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You Don't Have to Be Smart to Own a Smartphone: And Other Lessons to Excel at Your First Job After Graduation

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Hank Adler tackles one of the most critical topics in our work lives: how to be successful in that first job.

Whether it be when to use or when not to use a Smartphone or how to make sure the receptionist is your friend rather than a stranger or enemy, Hank Adler provides a plethora of ideas for recent graduates in their first post graduation job. This advice, put forth in a readable and enjoyable style is equally relevant to supervisors and parents with respect to delivering ...

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Overview

Hank Adler tackles one of the most critical topics in our work lives: how to be successful in that first job.

Whether it be when to use or when not to use a Smartphone or how to make sure the receptionist is your friend rather than a stranger or enemy, Hank Adler provides a plethora of ideas for recent graduates in their first post graduation job. This advice, put forth in a readable and enjoyable style is equally relevant to supervisors and parents with respect to delivering helpful advice to recent graduates (and maybe not so recent graduates).

As a former partner in an international accounting firm, a former school board president and now a veteran college professor, Adler is in a unique position to provide advice to recent graduates. He mentored first year graduates for decades when he was an accounting firm partner and today, he helps prepare college graduates for their first post graduate business job.

In You Don't Have To Be Smart To Own A Smartphone, Adler addresses the cultural issues and day to day expectations of employers versus the modern life experiences of recent graduates. He explains how the cultural expectations of supervisors are different because they entered the work force before it was possible or anticipated that they would have a Smartphone embedded in their palm. Through a specific experience, he demonstrates with great humor how effective multi-tasking while texting on a Smartphone is an oxymoron.

From Smartphone etiquette to understanding how damaging it is to complain to colleagues about how hard one is working to avoiding being part of the gossip community to explaining what it takes to be interesting to bosses and clients, You Don't Have To Be Smart To Own A Smartphone is the best first job primer written in the last twenty years. It is timely, it is interesting and Adler's story telling puts mistakes he has made into a context that will be useful to every reader. This is a book that will enhance careers.

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Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
2013-12-06
A guide to the working world for recent graduates. Adler's (Business/Chapman Univ.; From Three to Five, 2011) experiences as a businessman and as a professor inform this book, in which he gives practical advice to college graduates about what to expect from their first jobs. Some of his advice is fairly common, such as his urging to dress properly for job interviews, but he also addresses the proper attitude to adopt as a new hire. New employees often find themselves doing relatively menial tasks, and Adler warns: "You want to stand out, but you don't want to encourage people to take advantage of you." The author has a good sense of how working life proceeds on all levels, and he counsels new graduates to understand not only their job skills, but also their social positions. Adler's tips are invaluable, particularly for students who have excelled in an academic setting; the ability to drop a point of contention when it's no longer worthwhile, for example, can serve someone very well at work, when it might not have done so at a university. The author also understands the culture shock that can come with the college-to-work transition; he's experienced it himself and has seen plenty of others go through it. His astute observations on current office pressures and practices are useful, and his commentaries take the tone of a mentor dispensing helpful advice. His patient dissection of what life was like before newer technologies were available has valuable insights for new graduates about to work with people from older generations. The book offers thematically grouped sections, each quite short, which makes them easy to read and absorb on any schedule. A useful, readable collection of advice for young people on the verge of new careers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781491015650
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/16/2013
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 639,023
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.23 (d)

Meet the Author

Hank Adler has been an accounting professor at Chapman University since 2003. Prior to joining Chapman University, he was a partner at an international accounting firm for virtually his entire thrity-five year business carreer.

Hank Adler served as a member of and as the president of the Irvine Unified School District for four years as well as serving on the Board of Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, California for twelve years.

During Mr. Adler's academic and professional career, he has mentored hundreds of students and hundreds of new graduates. His mentoring and teaching at Chapman University earned him their outstanding faculty member of the year award early in his academic career.

In this, Adler's third book, he shares the insights from his now decade long career in teaching and his thirty-five year experience in public accounting.

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