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They make up nearly one-third of all Americans living today. Born after 1980, they're now pouring into the work world with values, aspirations, and approaches that differ markedly from their parents--and coworkers. They're Generation Y. In Plugged In, Tamara Erickson shows Gen Y's how to use their own unique strengths to understand and influence their professional relationships, to figure out how they define "success," and to help them find their way in the changing workplace. Filled with Erickson's extensive research into demographic trends and thoughtful insights, Plugged In gives Gen Y's the information they crave to connect with the working world and to craft the lives they want. The author reveals: * A framework Y's can use to develop their own criteria for making career choices * The unique assets and strengths Y's bring to the workplace * How X'ers and Boomers view Generation Y and how the different generations can collaborate more effectively at work * 10 rules that can help Generation Y's succeed in the corporate world With her trademark warmth and liveliness, Erickson provides a thoughtful, valuable guidebook for the latest newcomers on the corporate scene.
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Table of Contents

Introduction Part I: Who Are You and What Does that Mean for Your Career? Chapter 1 The Outlines of Your Generation Chapter 2 The Events and Trends that Shaped You Chapter 3 Shared Views and Common Choices Part II: What Work is Right for You? Chapter 4 Find Your Passion Chapter 5 Clarify Your Preferences Chapter 6 Target Your Place Chapter 7 Align the Practical Realities Chapter 8 Find the Perfect Job Chapter 9 Leverage Your Advantages Part III: You Got the Job - Now What? Chapter 10 Make a Multigenerational Workforce Work for You Chapter 11 Business Basics--Communication and the Language of Business Chapter 12 Business Finesse--Soft Skills for Tangible Success Conclusion

About the Author

Tamara J. Erickson is President of The Concours Institute, a member of BSG Alliance, a firm serving senior executives with leading-edge intellectual capital. Tamara is also an Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors of the firm and leads the human capital practice. She is a widely respected expert and speaker on the changing workforce; on the shifting relationship between individuals and organizations; and on enhancing workforce productivity. Her work is based on extensive research on changing demographics, employee values, and the challenges facing today's employers; the first multi-year study, Demography is De$tiny, explored the implications of current demographic changes on human resource practices, and the second, The New Employee/Employer Equation, developed new and powerful approaches to increasing employee engagement through segmentation.

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