You're Too Smart for This: Beating the 100 Big Lies About Your First Job
  • You're Too Smart for This: Beating the 100 Big Lies About Your First Job
  • You're Too Smart for This: Beating the 100 Big Lies About Your First Job

You're Too Smart for This: Beating the 100 Big Lies About Your First Job

by Michael Ball
     
 

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Your first job isn't all it's cracked up to be . . . You just spent $100,000 on a college degree to make photocopies. And your manager probably isn't even happy with them.

Life at the entry level isn't about what school you graduated from, or even who you know. It's actually about paying dues and brownnosing and keeping your foot out of your mouth during meetings

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Overview

Your first job isn't all it's cracked up to be . . . You just spent $100,000 on a college degree to make photocopies. And your manager probably isn't even happy with them.

Life at the entry level isn't about what school you graduated from, or even who you know. It's actually about paying dues and brownnosing and keeping your foot out of your mouth during meetings.

You're Too Smart For This explains everything your college professors didn't:

· Understand how college has no application to reality, or anybody living in it.
· Come to terms with doing gruntwork and smiling while being yelled at.
· Get straight with operating on a team - putting personal interests second, for once.
· Negotiate office politics, and recognize when to keep quiet (e.g., "the daytime").
· Earn the right promotion or transfer, instead of quitting and being poor again.
· Locate a balanced work life, not based on social sacrifice and being hostile.

You're Too Smart For This will help you get the hang of the working life soon enough. And even have some fun with it. Especially at happy hour.

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Editorial Reviews

They loved you in the interview; you beat out a dozen other candidates. Now, in your very first big job, you have your own cubicle and computer. The rest is clear sailing, right? WRONG. Michael Ball's You're Too Smart for That is a wake-up call for all college grads who think that they have already paid their dues. Ball's "100 Big Lies" include warnings about getting too close to coworkers and real-deal lessons about raises.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402205989
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
04/01/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
342
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.76(d)

Meet the Author

Michael Ball is the founder and CEO of Career Freshman Co., the entry level training authority to the Fortune 1000. A former Big Four consultant and Silicon Valley dot-comer, Ball saw too many smart college recruits doing dumb things-besides their jobs-and devoted his own career to making gruntwork hurt less. Michael holds a degree in psychology and business from UCLA, and lives in Los Angeles.

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