BOOK REVIEW: Straker makes finding a new job sexy

Who would ever think that a hot pink book shaped like a handbag (complete with handle) could offer so much solid career advice?

Who would ever think that a hot pink book shaped like a handbag (complete with handle) could offer so much solid career advice?

Straker's first book gives women tips and hints on finding their perfect first job or switching to another industry, all by using dating rules. The advice comes from notable women - and a few men - in nine fields, including film, fashion, ads, and music. The experts include fashion designer Cynthia Rowley and Nancy Evans, cofounder of iVillage.

Straker refers to the career paths as "bachelors" and encourages readers to "date" a lot to find their "perfect match." She compares r?sum?s to flirtations, first interviews to blind dates. She also includes entry-level horror stories to reaffirm that even at a dream job, starting out can include some tedious work.

Despite a media landscape saturated by dating shows and websites, Straker makes all of her dating talk work. The book lets young women know that, much like in romance, if a work relationship doesn't pan out, don't fret. Like mom always said, there are plenty of fish in the sea.

Title Sexy Jobs in the City

Author Wendy Straker

Publisher Hangover Media (November 2003), 232 pages

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