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101 Tips for Graduates, Revised Edition, by Susan Morem, Checkmark Books, 2010, ISBN-13: 978-0816082261, $14.95
Whether donning cap and gown for graduation, seeking advanced degrees, entering the job market for the first time or laid off and looking for work in Seattle, 101 Tips for Graduates: A Code of Conduct for Success and Happiness in Your Professional Life has something for everyone.
For example, dozens of up-to-date tips, broken into seven topical segments cover “how to succeed in a tough job market” and how to use changing technology for your benefit. The first four sections focus on work related abilities, such as communication, leadership and social skills. The last three feature values of self-discipline, positive attitudes and how to stand out from the crowd, whether student, employee or job-seeker.
The author uses an alphabet acronym to remind a reader of basics like H is for happy, which is a choice. L is for listen, listen more and talk less. M is for mistakes, learn from them. N is for no, learn when and how to say no and mean it. V is for values, identify your values and stand for what you believe in. W is for willing to work.
While some of these seem overly simple, the author’s target audience of high school graduates is found to “have little knowledge about the basic rules of the workplace,” notes Renee Ward, Teens4hire.org.
According to Ward’s research, the majority of high school students thought they could arrive late for work eight or nine times before it became “a problem for their employer.” Students also thought it “appropriate to leave the workplace without asking to handle a personal emergency.” Neither behavior is ever “acceptable,” writes Morem.
The books overall focus concerns a basic “code of conduct” for students, employees, or job seekers. “Life is not a game,” Morem cautions, “in the work place actions have consequences.”
This well-organized guide, indexed by topic in the back or by broader segments in the contents section, offers practical, insider advice from career and workplace expert, Susan Morem.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal names Morem a “woman to watch” last year http://www.suemorem.com/media/ because of her real-world insight and commonsense advice.
She is also a noted author, columnist, dynamic speaker and business owner of Premier Presentation, Inc. She specializes in coaching and mentoring for professional development and career success.
Whether readers read selectively or cover to cover, everyone will benefit from the wise advice found in these pages.
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