From Freshman to Fortune 500: 7 Secrets to Success for Grads, Undergrads, and Career Changers

Marky Stein

Publisher: iUniverse Pages: 75 Price: (paperback) $12.99 ISBN: 9781532007958 Reviewed: June, 2017 Author Website: Visit »

For both recent college graduates and professionals in mid-career, the job market remains thorny. In this brief, how-to book brimming with optimism, Marky Stein helps job seekers expand their potential and reach for that dream career.

Stein has 20 years of experience as a career counselor and is the author of three bestselling books (Fearless Interviewing: How to Win the Job by Communicating with Confidence; Fearless Career Change: The Fast Track to a Career in a New Field; Fearless Resumes: The Proven Method to Get a Great Job Fast).

Here, she offers seven suggestions for anyone who faces unemployment, underemployment, or who wants to expand their earnings or career satisfaction. Several of her tips center on using online sources to gain a marketable education, either through for-profit outlets or government sponsored assistance. She also advocates leveraging internships, part-time jobs, and even volunteering to begin working immediately in your dream field. Additionally, Stein delivers tips on how to succeed in highly competitive environments, such as the entertainment industry, where newcomers usually break in by starting at the bottom and working their way up the ladder.

The book has plentiful lists of resources, including web sites, and government agencies that can help readers land a position. Stein also recounts numerous, brief case studies of successful career seekers that demonstrate the steps that led to successful careers, and she advocates visualization, offering links to studies that support this technique.

While the book’s introduction perhaps sells itself and its author a bit too hard (readers who pick up the book are likely already motivated to see what’s inside), that’s a minor distraction. This is a well-organized, user-friendly offering. Stein puts a positive spin on the difficult matter of finding the right career that readers will appreciate. She is knowledgeable, inspiring and chock full of practical advice for anyone, of any age, who wants to boost their career and achieve their life goals.

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