
Personally, I felt a good portion is common sense, but I still recommend... Read more
I am a newbie, still in college, but I've worked some (although abroad, which maybe changes everything, because professionalism here is overrated. Read morePublished on April 25, 2014 by Newbie
Very good book, I advise everyone who's entering the workforce for the first time or has had problems on the job to buy this book. Read morePublished on October 3, 2013 by Jonathan Ogbonnaya
I found this book to be an absolutely dreadful pile of crock and patronizing to boot. I can only surmise that the positive reviews came from friends of the authors. Read morePublished on July 8, 2013 by Robyn
Fresh out of grad school (Master's then PhD), I am now in my first real job. Some of the tips in this book are spot on to my situation -- making the transition from school to first... Read morePublished on April 21, 2013 by ecochik