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Those who’ve been out in the job world for a number of years already know certain things: what to wear for different types of job interviews, how to handle ethics problems on the job, how to craft a resume that gets responses, and how to handle bosses.
Those who are aiming for their first business job, especially those right out of college, don’t know those things yet.
“Business Success in Your 20s and 30s” is one of the “Complete Idiot’s Guide” series. Despite the unfortunate title, the book is worth a look, as it’s loaded with valuable advice. Job seekers in their 20s embarking on their careers are likely to appreciate the book’s attitude and attention to how-to detail. Thirty-somethings who haven’t been as successful as they’d hoped will get something out of it, too.
“Business Success” starts off with the pluses and minuses of being young in the business world. It doesn’t pull any punches on the negatives, but outlines the steps required to work around them.
Getting the job is only part of the battle. Doing it well is ... work. The book walks first-time managers through dealing with difficult subordinates, getting respect from superiors, acting like a manager, becoming confident, dressing for the part and more.
Appendix A is loaded with resource Web sites that pertain to each chapter. The one dealing with resumes is valuable, as it includes the biggest Web sites as well as tools for creating a resume. One listed site,, offers a resume builder as well as a way for others to critique resumes before they get sent out into the world. Appendix B is devoted to the 100 best business books of all time. Broken down into business categories, that list is worth the price of the book itself. Appendix C is full of sample resumes.
“Business Success” uses the standard extras common in the “Idiot’s Guide” series: graphics and boxes pointing to important information, in this case called Best Practice and Heads Up.
Have a college student about to graduate in the spring? No matter what the major, he or she is going to need a job. And “Business Success” can help.

Uffington does not personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Write to him in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to
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