cover image The Big Sister's Guide to the World of Work: The Inside Rules Every Working Girl Must Know

The Big Sister's Guide to the World of Work: The Inside Rules Every Working Girl Must Know

Marcelle Difalco, Jocelyn Greenky Herz. Fireside Books, $14 (288pp) ISBN 978-0-7432-4710-8

For those obsessing about whether or not their boss hates them, DiFalco and Herz dispense a little sisterly advice--she probably does. But as brutally frank as the self-appointed ""Big Sisters"" can be in confirming readers' worst fears, the duo are also fabulous at explaining exactly what to do to change the situation or, at least, what to do to change the bad habits that created the sticky mess in the first place. The authors--both former Hachette Filipacchi executives who've mentored hundreds of professional women--offer a compendium of all the things women do to sabotage their careers along with excellent advice on how to stop, move on and move up. They do so without pity and with more than a bit of self-deprecating humor. Best of all, they stay well clear of the holier-than-thou self-help pulpit. Their advice ranges from tips on how to overcome a genetic aversion to networking (which they liken to the equally common aversion to exercise) to suggestions on how to vanquish the fear of public speaking. Their tutorial on successful interviewing includes links to the questions human resource interviewers ask, so readers can prepare for them accordingly. DiFalco and Herz sum up the need for taking charge of one's professional destiny by comparing it to choosing between the starring roles in a production of ""Thelma & Her Career."" Either you chose to be the driver or the helpless passenger. Unflinching with their reality checks, DiFalco and Herz are also generous with their insights and with their practical advice for moving through one's professional life successfully. No big deal really; that's what sisters are for.