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

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

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

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

by Lindsey Pollak


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“A well-written, lively and easy to follow guide.”

“Perfect for today’s students, who inevitably want what they want (and only that!) when they want it.”
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Getting from College to Career by Career Expert and Global Spokesperson for LinkedIn, Lindsey Pollak, is an insightful, essential world guide for college students and recent graduates who are preparing to embark upon a career beyond the university walls. Now newly revised to reflect the most recent changes in the economy and job market, these “90 things to do before you join the real world” will give every young grad a head start, providing essential information for adapting to and succeeding in a marketplace that is now more competitive than ever.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062069276
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication date: 01/31/2012
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 527,099
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

About The Author
Lindsey Pollak is the leading expert on succeeding in today's multigenerational workplace, and the New York Times bestselling author of Becoming the Boss: New Rules for the Next Generation of Leaders, Getting from College to Career: Your Essential Guide to Succeeding in the Real World, and The Remix: How to Lead and Succeed in the Multigenerational Workplace. She was named in the 2020 Thinkers50 Radar List of global management thinkers whose work is shaping the future of how organizations are managed and led. Her speaking audiences and consulting clients have included over 250 corporations, law firms, conferences, and universities, including Aetna, Citi, Estee Lauder, GE, Google, JP Morgan, LinkedIn, PwC, Yale, Harvard, Wharton and Stanford. She has been featured on the Today show, CNN, and NPR, and in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. She is a graduate of Yale University.

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


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

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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“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!”

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