They Don't Teach Corporate in College: A Twenty-Something's Guide to the Business World

They Don't Teach Corporate in College: A Twenty-Something's Guide to the Business World

by Alexandra Levit




Based on a mix of interviews, research, and personal experience, this book's upbeat advice focuses on tangible tactics that recent college grads and experienced twenty-somethings can put to work immediately to enhance their employability now and in the future. Highlights include:
  • Unorthodox but proven job-hunting techniques.
  • Making a memorable first impression.
  • Navigating the company's social scene.
  • Practicing cringe-free networking.
  • Mastering goal-setting and self-promotion.
  • Stretching the eight plus hours a day spent at work, from effective time management and organization to making every piece of communication count.
  • Combating negativity.
  • Coping with difficult personalities.
  • Troubleshooting the performance review process and anti-promotion situations.
  • Learning to be an effective boss.
  • Finding a new position and gracefully exiting from the old.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781564147653
Publisher: Career Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/28/2004
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.15(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

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

Chapter 1Find Yourself, Find a Paycheck15
Chapter 2Congratulations, You're Hired41
Chapter 3Working the Crowd65
Chapter 4Be the Master of Your Plan89
Chapter 5The Purposeful Workday111
Chapter 6Check Your Attitude at the Door140
Chapter 7People Management164
Chapter 8Moving Up in the World182
Chapter 9You're the Boss Now!203
Chapter 10Exit Stage Left229
About the Author256

What People are Saying About This

Rachel Solar-Tuttle

There's only one thing I hate about this book: that I didn't have it when I was in my twenties! In a compelling and eminently readable volume, Levit lays out the secrets that it takes most of us at least a decade - and a lot of mistakes - to discover.
Author of Table Talk: A Savvy Girl�s Guide to Networking

Amy Joyce

We've all been through it--many of us with little guidance. But Levit writes of the 20-something life in a way that will help new workers answer questions they don't even know they have yet. Her straightforward, practical advice is something that all colleges should recommend to their outgoing seniors.
Author of I Went to College for This?: How to Turn Your Job Into a Career You Love

Harry E. Chambers

This book explodes with practical and relevant advice for young professionals who want to master the fast track yesterday. As an insider who has battled Corporate America and won, Levit offers a no-nonsense approach that gets to the heart of what really works.
Author of Getting Promoted: Real Strategies for Advancing Your Career.

Stacy Kravetz

Alexandra Levit has written a savvy, informative guide for first-timers making their way in Corporate America. Reading this book will get college grads moving in the right direction.
Author of Welcome to the Real World; You�ve Got an Education, Now get a Life.

Abby Wilner

After four years of jeans and baseball caps and three hours of class a day, workforce newbies need a boot camp like this to face up to the rigors of the working week.
Co-Author of Quarterlife Crisis: The Unique Challenges of Life in Your Twenties

Ken Blanchard

Whether you're having a quarter-life crisis or if you just want an insider's guide to the working world, read this book. It will teach you to get your career on track by developing a personal mission statement, accentuating the positive and making well-informed decisions. Sage advice from a gifted young writer.
Co-Author of The One Minute Manager® and The Leadership Pill.

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They Don't Teach Corporate in College: A Twenty-Something's Guide to the Business World 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'This insightful and essential guide to mastering the politics of corporate America should be required reading for every college graduate. Ms. Levit's real-world anecodotes and advice can help those who are new to the job market (or those who have been foundering in it) achieve success and avoid costly career mistakes.' James A. Boyle, President College Parents of America
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found the psychological insights Levit shows in her book about the relationships between employee and employer were excellent. I liked the tips on how to present a good image to the boss. The writing is clear and to the point.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read for any 20 something who is either frustrated with their corporate job or for those who just want to get ahead. I fit into the former category and my dad bought me this book thinking that it might help me. After reading the book, my situation hasn't changed and my boss is still annoying, but I have some new ideas about what to do differently about the situation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Twenty-Something's should definitely find this book helpful when searching for a job in the business world and then working in it. Going from college to corporate can definitely be a culture shock and twenty-something's will need all the help they can get. I think this would be an AWESOME college graduation gift!