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Job Hunt Secrets You Never Knew You Needed from “The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl”

19 October 2009 Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz One Comment
Job Hunt Secrets You Never Knew You Needed from “The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl”

I read a KeppieCareers.com blog post plugging Karen Burns’ “The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl: Real-Life Career Advice You Can Actually Use” and it peaked my interest . So I went out and got me a copy. I’m glad I did and I’m recommending it to my Career Jockey blog readers and getting copies for my three daughters.

The author Karen Burn delivers some light-hearted, entertaining advice on a bunch of work related topics. Some are light other are serious. The book consists of 59 four to five page sections one for each of the 59 jobs Karen has held. (Yes! She’s had 59 jobs.) For each one, she provides practical advice for addressing or taking on one issue or another. She delivers on the book’s subtitle “Real Life Career Advice You Can Actually Use.”

For example, she held a job as a pollster. She was one of those ladies that would call during dinner with survey questions. She excuses herself for all the interruptions then proceeds to tell us how valuable all that cold calling experience has been for her. She describes it as a thankless job facing a higher than 90% rejection rate. Then she says it’s a skill everyone should develop and one that comes in very handy during a job hunt. She ends that section with a list of tips for preparing to make job hunt cold calls.

Karen tells us about her dream job. She’s discovered she loves being a scientific editor and describes why it works so well for her. In that section she tells us how to go about finding your dream job. She provides a specific to-do list for identifying that dream career and finding an employer that will hire you to do just that. She challenges us to find something that really jazzes us up and dares us to patiently go out there and find it.

She includes an example from when she worked as a bank teller to tells us how important it was for her to quit graciously and professionally. She reminds us that those soon to be former employers (including the boss you don’t like) will become a part of your extended network of contacts. She reminds us to not burn bridges but instead foster relationships with them. The section includes a excellent side bar article called “How to be a (Fabulous) Quitter” and her advice is right on.

She doesn’t hold back in the book. She gives advice on dealing with sexual harassment, building self-confidence, achieving work and family life balance and even on running (or not running) a romantic relationship at the office.

I’ve got a wife and three daughters. The daughters will soon take on the workforce. With it’s pretty cover and “Chicken Soup for the Soul” format, it should make for a great Christmas stocking stuffer.

Hope this helps.

Jorge Lazaro Diaz

Jorge Lazaro Diaz is the "Original" Career Jockey who started this blog and now serves as the Managing Editor. You'll find he enjoys focusing on professional and personal development articles and frequently covers motivational and spiritual topics.

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One Comment »

  • Marcia Robinson said:

    Karen Burns certainly offers some of the best advice out there for new professionals. Her Working Girl book is an excellent gift for any new college grad who is looking to learn, grow and make sense of the world-of-work.

    I actually shared, (again), her funny list of ways to handle rejection in the job search, with my readers at BullsEyeCareerBlogs.


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