Have No Career Fear: A College Grad's Guide to Snagging a Job, Trekking the Career Path, and Reaching Job Nirvana

by Ari Gerzon-Kessler, Ben Cohen-Leadholm, Rachel Skerritt
Natavi Guides, 206 pages, $10.64

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College graduates face a competitive job market and any words of wisdom to help them function at full capacity in the outside world is welcome. Have No Career Fear touches on all aspects of succeeding professionally and will arm those who are on the brink of graduating with practical advice and guidelines for following their dreams. The best thing is you don’t have to be a college graduate to learn and maximize your earning potential by reading this straightforward, engaging book.

The authors discuss nine steps on the career path using an informal, refreshingly honest tone that entertains as well as informs. These steps include uncovering your interests and strengths, landing an interview, and succeeding as a new employee. The messages veer from tried and true paths by discussing more complex career issues such as handling office politics and maintaining a manageable work persona. The financial section, “Show Me the Money,” features a budgeting worksheet and tax tips that will come in handy.

One of the most appealing aspects of Have No Career Fear is that most of the advice is given by recent graduates who recall the joys and concerns of entering the post-college job market. According to Melissa, a dancer and teen mentor, “We don’t need to know what our life work will be when we finish college. We simply need to take interest in the threads that weave throughout our life. Over time, all the different pieces will begin to form into a cohesive whole.” Sage wisdom like this from peers in the same boat as the book’s readers, is priceless.

Have No Career Fear teaches job seekers to be resourceful and persistent in getting in the door. It also includes good advice on how to garner respect once you are in a position. Dealing with difficult bosses and the threat of being laid off are real world issues that the authors tackle head on. Recent graduates can save themselves a lot of time and trouble by picking this book up and digesting these helpful tidbits before they venture out into the job market.

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