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Life After College: The Complete Guide to Getting What You Want by Jenny Blake

Life After College is an essential manual for every graduating student and young professional. It features practical, actionable advice that helps people focus on the BIG picture of their lives, not just the details. Life After College will leave you feeling inspired, confident and ready to take action toward creating the life you really want.

In Life After College Twitter meets What Color is Your Parachute for 20-somethings. Written by popular blogger and life coach Jenny Blake, Life After College provides tips, inspirational quotes and coaching exercises for every area of life including: Work, Money, Home, Organization, Friends & Family, Dating & Relationships, Health, Fun & Relaxation, and Personal Growth. The book is like having a portable life coach by your side — it is a “one stop shop” that is part journal, part motivator, and part guidebook. Life After College is a powerful life-planning tool that no twenty-something will want to be without!

Read my review here.

Effective Immediately: How to Fit In, Stand Out, and Move Up at Your First Real Job by Emily Bennington

When you’re new to the workforce, ambition and talent aren’t enough—getting on the fast track to success requires much more.

If you’re a recent college graduate or new hire, Effective Immediately shows you how to excel at your first job and jump-start your career. As an up-and-coming professional, you’ll learn how to transform yourself from entry-level employee into skilled, invaluable all-star during your first year on the job.

Accomplished young professional Emily Bennington and her mentor, seasoned manager Skip Lineberg, empower you to:

  • Establish yourself as a top performer from day one
  • Use every task—even grunt work—as an opportunity to shine
  • Earn the respect of your boss, colleagues, and clients
  • Cope with conflict, mistakes, and toxic coworkers
  • Land key assignments and gain greater responsibility
  • Manage projects and lead teams like a pro

Packed with practical advice, useful resources, and wisdom from former newbies, this savvy hand-book gives you the tools, knowledge, and confidence you need to reach your highest potential.

Read my review here.

They Don’t Teach Corporate in College: A Twenty-Something’s Guide to the Business World by Alexandra Levit

They Don’t Teach Corporate in College has resonated with tens of thousands of readers and is currently used as a text in corporations and universities across the country. This new and updated edition reflects the unique needs and challenges of current 20-somethings, who want to get ahead, but lack the know-how and finesse to make it happen. It incorporates fresh tips for effectively managing your online presence, practicing the art of “intrapreneurship,” and planning your next move inside or outside Corporate America.

Chock-full of personal anecdotes and written from the perspective of a wise older sister who doesn’t want you to learn the hard way, They Don’t Teach Corporate in College includes no-nonsense advice for:

  • Making the smartest career move right out of college
  • Landing the job of your dreams by avoiding the “black hole” of HR
  • Establishing a strong reputation by encouraging others to like and cooperate with you
  • Navigating your organization’s social scene and practicing cringe-free networking
  • Mastering skills that will take you anywhere, such as goal-setting and self-promotion
  • Combating negativity and coping with difficult personalities

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Some Assembly Required: A Networking Guide for Graduates by Anne Brown

Graduation is a landmark milestone in life. The thrill of launching a career can be exciting, but it can also feel very lonely. Some Assembly Required: A Networking Guide for Graduates is the fourth book in the series, and ideal book for any young professional. The book fills in the gaps that are not taught in the classroom about the power of business relationships and networking. Thom Singer and Anne Brown have customized the message and designed a step by step program that will impact any career for decades. Whether from Graduate School, a University, Community College or High School, these indispensable skills with help every Graduate start their careers with the relationship building skills necessary to ensure success beyond their wildest dreams.

Put Your Mindset to Work: The One Asset You Really Need to Win and Keep the Job You Love by James Reed and Paul G. Stoltz, PhD

The right mindset can make you three times more likely to get the job you want-and even less likely to lose it later.

What does it take to get and keep the job you want? Ninety-six percent of employers argue that it’s not just about having the right skills for the position- it’s all about the right mindset.

As two leading experts on the subject, Reed and Stoltz know what employers really want from the people they hire and keep. According to their extensive and globally acclaimed research, there is a specific set of mental traits that will make you exponentially more desirable to potential employers, and more likely to succeed and enjoy your job once you’re hired.
This “3G Mindset” is:

  • Global-the openness and big-picture perspective to compete on a global scale in any job
  • Good-a positive force with an unwavering moral compass
  • Grit-the tenacity and resilience to thrive on adversity

The authors reveal why employers are three times more likely to hire people with the right mindset over those who are more qualified on paper. This book provides an actionable approach for both assessing and developing these essential traits.

BONUS: #ENTRYLEVELtweet: Taking Your Career from Classroom to Cubicle by Heather R. Huhman

The statistics are frightening. The National Association of Colleges and Employers’ (NACE) 2009 Student Survey shows that just 19.7 percent of 2009 graduates who applied for a job actually have one. And, according to NACE’s Job Outlook 2010 Fall Preview, employers expect to hire 7 percent fewer graduates from the college Class of 2010 than they hired from the Class of 2009. What’s worse, this issue cannot completely be blamed on a poor economy. Entry-level hiring should have increased because many employers have laid off more expensive, experienced talent. So what’s preventing new talent from entering the career marketplace?

Millennials–those individuals born between 1977 and 1997 and also known as Generation Y–often expect college to teach them how to find jobs and are disappointed upon finding out this is not the case. And the career advice they do receive comes from “authority figures” (i.e., campus career center staff), whom they do not believe or trust. These graduates need practical and insightful guidance from someone who knows the challenges they face and how to overcome them.

“#ENTRYLEVELtweet Book01″ by career expert Heather R. Huhman is a must-read for college students and recent grads who want to learn what it takes to find, land, and succeed in an entry-level career. In 140 tweet-style tips, Huhman provides a roadmap of what to do to impress hiring managers, how to create stand-out “career tools,” and how to network during your job search with confidence in yourself and what you have to offer potential employers.

Want to get ahead of your college colleagues? Get your copy of ‘#ENTRYLEVELtweet Book01′ now, and let it guide you from classroom to career in approximately fifteen minutes–the perfect length of time for a busy student or job seeker.

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