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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Format: Paperback
Big Sister's Guide targets young women -- twenty-somethings for the most part -- with its breezy, edgy style. It's bright and breathless, the way Sex and the City would play if the stellar quartet decided to go mentoring.

Ignore the style. This is good stuff. I'd encourage midlife, midcareer workers -- male as well as female -- to sneak this book home in plain brown wrapper.

Big Sister's Guide helps readers decode messages of the workplace. One of the best chapters deals with job interviews. When your interviewer caps her pen, time to stop. When he drums his fingers -- you're definitely talking too much. And assume the interviewer will be unprepared, so bring extra copies of your resume.

The Big Sisters give us tips on topics nobody wants to acknowlege. For instance, what if you've got a Bad Reputation? You're interviewing and someone asks, "Weren't you the one who--" And you get some nifty comebacks to defuse the situation.

In my opinion, the best part comes in Chapter 8: Who can you trust? Nobody, the authors say. End of chapter. And they are SO right! As a career consultant, I find my mid-career professional clients tend to err on the side of being open -- wide open! -- and continue to be surprised by the fallout. I encourage everyone to maintain the maximum privacy levels possible without getting a Major Reputation as a Serious Hermit.

Finally, I like their 3-step planning guide. Whenever you're embarking on a new project, such as a new career, ask yourself, "What 3 steps can I take now that will lead me in the right direction?" And if you don't know those steps -- then ("duh," say the authors) your first step is to figure out what they are.

So what's missing? The biggest omission relates to asking for help. Parents, college friends and coworkers rarely offer clear, objective advice. Twenty-somethings who seek out a career coach or consultant, and who pay the going rate, are rare -- but they're usually moving up fast. They do advise getting professional help with a resume, but not how to choose the best resource. Next edition might include a section on how to choose and how to hire help. (Free help? Typically worth what you paid.)

Otherwise, I recommend giving this book to anyone who's been in the workforce ten years or less...and buying it for yourself at any age! (A forty-something would be insulted to receive Big Sister as a gift -- but he'd learn a lot.)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 23, 2004
Format: Paperback
This one finally gets it. It speaks in a language we can actually relate to and is applicable to real life career scenarios. It is hilarious, edgy, insightful and REAL. You feel like your best friend (or big sister)is giving you the insider information you need to be successful. I wish I would have had this twenty years ago!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2005
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What a wake up call! I love this book and I love the authors for sharing their big sister wisdom. I graduated from college 6 years ago and when I started working I felt like I had no idea what I was doing. They burst my bubble by saying that back then they didn't know what they were doing either. Now I'm in a management position and have lots of concerns about being a young leader. I picked up this book last week because it seemed like a good guide on what I can do to make my work experience as pleasant and sane as possible. According to them, you can be a little insane and still successful. J & M are awesome! Every young working woman needs this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 10, 2005
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I expected a lot out of this book, but it delivered even more.

I've been working in the corporate world for 16 years, and I can vouch for the fact that these women know exactly what they're talking about. And now I can see it all as clear as day, too. Oh, how I wish this book was out when I graduated college!!

I just devoured this book in 2 sittings, actually laughing out loud on a handful of occasions (J & M are HYS-TER-I-CAL). Every chapter was relevant, nothing extraneous, and their advice was oh-so spot on. Their writing styles? A joy. Imagine if your sister were a senior executive giving you the unvarnished truth from an insider's perspective, pointing out the pitfalls before you found them yourself. That's the value of this book.

Armed with the knowledge I now have, there's no doubt in my mind that there will be change in how I approach my career...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 1, 2006
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Thanks to all the reviewers for your input. I am in my thirties, and from what the excerpt said, and what you all said... well let's just say I'll be buying the book soon ♥. I wish that book had been out 15 years ago. Maybe it's not too late for me. I've become totally burned out, but maybe it's because I just haven't been looking at things the right way :) Good luck to all the newbies entering the world of business. It can be wonderful at times. Maybe this book will make it great a lot more often. I hope no one ever has to go through what I have. I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 21, 2006
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
MBA from top school, and still stuck at a junior level. What's up??? I read this book and realized, "that's me! PMS syndrome - Political Misery Syndrome!" - they never teach you this stuff in school and people just figure it out (or don't and suffer). Don't be like me and learn too late. Get this one book and read it cover to cover and be eyes wide open to the world of corporate politics! i've read several other books like this but this one is a good "summary" of many other books but much more funny!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2006
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I actually received this book as a college graduation gift, and I really enjoyed reading it. It gives a very practical approach to getting along in the working world, and I especially enjoyed the many examples of how "not" to get ahead. In an age when young women come into the workforce with goals and ambitions, this was a book directed at an eager audience. I'd certainly recommend it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 7, 2013
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Hugely eye opening and attitude shifting for me...I read the first 3 chapters...then I realized the people I work with (mostly men) are practicing these principles that most of the women (including me) don't know these conventions. Repeat next chapter. Same observation. And repeat again. Same observation.

I am one of the ones who thought all I had to do was keep my head down and give it my all and then...success and security. Although I fared well enough for a while; lately I see the winds changing and I don't seem to be steering my own ship.

I look around and see *so many women* unnecessarily in the same tide with me. I just watched two interns discounted because they weren't dressed appropriately. Another friend was just trying to figure out how to network when she was traveling. Another like me that tries not to take time at work for chit chat and always eats at her desk. My networking/hum ratio was way too close to zero and missing a lot of the right people.

Tons of great tips and practical steps are within these covers. Entertaining writing and easy to read chapters help make the changes feel more achievable.

I am integrating many of these gems into my work plan and environment and see improvements coming my way.

I have found this book so helpful I'm giving it to other friends and coworkers to pay it forward.

Sisters...wishing you well on your career journeys...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 20, 2005
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I highly recommend this book for any woman who works in an office environment. I read it during a transition back into corporate life and, once I got past the EUW type vocabulary, found the content incredibly useful. It answered a lot of questions I'd had and not wanted to ask, or hadn't even been able to crystalize in my mind. Dealing with politics, profile building and elimanating any non-serving beliefs were areas that this book dealt with swiftly and coherently. Thanks!
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on April 22, 2007
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Such a great book! Somewhat frivolous wording at times, but the core is gold. If you really want to improve yourself as a working person, there's guidance here that will help.

I wish this book was around when I began my first job. This sage, practical advice is applicable and can be put in practice right away. I've been working full time for more than six years and it's not like I was totally clueless or ineffective, but after each of these chapters I felt even more capable. This is not a collection of statistics, platitudes, or power-tripping that gets you all fired up with directionless and ultimately wasted energy - this is a plan of action.

This isn't just for office girls - anyone who works with others in any capacity may enjoy it. I appreciate the constant positive themes in the book - there's encouragement to value and respect your fellow workers here, as well as yourself.

Sure, this book suggests that you trust no one other than yourself, but without skullduggery. I ran afoul of too many Here's How to Get Ahead books that were, in a word, vicious. It's exhausting and counter-productive to be on constant keyed-up watch and expectation against the attacks that will come, or launch repeated preemptive strikes. What I need is advice on how work well with others, to be productive, to get ahead and still (and foremost) respect myself, to enjoy my job, and that's what I get here.

This book is from the hearts and minds of two people who have been there, or somewhere like it, to people who will be there, or are there, and don't mind a helping hand.
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