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by Professor Michael Ball

eBook You're Too Smart for This: Beating the 100 Big Lies About Your First Job download ISBN: 0713681438
Author: Professor Michael Ball
Publisher: A & C Black; First Edition edition (2007)
Language: English
Pages: 336
ePub: 1419 kb
Fb2: 1217 kb
Rating: 4.2
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Your first job isn't all it's cracked up to b. .And your manager probably isn't even happy with them. Life at the entry level isn't about what school you graduated from, or even who you know.

Your first job isn't all it's cracked up to b. It's actually about paying dues and brownnosing and keeping your foot out of your mouth during meetings

The big difference between You're Too Smart for This and other first-job books-believe me, I've read them . Instead of being so serious and preachy, Michael Ball communicates the big work and life lessons with humor and wit.

The big difference between You're Too Smart for This and other first-job books-believe me, I've read them ALL-is how TRUE and FUNNY this one is! Instead of being so serious and preachy, Michael Ball communicates the big work and life lessons with humor and wit. And not that "oh yeah, ha-ha" kind of humor; I mean, you really laugh out loud with this stuff! (Although some of it is kind of edgy, so be aware if you're easily offended.

You're Too Your first job isn't all it's cracked up to b.I actually read this book off and on over the past year. It would have been much better if the number of "Big Lies" had been about 40 instead of 100. The humor got very repetitive after a while. It's actually about paying dues and brownnosing and keeping your foot out of your mouth during meetings. I did enjoy opening it up as a graduation gift from my brother last year, though.

And your manager probably isn't even happy with them. It's actually about paying dues and brownnos.

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Your first job isn't all it's cracked up to be. Genadiyax, May 13, 2010.

If so, read on. You're Too Smart for This tells you everything your university careers service didn't. Michael Ball is the founder and CEO of Career Freshman C. a counselling organisation for twenty-and thirty-something professionals. A former Big Four consultant and Silicon Valley dot-commer, Ball saw too many smart college recruits doing dumb things-besides their jobs-and devoted his own career to making 'gruntwork' hurt less.

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Comments: (7)
Celak
I've bought four additional copies of this book to share the wit and wisdom with my brother and new co-workers fresh out of college. Michael Ball is hilarious and sarcastic, but also sneakily inspiring and reassuring. I thought the transition from college to the corporate world was a surprisingly underrated and overwhelming change. This book made me laugh because it's smart, true, and not afraid to tell the depressing truth. It's an easy read, broken up into 100 different lies about work and peppered with fun comments and quotes in each section. Besides the humor, there's a subtle comforting message that lets you know your initiation into Corporate America is normal. A fun, easy read for anyone - especially college grads, young `corporateers', and anyone with a sense of humor about office life.
Kamick
Pretty legit advice in this book. Work place reality with a dose of humor - pretty well done. Cover reminds me of Office space the movie :)
Dorintrius
Michael Ball's book is a brutally candid manual for the new college graduate starting out in the corporate world. Written in a witty, often bawdy style, it parses out specific advice and general wisdom, distinguishing between the expectations the new employee may hold and the realities of entry-level work. Ball's straight talk is dressed up with pertinent quotes from a broad range of sources, including philosophers and novelists, management books, business case studies and popular culture. Some of his advice is common sense, like admonitions against romancing your co-workers or being too vocal in meetings. Some of it exposes nuances of the corporate environment, including office politics and how organizations form and operate. We recommend this book to the novice job holder, who will benefit from being forewarned. We also recommend it to human resources executives, managers who deal with recent college graduates and senior managers who want insights about what is going on at the ground level. The book's structural gimmick - its refutation of so-called "lies" about the corporate world - can seem like shtick. Although the lies are entertaining, the book actually communicates a number of useful truths. Those who learned life's lessons the hard way will find confirmation in Ball's maxims; they may be the first to suggest that those who are starting their careers should start reading this first.
Bulace
Hi! I'm a 25 year old "career freshman" as Ball likes to put it. I first picked up this book after my first corporate contract job ended to figure out what went wrong and why they had to let me go.

The book's layout reminds me of "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff", with 2-3 pages dedicated to each "lie". Each topic has interesting side notes and captions and is really written to an audience that's straight out of college, comparing subjects like the hiring process and HR recruiters to dating and one-night stands. Ball breaks down each topic in simple english and at times it seems more like an older frat brother is giving you advice rather than a career counselor. I actually enjoyed reading this book and was able to get through the whole thing in about a week.

The only downsides I have about this book are that his punchlines become somewhat predictable as you progress through the book and that the online resources seem more like a place to hype up Michael Ball's achievements than as a place to learn and share about getting through your first job. It would also help if there was an interactive online forum, like other books catered to twentysomethings (e.g. Suze Orman's YF&B).

Still, I highly recommend this book to all of you out there who are still lost and confused in the corporate world. Good luck to you all!
Quemal
The big difference between You're Too Smart for This and other first-job books--believe me, I've read them ALL--is how TRUE and FUNNY this one is! Instead of being so serious and preachy, Michael Ball communicates the big work and life lessons with humor and wit. And not that "oh yeah, ha-ha" kind of humor; I mean, you really laugh out loud with this stuff! (Although some of it is kind of edgy, so be aware if you're easily offended...).

Plus the book is broken up into nice, bite-sized sections. In fact, I don't think that any "lie" is more than 4 or 5 pages long. This makes the book very "flippable"--you can get in and out fast, and come back to it whenever you want.

On top of all this, it's unflinchingly honest: no punches pulled. It's the straight dope, whether you want to hear it or not. The author doesn't apologize to the reader, or try to make you feel like you're above the gruntwork. Instead, he tells you how to deal with it and move on to the bigger stuff ASAP.

I can't recommend this book enough. You'll be informed, entertained, and infinitely better prepared for your career!
Kelezel
I read Michael Ball's first book (@ the Entry Level), nodding the whole way. As an intelligent fresh college grad from an A-level institution, I entered the corporate world with wide eyes and an overly-bushy tail only to be stuck in a cube to do my manager's work for him. "@ the Entry Level" was a great narrative on the transition from college to the working world, but "You're Too Smart For This" really hones in on the intricacies of why my collegiate courses miss the boat on prepping grads on the working world in general and how, amidst all the copies and coffee, I may be better guided in finding my passion in my working life. "You're Too Smart For This," in essence, should have been a senior year requirement in my mind! Definitely a 5 star book -- I finished it a week ago and ready to read it again.