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Sink or Swim!: New Job. New Boss. 12 Weeks to Get It Right. Paperback – Bargain Price, April 15, 2006


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"Everyone starting a new job must have this book under their arm at work and under their pillow at night." -- Jeffrey Fox, Bestselling Author “How to Become CEO”

"Great! This book is the perfect toolkit to get maximum impact from the critical first three months on the job." -- Ken Siegel, Partner Morrison & Foerster

"New employees who follow this program will no doubt achieve success." -- Kirkus Reviews, April 2006

"Sink of Swim greatly increases the new person's control over his/her success..." -- Ellen Johnston, Director, Leadership Development Siebel Systems

"Sink or Swim is the most practical guideline for starting a new job that I have ever seen." -- Marshall Goldsmith, Forbes Top 5 Coach & Executive Educator

"The ultimate guide for new hires..." -- Beverly Kaye, author of Wallstreet Journal bestseller Love 'Em or Loose 'Em

The book is...particularly useful for young workers, especially those new grads making their first steps into the working world -- The Washington Post, Sunday, June 18, 2006 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Milo T. Sindell has developed career training and employee integration programs for disabled adults and has worked with top businesses on Generation X employee retention strategies. He has also held senior management positions for several Fortune 500 organisations. Thuy Sindell is Director for Client Services and a leadership coach for Mariposa Leadership Inc., a premier provider of consulting and coaching services for Fortune 100 companies. Dr. Sindell's recent clients include Cisco, The Gap and Hewlett Packard. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 311 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media Corporation; First Printing edition (April 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593375409
  • ASIN: B0012QMZAE
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #627,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book has been very well written.
Ryan Erving
Definitely recommended for any professional employee - regardless of rank.
Michael Bowers
This is definitely a must-read for anyone starting a new job.
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112 of 118 people found the following review helpful By jeffnc on December 20, 2006
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Be knowledgeable about your industry. Be knowledgable about your company. Be knowledgeable about your required job skills. Communicate well with people. Set goals for yourself. Dress like others around you dress. Pretty common sense stuff.

By the way, check out some of the other reviews. It's pretty unusual for any book, especially one like this, to get all 5 star reviews. Look at the earliest 8 reviews. At the time of this writing, those reviewers have not written reviews for any other book or product other than this one. All of them written on May 8. Almost all from San Francisco/California (interesting that the company founded by the authors is in San Francisco.) A bunch of people from San Francisco just happened to swarm to Amazon on May 8 to give the book a bunch of 5 star reviews. Interesting.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Groner VINE VOICE on June 7, 2006
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The polar opposite of a theoretical business management book, Sink or Swim is relentlessly practical and relentlessly upbeat. The clear message is that you can make it to the top if you buckle down, take your job seriously, understand your company's culture, do your networking, and so on. It's solid, straightforward advice, organized into 12 chapters, each of which corresponds with one of the new worker's first 12 weeks on the job. After 12 weeks, the authors conclude that if a reader has followed their advice, "the attention you paid in the last three months to taking care of yourself and your career has manifested itself into a successful foundation."

Although the authors don't precisely say so, their advice is better suited to someone starting his or her first job than to an experienced worker. It starts with many of the basics: follow the dress code, don't check your e-mail in mid-conversation, show up on time for meetings. Most people who have been in the work force for a while know those things, or at least we hope we do.

Still, the Sindells provide some solid and less obvious career advice that can be useful to employees at all levels. For example, they suggest that an employee develop a personal "PR message" - almost a personal brand that the employee is known for around the company. They suggest that you identify a couple of qualities that you want to stand for, such as reliability, hard work, or creativity, and repeat the "PR message" consistently at the office. "Your PR message helps you articulate your strengths, measure progress, and define and realize your professional legacy," they write. This can be good advice. Knowing yourself is the first step to understanding others. But it can be overdone.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Paul Marc Oliu on September 25, 2006
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Let me begin by saying that I started a new job, and before the transition, I bought four books on this same topic. I hoped that between all of them, I would learn everything necessary for my first 3 months at my new job.

After having read all of them, I came to the conclusion that I would have saved some money had I only purchased Sink or Swim. It was by far the most comprehensive, week by week guide about how to start a new job and successfully chart your path within the first three months of your new job.

Some of the sage advice includes simple matters like knowing the right time to speak to your boss, the types of conversations you want to have when first being introduced to your new colleagues. Some of the best advice comes in the form of advice for the reader that helps them present the best possible image to others.

Readable, engaging and formatted in a clear reference style, I highly recommend this for anyone who is starting a new job, or for anyone who wants to start their old job, anew.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. Pendar on December 1, 2009
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I bought this book during a transition from the tech industry to finance. Also, I've been out of the standard corporate environment for a while and thought I might need a refresher on the goings on. Not! The book is quite elementary. I returned it the next day.

It is well written and the authors target areas of importance for survival in a corporate office. However, this book is NOT for professionals! I repeat it is NOT for professionals! It is for the recent college graduate who has never stepped foot in a corporate office. Again, do not waste your time or money with this book if you already know how to handle yourself in a business work environment.

If you're a brand new college grad and just received your FIRST job offer from a corporate firm, by all means grab this book and read it through before your first day.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joakim Silvandersson on May 8, 2006
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Easy and fun to read, and gives you a lot of "heads up" what to consider and actions to take when starting a new job and/or career.

You think you know it all, but after reading this book you realize you don't. Many great ideas and well-written information that we all need to know about. This book is simply a "must read" for every single person starting a new job, no matter what position - it's extremely helpful!

I am already giving it to new employees in my company and I truly recommend everyone to read it - even if you are not starting a new job!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Barraza on April 9, 2007
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"Sink or Swim" is the book that I wish I had when I started in the working world over 18 years ago! It is a simple, step-by-step tool that shows new hires how to "get it right in 12 weeks". The week-by-week approach gives individuals the opportunity to set good habits and strategies that can be applied throughout one's career. This book has been very helpful to me as an HR professional in getting my recent college graduate new hires to better engage with the company and job they accepted within it! I would highly recommend this book.
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