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A lot has happened since 1997 when Robert L. Dilenschneider wrote, The Critical First Years of your Professional Life. That's why, 17 years later he released a new edition of his best-seller.

"The book contains all the lessons you'll need to learn about functioning at work," explains Dilenschneider.

His lessons are based on his four decades of experience in the work world, along with research and dozens of interviews with business experts.

The new edition of the book is particularly relevant today, because, shares Dilenscheider:

  • Not knowing the ropes puts you at a competitive disadvantage.
  • Times have changed, and there are fewer people in today's workplace willing to help you understand how the world of work operations.

Lessons in the book include:

  • You and Your Bosses
  • Working the Grapevine
  • Networking
  • Making Allies of Your Elders
  • Image
  • Having Influence at Any Level
  • Your Work and Your Personal Life
  • After a Setback
  • Mentors

Former Chariman and CEO of Lockhead Martin Corporation, Norman R. Augustine, says the book, "Offers practical advice on how young people can take charge of their careers and develop independently both the skills required to excel in any environment and the savvy to know when to move on."

Dilsenschneider explains that after reading the book, you should:

  • Gain self-knowledge
  • Feel empathy
  • Know how to present yourself well
  • Master how to retrieve information effectively and be informed
  • Be able to solve problems at work

The book is co-authored by Mary Jane Genova.

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