College students, high school students or even those looking for a professional job: hold up a minute. I am about to tell you something that could potentially change your life for the better.
There is a book for one of my college courses that is actually helpful. It is easy to read for those who despise words. It has useful advice for resumes, interviews and other job-related materials. For anyone who has complained that they don’t teach life in high school or college, this is for you.
The novel is called “They Don’t Teach Corporate in College: A Twenty-Something’s Guide to the Business World,” by Alexandra Levit. For all the college seniors I know looking for post-graduation jobs, I am confident this book will help you.
Here’s an excerpt from the introduction:
“We’re comfortable with the concept of school. We know how the story goes: if you work hard, you get good grades and everyone is happy. The business world, however, is another animal entirely. Politically motivated and fraught with nonsensical change, the professional world is not a natural fit for graduates who leave school expecting results from a logical combination of education and effort…getting ahead in the business world has nothing to do with intelligence or exceeding a set of defined expectations.”
Maybe that assertion seems a bit harsh, or hit a little too close to home for those who know it’s true but still want to deny it until they no longer can. I’m definitely in that category, but slowly easing my way out. It has tips and advice on any business subject you can think of: how to dress, how to interact with the opposite gender, even how to leave a proper voicemail greeting!
A huge thanks to Professor Grant-Langston for introducing me to this book. Has anyone else read it or something similar? As I work through the book throughout the semester, the best tips and advice will make it onto the blog, but I highly recommend purchasing it for anyone who needs help with their professional world dilemmas.
You can find it here for 13 bucks. Definitely one of the best $13 I ever spent.
Until next time, on PR Talk.