Getting from College to Career Rev Ed: Your Essential Guide to Succeeding in the Real World

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Get Ready for the Real World

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. Now newly revised and updated, Lindsey Pollak’s Getting from College to Career is the definitive guide to building the experience, skills, and confidence you need to succeed in the job search, ...

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Overview

Get Ready for the Real World

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. Now newly revised and updated, Lindsey Pollak’s Getting from College to Career is the definitive guide to building the experience, skills, and confidence you need to succeed in the job search, offering action-oriented tips and strategies ranging from the simple to the expert. Learn how to:

  • Get the best tools for career prep and job hunting
  • E-mail like a professional
  • Go global
  • Practice the eight essentials of internship achievement
  • Perform five minutes of stand-up
  • Overprepare for interviews
  • Persist without being a pest

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

Metro New York
“Pollak’s thorough research reveals some startling facts that the modern job-searcher may be overlooking.”
Time.com
“A well-written, lively and easy to follow guide.”
Campus Career Advisor
“Perfect for today’s students, who inevitably want what they want (and only that!) when they want it.”
Cari Sommer
“I find Lindsey’s advice on how to stand apart from the competition to be extremely valuable - especially as it relates to entrepreneurs…Getting From College to Career is a great read and a book I thoroughly enjoyed!”
Time Magazine.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."
Time.com
“A well-written, lively and easy to follow guide.”
Campus Career Advisor
"Perfect for today’s students, who inevitably want what they want (and only that!) when they want it."
Cari Sommer
"I find Lindsey’s advice on how to stand apart from the competition to be extremely valuable - especially as it relates to entrepreneurs…Getting From College to Career is a great read and a book I thoroughly enjoyed!"
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: 9780062069276
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/31/2012
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 145,285
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Introduction xi

How to Get the Most Out of this Book xix

1 Get Started 1

1 Start Wherever You Are

2 Know the Numbers

3 Avoid the Biggest Mistake in Career Prep and Job Hunting

4 Embrace Your Stereotype

5 Overcome Your Stereotype

6 Get Organized

7 Don't Ignore the Obvious

8 Subscribe to a Daily News Source

9 Set Yourself Up for Success

10 Use Your Helicopter

2 Stop Being a Student and Start Being a Professional 29

11 Upgrade to Grown-up Contact Methods

12 E-mail Like a Professional

13 Get Carded

14 Clean Up Your Internet Image

15 Shine Online

16 Become an Industry Expert

3 Figure Out What You Want…and What You Don't 49

17 Start a Really Big List

18 Get Rid of the "Shoulds"

19 Don't Be Caught "Hitchhiking": Assess Yourself

20 Explore a Passion

21 Put Money into Perspective

22 Declare a Take Yourself to Work Day: Job Shadow

23 Tweet

24 Consider a Coach

25 Hero Worship

26 Seek a Mentor

27 Relax-A Job Is Not a Soul Mate

4 Talk. Listen. Repeat, (i.e., Network) 89

28 Talk. Listen. Repeat.

29 Be Able to Introduce Yourself

30 Network with Your Neighbors

31 Set Up Informational Interviews

32 Make the Most of Informational Interviews

33 Become an Active Alum … Even Before You Graduate

34 Associate

35 Connect with Diversity

36 Work Some New Rooms

37 Make Every Networking Event a Success

38 Nix These Networking Event No-Nos

39 Be the First to Follow Up

40 Keep in Touch

5 Gain Real World Experience 137

41 Be a Leader

42 Be a Joiner

43 Intern … Early and Often

44 Practice the Eight Essentials of Internship Achievement

45 Temp

46 Volunteer

47 Skip South Beach

48 Be Superstrategic About Part-Time Work

49 Put Out Your Own Shingle

50 GOTV

51 Go Global

52 Fail

6 Give Yourself an Edge 182

53 Minor in Something Majorly Helpful

54 Keep Learning

55 Become BRIC Savvy

56 Be a Winner

57 Take a Physical Challenge

58 Present

59 Perform Five Minutes of Stand-Up

60 Have a Hobby

61 Blog

62 Open Your Mouth and Say "Om"

7 Market Yourself on Paper and Online 209

63 Make Over Your Résumé

64 Put Your Resume Through the Wringer

65 Craft Impressive Cover Letters

66 Create a Brag Book

67 Become Professional Friends with Facebook

8 Find Opportunities 233

68 Follow Every Rainbow

69 Take Candy from Strangers

70 Start Small

71 Look Up the Best

72 Consider You.gov

73 Work to Change the World

74 Tackle a Project

75 Look Online

76 Think "And," Not "Or"

9 Overprepare for Interviews 263

77 Conduct Company Research

78 Know Your Value

79 Figure In Work-Life Fit

80 Buy a Dark Suit

81 Take Your Elbows Off the Table

82 Mock Interview

83 Never, Ever, Ever Arrive Late to a Job Interview

84 Be Nice to Receptionists

85 Go with the Flow

86 Be Available

87 Persist (Without Being a Pest)

10 Before You Head Off into the Real World … 306

88 Ask for Help When You Need It

89 Become a Lifelong Expert on Finding Your Own Bliss

90 Don't Curb Your Enthusiasm

Resources 311

Author's Note 323

Acknowledgments 325

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