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They Don’t Teach Corporate in College

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“This insightful and essential guide to mastering the politics of corporate America should be required reading for every college graduate.”

—James A. Boyle, president, College Parents of America

“This book is loaded with solid information designed to demystify the business world, including a short, to-the-point glossary of office lingo and a terrific chapter on how to make a long-term career plan.”

—Anne Fisher, Fortune magazine

They Don’t Teach Corporate in College has resonated with tens of thousands of readers and is currently used as a text in corporations and universities across the country. This new and updated edition reflects the unique needs and challenges of current 20-somethings, who want to get ahead, but lack the know-how and finesse to make it happen. It incorporates fresh tips for effectively managing your online presence, practicing the art of “intrapreneurship,” and planning your next move inside or outside Corporate America.

Chock-full of personal anecdotes and written from the perspective of a wise older sister who doesn’t want you to learn the hard way, They Don’t Teach Corporate in College includes no-nonsense advice for:

• Making the smartest career move right out of college.

• Landing the job of your dreams by avoiding the “black hole” of HR.

• Establishing a strong reputation by encouraging others to like and cooperate with you.

• Navigating your organization’s social scene and practicing cringe-free networking.

• Mastering skills that will take you anywhere, such as goal-setting and self-promotion.

• Combating negativity and coping with difficult personalities.

Alexandra Levit is the author of four books and a writer for several career and lifestyle Websites, including the Huffington Post and Yahoo!. Her career advice has been featured in more than 800 media outlets, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and National Public Radio. Levit regularly speaks nationwide at conferences, universities, and corporations on workplace issues facing young employees. A 10 year veteran of the business world, she lives in Chicago with her husband and son

Table of Contents

  1. Praise
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Table of Contents
  5. Dedication
  6. Acknowledgements
  7. Foreword
  8. Preface
  9. Introduction
  10. Chapter 1 - Find Yourself, Find a Paycheck
    1. The Panic Button
    2. The Self-Assessment Journey
    3. Your Corporate Persona
    4. Scoping the Field
    5. Irresistible Resumes
    6. The Myth of Cover Letters
    7. Polished Interviews
  11. Chapter 2 - Congratulations, You’re Hired!
    1. The Start Before the Start
    2. Looking the Part
    3. Meeting and Greeting
    4. Decoding Office Lingo
    5. Settling In
    6. Espionage
    7. Operating the HR Machine
    8. On the Clock
    9. 21 Tips for Road Warriors
  12. Chapter 3 - Working the Crowd
    1. Getting to Know the Boss
    2. The Corporate Social Scene
    3. Working Your Net
    4. Using Social Networks
    5. Recruiting a Mentor
  13. Chapter 4 - Be the Master of Your Plan
    1. Setting and Achieving Goals
    2. Earning Your Keep
    3. Risk-Taking
    4. Problem-Solving
  14. Chapter 5 - The Purposeful Workday
    1. Where Has All the Time Gone?
    2. Saying No
    3. Battling Procrastination
    4. You, Too, Can Be the “Organized One”
    5. Making Yourself Understood
  15. Chapter 6 - Check Your Attitude at the Door
    1. No, You’re Not Crazy
    2. Combating Negativity
    3. Reach Out and Touch Your Emotions
    4. Motivating Yourself
    5. Damage Control
  16. Chapter 7 - People Management
    1. Enlisting Cooperation
    2. A Touch of Sweetness
    3. Creating Positive Relationships
    4. Dealing With Difficult People
  17. Chapter 8 - Moving Up in the World
    1. Acing Performance Reviews
    2. Asking for a Raise
    3. Pleasing the Promotion Gods
    4. The “Unofficial” Promotion
    5. Handling Setbacks
  18. Chapter 9 - You’re the Boss Now!
    1. Starting on the Right Foot
    2. A Young Life Is in Your Hands
    3. Delegating
    4. Countering Objections
    5. Criticism: It’s a Dirty Job...
    6. Encouraging Open Communication
    7. Managing Teams
    8. You’re the Boss—And the Youngest
  19. Chapter 10 - Exit Stage Left
    1. Beware the Firing Squad
    2. Smart Career Moves
    3. When to Quit Now and Worry Later
    4. Fireproofing Your Bridges
    5. Getting Off the Ladder
  20. Bibliography
  21. About the Author