Postgrad Survival Guide: Get an ‘A’ in the Working World
You wrote your senior thesis on Foucault, but composing a cover letter has you stumped. Employment prospects for college graduates aren’t quite as gloomy as they were a few years ago, but jobs remain elusive and competition for them fierce. These guides to the workplace for college grads and young adults ease the adjustment to the “real world.”
It’s often the small details that trip up recent grads. “Getting From College to Career” is a guide to landing a job and thriving in the office: all told in 90 detailed steps. Lindsey Pollak, a career expert and a global spokesperson for LinkedIn, shares advice on how to email like a professional, cultivate a nightly networking routine and (over)prepare for an interview.
Think your degree in East Asian Studies won’t help you in your job as a personal assistant? Think again. Not every college major is tailored to the working world, says Katharine Brooks, a renowned career counselor for liberal arts students: in fact, few are. But every area of interest and niche skill set can be adapted to the demands of the office. Brooks shows readers how to harvest their academic experiences for practical purposes without losing a sense of intellectual integrity.
If you’re lucky enough to have landed a job in corporate America after graduation, this guide will help you clear the ganja haze of collegiate life and adjust to the politics of the business world. Alexandra Levit, a nationally syndicated career columnist for Metro US, has chapters on office lingo, making long-term career plans, staying immune to office gossip and negativity and networking without really “networking.”
This guide by Ron Fry, a national speaker on job searches, doesn’t just enumerate 101 zingers. It also gives you tools to identify types of questions, assess your interviewing committee, look the part and troubleshoot when things go awry.