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Girl On Top: Your Guide to Turning Dating Rules into Career Success Hardcover – 21 Jan 2010


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Center Street; 1 edition (21 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599951924
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599951928
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,825,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There's Dr. Oz for health, Martha for gracious living. Now meet Nicole Williams, the 'career doctor' who is quickly becoming the go-to person for expert information on young women's careers

About the Author

Nicole Williams is CEO of WORKS, a career coaching firm for women in New York City. Her advice is featured regularly in major media outlets including Elle, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Marie Claire, and The Wall Street Journal.

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By Ioanna P on 28 Aug 2011
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It was refreshing to read and to the point. The author clearly knows what she is talking about. I am glad to have purchased.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Okay read. Generally useful for young women about to start their career. 9 Nov 2009
By Busy Bookworm Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Girl on Top is a dating-rules-turned-career-advice book aimed at informing young women how to seek and build a successful career. The author, Nicole Williams, is very blunt, moderately funny and sometimes a bit crass. I am a fan of blunt and funny but I did not necessarily enjoy the crass comments, although they did not necessarily detract from the message she was trying to convey.

Ms. Williams did a pretty good job of turning classic dating "rules" into key points on how to make it in the big bad world of business. However, there were times that I felt some of the dating "rules" did not really apply in a woman's career. There were also some controversial bits of advice, such as using how you look to get ahead. Ms. Williams fully acknowledges that some of her advice is controversial but also has valid reasons for bringing those topics into the discussion and it added a bit of perspective as to how women and men in the workplace view (and judge) you. In general, Girl on Top is a quick read that skims the surface of several important issues that young women should know before entering the workforce.

Overall, I think the book was okay. Girl on Top is a book that young women about to enter or just entering the workforce might find informative and useful. It certainly raises issues that I did not think of when I started out in my career and it would have been helpful to have had this book at the time.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Fun guide to relationships and career management 12 Nov 2009
By Tony Deblauwe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Business, like dating, has rules of engagement. To build the right relationships and be successful, you need to navigate your surroundings carefully, adapt, and never settle for second best. Nicole Williams captures the spirit of dating and office politics in her book, Girl on Top. Williams takes personal lessons from the dating field and constructs a roadmap for business success. She conveys her journey and life lessons in a very frank manner and a clear "been there, done that" tone. This helps in offering readers a fresh and honest spin on how to grow your career.

For example, in the chapter, "Get a Life, " Williams describes the trap many women (and men) fall into when they wait for something to happen and sacrifice themselves (and their careers) in the process. In the chapter, "Don't Give Away Your Milk for Free," Williams talks about personal worth and negotiation. This is critical in the workplace and for driving up the corporate ladder. If you can't define to yourself the value you bring to your company, you will get devalued and so will your opportunities.

And like in any dating scenario, sometimes the job you have is not going anywhere and you have to move on. Williams takes care to make the point that if you are clear with who you are, what you're worth, and what you're willing to do to meet your goals, you need to take stock in the situation you find yourself. If you're unhappy, and hanging on for various reasons, you're doing your career a disservice. Set clear goals, surround yourself with supporters, and build a new plan where you can find another place (or long-term relationship) that leverages your strengths and talents.

In summary, Girl on Top is decidedly slanted towards a female audience, but don't let that fool you. Much of the life lessons and guidance Williams outlines applies equally to men. As a resource, the book is constructed with a high read-to-implement ratio which allows you to quickly adopt tips that can improve both your career and love life.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Finally a career book that doesn't put me to sleep!! 19 Oct 2009
By Rachel Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book by career expert Nicole Williams is the book I've been waiting for. As a 27-year old trying to climb the corporate ladder, it's difficult to find practical and completely applicable advice that isn't sugar-coated (or coming from an HR professional who's been in the same position for 20+ years). Girl on Top is not only easy to understand and honest, but it's relevant to the young professional's lifestyle as a whole--any young woman will truly appreciate Williams' candid advice.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The Rules for Work 22 Oct 2009
By LegalBeagle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Every so often a "Eureka" moment comes along that flicks the proverbial light switch in the human brain to the "on position." Girl on Top is the end product of author Nicole Williams' "Eureka" insight. Williams, after being newly-single, had a "Eureka" moment while reading dating advice books. Her epiphany was that many of "The Rules" for romantic relationships were equally applicable to the 9-5 world.

Williams declares, "Dating rules turned career strategies . . . [are] everything you need to be the Girl on Top!" Each chapter explores how the identified dating rule applies to the modern day work world. Reading Girl on Top is like listening to a mash-up of the Dating Rules Hall of Fame with chapters on "Treat Him Mean, Keep Him Keen;" "Don't Giveaway the Milk For Free;" "Don't Waste the Pretty;" "Play Hard to Get;" "Be Willing to Walk Away;" and many more.

Williams' conversational girlfriend to girlfriend delivery is smart, savvy, and witty, but also contains language that may offend some readers. Other readers may take issue with some her suggestions. Williams deflects these criticisms by summarizing Girl on Top as "an easy-to-get-your-head around way of thinking about your job, in a language that we're already familiar with, in a context that makes the mind-numbing boring theory of career a little more fun."

Girl on Top is an entertaining tome on a serious subject!

Publisher: Center Street; 1 edition (October 12, 2009), 208 pages
Review Copy Provided Courtesy of the Publisher.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A fresh way to view the work world! 4 Nov 2009
By Brittany Blake - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
"Girl on Top" offers advice in a way that you can understand and relate to. Nicole Williams takes classic dating "rules" that help you survive/understand complicated relationships and relates them to a work environment. She brings to life concepts that you've heard for years! They finally make sense! Williams' voice is anything but boring. Her "tell-you-like-it-is" approach to how to land career success is one you don't want to miss out on!
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