In the summer of 2012, my business partner Monica Allen and I co-authored our first book, titled You’ve Graduated. Now What?: 10 Steps to Stand Out and Get Hired in The New Economy
Since we founded our company over a decade ago, we’ve have obviously had to hire (and fire) team members. It is just a reality of growing a business. Through the process, we’ve learned a lot. We’ve seen job applicants make several missteps during the hiring process. In several instances, they just didn’t know any better because they were never taught what to do and not to do. Schools don’t necessarily teach you about how to dress, what to say and not to say, how to write a cover letter, and more. We wrote this book to give young graduates an honest, unfiltered view of the hiring process from the hiring manager’s perspective so that they don’t make the same mistakes. There is no greater advantage you can have than knowing and understanding what the person sitting on the other side of the desk is really thinking. As I am a young business owner, it was not too long ago that I was sitting on the other side of the hiring manager’s desk. Therefore, I understand things from both perspectives. Most hiring managers won’t tell you the stuff that we explain in this book. And ever since the “Great Recession” of 2008, most companies (including ours) have become more and more stringent with hiring practices. This book is our way of helping this generation excel.
You can purchase the book here in paperback or Kindle format:
From the back of the book:
In this economy, businesses are more demanding and more particular than ever when choosing employees because they do not have extra dollars to waste on a bad hiring decision. As a result, the hiring process is tougher and the overall job market is much more competitive than in past years. At the time of this writing, 7.2% of college grads are either unemployed or under-employed.
You’ve Graduated. Now What? is a straight-up, not watered-down guide that was written by young entrepreneurs who went from sitting on one side of the interviewer’s desk to sitting in the hiring manager’s seat in just a short span of years. The authors share real-world experiences and give you the good, the bad, and the ugly about what it really takes to stand out from the crowd and land a good job.
In this book, you will take a raw, unfiltered look inside the mind of the hiring manager and learn
- The secrets to getting your résumé noticed (not deleted!)
- How to leverage your resources to increase your chances of getting hired
- The biggest mistakes that people make when dressing for an interview
- Four things you should never say in an interview
- One thing you must do to guarantee you leave a good impression
- Creative ways to improve your work ethic and make sure you get hired quickly
- And much, much more