I actually checked this book out from CMU’s library and now I plan to purchase it because Debra’s advice is something I could read over and over again. (Thanks @Mikinzie and @JessLaw for recommending it to me).
Here are a few things that really resonated with me:
- “…in the business world, not everyone has your best interest in mind.” (p. 21)
- The way you dress matters…there is an entire chapter called “Wardrobe Building 101.”
- Being well-groomed is important…the GGG has tips and tricks, as well as the “must-haves” for your beauty regimen.
- Self-education is key. Be resourceful and keep up your radar on what’s important in your workplace. There are infinite resources available to you to help you learn (Hello, Google!).
- Have a variety of mentors. Some mentors are meant to help you with the “big picture” problems and others can help you daily in the workplace. There is a difference, so be sure that you are appropriately using these mentors.
- Negotiate your new job (which is scary as a young professional!). And you don’t just need to negotiate your salary. There are things like flexible hours, vacation, technology and your title. The book has an entire list of things you can consider negotiating.
- Quitting a job is tough, but the book includes several situations when you should quit…like if you’re not challenged. But, there also are many reasons why you shouldn’t quit.
- Embrace who you are and what you love.
I want to talk about my favorite part, Chapter 11, last. “Find Allies and Advocates” has such great advice and it’s something they don’t teach you in college. If you don’t have anyone at your job rooting for you, then you probably won’t make it far. These people are the ones who might make a case for you for that promotion. Or, maybe they are the ones who can say you’re the perfect person for an upcoming project you want to take on. They support and trust you. Not sold on needing allies. Here’s what sold me on it:
“…karma is a funny thing, so keep in mind that each of these people can potentially help make you – or break you. An intern today can be your boss three years from now.” (p. 169)
If you’re an ambitious woman who wants to move your career forward, you need to read this book.