Can I Wear My Nose Ring to the Interview? A Crash Course in Finding, Landing, and Keeping Your First Real Job

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A witty, friendly, unexpected job hunter’s bible that finally answers the real questions. Yes, if you’re wedded to your nose ring, wear it to the interview. No, you shouldn’t be e-mailing out hundreds of resumes.

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By Ellen Gordon Reeves
 
A witty, friendly, unexpected job hunter’s bible that finally answers the real questions. Yes, if you’re wedded to your nose ring, wear it to the interview. No, you shouldn’t be e-mailing out hundreds of resumes.
 
This book takes readers step-by-step through a process that was always tough, but is, today, especially challenging.
 
Begin the search with a professional mind-set: get organized, and get business cards, a respectable e-mail address, and a working cell phone. Then, move on to the following:
  • The importance of networking and the rule of three – try to make three e-mails or phone calls a day, but never more than that.
  • The “elevator speech” – hone your pitch to the length of an elevator ride and be prepared to use it at the most unexpected times.
  • The art of writing cringe-free cover letters and killer resumes – from timelines, hooks, and grammatical do’s and don’ts to why you should never use the phrase “References available upon request,” never include your GPA, and never, ever make a typo.
  • How to dress for an interview, including why you should put on your business clothes when interviewing at home, over the phone.
  • Things to be honest about: citizenship and past salary range.
  • And things not to say: “I want this job because I need health insurance.”
Then once you’re in, how to negotiate salary, what to expect in a review, and basic first-job common sense: take initiative, be humble and helpful, never use your boss as a confidant, and always say “I’ll find out” instead of “I don’t know.”
 
227 pages. Softcover. 2009. SPECIALS: 10 copies for $126.95; 100 copies for $1,120.00. Please see the Product Options box above when ordering.
 
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