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Can I Wear My Nose Ring to the Interview?: A Crash Course in Finding, Landing, and Keeping Your First Real Job Paperback – April 23, 2009
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I find that many career books don't help people like me - current students or recent grads with a lot of classroom and internship experience but no actual grownup jobs on my resume. I need to know how to list extracurriculars and relevant class projects (things like building a website, not writing a paper). I may not ever have interviewed with an HR department. I want to know how I can write about after-school jobs and highlight my transferable skills. I'm worried networking seems fake and forced. This book addresses all of those concerns, and others I hadn't even thought of. It also offers examples of good resumes, cover letters, reference lists, etc, which I found helpful.
If you ever have the chance to hear Ellen's presentation in person, I recommend it. Regardless, this book is worth a look.
The title of Reeves book is intriguing and fun. In the Introduction, she explains that she isn't really talking about nose rings, rather about the complexities of the job hunt. She breaks her chapters down in a way that leads you from one to the next. The chapters are well named and talk about exactly what the name implies.
Even if you're not a person looking for a first job this is still a good book to read. She talks about people who have lost their jobs or been laid off because to the recession. She does an equally excellent job on this also.
I liked the book a lot and certainly wish I had had this 30 years ago.
One important element in this book is self-confidence which is easier to talk about than being able to portray to a stranger in a high pressure situation. But what CAN I WEAR MY NOSE RING...accomplishes is to rationally break down everything you need to know into bite-sized pieces so that everything is digestible from the get-go, so it when it comes to actually applying that knowledge, you're more prepared for a job interview (or any tense situation really) than you could possibly imagine.
TRUE STORY: After several rounds of job interviews, I received a phone call while sitting in a Starbucks from a lovely woman in Human Resources offering me the position. The only thing I can recall was being stunned--she kept talking but I didn't hear a word she said after "We'd like to offer you the position". It was between complete excitement and awe that I found myself thinking, "Okay, what's the next step?" In Ellen's book she says to graciously thank the person who offers you the job and politely ask them if they may send you an email that in detail, outlines the entire offer and includes a salary offer, requirements of the position and benefits. You're asking for this information because you need time to consider the offer. After I said this, the human resource rep was stunned for a moment, surprised that I had even thought of this, and said absolutely.Read more ›
Ellen Reeves's book is a practical guide for navigating the world of employment the right way, from the beginning. This book will be useful for any recent grad or 20-something, but I think it will be particularly useful for people who are not from affluent families and who have to figure things out for themselves. Ellen's book will give you a leg up.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book is very helpful with giving advise to a newbie to the working world. It answers all the questions I could have.Published 12 months ago by Sarah Huey
I absolutely love this book!!! Very helpful and easy to read! This book has become a great reference for me when applying for jobs and interviews! Read morePublished 15 months ago by Kara Messiter
I bought this book during a minor spell of desperation at my school's bookstore. I had sent out several job applications and received a rejection letter for each one. Read morePublished on June 11, 2014 by Tiffany M.
Easy to read and samples are very helpful. Great for beginning professionals looking for their first job. I recommend it.Published on June 6, 2014 by Flop
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I came across this book at the library and found it very helpful during my job search. It's clear and concise and provides the tricks of the trade including how to make your CV... Read morePublished on April 1, 2013 by amelia