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

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With cute, quirky headings and a blog-esque writing style, it’s no wonder this memoir-slash-career prep book is an Amazon bestseller.

Nicole Smartt’s From Receptionist to Boss: Real-Life Advice for Getting Ahead at Work is a quick read—it only took me about an hour to get through the whole thing—but that doesn’t mean it’s not chock-full of valuable insight for go-getters who are just getting started in their careers. A business leader who built her own career from the ground up, Smartt is uniquely qualified to talk about professional development.

Her book is kind of like reading all of the blog posts pinned on your career-prep Pinterest board at once.

“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

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 rebranded my site a bit, but I still found immense value in Smartt’s expertise.

So what is this book all about?

Smartt 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 listicles on how to deal with some of the most common roadblocks that up-and-coming women experience when diving into a new industry. From minimizing distractions to making it without a college degree, it’s all covered in this page-turner.

I was particularly drawn to Smartt’s observation about 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.

is it worth the read?

If you love easy-to-read, conversationalist-type pieces like this blog post, 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, Smartt tells her own story, and there’s nothing you’ll want to skip over. Her prevalent use of headings and convenient use of lists also makes this book easy to reference when you want to come back to a particular section.

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. Smartt 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 Amazon!

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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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