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Good, practical advice for young women in the work force
on June 19, 2007
Although I'm clearly not in the demographic that this book has targeted -- young women just entering the work force -- I work in an industry that is, by many estimates, 75 percent female.
I found this book to offer good, solid advice that in many cases would apply to new employees of both genders. There is a good chapter on how to deal with a bad boss. Seligson is especially strong when she advises her readers to be unafraid to be self-promoters at the right moment and to "always be thinking beyond your job title."
Seligson tailors some of her advice to specific stereotypes and issues that can disproportionately beset young women. How to fend off romantic advances by a superior is an obvious one; other, less obvious issues include how to stay away from harmful office gossip and how to avoid being "assistant-ized" -- unconsciously placed into a pigeonhole as a useful assistant rather than someone with substantive solutions to business problems.
This book is easy to read and written in a clear, workmanlike style. I can't give it five stars, though, because of some occasional grammatical errors and because of some tone-deafness in matters of language. Seligson recommends that instead of telling a boss that "I'm feeling like I might have trouble meeting my deadline," an employee could say, "I have reassessed my project deliverables." Well, no, don't say that -- not if you want anyone to understand you.