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“Perfect for today’s students, who inevitably want what they want (and only that!) when they want it.” (Campus Career Advisor)

“A well-written, lively and easy to follow guide.” (Time.com)

“Pollak’s thorough research reveals some startling facts that the modern job-searcher may be overlooking.” (Metro New York)

“I find Lindsey’s advice on how to stand apart from the competition to be extremely valuable - especially as it relates to entrepreneurs…Getting From College to Career is a great read and a book I thoroughly enjoyed!” (Cari Sommer, Forbes.com)

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Get Ready for the Real World

How do you get a job without experience and get experience without a job? It’s the question virtually every college student or recent graduate faces. Now newly revised and updated, Lindsey Pollak’s Getting from College to Career is the definitive guide to building the experience, skills, and confidence you need to succeed in the job search, offering action-oriented tips and strategies ranging from the simple to the expert. Learn how to:

  • Get the best tools for career prep and job hunting
  • E-mail like a professional
  • Go global
  • Practice the eight essentials of internship achievement
  • Perform five minutes of stand-up
  • Overprepare for interviews
  • Persist without being a pest

Getting from College to Career gives you the essential information and guidance you need to get your foot in the door of the real world. Don’t start your first job search without it!

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperBusiness; Revised edition (January 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062069276
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062069276
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was looking more for advice on getting from a major with no clear career applications(ie. not doctor, lawyer or teacher) to a career that I would be able to live with and perhaps enjoy. This guide helps you more if you have a pretty clear idea what you want to do and are ready to make a full time job of finding your career, especially if you are not willing to settle for "paying the bills" or "get out of the parents' house". For those of you lucky enough to have not picked a major yet, just remember that picking a major needs to corrolate to getting a job, not just "learning stuff". For everyone else, if you have a dream, seems like this book will help you get there. If you don't yet have a dream, I would strongly suggest tackling that area first. This book mainly just suggests getting a career profile(which is more of other people telling you what you should do, instead of you finding out what you want to do). There's a lot of really helpful and very current information in here. You have to be ready to jump on it though.
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This book is a great complement to my book "The Secret To Getting A Job After College". While I cover the details about resumes and cover letters, this book does a very effective job addressing issues related to determining what you should think about doing after college and the author also has a valuable section on how to prepare your elevator speech. I recommend it for everyone who is in college or has graduated in the past few years and I now consider it required reading for many of my students.
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This book is unrealistic. It has good advice, but please take it with a grain of salt (or five). No one has time to do job prep every single day, like the author suggests at one point. And no one in their right mind is going to try to network at the gym, like (if I remember correctly) she also suggests. Good tips on how to look for jobs and make connections and keep your LinkedIn useful (if you're into that sort of thing). However, don't read this like a novel or it will make you want to punch a wall.
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Good book found some new information and things I already knew. Made me feel better about not finding a job in my field. Also helped me with self esteem. A great read for someone who is down about job process. Also gave me ideas about different things to do to help with job process.
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This book has actionable steps for the recent college graduate to take in order to find that elusive first job. What are you waiting for? Get out into the real world with this trusty book by your side and make magic happen!
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As a Career Coach, I find this book to be a great resource for college students and recent grads who are interested in preparing for a rewarding career after graduation. Lindsey Pollack is both knowledgeable and encouraging, and presents multiple strategies for students to be career-ready in today's competitive job market. A few topics include interview preparation, networking, service events, and blogging. A great read for the millennial student or job seeker, regardless of whether they have identified their career path or not.
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I read this book my senior year of college and found that it provided some valuable insights. I have always had an idea of what I wanted to pursue after school, but I found that this book takes those ideas and turns them into actionable steps in order to help you reach your goals. The author provides 90 suggestions in which those planning for their careers should take advantage of, especially if you are still discovering your interests. The book is an easy read I and appreciated the conversational style of writing. For each of the suggestions, the author discusses how each can be valuable to you and she provides some possible steps in the "make this work for you" section. I recommend this book to all college students who are looking for guidance when planning out their career. Even if you already have an idea in mind, this book can still provide some valuable advice.
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I had to purchase this book for my pre-professional seminar class. This is by far the most helpful book I have actually enjoyed reading for school. This book covers a wide range of topics and is very specific on the steps take to to reach your career goals. As a student who is undeclared I found this book very valuable. I also like the style of writing, the author talks to you like a friend.
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