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Written by R. Scott Morris, former CEO of the Boston Options Exchange and Managing Director at Goldman Sachs, Polished outlines methods for success and the pitfalls that doom many job seekers.

"In Polished, Morris creates a perfect balance between hard-hitting advice and supportive guidance which will motivate and encourage job seekers to be successful."
- Kathleen Comella Sullivan, Former Director, University of Chicago Careers in Business Program

"Polished demystifies the job search process with businesslike precision and remarkable wit."
- Harvard University Student, Class of 2013

"Scott Morris' unique perspectives on simplifying the job search process are invaluable to both the seasoned and novice job seeker."
- Boston University Student, Class of 2010

"A one-of-a-kind guide, Polished is entertaining, clear, and compellingly insightful."
- University of Chicago Student, Class of 2012

About the Author

R. Scott Morris has always been actively involved in the on-campus recruiting process. He has reviewed thousands of resumes and cover letters and conducted over 500 interviews. Scott has a passion for solving complex problems and helping others learn; Polished is an expression of both these passions. Scott lives in west suburban Chicago with his wife, Margie, and their three teenage boys.

Career Highlights:
  • President, Morris Consulting, LLC
  • CEO, Boston Options Exchange Group, LLC
  • Managing Director, Goldman Sachs and Company
  • Partner, Hull Trading Company
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 118 pages
  • Publisher: Morris Consulting, LLC (February 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615348807
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615348803
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,581,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Ryan Wang on March 31, 2010
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As a college student looking for a summer internship I found this book extremely useful since it shows you what an employer looks for in your resume or cover letter. Most career counselors or the Internet give you vague advice about emphasizing past tasks. This author shows you will be much better off focusing on illustrating transferable skills. He provides lots of examples and comments (often very funny) from his experiences recruiting for Goldman Sachs. He makes fun of statements like "I feel that I am a perfect fit for XYZ Company". It reminded me that nobody likes being around a square, although most resume and cover letter advice seems to think that coming across as pompous and dull will help you get a job. Thank you R. Scott Morris! My resume works better and I feel better about showing it to others.

Some other things I like about the book... It's concise. It provides a list of characteristics that employers look for. It has lots of examples of what to do and what not to do. For someone who's never written a resume or cover letter, it takes you from start to finish.
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I'm a 19-year-old humanities major and I'm employed: why? Polished: basically the point of the book is to show "first time job seekers" (a very nice word for people who have no experience) how to turn what little you've done into an effective and alluring job application.

As importantly, it talks about what not to do: the author is some kind of recruiter, so a good portion is spent running through a list of secret things that cause them to throw out your materials. Trust me, you wouldn't think of them.

Give it a read, it worked for me!
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Its surprising nobody thought of writing something like this before. In Polished: Adding Shine, a recruiter--someone who spent his life hiring--explains what to do to impress recruiters, and what turns them off. Its very applicable and even funny too. Quick warning-- the price is steep. However, since it acts as a resume guide, cover letter guide, and interview guide at once, you do get three books in one. And, if you read it and use its techniques--and subsequently get hired like I did--it'll have paid for itself. Sounds like a good investment.
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Polished was a surprising take on how to navigate the job application process. As a college student I found it quite readable and directly relevant. The "examples of what not to do" sections are funny, memorable, and effective.

I now know how application readers think when they assess a candidate.
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I found the book to be very informative. It has many excellent examples of how young job seekers should prepare for interviews and the job search. The examples provided are real and to the point. The reader can easily adapt and improve their own cover letters, resumes, and interview answers based on the pertinent stories provided by the author.

The author also provides many examples of what to avoid during the job search process. He warns job seekers of habits or approaches that remove them from job consideration even before the process begins. What a great thing to know for young graduates who have yet to hire or be part of the hiring and interview process.
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