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If you have an English degree and are ready to find your first full-time job, then this book is for you. This simple, detailed guide is packed with the information and resources English majors need to successfully navigate the job search process in 21 days.

In this guide, you’ll learn:

  • how to find the right jobs to apply for
  • what you need to know about marketing yourself online
  • how to make yourself a more appealing candidate
  • what to do after you’ve received a job offer

...and everything in between.

When the competition for jobs is fierce, you can’t afford to cut corners. We show you exactly how to stand out and set yourself up for success: follow the instructions we provide each day in order to stay focused, make the most of your time, and ultimately land the job you’ve set your sights on.

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The Amazon reviews are in...


Invaluable Resource / Super Easy Read: DO IT!
Abi Humber

I wish I had this resource as an English-ish major, back when I was totally panicked about my future and questioning the validity of my degree. Alyssa was gainfully employed almost immediately after graduating with her English degree, and in the few years since has begun to build a veritable empire—this girl knows exactly what she's talking about. "From Graduation to Career Ready in 21 Days" breaks an enormously daunting application/preparation process into manageable, bite-sized pieces. This book reads like an encouraging email from an older sister or mentor—there is so much positivity woven into sage, tried-and-true advice, and the pages turn quickly. A must-read for anyone soon graduating with a degree in the arts—or anyone looking for a new job of any kind, even 15 years out of school.


Dear English Major

J. Palmer

I'm only a few pages into the book but I love it as the book is straight forward and insightful. I visit the authors web site and purchased the book based on everything she has posted there. I've used her information for job applications and while interviewing. Each time the information has helped me greatly. Looking forward to finishing the book this week!


Alyssa is the career coach I always wanted!


I wish this book existed when I was a senior in college! Transitioning from the college bubble into the real world is one big confusing and scary mystery, especially for liberal arts majors. UNTIL NOW. Seriously, Alyssa is the career coach I always wanted! She walks you through exactly how to leverage the skills you've worked so hard to earn in college and make them work for you in the job search. Her advice is practical, insightul and most importantly, actionable. You'll walk away from every chapter knowing exactly what to do and feeling empowered and excited to move onto the next chapter of life. I would recommend this book not only to English majors, but anyone with a liberal arts degree.


Great for soon-to-be English grads!

Lauren S. 

This book is AWESOME for anyone with an English Major coming out of college. Not only does it give you all the information you need to actually get a job after graduation, but the way it's structured makes it totally doable even when still in school. I'd highly recommend it for anyone who will soon be graduating with an English degree!


Week 1

We’re not gonna lie—Week 1 is intense. Do some yoga. Light a candle. Keep calm. Prepare yourself to work hard and kick some serious butt in the job search and application process. By the end of this week, you will have transformed from a brand new college graduate into a viable job candidate with the resume, portfolio, and wardrobe (yep, we go there!) to prove it. 

Here’s what this week looks like:

  • Day 1: Do your research. 
  • Day 2: Look the part. 
  • Day 3: Create a resume. 
  • Day 4: Collect your writing samples.
  • Day 5: Own your online presence.
  • Day 6: Create an online portfolio.
  • Day 7: Connect with alumni.

Week 2

Roll up your sleeves and make a cup of coffee (or two, or three…). Week 2 is filled with exciting stuff, and this is the week you’ll choose your first three jobs to actually apply for. By the end of this week, you’ll have resumes, cover letters and writing samples that have all been meticulously and thoughtfully tailored to the jobs at hand. Resist the urge to cut corners, and do your best to give this week 100%—not only are you trying to successfully land your first full-time job, but you’re practicing and honing skills that you’ll use for the rest of your professional life!

Here’s what this week looks like:

  • Day 8: Get organized.
  • Day 9: Choose the right jobs to apply for.
  • Day 10: Research the jobs you’re applying to. 
  • Day 11: Tailor your resume for Job #1.
  • Day 12: Learn how to write a cover letter. 
  • Day 13: Compile job application #2. 
  • Day 14: Compile job application #3.

Week 3

This week, we begin with officially submitting those three applications you’ve toiled away on. Take a moment to enjoy and appreciate what you’ve accomplished, but then it’s back to work! You’ll be preparing for interviews and learning how to make yourself a more appealing job candidate. 

Here’s what this week looks like:

  • Day 15: Hit the “submit” button and officially apply!
  • Day 16: Plan your follow-up strategy.
  • Day 17: Prepare for interviews.
  • Day 18: Practice answering interview questions.  
  • Day 19: Review the basics.
  • Day 20: Keep learning and bulk up your resume.
  • Day 21: Congratulations, new professional!

You worked super hard for four solid years to complete your English degree, and you deserve the chance to show off those hard-earned skills at a job you LOVE. You have what it takes. Are you ready?!