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Cool Colleges: For the Hyper-intelligent, Self-directed, Late Blooming, and Just Plain Different

by Donald Asher

Fully revised since the first edition, COOL COLLEGES covers the most exciting schools in the U.S. and Canada, with a new chapter on eco schools, an update on tuition-free schools, and the total low-down on the so-called top-ranked schools. Are you hyper-intelligent? Self-directed? A late-bloomer? Or just different? Then you need a great school that will challenge, nurture, inspire, and motivate you-and COOL COLLEGES has got 'em. It will also give you the scoop on: What the Ivy league is and what it really wants; Totally free schools, including one where financial need is a requirement for admission; Universities that don't give grades; Schools that don't want your SAT scores; Data on the highest (and lowest) paying majors; The schools that graduate the most millionaires; Men's, women's, and minority-focused colleges; Schools where you can design your own degree program; A college where you can hike and camp your way to a degree; A college that runs its own ranch on an 80-square-mile campus; Science and engineering schools where undergrads get their own labs; The most competitive colleges, including one that rejects 95% of applicants; Campuses where students love to study, even on Saturday nights; Schools that offer programs in computer game studies, comedy, auctioneering, special-effects makeup, and more; Plus a link to the Web addresses for every college and university in the United States and Canada. COOL COLLEGES is the resource for finding your dream school-and gives you the edge you'll need to get accepted. Reviews: "Worth a look, if you're headed for college or getting ready to apply."-San Diego Union Tribune. I received a used copy of your book, Cool Colleges (2nd Edition) in the mail this morning and (admittedly) out of vague interest and the slight boredom that comes with not having a driver's license, I picked it up and went about my usual hole-up-in-my-bedroom-with-new-book-and-blinds-down-and-stay-holed-until-I-have-finished-the-text-in-it's-entirety routine. The purpose of this message is to express my nearly inexpressible gratitude to you and your associates in research. I have read life-changing books, articles, and speeches but I have never, not once, been so deeply affected by a work of this type: A guidebook? I have perused U.S. News & World Report's 2007 College Guide and the Newsweek/Kaplan 2007 College Guide, each with their individual talents and faults, but your book was different. For once I felt like the book was directed to students such as myself. I'm not an athlete and I'm no an academic superstar: at my school, that's what it takes to be a favorite. I am just another mediocre teenager in millions who wants to save the world.Your book made me feel, for once, as though someone was looking at those of us hanging by our fingernails on the edge of being completely lost in our distinction. I love to learn for the sake of learning and not because I'm aiming for any star-studded diplomas or accreditations, but because there is so much to learn. Your book not only allowed me to see that there were other "Lost Kids" (that's what my guidance counselor called me) but further that there were places trying to find us because we aren't as lost as some of our superiors like to think. Again Sir, thank you for all your work. It has not gone unnoticed nor was it in vain. If nothing else, you made at least one girl's life (and future) a little brighter. -Carina, 17 St. Petersburg, FL.

Cracking the Hidden Job Market: How to Find Opportunity in Any Economy

by Donald Asher

Asher delivers a groundbreaking career guide that gives job-seekers of all ages and at every level of experience (or inexperience) the tools for crafting a focused, successful job-search strategy regardless of the state of their chosen industry or the economy in general.

Graduate Admissions Essays, Fourth Edition

by Donald Asher

The fully updated fourth edition of the go-to guide for crafting winning essays for any type of graduate program or scholarship, including PhD, master's, MBA, MD, JD, postdocs, DDS, DVM, Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright--you name it.Based on thousands of interviews with successful grad students and graduate admissions officers, Graduate Admissions Essays deconstructs and demystifies the ever-challenging and seemingly more impersonal application process for getting into graduate and scholarship programs. The book presents 50 sample essays in a comprehensive range of subjects, detailed strategies that have proven successful for some of the most notoriously competitive graduate programs in the country, as well as sample letters of recommendation, essays for residencies and fellowships, and postgrad applications.

Graduate Admissions Essays: Write Your Way into the Graduate School of Your Choice

by Donald Asher

Veteran higher-education consultant Donald Asher demystifies the graduate school application process and offers a detailed action plan that has proved successful for some of the most competitive programs in the country. The 50 sample essays-selected from thousands of candidates-showcase the best of the best, while the Essay Hall of Shame identifies common pitfalls to avoid. Sample letters of recommendation and essays for scholarships, residencies, fellowships, and postgraduate and postdoctoral applications cover all stages of the application process. Teaches how to craft a winning essay with 50 state-of-the-art samples to inspire, instruct, and all but guarantee a top-of-the-pile application. Updated third edition includes an entirely new chapter dedicated to online applications and how they're managed, processed, and considered. Previous editions have sold 100,000 copies.

How to Get Any Job, Second Edition

by Donald Asher

Philosophy majors and GPA-challenged students, rejoice! According to career guru Donald Asher, what you major in or how well you do in college are not indicators of future career success. In HOW TO GET ANY JOB WITH ANY MAJOR, Asher debunks the myth that only brainy students with specialized majors find high-paying, visible careers after college. The truth is that plenty of average folks with general, liberal arts majors have gone on to find lucrative and fulfilling careers-and anyone can do it by following Asher'¬?s advice. If you'¬?re just graduating, you'¬?ll learn to promote the skills you already have, recognize how employers hire and what skills they value most, and get influential people to help you. Or, if you'¬?re already in the work world, you'¬?ll learn to use internships, credential programs, post-baccalaureates, and grad school to jump-start a stalled career. Offering innovative ideas to help launch the perfect career, HOW TO GET ANY JOB WITH ANY MAJOR is the new job-hunter'¬?s handbook to success.From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Overnight Résumé: The Fastest Way to Your Next Job

by Donald Asher

Call from a headhunter? Layoffs getting a little too close for comfort? Hear about a great new internal opportunity? Getting out of the military? Or just frustrated and wonder if you could do better someplace else? This is the definitive guide to getting you on the market fast. The third edition of The Overnight Resume has been completely revised and updated for everyone--from entry level* to the executive suite--who is serious about getting an interview and landing a job. Tip #1: Never use the term "entry level" in any resume. For hundreds more tips that suit your particular case, just look inside. Information you'll find nowhere else includes: *How to beat other jobseekers at 1,000-to-1 odds. *How to launch a full-scale job search within 24 hours. *How to access the hidden job market where the best jobs are. *What returning parents and returning prisoners have in common. *How to beat resume-sorting software! *Online resumes, HTML, scannable, and portfolio versions. *Differences between East Coast and West Coast resume styles. *How to look like a local, from anywhere in the country! DONALD ASHER is the author of ten books on the topics of careers and higher education. He is a contributing writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, the Wall Street Journal's CareerJournal.com and CollegeJournal.com, USAirways Magazine, MSN Encarta and MSN homepage, Dow Jones's National Business Employment Weekly and Managing Your Career magazines, and many other publications and career sites.

Who Gets Promoted, Who Doesn't, and Why: 10 Things You'd Better Do If You Want to Get Ahead

by Donald Asher

Do your job, do it well, and you'll be rewarded, right? Actually, probably not. According to career guru Donald Asher advancement at work is less about skill sets and more about strategy. WHO GETS PROMOTED, WHO DOESN'T, AND WHY details exactly what puts one employee on the fast track to an exceptional career, while another stays on the treadmill to mediocrity. Whether you're new to the workforce or feeling stagnant and overlooked, this book is your ticket to advancement. Learn: why timing is more important than talent; how corporations really make promotion decisions; how to avoid career mistakes you don't even know you're making and the ten proven strategies for advancement regardless of your industry and experience. If you want to know how to begin controlling your own destiny, the solution is not to work harder but to work smarter. WHO GETS PROMOTED, WHO DOESN'T, AND WHY can help you do just that!

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