Getting from College to Career (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Business & Economics - 320 pages
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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
  • Persist

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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Review: Getting from College to Career: 90 Things to Do Before You Join the Real World, Revised Edition

User Review  - Alexandria - Goodreads

I found this book to be incredibly informative. I have underlined, starred and dog eared many pages in this book to reference in the future. The book covers 90 tips on things a person can do and ... Read full review

Review: Getting from College to Career: 90 Things to Do Before You Join the Real World, Revised Edition

User Review  - Diana Dams - Goodreads

For someone currently in the process of joining the "real world" - this book has some great advice and reminders to aid in that transition. It is a relevant, up-to-date, and practical guide ... Read full review

Contents

Get Started
1
Know the Numbers 3 Avoid the Biggest Mistake in Career Prep and Job Hunting
3
Embrace Your Stereotype
4
Overcome Your Stereotype
5
Get Organized
6
Dont Ignore the Obvious
14
Subscribe to a Daily Newspaper
16
Scout Out Your Neighborhood
20
Put Out Your Own Shingle
156
GOTV
157
Go Global
161
Fail
167
Give Yourself an Edge
169
Minor in Something Majorly Helpful
170
Keep Learning
171
Study China
173

Use Your Helicopter
23
Stop Being a Student and Start Being a Professional
28
Upgrade to GrownUp Contact Methods
29
Email Like a Professional
31
Get Carded
34
Clean Up Your Internet Image
36
Shine Online
39
Become an Industry Expert
42
Figure Out What You Want and What You Dont
46
Start a Really Big List
47
Get Rid of the Shoulds
49
Assess Yourself
53
Explore a Passion
56
Put Money into Perspective
60
Job Shadow
62
LearnAboutCareers
65
Consider a Coach
67
Hero Worship
69
Seek a Mentor
75
Relax A Job Is Not a Soul Mate
80
Talk Listen Repeat I e Network
84
Be Able to Introduce Yourself
87
Network with Your Neighbors
92
Set Up Informational Interviews
95
Make the Most of Informational Interviews
99
Become an Active Alum Even Before You Graduate
107
Associate
111
Connect with Diversity
113
Work Some New Rooms
115
Make Every Networking Event a Success
120
Nix These Networking Event NoNos
123
Be the First to Follow
124
Keep in Touch
125
Gain Real World Experience
129
Be a Leader
130
Be a Joiner
133
Intern Early and Often
136
Practice the Eight Essentials of Internship Achievement
140
Temp
145
Volunteer
149
Skip Daytona
153
Be Superstrategic About PartTime Work
154
Be a Winner
175
Present
177
Take a Physical Chalenge
179
Perform Five Minutes of StandUp
180
Have a Hobby
184
Walk Backward
186
Watch the Top Ten Greatest American Movies of All Time
188
Open Your Mouth and Say Om
190
Market Yourself on Paper
193
Make Over Your Résumé
194
Put Your Résumé Through the Wringer
201
Craft Impressive Cover Letters
202
Create a Brag Book
205
Find Opportunities
213
Take Candy from Strangers
216
Think Beyond Working for the Man
220
Look Up the Best
225
Consider You
227
Work to Change the World
228
Tackle a Project
232
Look Online
234
Think And Not Or
235
Overprepare for Interviews
238
Conduct Company Research
239
Know Your Value
243
Figure In WorkLife
246
Buy a Dark Suit
249
Take Your Elbows Off the Table
254
Mock Interview
258
Never Ever Ever Arrive Late to a Job Interview
265
Be Nice to Receptionists
266
Go with the Flow
267
Be Available
269
Persist
271
Before You Head Off into the Real World
275
Become a Lifelong Expert on Finding Your Own Bliss
277
Dont Curb Your Enthusiasm
278
RESOURCES
279
AUTHORS NOTE
289
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
291
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About the author (2009)

Lindsey Pollak is a keynote speaker, corporate consultant, and internationally recognized expert on Millennial generation career and workplace issues. She is an official ambassador for LinkedIn and the author of Getting from College to Career: Your Essential Guide to Succeeding in the Real World. She also serves as the spokesperson for The Hartford's "My Tomorrow" campaign and chair of Cosmopolitan's Millennial Advisory Board. Forbes selected her career advice blog as one of the Top 100 Websites for Your Career. A graduate of Yale University, she lives in New York City.

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