In this 162-page quick read for the avid college mind, S.A. Eberwein discusses basic tactics used to take advantage of all aspects of your recent education and how to apply them towards finding a top-rate first job in your field of study. This being his first published work, the book provides tips on everything from resume writing to seeking out connections. The author, a college graduate that landed a prestigious position at a significant investment bank in New York City gives insight as to exactly how he accomplished his career goals.
Eberwein conveys the importance of a positive attitude and utilizing mentors in the first few chapters. Although this information is really nothing groundbreaking, he does offer some valid points such as, “your mental approach—exactly how you think—more so than any other aspect of your job search remains a critical factor in determining whether or not you ultimately succeed in obtaining a top-self, post-graduation job.” This thought resonates throughout the book as a key to success.
The author drives home the idea of finding resourceful, intelligent, and diligent mentors with whom you can rely on to guide your every move. This seems a bit unrealistic in today’s society given how busy our daily lives are and that one person will cater to your every need regarding your personal job search. Oftentimes, mentors are there in the beginning but allow you to structure your own path after giving you a boost in the right direction. However, when interviewed, Eberwein mentions that his older sibling helped him tremendously through the entire process, letting readers know that they can find a suitable mentor in a family member.
Some college students may not have such a person to depend on. In later chapters, the author describes some key points in what he calls “conducting an exhaustive job search.” His knowledge of networking and tapping into all of the resources available to you on and off campus such as job fairs, social media sites, and recruiting functions rings true on so many levels. He stresses the importance of leaving no stone unturned, stating “you have nothing to lose.” He shows specific examples of resume types which are always useful to any college student gearing up for their desired career path.
Eberwein says that “Cash Your Investment” is largely based on his own experiences of speaking with “so many students, peers, co-workers, and employers over the years.” He wanted to encase everything he has encountered into a book that reflected his own voice without too many outside opinions.
In the end, Eberwein stresses the utter importance of constructing an excellent resume along with providing an outstanding, impeccable interview. He recommends practicing at mock interviews and preparation well in advance. He also suggests demonstrating a strong ability to lead in both your resume and interview.
Overall, “Cash Your Investment” seems a bit repetitive in nature with some of its main components being selling points we have all heard many times. However, the author does go into fine detail when it comes to networking, interviewing, and resume building, which makes this book a worthwhile read for college graduates.