Girl on Top: Your Guide to Turning Dating Rules into Career Success

Girl on Top: Your Guide to Turning Dating Rules into Career Success

by Nicole Williams

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Overview

Nicole Williams is the tell-it-like-it-is career expert who you wish could fight your work battles for you. But with her ingenious approach-taking the tactics used to land a man and applying them to your career-you'll be able to handle any work situation and come out on top. Here, Nicole introduces twenty tried-and-true dating rules such as "Don't Give Away the Milk for Free" and "Don't Waste the Pretty" and reveals how they can be applied just as effectively in the office. Other strategies include:

· Keep It Brief

· Don't Bash Your Ex

· Have Others Sing Your Praises

· Play Hard to Get

· Keep the Fire Alive

· Be Willing to Walk Away

Among other topics, Nicole dishes on how much to reveal at work as well as what to put up with from your boss (and, more importantly, what not to). She tackles everything from having the money talk to leaving them wanting more on a job interview. And sprinkled throughout GIRL ON TOP is fashion advice ("Top Ten Commandments of Style") and checklists to determine if you need to get a life.

Nicole's keen insight and candid advice will teach you how to recognize the good guys from the bad, win the kudos of those who matter, and create the career of your dreams.



Praise for GIRL ON TOP:


"Nicole Williams is both frank and funny. She's full of witty advice that's not only relatable­­-but doable-for the girl who's just getting started or the woman, like me, who's on her second time around in the career game.

Here's my advice to you about GIRL ON TOP: Read it. Laugh. Learn."

-Veronica Webb, model

"Only Nicole can make career this much fun. Sassy, relevant and packed with great advice. It's a must-read for any woman looking to get ahead."

-Liz Lange, founder, Liz Lange Maternity

"GIRL ON TOP is a sensational book. In the most delightful and hilarious way, Nicole Williams serves up loads of excellent advice for anyone wanting to get ahead."

-Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen, producers, Milk


"Every girl should have this-the little black book for career success!"


-Susan Cohn Rockefeller, author, Green at Work

"GIRL ON TOP is a fabulous read. It's chock full of actionable insights and laugh out loud advice for any woman (of any age) who is serious about getting to the top of her career. I highly recommend it."

-Julie Cottineau, vice president brand, Virgin USA





Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781599952987
Publisher: Center Street
Publication date: 10/12/2009
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
File size: 511 KB

About the Author

Nicole is the best-selling author of Wildly Sophisticated: A Bold New Attitude for Career Success and Earn What You're Worth, and the founder of WORKS by Nicole Williams, the first media and content company marketed toward young professional women. Her advice is featured regularly in major media outlets including Elle, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Marie Claire, The Wall Street Journal, and The Financial Times. Nicole also regularly appears on The Today Show, ABC's Primetime, Good Morning America, Fox News, and CNN. Visit her website at www.nicolewilliams.com and www.girlontopbook.com.

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Girl on Top: Your Guide to Turning Dating Rules into Career Success 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
silentq on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A no nonsense set of guidelines to help you with your career, adapted from dating guidelines. There's a fair amount of swearing in this - the advice is phrased in a very casual style - but it seems spot on the message. I tend to avoid dating guides so some of the starting points grated on me, but she gives then a career oriented spin and won me over to her point of view.
collsers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While most of the advice in "Girl on Top" is fairly common-sense, Williams's delivery is entertaining and very approachable for a young woman at the beginning of her career (like myself). The advice that Williams gives is often very practical, with specific suggestions for how to confront different situations and respond to your boss. I enjoyed reading this, and plan to pass it along to some of my girlfriends.
BusyBookworm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Girl on Top is a dating-rules-turned-career-advice book aimed at informing young women how to seek and build a successful career. The author, Nicole Williams, is very blunt, moderately funny and sometimes a bit crass. I am a fan of blunt and funny but I did not necessarily enjoy the crass comments, although they did not necessarily detract from the message she was trying to convey. Ms. Williams did a pretty good job of turning classic dating "rules" into key points on how to make it in the big bad world of business. However, there were times that I felt some of the dating "rules" did not really apply in a woman's career. There were also some controversial bits of advice, such as using how you look to get ahead. Ms. Williams fully acknowledges that some of her advice is controversial but also has valid reasons for bringing those topics into the discussion and it added a bit of perspective as to how women and men in the workplace view (and judge) you. In general, Girl on Top is a quick read that skims the surface of several important issues that young women should know before entering the workforce.Overall, I think the book was okay. Girl on Top is a book that young women about to enter or just entering the workforce might find informative and useful. It certainly raises issues that I did not think of when I started out in my career and it would have been helpful to have had this book at the time.
Cecilturtle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Full of glib remarks, this book is a series of info-bits and superficial advice on how to get a career on track. There are parts that make sense and from which young (and not so young) women everywhere can definitely benefit. No gossiping, stay polished, pay attention and pay your dues are all sound and go a long way. As a boss, I can definitely appreciate how these points sometimes go by the wayside and getting employees back on track isn't always easy.What destroyed the book for me was the vulgar (inappropriate) language. While claiming that polish and manners are essential, Ms Williams peppers her entire argument with "ass", "shit" and worse. It gets worse as the book progresses which systematically contradicts her main message that poise and polish will distinguish you from the crowd. In the end, I got an impression of bitterness and harshness. I deplore that Ms Williams feels that she can only reach her young audience that way - as far as I'm concerned a lack of precise vocabulary is an admission of ignorance and a lack of professionalism. Funny does not have to be rude.As such, while I might have passed this on to my younger colleagues or to my sister who is starting a new career as a quick reference and reminder, I will abstain. There are other books on the subject that do not resort to this level of vulgarity.
Panopticon2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very light, frothy career guide with an amusing, ultra-casual tone. The advice it dispenses would be useful only to young women in a limited range of careers, however - I'm guessing media, PR, and retail/sales. For others, some of the recommendations are way off-base; for instance, I cringed at the chapter on how to use your sex appeal to get ahead. I work in higher education, where employing such tactics could easily land you in a whole pile of trouble.There are a few useful recommendations, but overall I found the book's approach a bit too gimmicky, and the parallels that the author drew between dating rules and career advancement were stretched too thinly at times.
jayble on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This career guide borrows tips from dating to apply to career adivce. While many other readers seemed bother by the language, I felt the lagnuage added to the charm and wit of the book - but then again, I am not easily offended, not do I feel the need to be morally superior.This would be a good book for someone just entering the workforce as it does highlight some easy pitfalls to avoid, such as the advice to eschew gossip. THe focus on polish and professionalism is also a good addition to the advice, although it does seem a bit straight forward to those who have worked for years, I have heard stories of recent college grads coming to work in flip flops. This book can also help those who have been working for a while, too.As the title implies, this book doesn't necessarily give advice from a feminist perspective, but I do feel that the majority of information presented would be beneficial to someone just starting out in their career.
legrande on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've found that I expect too much from books like this. I'm always on the lookout for that bit of advice that unlocks the next career trajectory for me but that is a lot to ask of a book of any kind. Girl on Top doesn't offer that life changing guide I hoped for but it was a fun, readable list of rules and tidbits to help you sort out the intricacies of corporate life. Though some of the advice felt really behind the times to me (using your looks to get ahead, for example. At least I hope we are better then this...) I did think that the segments on knowing your personal worth were really great, particularly if you are a younger woman just starting out in your career.
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MsKTS More than 1 year ago
The Limited advertised this book on their website and I reviewed it online and thought it might be an interesting read. I ran out and bought it and never got pass the first chapter. Just didn't my attention, at all!
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JensBookTalk More than 1 year ago
Nicole really does tell it like it is in her book Girl on Top. She breaks down how to help a girl grab her dream job/career by using the same simple methods she would in snagging Prince Charming! With fun catchy topics such as Treat him Mean, Keep him Keen she explains the importance of standing up for yourself and not being a mouse and that simply being liked in the job place doesn't mean your respected. Some of the reading was a bit blunt and shocking but actually made perfect sense. I had a good many WOW moments while reading, but I took away a lot of great insight and information from Girl On Top and I really wished I would have had this book when I was younger. It is definitely a book a lady needs on her bookshelf and I highly recommend it!
BusyBookworm More than 1 year ago
Girl on Top is a dating-rules-turned-career-advice book aimed at informing young women how to seek and build a successful career. The author, Nicole Williams, is very blunt, moderately funny and sometimes a bit crass. I am a fan of blunt and funny but I did not necessarily enjoy the crass comments, although they did not necessarily detract from the message she was trying to convey. Ms. Williams did a pretty good job of turning classic dating "rules" into key points on how to make it in the big bad world of business. However, there were times that I felt some of the dating "rules" did not really apply in a woman's career. There were also some controversial bits of advice, such as using how you look to get ahead. Ms. Williams fully acknowledges that some of her advice is controversial but also has valid reasons for bringing those topics into the discussion and it added a bit of perspective as to how women and men in the workplace view (and judge) you. In general, Girl on Top is a quick read that skims the surface of several important issues that young women should know before entering the workforce. Overall, I think the book was okay. Girl on Top is a book that young women about to enter or just entering the workforce might find informative and useful. It certainly raises issues that I did not think of when I started out in my career and it would have been helpful to have had this book at the time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Girl on Top" offers advice in a way that you can understand and relate to. Nicole Williams takes classic dating "rules" that help you survive/understand complicated relationships and relates them to a work environment. She brings to life concepts that you've heard for years! They finally make sense! Williams' voice is anything but boring. Her "tell-you-like-it-is" approach to how to land career success is one you don't want to miss out on!
LegalBeagle More than 1 year ago
Every so often a "Eureka" moment comes along that flicks the proverbial light switch in the human brain to the "on position." Girl on Top is the end product of author Nicole Williams' "Eureka" insight. Williams, after being newly-single, had a "Eureka" moment while reading dating advice books. Her epiphany was that many of "The Rules" for romantic relationships were equally applicable to the 9-5 world. Williams declares, "Dating rules turned career strategies . . . [are] everything you need to be the Girl on Top!" Each chapter explores how the identified dating rule applies to the modern day work world. Reading Girl on Top is like listening to a mash-up of the Dating Rules Hall of Fame with chapters on "Treat Him Mean, Keep Him Keen;" "Don't Giveaway the Milk For Free;" "Don't Waste the Pretty;" "Play Hard to Get;" "Be Willing to Walk Away;" and many more. Williams' conversational girlfriend to girlfriend delivery is smart, savvy, and witty, but also contains language that may offend some readers. Other readers may take issue with some her suggestions. Williams deflects these criticisms by summarizing Girl on Top as "an easy-to-get-your-head around way of thinking about your job, in a language that we're already familiar with, in a context that makes the mind-numbing boring theory of career a little more fun." Girl on Top is an entertaining tome on a serious subject!
little_miss_sunshine49 More than 1 year ago
For some one who has never really been in the corporate world, this is an eye opening and informative read. Nicole Williams is frank and honest in telling us what it takes to make it in this realm of the working world. A page turner filled with sound and practical advise from office ediquette and expectations. I appreciate her wit and humor.
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RGRADY87 More than 1 year ago
As a young professional, especially with this economy, I have been doing a lot of reading on ways to boost my career. FINALLY, I have found a book that can work! Nicole is on point, detailed, and innovative and any woman looking for something new and different to help successfully boost her career should read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If I hadn't worked in NYC for twelve years I might have found some of the advice in this book a little extreme, but knowing how difficult it can be to navigate office politics in some of the big firms there I think young women need to read this. The other topics, such as the commandments of style, how to tell if your boss isn't that into you, and how to set your price in a negotiation for a raise, are useful for anyone.
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