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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Time.com
A well-written, lively and easy to follow guide.
Metro New York
Pollak’s thorough research reveals some startling facts that the modern job-searcher may be overlooking.
Campus Career Advisor
Perfect for today’s students, who inevitably want what they want (and only that!) when they want it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061142598
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/10/2007
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Lindsey Pollak is a writer, editor, and speaker specializing in career advice for young professionals. She is the coauthor of two career advice books and has written for Marie Claire magazine and Metro New York newspaper. Lindsey frequently speaks at universities and corporations across the country. She is a graduate of Yale University.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2007

    A good buy for any stage of searching

    Whether you're still in college just starting your search,or have recently graduated this book will help kickstart you into the real world. The only thing is, you have to keep working at it. Reading the book can only take you so far. The tips, the checklists and the real world examples throughout the book are so helpful and have kept me motivated. Best of all, unlike some self help guides that are dry and boring, this book keeps the language light and up to date, which makes it very enjoyable to read. With activites to do, some that your parents know of and others that are new to the market, you can't go wrong.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2007

    very helpful

    I just purchased the book yesterday after I stumbled upon it on a book desk at Barnes & Noble on a slow day. I picked it up assuming it would only reiterate what I already knew but it turned out to be the complete opposite! It really reminds you to pay attention to detail and that being overprepared is a necessary, intelligent tool to success. It's an easy read 'read it within the day' and I found it really relatable 'I am in my last few courses of collegework' and the most important part about the book to me was that it takes some of the pressure off by keeping a youthful spirit in its advice. The book includes a lot of information that you can put to work immediately. it reminds you that it should be fun and to take your time. 'The last thing you want to feel in a job search is that it's just another class.' It encourages you to take the process and yourself seriously, but not at the expense of losing that youthful optimism. Good read.

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  • Posted June 27, 2011

    Very Inspirational

    I just graduated and I am in a fret fearing the transition from school to work and this book gave me the courage to move forward. The advice in this book meeets all levels of the job search and can help someone in any stage. I highly recommend this book for anyone who feels they are in a rut and just need to know how to move to the next step.

    Shannon Rose Mathie

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2008

    A useful career guide for college graduates

    As a graduate of Yale University, a writer, editor and speaker, Lindsey Pollak summarized her many years of experience and expertise in career advice in 'Getting from College to Career: 90 Things to Do Before You Join the Real World.' This book is divided into 10 chapters: Get Started, Stop Being a Student and Start Being a Professional, Figure Out What You Want...and What You Don't, Talk, Listen, Repeat (Network), Gain Real World Experience, Give Yourself an Edge, Market Yourself on Paper, Find Opportunities, Over-prepare for Interviews, and Before You Head Off into the Real World. Each chapter has a few tips. Some of the tips have a useful 'Make This Work for You' or a 'Extra Credit' or a 'Reality Check' or 'Proof It's Possible' section. You do not have to read the tips in a particular order. You can look through the Table of Content and jump right into the tips that you find most useful. 'Getting from College to Career: 90 Things to Do Before You Join the Real World' has 320 pages (including the front sections). It is a useful career guide for college graduates.

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