Any college graduate entering the workforce knows that it is a whole new environment to navigate, but is often not adequately prepared for the challenges and subtleties that lie ahead. Using twenty-seven years of practical experience in the business environment, Joyce Jarek explores the common mistakes made in communication, teamwork, and professional decorum on the job, providing guidance for turning mistakes into success. With this book, Jarek provides tips and tools for the entry level worker to manage workforce rules, manage coworker relationships, and achieve personal and professional goals. First Job is a book for any business owner or human resources department looking to empower new hires through effective training, and for any entry level worker looking to create a viable career and move up the corporate ladder.
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About the Author
Joyce S. Jarek grew up in a small community near Youngstown, Ohio that endured and thrived during the Great Steel Valley Recession. Joyce holds a Bachelors degree in Engineering from Ohio State University and pursued a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Akron early in her career. She is a twenty-seven-year career veteran in the areas of Energy, Sustainability, and Operations Management; and is a member of the 2014 Momentum Class for Executive Leaders, sponsored by the YWCA. She hopes that others will benefit from her books and, as a result, will recover quickly from the common traps that arise both in business and in life.
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First Job A Personal Career Guide for Graduates based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
This book will appeal to young professionals, college gratuates, just starting out. It is a measured approach, organized into actionable sections for efficient implementation of the strategies. It offers the newly minted professionals all the fundamental skills, not covered prior to graduation that are critical to first impressions and positive first experiences in that new career path. It includes office etiquette, goal setting and teamwork, soft skills sets that young professionals need to develop in the early years.
I have two children in their 20s and my youngest just graduated from college and will be entering the workforce. Jarek's book, First Job, gives great practical advice for young professionals just starting their careers. It is a light easy read but filled with solid tips to boost the careers of those just beginning. I feel like the information is something i would like my kids to absorb and it is nice not to have it coming from a parent but someone who is experienced in these situations. This book would also be a good read for college kids entering their senior year to prepare them for what is ahead of them and also perhaps for a company to require their young recruits to read as they train on the job.
i had scanned through all of the early career books and I was glad I picked Jarek's book. I was looking for a recommendation for some of my less experienced staff. The advice was practical and easy to follow. I like the use of a third party, the book's characters, to describe a real life situation at work. I believe it will help the readers to look at an experience more objectively and reflect on whether or not they were in a similar situation and compare their response.
As a college student looking for internships, I have looked at many of the early career books. Jarek's book, First Job, was a book that I can relate to. It provides basic information about the work environment without being too theoretical. The stories about the college grads in "First Job" provide a more realistic understanding of how to conduct yourself in a professional environment.. Very grateful for Jarek's insight! Should be a tremendous help in the years to come.