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Getting from College to Career: 90 Things to Do Before You Join the Real World Paperback – April 10, 2007
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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)
From the Back Cover
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. In Getting from College to Career, Lindsey Pollak offers the first definitive guide to building the experience, skills, and confidence you need before starting your first major job search. Her 90 action-oriented tips include strategies ranging from the simple to the expert, including:
- Avoid the biggest mistake in career prep and job hunting
- Subscribe to a daily newspaper
- E-mail like a professional
- Make every event a networking success
- Practice the eight essentials of internship achievement
- Perform five minutes of stand-up
- Overprepare for interviews
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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The book is composed of 90 lessons learned. It is easy to read and could easily be read from front to back but Lindsey goes a step further. She provides a “How to get the most” section in the prefix. You can read this and based on your needs, she provides suggested lessons to start with.
The book focuses on four main areas.
- Identifying what you want
- The importance of Networking
- Preparing yourself
- The Interview and Landing the Job
The early lessons may seem like common sense to some readers however I have personally observed people do what these chapters tell you to avoid. From unprofessional email address’s on resumes, not being organized, to being ignorant of your online image, most of the lessons are absolutely valid.
As you progress in your career and in life you start to realize that it’s not about what you know but really about who you know. Lindsey has some excellent chapters giving a great overview of networking tips and tricks so you can get connected to the those people you should know.
Most people do not prepare enough. This includes not only once a potential job has been identified but also preparing oneself to be the type of candidate that employers are looking for. This book shows how one can gain real world experience outside of the traditional internship. This includes volunteering opportunities, hobbies, award opportunities, to working on practical projects that will help in your career. Lindsey wraps up the book with some very good advice on how to ‘Crush the Interview’. She provides great tips on interviews and what should and should not be done.
While this book may not cover everything one will need to know when getting from College to Career, it does cover quite a bit. The return for the short time it takes to read this is enough to make this a must read for anyone early or about to enter their career.
There's a section at the beginning of the book called How to Get the Most Out of This Book that helps anyone wanting to get right to it to make a beeline for the tips most applicable to him/her. Once you actually get into the real content of the book, Pollak feels like a career coach cheering you on, helping you get up out of bed (if you've been hiding under the covers like she did) and get your life moving.
I thought the best part of this book was that it did not feel disconnected from me, the reader. This book is four years old, but whenever I was reading a section (like networking at conferences) and I'd have a "but what if" type of question pop up in my head, Pollak addressed it, therefore making this book good for outgoing and shy people alike and any other opposites you can think of. It felt like she was right there in the room, coaching me personally.
Other great features about this book are the short stories from real people who got the jobs they wanted, and tips from other experts and employers who share what they're looking for in the hiring process.
Finally, Pollak encourages you to only accept a job that is the best fit for you. This book came out just before the economy hit bottom, so I'm curious to know what she would change if she published a second edition. And as that was four years ago, I'm sure there are new tips to add to the list, and I'd love to see new spins on old tips. But barring a second edition, this book is great for any college student (and graduate!). I just wish I had bought it sooner!
Lindsey Pollak writes about how to educate yourself, what to read, where to go find information most relevant to you, the proper way to interact with professional contacts, what to do to get the most and best information for your career and how to create a professional image. I couldn't stop reading until it was over.
From the beginning Pollak lets the reader know that one cannot get anywhere or do anything without being active, and it does keep you active, but active doing actually useful things for your career, getting business cards, doing job shadowing, requesting informational interviews, subscribing to relevant publications, on how to network and many more great tips.
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but it will defiantly give you some helpful advice that you didn't have before reading it.Read more