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

How to Be Useful: A Beginner's Guide to Not Hating Work
Author: Megan Hustad
ISBN 13: 9780618713509
ISBN 10: 618713506
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: 2008-05-02
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 256
List Price: $19.95

There's a lot of career advice out there. Much of it dumb. But what if someone read all the advice books -- over a hundred years' worth -- and put all the good ideas in one place? Could you finally escape the cube? Stop mailing things? Be happier?

In How to Be Useful, Megan Hustad dismantles the myths of getting ahead and helps you navigate the murky waters of office life. Humorous yet wise, irreverent yet marvelously practical, this book will help you learn

Why "just being yourself" is a terrible idea.

How to be smart, but not too smart.

Why you shouldn't be "nice."

When not to be good at your job.

How to screw up with grace and dignity.

Why shoes matter.

The right and wrong ways to talk trash about yourself.

That ambition, practiced wisely, is a noble thing.

The Washington Post - Rachel Dry

Part study of best-selling advice literature, part collection of cautionary tales from herself and her peers, the book is an engaging blend of prescription and cultural history…Hustad manages to make the process of identifying your professional goals and then setting out to achieve them palatable—even hip.