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How to Be Useful: A Beginner’s Guide to Not Hating Work [Megan Hustad] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. There’s a lot of career advice . Megan Hustad. · Rating details · ratings · 63 reviews. A delightfully original, unerringly hip, yet marvelously practical handbook for a new and slightly . Megan Hustad worked at Knopf, Basic Books, and Counterpoint Press before leaving publishing to write a book about the unexpectedly.

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I found some of it confirmed things I already felt were true, but some put into words things I had vaguely-formed ideas of on my own– that sort of well-phrased summary that makes a person go “Ah, yes, that. However she argues mwgan have an audience and therefore your competence and dedication has to be preformed. Feb 07, Sue rated it really liked it Shelves: I need to make sure to remember this when “crucial conversations” are had at work.

This isn’t a self-help book. Get to Know Us. Pay more attention to others feelings than your own and have some signature empty space questions: Emre Welcome to the Working Week 3: Amazon Advertising Find, b, and engage customers. Megan painfully dances around subjects while dispensing very little practical advice.

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That I hadn’t slept since Friday night could easily be offset with a quick shower and several swigs of Jolt Cola which my colleague poured into me. You could dress badly. Some of it was good to read as a reminder and to refreshen my current work situation but IMO, the book is worth skipping.


Addendum to the above: Attempting to play to my strengths, I asked Bert if I could read some scripts. If you want to know how workplace attitudes have changed over the years, this is the book for you. One of the first American novels to paint the social and professional climber as selfish, amoral, and slutty. This is what I learned, however, after eventually quitting Vintage because my, ahem, “career” there had stalled out and reading a lot of success manuals from the s and s, when snark was first in vogue: I produced pages of notes cataloging logical falacies, stilted dialog, and poor character development this for a knock-off of Vin Diesel-vehicle The Fast and the Furious and included lots of snarky asides.

I have been told on multiple occasions that I have a “strong personality”. I’m sure everyone works with or knows of the kid who feels like it’s a thrill for you just to be in the same room with him.

Children, if you took a long, hot shower and still usefull of beer, consider a suit. What I found was a wealth of usefuul about the mind-set of the twenty-somethings. Perhaps I got this far: Basically, this is a great book for people who hate the self help genre as it pokes fun at itself while still being helpful, but if you’ve actually read anything on careers and professional development, then all the advice is probably redundant.

How to Be Useful: A Beginner’s Guide to Not Hating Work

How to screw up with grace and dignity. And focuses on the idea that we only hate work as much as we are willing to let it get to us. I am getting through this more slowly than, say, a detesctive novel, but it is very rewarding.

Horatio Alger and other early American capitalists were nuts about suits. I got promoted once because I was between apartments, living out of a duffel bag, and the suit I wore twice a week for a month because it hid stains and didn’t wrinkle prompted my boss to imagine I was going on a lot of interviews.


Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Max Welcome to the Working Week 2: At the end of the week, bbe we’ll ask Ms.

I gave this to a friend who’s at a miserable office job. Hustad doesn’t attempt to say hhstad you should work for The Man; rather, she argues that if you have to, you might as well do it well.

What I didn’t like was the title and cover design. From there, I headed down the path of temp work and retail before turning things around by going back to school.

And perhaps most important for New Money usfful understand, she knew that Old Money had its unwritten codes, and standards were high: The University of Chicago Press, Even though I don’t really work in an office anymore! The early scenes of Carrie wandering hustd streets of turn-of-the-century Chicago, fresh off the train, looking for work, are the stuff of perfect costume drama.

I am now taking everything I “learned” from this book with a grain of salt. I’m from the generation of managers before your But truth is, making a habit of fudging procedure generally backfires. Some notes, just because I don’t know where else to store them: