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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Kogan page (3 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749445645
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749445645
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.2 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 453,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A wealth of wisdom and insider knowledge is packed tightly into
the pages." -- Online Recruitment Magazine

"If you're a college senior, put this at the top of your reading
list." -- Dallas Morning News/Chicago Herald Tribune

"The no-nonsense advice offered includes...All important steps
towards success." -- Frequent Flyer Magazine

"This book consists of real-life examples rather then vague
conjecture by get-rich-quick writers." -- EasyJet Inflight Magazine

"A readable, user-friendly book...An important read for new graduates entering the business world." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Teaches new staff how to get to the top fast." -- Daily Mail

"There is no single employee in an organisation who would find this book devoid of useful advice."
-- Business books summaries website, March 2008

"Useful tips for new graduates joining blue-chip Corporates in any capacity." --

'..contains some useful tips and handy hints in the areas of
analysis, spreadsheets, writing effectively and developing a systematic
approach' -- Engineering Management - June/July 2007

'For a high aspiration, career-driven would be executive with
career ambitions...there is practical, useful advice based on real life
-- Engineering Management - June/July 2007

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This text is primarily aimed at high-flying and ambitious recent graduates looking to achieve extraordinary early career successes and rapid development within their chosen vocation.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Greenhalgh on 16 Nov 2006
Format: Paperback
"From New Recruit to High Flyer" has provided me with countless new ideas of how to improve my approach to working life. The thoughfully laid out approach covers all aspects of not just performing, but successfully outperforming peers in the work environment and has really made me think laterally about how I go about doing my job on a day to day basis.

Since reading the book, I have already noticed various changes in both the way that I deal with others (more confidently), but also the way in which others (mostly more senior executives) are dealing with me - generally with far more respect.

The anecdotal evidence provided throughout the book provides a backdrop that I, as a reader could relate to and thus provided me with some practical ideas with how to implement some of the changes that the book sugggested.

For any young executive arriving at the start of their career, this is a 'must have' item and I know that it is something that I will keep referring back to as I develop my own career. Brilliant!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By O. Backhouse on 14 Mar 2007
Format: Paperback
Listen and listen hard. There are many career guidance books and success manuals aimed at people who want to succeed in their careers and lead a fulfilling life. Some are good and some are not. However, none of them achieves what this book does - namely providing specific, practical, and realistic advice on what to do and how to behave in the early stages of your career to excel and outperform your peers. It is simply THE BEST early stage career advice book I have seen.

What sets this book apart is that it is not based on anecdote, conventional wisdom, or subjective opinion as so many books of this genre are - but rather on evidence gathered from interviews with over 200 successful executives working at top tier institutions and companies across a wide range of sectors including Goldman Sachs, General Electric, and McKinsey. As a result, this book does not describe theory or general principles but rather what works in practice. Moreover, the advice given is extremely specific, highly practical, and immediately useable.

In terms of structure, the book is divided into three main sections: (1) Attitude (2) Mastering the fundamentals and (3) Navigating the political environment. Within these sections, there are individual chapters devoted to managing your time effectively, developing excellent written and oral communications, and building your internal network. There are also extremely helpful sections on how to become an excellent research analyst (including a detailed description of excel functions and tools) and how to find, nurture, and develop mentors.

"From New Recruit to High Flyer" is not an esoteric piece of academic research or a general career guidance manual.
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I'm so glad I bought this book!

There are hundreds of books giving advice on CV writing, interview skills and how to get a graduate job after university - but this is the only book that actually talks you through what to do once you get one! It's absolutely invaluable for new graduates and I imagine that it would be very useful for anyone in a new job situation; while it's true that it's very business-environment orientated in its examples and anecdotes, the content of the book (Attitude, Communication Skills, negotiating the politics of an organisation, managing your boss, etc) are just as relevant to public sector organisations and experienced workers.

The most useful section of the book is the one which is, as far as I know, pretty much unique to this particular book - the section on "Attitude". It really helps to have some things spelled out clearly - things that are perhaps obvious in hindsight but all too easy to slip up on at the time. This book will help you survive the "Hire on skills, fire on attitude" reality of the modern workplace, and remind you to be a nicer person to work with!! The writer has high expectations of the reader but avoids being preachy.

It covers every possible angle in just enough detail without becoming bogged down. The writing is well-paced and the tone is unpatronising and natural.

I read it through in one full day yesterday and I am about to re-read it from the beginning, armed with a highlighter pen, and I will be creating a summary of the main points to keep in my desk drawer!
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