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Got Your Degree and Don't Know What To Do With It? Or Know Someone Else Who Does?

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Got Your Degree and Don't Know What To Do With It? Or Know Someone Else Who Does?
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Searching for a job
can be a daunting task. If you’re just graduating from college, or nurturing a family member on their way, it may seem an impossible feat. But now what? The day you were deposited on the curb of your college campus with a diploma in hand, were you elated or let down? The parchment is proof of your accomplishments, but it isn’t a ticket to your career. You need to get through the door of prospective employers but how do you make an impression if you have no relevant experience?

Help has arrived in the form of Getting from College to Career, by Lindsey Pollak. The accomplished author and public speaker on careers and all things women related, outlines the things to do before you join the real world. Whether you’re obtaining that degree this May, or dusting off your résumé to get back in the game, this read is a must.

Pollak’s inspiration is personal. As a college student, she was pretty certain she was going to be a lawyer, went as far as taking the practice LSAT before she dismissed a career in law. In the introduction, she writes: “[This book] is the book I wished had existed when I was in college?. It’s a collection of all the tips, ideas, advice, secrets, strategies and warnings that I didn’t even know I didn’t know. It’s the book that can help make this weird time?full of questions, transitions and decisions?as painless and productive as possible.”

Salient points abound ? 90 to be exact ? on how to get to where you need to go after the sounds of Pomp & Circumstance have faded away. There’s #5 on how to conduct an interview and #66 regarding impressive cover letters, and its spot on advice, wrapped up in an easy-to-read paperback.

For those of you in a position to share advice, what would your kernel of wisdom be for the job hunters of today’s world? What do you wish you’d known then that you know now?

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  • fyrefly By fyrefly

    I wish something like this had been available to me when I graduated three years ago! I'm still going to check it out!

  • ratana By ratana

    I graduated from college 3 years ago with a degree in Finance and Marketing. I still don't know what I want currently. Maybe this book can help.

  • engteacha1 By engteacha1

    This sounds like an awesome book that I will recommend to a friend that has a Masters in Behavioral Organization and Management and has yet to find a career that will utilize her skill set!

  • DebLaks By DebLaks

    Graduated with my MBA 4 years ago & am currently working in a job I love but it's dead end & pays significantly less than my degree is worth. I'm going to check it out.

  • prettygirl By prettygirl

    i like the topic of this book. Very well suited for me. I am a CPA candidate with an MBA but no relevant work experience yet. I am planning to search for a job this fall and this might help me in finding my dream job. is this book already available?

  • ashleyrocks By ashleyrocks

    I am going to have to check it out it sounds interesting.Most specially since I am planning on going to college in the next year or

  • gingefur By gingefur

    This is a book that I have to read. I also graduated from college 3 years ago, and I have had an awful time finding the right job. I think that those considering college should spend quite a bit of time determining the right major.

  • kathutch1 By kathutch1

    my son just graduated and in job hunting he is clueless. I know he does not want his mom to always tell him i think i will get him this book, it sure could not hurt! job hunting is really discouraging, and can get you down from all the rejections, my word of advice is not to take it personally, these people have no idea of the person behind the resume, they are just looking for key items. this is hard to do but if you can put perspective this mind it helps. his buddy took a year to get a job, i am hoping he does not have the long year +. to all of those hunting i wish you luck!

  • lisa22 By lisa22

    Iam going to school for my MSN and I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up. I think I will read this book.

  • jojomojo By jojomojo

    I need this book. I am finishing my Bachelors in marketing and see that there arent many jobs out there...

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