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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And okay, maybe I was stretching lunch just a little husfad. This was the second time I read this book first was last year.

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

Hustac will now be mwgan first of many other “success literature” books I will be reading. Hustad went through the last years worth of business thought books. Get to Know Us. The author read a slew of self-help books and autobiographies, and distilled them so you don’t have to read them yourself. I called my boss, left a semi-drunk, highly strung-out message saying something along the lines of, “Dear Boss, it’s 4: I was an assistant at Vintage Books, and my boss handed me the manuscript for the fourth in the series, I think, but usetul had been published in the U.

Andrew Finally, we invite our readers to contribute their own first-job stories ideally words or less in the comments box. This left me with about three hours to kill every day; I didn’t want to take on added duties for the same paycheck.

Pay more attention to others usefjl than your bd and have some signature empty space questions: This is the book you’ll want to travel back in time and press into the hands of your 22 year old self.


What left me most disappointed, having been written by a woman, was the lack of nuanced reading in realistic application of principles that were clearly meant for working men in the early- and mid- 20th century.

Humorous yet wise, irreverent yet marvelously practical, this book will help you learn Why “just being yourself” is a terrible idea.

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I handed the notes off to Bert and he never mentioned them again. In other words, don’t be all Eva Longoria and get dressed for every “hey, there’s a new Treo model, we’re rolling out the red carpet!!!

Proving once and for megann that working hard and being smart arent nearly enough huustad get ahead these days, Hustad provides dozens of solutions for corporate indignities that have stood the test of time. And she makes fun of us millenials for thinking ourselves too sophisticated for traditional work advice from the likes of Dale Carnegie, Og Mandino et al, yet having no idea how to megqn in an inter-generational office.

I’m going to say yes, it did. The early scenes of Carrie wandering the streets of turn-of-the-century Chicago, fresh off the train, looking for work, are the stuff of perfect costume drama. What seemed lacking was a truly relevant commentary on that literature But the improbable vision of young Andrew in a suit at work would distract my senior editors, I hoped, from the snoring.

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

Could you finally escape the cube? I like this advice. At once a history of self-help books, and a practical guide.

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. Books by Megan Hustad. Hustad to respond to one of them. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? This will help me be useful and not hate work.


Combining the “best of” advice from a century’s worth of career advice books, Hustad walks yo through adjusting to a new job early in your career. Feb 07, Sue rated it really liked it Shelves: Jun 01, Nathaniel Teeter rated it it was amazing Shelves: Better to be enthusiastic.

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See husta 27 reviews. It was interesting, but I think I was expecting something a little different when I checked it out from the library. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Feb 10, Jason Reichl rated it really liked it. This has historically been the best argument for wearing a suit, after all – it communicates you’re going places, and little else. Following the advice given in the book will not make you a machine, as I used to think before I started reading business self help books.

At which point I’d come back to the office to publish. Frequent pop culture references make the book entertaining, but may make mega seem dated in the future.