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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0399529470
  • ASIN: B000C4T39S
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,589,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chick lit meets career guidebook in this sassy and practical volume by career manager Williams. Much of the information she provides is commonsensical, but she presents it in a refreshing way, with plenty of interactive exercises to get readers thinking about who they are, what they want to do and how best to go about doing it. The author offers realistic tips for finding passion, owning up to fears and self-doubt, and gaining respect from colleagues and bosses. She also tackles topics like style and appearance, making a few requisite references to brands from Coach to Prada and explaining, "Taking charge of your personal image isn't frivolous or manipulative. It's smart." Because she illustrates her point with a story about her own transition from inappropriate miniskirts to more sophisticated pinstripes, William's message doesn't feel preachy. And even though the author believes that a perfectly "balanced" life isn't necessary or realistic, she offers a reminder that in the midst of driving towards career goals, it's okay to stop and have fun.
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About the Author

Nicole Williams is the founder of Wildly Sophisticated Media Inc., a company designed to empower and support young women on their quest for success. Currently, her speaking series, Wildly Sophisticated LIVE, has reached thousands of young women across North America. By parlaying her own fast-track professional achievements into the Quest for Success workshops, a one-on-one career building practice, and the Drinks After Work networking events, Nicole has redefined the professional playing field for Wildly Sophisticated women everywhere. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Williams provides various areas in her book with strategies and tips to help women succeed.
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In the future I'm going to refer to Nicole's book when I start losing sight of what can be in my future: a great career, not just a paycheck.
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The above quote by Elie Wiesel was one of the first lines I read when I picked up this motivating book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Mickelson on February 9, 2004
Format: Paperback
I am a thirty-something mom of 3 and I'm not currently interested in any career other than raising my children. I loved this book and it's great advice for women. It not only applies to women working towards a career, but those of us who just want to improve themselves. I found it too be funny, enlightening and thought provoking. I found myself rethinking how I portray myself amongst my friends, peers, and my community. Nicole Williams is witty and felt like someone I could just sit and chat with. Buy this... you won't regret it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 11, 2004
Format: Paperback
this is your basic self-help book aimed at getting you career success, however you define career success. she breaks it down in easily readable, easy to digest pieces, with a very Sex-and-the-City type attitude, i.e. bright, glossy, and a lot of emphasis on style. if this is the type of kick in the butt you need to reevaluate your current career and why you're unhappy, i'd recommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christine Lang on June 2, 2005
Format: Paperback
Overall this book was solid - It was a good reminder on solid career tactics, it was good for a kick in the pants to get a career-ambitious woman moving, and it was fairly fun to read. It was not life changing. There were no big secrets that everyone needs to know.

One of my favorite things about the book was reading some of the stories that made me realize my career objectives, my ambition, and the way that I think about things aren't entirely unheard of. Sometimes I feel alone, like few others have the same perspective on setting sights high and progressively climbing towards that objective. It was nice to read testimonials of women who are an awful lot like me. It was also nice to know that my mindset is not found in everyone and that it has the potential to take me places.

There is good, solid advice, humor, and some inspiration. I do not feel, however, like a new person, like huge questions have been answered, or that I am now prepared to make my future a reality in an unprecidented manner and in an incredibly short amount of time.

On the other hand, it was enjoyable to read and I'm glad that I did!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Naweko San-Joyz on April 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
First off, the layout of Nicole William's "Wildly Sophisticated" makes it a fun read. In terms of context, William's spotlights many of the career-doubts and self-doubts that women in all stages of their career struggle with, such as childbearing and quitting a hated job.

Reading "Wildly Sophisticated" was like sitting in on a conversation with women eager to enhance their careers, yet confused by conflicting feelings of undeserving success, short-selling themselves, and questioning whether they are doing enough or too much.

William's layout includes inspiring quotes from actresses and "great thinkers" that help reinforce the message of her book- you are responsible for your career success. The "strategy" area adds practicality as she gives her readers immediate steps for fortifying their career path. With the "Career Confessions" section, Williams reminds every woman that she is not alone in her journey to at-once have everything she desires, most specifically a fulfilling career.

If you are baffled with your career path or need to talk over your career plans, but no one is listening, pick up "Wildly Sophisticated". William's honest anecdotes easers the lonesome yoke of feeling like a career looser, while inviting women to a world where risk, embarrassment and failure are essential for success. William's tested advice speaks openly to the needs of ambitious career women.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elaine Head on April 28, 2004
Format: Paperback
When I first heard of this book I was very excited to read it. I am getting ready to graduate from my university and was desperately trying to find a job in my field. I wasn't sure exactly what I wanted and told employers I would take anything!
After receiving this WILDLY SOPHISTICATED, I was amazed with my new confidence. This book reads very smoothly and doesn't bog you down with out of reach concepts. It contains read world terms and several exercies to help you figure out who you are and what you want. After going through the exercises, I was able to examine myself and where I was at, I was then able to figure out where I wanted to be.
With my new found confidence and drive, spiffed up my resume, put on my most empowering suit and I attended a job fair at my university. Shaking hands and passing out resumes is what it was all about. I told potential employers exact what I wanted to do and how I could help them. I then went home and hand wrote notes to those companies I was most interested in. My response? Every Company I wrote a note to called me and after interviews I had several job offers.
So this book gave me so much confidence and gave me a passion for my work and I know now exactly where I want to be.
I recommend this book for graduating students or thoses already in the real world that aren't sure where they are or where they want to go.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E.C. on February 10, 2004
Format: Paperback
Having heard Nicole lecture last spring, I had put a reminder in my calendar about the book's release date. I was riding a high of "I can do this" after hearing her speak (graduation from college was right around the corner). However, after a few months of slogging through temp jobs to make ends meet, I had completely forgotten about Nicole's message and started viewing the coming years and student loan repayment with something close to panic--ok, it WAS panic.
Thankfully, my little reminder note popped up the other day and I dashed out to buy this book. And Nicole didn't let me down. I'm following her advice and narrowing down my thousands of career ideas to the ones I'm truly passionate about. In the future I'm going to refer to Nicole's book when I start losing sight of what can be in my future: a great career, not just a paycheck.
If you have the opportunity, go listen to her speak. Nicole's energy is contagious!
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