Youre Hired Hardcover – Aug 14 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
The author won on the reality TV show The Apprentice, in which Donald Trump (who provides a foreword) slowly eliminates potential personal assistants until one is left standing. Rancic puts down, in tumbling first-person prose, the strategy he used to win, as well as how, back in 1995, he co-founded and ran a small mail-order company, Cigars Around the World. Rancic never went to business school, and his book might be boiled down to "rely on your observations and common sense, and on your close relationships." Nearly every chapter is loaded with advice gleaned from family members or friends with whom he has collaborated, salted with a smattering of approaches Rancic picked up from his own reading of how-tos and from his work life. The result sets the book apart: Rancic takes work seriously, and everything in the book is something he personally has tried out; his successes and travails (including a fire at his company) come through clearly and conversationally, as from a big brother. The last two of seven chapters cover his time on the show with "Mr. Trump" and offer candid takes on the other contestants and the show's productions. For a loquacious "how-I-did-it," Rancic's book debut is surprisingly satisfying.
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Who would have thought that a real-life TV series on business and its struggles would command such a large viewership? This autobiography of The Apprentice's first winner gives a few clues about the show's popularity--other than host Donald Trump and the competition to win a 12-month $250,000 salary. First, contestants were carefully screened and more than well prepared to test their individual and collective mettles on a broadcast medium. Second, Rancic himself can already claim success as an entrepreneur, as his stories about the start-ups of Elite Boat Wash and Wax and Cigars Around the World reveal. Along with growing-up anecdotes interspersed with The Apprentice tales, he synopsizes at the end of each chapter lessons he learned in work and in life. Bet the long shot. Go above and beyond. Listen. Count on family. Give something back. Surprising words from a wise, young soul. Barbara Jacobs
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This book is well timed for the start of the second season of "The Apprentice". One of the appealing qualities of Bill Rancic is his recognition that his fame is the result of pop culture rather than anything particularly unique about his life, experience, or wisdom. However, this book is fun to read (it only takes a couple of hours), and I found the story of his first business in buying junker cars, fixing them up, and selling them to be interesting. His stories about Elite Boat Wash and Wax were some of the best in the book, particularly his regret now that he didn't think of selling the business at the time.
We learned a bit about his cigar business while watching "The Apprentice", but we get the full story here, and I admire the way they stayed light on their feet and adapted to the circumstances they faced and the opportunities they had the energy to exploit.
Each of these biographical chapters is accompanied by a chapter of insights from the author on lessons learned during his career. These are fairly standard slogans or statements, but he does try to give them a personal twist and I credit him for that.
There are about thirty pages on his experience on the show and his analysis of how things worked out in his favor. Again, he doesn't dismiss some luck being involved, but he doesn't shy away from saying where some of the other contestants faltered.
He also talks about his parents and family in a way that adds to the personal character of the book. The last chapter talks about his goals and plans for the future.
I think this book would be a great read for young people wanting to learn a bit about going out and using their energy and talents to establish themselves and learn about what it takes to start small, but profitable, businesses. Mr. Rancic provides a lot of value for that audience. It is entertaining for the rest of us, and there are some statements that people of every age should learn. I loved his statement that when he finally got on the show and was going to be around Donald Trump he kept telling himself "Be the sponge, Be the sponge!" (page 149).
This is book is a fun piece of pop culture, but is more that fluff. If you are a fan of the show, I think you will enjoy the book.
The best parts of You're Hired are the stories of Bill's own life and his experience on The Apprentice. I wish we'd had more of both. I'd like to learn even more about his earlier ventures. And the show: What was it like to share rooms as if you were still in college? After all, participants are seasoned business people! What was the pressure like? Why did so many talented people seem to fall apart?
Rancic acknowledges that calling The Apprentice "reality TV" is a bit of a stretch. He discusses strategy rather than experience, which was interesting -- but let's face it, we readers are always hungry for more Behind the Scenes. He offered a curious insight: The winning team actually got less face time with Donald Trump, because they were spared the Board Room. So a consistent winner would remain under the radar screen.
Season 1's participants seemed more diverse than Season 2's. In Season 2 I often have trouble telling some of the people apart! No problem with Season 1.
And of course it's nice to know there's life after The Apprentice. Rancic's story of starting work on a huge construction project is fascinating and I would have welcomed much more detail.
The business advice? Nothing sensational here. It's the Bill Runcic story that sells books!
This book is not really a biography and you shouldn't approach it with the hope of discovering lots of Rancic family facts or Bill's personal feelings on the meaning of life. This is a business book and while Bill does make mention of his family and how their support has contributed to his success, he devotes most of the book to the business of business, explaining the principles that have guided him along the way.
As far as the tips and advice go, this book is pretty average overall. Each chapter ends with a listing of tips compiled by Bill and I can agree that most of them are useful and they all make practical sense. But what they lack is the "wow" factor. There is nothing really profound or memorable among them; nothing that would make you step back and think about the meaning of what was just stated. The tips for success that Bill presents are common sense, and if you read many business books, you have likely already heard this type of advice before.
One thing that is worth mentioning here is the actual writing of the book, because it is something that will bother certain readers. Bill writes this book in a direct manner, and there is nothing wrong with that. But the book is loaded with run- on sentences, sentence fragments, and other grammatical errors. I can forgive this to an extent because I was still able to understand what Rancic was trying to say. But some people will be turned- off by this oversight and will wonder what Bill was thinking when he decided to publish a book with so many writing mistakes.
Overall, this is a good book, and it provides some good insight for those who have an interest in business and want to learn the ropes from a guy who has achieved a good deal of success at a young age. However, the majority of the advice given here is obvious and I didn't come away from my reading with any new ideas or with a feeling that I just discovered something incredible. It's a decent book to read and it can be completed in a short period of time, but don't expect to get any goose bumps as you skim through these words of wisdom by Donald Trump's apprentice.
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