INTRODUCTION: MORE FOLLOWING YOUR OWN PATH
CHAPTER I: YOUR OWN LIFE
FIRST PROFESSIONAL JOBS
What do we mean by your first professional job?
What is the most important piece of advice for interviewing for a job?
What are the next steps in getting that first professional job?
YOUR FRIENDS AND ACQUAINTANCES
Do you keep in touch with people with whom you have met or with whom you have spoken?
What about helping others get connected?
What about getting connected yourself?
Do some people have advantages in getting hired?
LIFE AFTER GRADUATE DEGREES
What about first jobs after a graduate degree?
When is it NOT necessary to tell “the whole truth and nothing but the truth”?
NETWORKING, NETWORKING, NETWORKING
Is it still necessary to network in person now that there is social media online?
Where to network in real life?
What about spreading your wings farther in your networking efforts?
What about more formal networking groups?
What is the big deal about giving compliments?
What about a good reference book for this stage of life?
CHAPTER II: STANDING OUT
LIFE AS A NEVER-ENDING LOTTERY
Can you improve your chances of winning?
How do you deal with those “strategy” interview questions?
What about help with interviewing?
Where do you look for jobs that do not yet exist?
What about finding a job in a large company that has no openings?
POTENTIAL MINEFIELDS AT WORK
What about propriety information to which you have access at work?
What is the value of persistence?
Can persistence be taken the wrong way?
When is it appropriate to re-contact someone?
What is realistic to expect from your best efforts?
Is there a wrong way to separate yourself from the herd?
Any book suggestion for these areas of concern?
What happens if you have to write a memo or a report for your boss?
CHAPTER III: EXPANDING YOUR OPPORTUNITIES
OPTIMISM IN THE WORKPLACE
Does your frame of mind influence your work performance?
VOLUNTEERING AS A WAY IN
How can volunteering help on the path to a career?
Is there a difference between an unpaid internship and volunteering?
Does volunteering work in every industry?
Where can you find volunteer opportunities?
Can you get positive notice through the public eye?
What about public presentations?
Do you need to publish to get positive attention?
What about ebook publication?
Is there other advice for finding your own path?
What about protecting your image in the workplace?
What about asking for help?
What about behavior at an office party?
What about some final advice?
Bonus: Top 10 tips for success in life