- Paperback: 214 pages
- Publisher: Jist Works (November 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1593572530
- ISBN-13: 978-1593572532
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.2 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,551,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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First-Job Survival Guide: How To Thrive And Advance in Your New Career
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This first-job survival guide begins with tips on surviving the first day on the job. The authors suggest that there are four things one needs to do: research the new employer, time and plan the best route to work, check the wardrobe so that the chosen outfit is appropriate, and adapt sleep habits to help stay alert during the day. Part 1 deals with one's professional image (including grooming and vocal impression), business-writing basics, and business etiquette. Part 2, concentrating on working with people, gives advice on handling difficult coworkers, developing a positive relationship with the boss, and being an effective team member. Part 3, focused on skills for getting ahead, is a guide to tapping into the positive side of conflict situations, influencing others, and maximizing the results. Concludes with checklists and self-tests. George Cohen
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I particularly liked the section that contains common co-worker profiles we all have ran in to at some point or another ... for example, there is a profile called "Best Buddy Bob" - you know this guy, the guy who thinks all his/her co-workers are their extended family? There are many other profiles as well, "Not-My-Job Nelly" (my fav), "Slacker Steve", "Fragile Francis" and "Glenda the Gossip" as well as some ideas on how to deal with these poor souls.
What else is in here? Well ... tips on how to write email, talking, voicemail, dealing with all sorts of different types of bosses / supervisors, team work, giving and receiving feedback, a whole chapter on conflict situations (very interesting read ... ), influencing others, managing tasks, and defeating procrastination to name a few (whew).
Anyway, this book is very simple to read and understand ... I found it to be a quick read. I just wish that I read this 5 years ago!