Book Review: “From Receptionist To Boss” by Nicole Smartt

Book Review: From Receptionist To Boss, College to Career Prep Book, by Nicole Smartt | Michelle Adams Blog

“The chapters in this book are a blueprint of how I went from receptionist to business owner in less than seven years and how you can too. Read it. Own it. Take action.”
Nicole Smartt, From Receptionist to Boss: Real-Life Advice for Getting Ahead at Work

With cute, quirky headings and a blog-esque writing style, it’s no wonder this memoir-slash-career prep book became an Amazon bestseller. It’s a quick read (it only took me about an hour to get through the whole thing), but it’s full of information and an inspirational story. It’s kind of like reading all of the pins on your Career-Prep Pinterest board all at once—it’s full of real-life advice, and Nicole’s story is total motivation to get out there and start working on your career ASAP!

Disclaimer: I received this book for free to review, and any pink links in this post are affiliate links; however, all opinions are my own and can’t be bought! More legal information is available here.

Book Review: From Receptionist To Boss, College to Career Prep Book, Amazon Bestseller, by Nicole Smartt | Michelle Adams Blog

When Nicole first approached me to review her book, I was super excited. At the time, I was really trying to focus my blog on career prep and this was the perfect fit. Since then, I’ve sort of rebranded my site into a college-to-career blog specifically for writers, but I found that this book is seriously applicable to just about every single industry—so if you A. are a person (check!), and B. want a (better) job (don’t we all?), this book will be valuable to you.

So what is this book all about?

Nicole weaves in bits and pieces of her career in the staffing industry into this work, making it partially a memoir, but mostly a collection of some of the best tips she’s learned while going, literally, from receptionist to boss.

Each chapter comes with a story and several lists and bits of advice for how to deal with some of the most common roadblocks that up-and-coming women experience when delving into a new industry. From minimizing distractions to making it without a college degree (what?!), EVERYTHING is covered in this book (she seriously should start a blog…).

One thing that Nicole covers that I had never thought of before was how much time we waste when we spend just a few minutes here and there on things like social media. Just 5 to 10 minutes on Facebook or Twitter each hour of your day actually robs an entire hour off of your work time—an hour that you could be using productively on something like networking or researching a potential client!

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Is it worth a read?

If you love easy-to-read, conversationalist-type pieces (which, since you’re on a blog right now, I’m assuming you do!), this is the perfect book for you.

Instead of pages and pages of forgettable statistics and irrelevant examples like we get from most career books, Nicole tells her own story, which keeps us interested AND means that she doesn’t have to crunch numbers for us that we don’t actually care about. Luckily for us, it also means that we actually stay interested all the way until the end, because it’s nothing but valuable info—there isn’t anything we want to skip over.

Plus, the prevalent headings and convenient lists make this book read more like an extended blog post than actually a book, so even college students can make the time to read it! 

If you’re looking for a job, or even just want to move up in a company you’re already working for, this book tells you exactly how to make that happen. Nicole doesn’t sugar-coat it: it’s definitely not easy, but if she’s any example, it’ll be totally worth it!

Want to learn more about this book? Check it out on GoodReads!

Want your own copy? It’s available as both a print book and an eBook! Get it here!


8 thoughts on “Book Review: “From Receptionist To Boss” by Nicole Smartt

  1. This is such an interesting book and definitely something I need at the moment as well! I have been working for 2 years now and I am also an undergraduate. I wasn’t able to gradute college because I prioritized the opportunities that came my way then, which ofcourse I didn’t regret, but still – there are a lot of things you couldn’t do when the society brands you as an undergrad. And it really is frustrating sometimes.

    xoxo, G


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