Verdict: FROM RECEPTIONST TO BOSS is an excellent motivational text filled with good tips on how to move up in the working world.
Nicole Smartt offers plenty of lessons on how to get ahead in your career no matter your field, pulling from both her own observations and the lives of others.
In high school, Nicole Smartt rearranged her schedule so that she could get out early and work two jobs at the local mall. Somewhere she found the time to also play on her school’s basketball team. After graduation, she didn’t know what she wanted and found herself working as a recruiter while taking college classes on the side. She never completed her secondary education, but despite difficulties at her job, she was able to rise through the ranks until at age 25 she became the boss.
Part inspirational, part practical advice, FROM RECEPTIONIST TO BOSS provides plenty of tips on how to stay motivated and succeed in the office. It is split into ten chapters, or “steps,” each focused around a different theme. Staying positive, says Smartt in one chapter, can go a long way–it got her hired at a job after one company she worked at went under. Networking is also important. She tried to go out three times a week to networking events to meet new colleagues and get her name out there, and that is just scraping the surface of what’s here. It is quite a slim book, though, easily readable in less than two hours. More content, or fleshing out what is already present, would have been welcome. Several profiles of successful people who never gave up are included, but with such short sections, glossing over tons of rejection in a sentence or two, they are not as powerful as they could have been. Still, it is hard not to want to jump up and be productive at the end of this. The ten concluding pages are blank for readers to fill in with notes or their own tips to help themselves.
FROM RECEPTIONST TO BOSS is an excellent motivational text filled with good tips on how to move up in the working world.