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Take This Book to Work: How to Ask for (and Get) Money, Fulfillment, and Advancement Paperback – August 21, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0312358860 ISBN-10: 0312358865 Edition: First Edition

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; First Edition edition (August 21, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312358865
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312358860
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,321,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The value of this book may rest more with the questions it raises than its answers. Following their first collaboration (Women for Hire's Get-Ahead Guide to Career Success), Johnson and Spizman offer women a primer on how to ask for the things that make a career successful—from getting hired to thriving in and advancing in a job. Each clear-cut game plan includes behavioral and conversational tips, workplace insight, pointers on anticipating obstacles and a balance of encouragement with advice on being realistic. When asking for a raise, for example, "base your request... on accomplishments, not personal needs," and keep in mind that the average annual raise in the U.S. is around 4%. The suggested language can be a bit stilted, but provides a useful framework for an actual conversation. A range of "tenacious" female professionals provide "She Asked For It!" sidebar anecdotes of asking and receiving, window-dressing that lends welcome "you-go-girl" inspiration. Because the questions and concrete tactics cut across all stages of a career, this guide should be of interest to anyone who needs help framing requests for what they want or deserve. (Oct.)
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"This book gives you the most practical and valuable advice for getting exactly what you want and deserve at work."
--Kelly Ripa
"So many of us have struggled to find the right words and inspiration to get what we want in the workplace. This book can truly change that for you! No-nonsense, concise, and compelling."
--Robin Roberts, coanchor, Good Morning America
"The ultimate guide for nice girls who want to get ahead---practical, engaging, clear, and helpful. Don't miss it!"
--Barbara Corcoran, founder of The Corcoran Group and author of If You Don't Have Big Breasts, Put Ribbons On Your Pigtails
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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As a career consultant, I will refer clients to this book.
Dr. Cathy Goodwin
Advising women on how to speak up and take control, this wonderful book covers everything from successful networking, office etiquette, and personal fulfillment.
Miss Me
A collaboration of two talented and professional writers, this book brings a unique approach to women in the working world.
J. Piccolo

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Cathy Goodwin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
As a career consultant, I will refer clients to this book. I find male clients have questions similar to females and it is important to avoid categorizing a workplace challenge as "women only."

That said, this book fills a need among today's workers. Those who are completely new to a situation will benefit by following the guidelines. You could do worse!

But it's important to realize that when it comes to career strategy, we rarely have simple answers. You're taking a risk regardless of what you do and almost any strategy can backfire. No guarantees!

I particularly like the section on interviewing for information. Few books spell out the differences between new and experienced career changers. As these authors say, senior executives rarely go out on "interviews for information." They're more likely to have coffee or drinks and talk. And at the senior level, you're more of an equal. You may be able to help the person you're meeting -- or you will someday.

We have some areas of disagreement. But as I remind my own clients, every advisor or consultant will be fallible. We all make mistakes and nobody's right all the time. Here are 3 areas where I take a different slant on career change and job search:

(1) When you are job hunting, the authors suggest calling to ask if your resume was received, and then using the opportunity to sell yourself. I say that strategy can pay off handsomely but can also backfire. I wouldn't encourage clients to try to sell themselves to Human Resources. HR typically acts as a gatekeeper: they're only interested in ways to say no.

If you reach the hiring manager you're more likely to win with this strategy.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Piccolo on September 26, 2006
Format: Hardcover
A collaboration of two talented and professional writers, this book brings a unique approach to women in the working world. It is the ultimate guidebook to an overall successful career strategy and all of the little bumps along the way. Covering a large range of topics, the authors truly address the needs of women in business of all industries. This book is for women who are just starting their careers, women who are stuck in their careers, and women who just want to continue to maximize their careers to achieve more both personally and professionally. A fantastic resource that is not to be missed! Do "take this book to work"!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Miss Me on October 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Tory and Robyn, working women around the world thank you for this invaluable book!

Too often, women do not get what they want from work - simply because they are afraid to ask. "Take This Book To Work" gives us the language and confidence to ask for what we need and deserve. Advising women on how to speak up and take control, this wonderful book covers everything from successful networking, office etiquette, and personal fulfillment. Next time I want to ask for something at work, whether it be a raise or time off, I will be consulting this helpful manual!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Schiavone on April 16, 2007
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"Take This Book to Work" is a great read, not only for young professionals, but for those who may need a reminder that women can (and do) conquer the workplace woes. The book is written in a fun format that is easy to read. Chapters are marked clearly which makes for a quick reference guide when a question arises. I flipped directly to the chapter "How To Ask Smart Questions During an Interview to Help You Land the Job" before my interview with a successful PR firm. Not only did I feel more confident, but I got the internship!
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