Career guidance for new college graduates, particularly women, on how to raise their workplace IQs.
The debut author is a sympathetic mentor to young women facing difficult challenges in their first jobs out of college. As entry-level professional employees, they often are easy targets of the workplace “dodgeballs” that can come from many directions. Emphasizing the importance of professional attire, reliable transportation, preferred ways of speaking and other tips for success on the job, the author knows her audience and anticipates their challenges: “It’s ‘ask,’ not ‘ax,’ ” and “It’s ‘where are they,’ not ‘where they at.’ ” A photograph of young people in business casual attire makes the point about appropriate dress standards for the workplace. The book advises young women not to “act out” and tells them what to expect during performance reviews, coaching them on how to respond to criticism and how to protect themselves from workplace bullying and sexual harassment. The book also makes clear why entry-level workers should respect their bosses, unless of course it’s a boss who wants them to “lie, cheat, steal or break the law.” The author, who has spent more than 25 years in the workforce, writes in a personal and authoritative voice punctuated by homey expressions such as “Umm, humm!!” and “Back in the day.” Technical skills are essential, but so is attitude, and the author is frequently spot-on with her gentle chiding, warning, for example, that just because you can do something the boss can’t do, like create a simple spreadsheet or use a basic software program, that doesn’t mean you’re smarter than the boss. “[D]o not smirk and think, ‘How did he become a manager?’ ” she writes. If you know someone who needs help raising her “work IQ,” this quick, edifying read could keep her out of trouble.
Solid mentoring for entry-level workers who aspire to someday be the boss.