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Jobs That Don't Suck: What Nobody Else Will Tell You About Getting and Succeeding in the Job of Your Dreams Paperback – September 29, 1998

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Drozdyk is the author of Hot Jobs (1994), a hip guide to jobs in communications, the media, and the arts. Here again he targets younger readers who may not be as ready to listen to job-hunting or career-planning tips served up more formally; but he seems to go out of his way to prove that, at the age of 35, he is not over the hill and can still "talk cool." In an attempt to identify with his audience, he admits to having been a clueless history major and a screwup; but he also boasts that he has always gotten every job he ever went after. The "passive" approach to job hunting includes interning, want ads, recruitment, the Internet, and temping; the "active" approach includes making connections, schmoozing, networking, and informational interviews. A third approach, the "gonzo" method, is suggested only for the dauntless, requiring cold calling and showing up unannounced. Drozdyk also discusses re sume s, cover letters, and interviewing, and he recommends tactics for getting ahead once the job is landed. David Rouse

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Get this book if you're looking for a new job, for tips on the job you have now--or for a great read with a lot of laughs. And be sure to get it as a graduation gift for all those green college grads who are on their way out into the world. Drozdyk is full of great ideas, innovative approaches, and surprising insights!

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1 edition (September 29, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345424263
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345424266
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,804,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By C. Daly on January 27, 2006
Format: Paperback
The title of this book caught my eye at the library. The book started out well enough--the author's humorous, casual tone was a refreshing step up from most job books. He seemed to be gearing the book toward liberal arts majors like myself with no particular direction in life. The information not really anything new, with tidbits such as "it's not what you know, it's who you know, so make friends with people who can help you get a job", but it was fun to read.

If you are a young person (with no family and no social life whatsoever, nor any intention of having one in the future) looking to get into the entertainment industry, this book is for you. Mr. Drozdyk is involved in the industry himself, and includes many interviews with young people who have succeeded in entertainment about their great jobs and how they got there. However, if your definition of "jobs that don't suck" includes not working more than 8 hours a day, you're in for a disappointment. The people he interviews work 12-16 hours a day and they LOVE it. Or at least they say they do. For if you follow Mr. Drozdyk's advice, you always lie and say you love everything, no matter how much you secretly want to slit your wrists. Anyway, one side benefit of this book is I used to have dreams of working in publishing. Now I've realized that I'd rather stab myself with a hot poker.

The book doesn't stop with just finding a job--it continues on to explain what to do on the job in order to get promoted, and that's where it starts to get annoying. Mr. Drozdyk presents a rather grim view of the workplace--a dog-eat-dog world where the only way to get ahead is by being a fake, workaholic sycophant. First rule--lie, always. Lie about your qualifications. You can always learn them in your spare time.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A.C. on April 20, 2009
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A book title such as "Jobs That Don't Suck" is sure to attract people like me, who want to avoid soul-sucking employment and find humane and life-affirming work environments. Unfortunately, we are not the intended audience for this guide.

The prevailing advice here seems to be that you should kiss a lot of butt; come in early and stay late, even if it means typing pages and pages of gobbledygook or playing computer Solitaire for hours; and suppress any and all individuality of which you might be in possession. The vast majority of work environments described in this book are characterized as backstabbing, brutal, and cutthroat. People talk about developing ulcers and alcoholism in response to their jobs' stress. You will apparently be working every waking hour with people you hate and who would sell you out in a minute if it advanced their own careers. And these are the jobs that DON'T suck?!

Throw labor laws out the door -- if you don't want to work weekends without pay, you have a "sucky attitude." (Not an exact quotation. The exact quotation is that "your attitude sucks," pg. 271.) Ditto for unpaid overtime and skipping your paid lunch breaks. You know, there were people who DIED to give us the 40-hour workweek. Authors such as Drozdyk show huge disrespect to them by advocating we all join in on a (rat) race to the bottom, backward in time to the bad old days of exploited laborers.

The politics of this book really bothered me in parts. Founders of corporations are romanticized as self-made men who worked harder than most anyone else is willing, and we are told to grovel at their feet in thanks for the opportunity to cut into their bottom line by taking a salary.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 28, 2003
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There is no doubt that this book is well put together and far easier to read than the standard fare on offer in relation to this subject. The advice provided on how to get a job is helpful and practical, as well as being a pretty amusing read.
I already had my first real position for a couple of months when I acquired this title, so the parts on how to do well in a job were of more interest. I studied and followed these sections carefully. I must say that the advice in the book is what it claims to be - a coherent strategy is presented for getting ahead which is relevant to modern workplaces (in particular, professional offices). However, a word of warning - this advice is from the hard school. The endless continuum of late nights, weekends, lunch-skipping and worst of all, people massaging and submissiveness which seem to underpin this strategy will take your nerves to the verge of collapse. Your body follows suit, and that's where you stay - verging on physical and psychological downfall. That is unless you truly believe in what you're aiming for - and you'll have to be aiming for something eternally fulfilling because everyday living this way isn't really a nice life.
I used the strategies in this book to get a hefty promotion, and now I'm in the rarified position of being a 22 year old project manager. However, for what it cost me, I sometimes wonder whether I would have been better off following a more sustainable approach to my young life.
I'm not saying this is a bad title, as evidenced by the rating. If you use this book to get promoted, exercise a degree of moderation and enjoy the good humour on offer. If you decide to take it literally, go only with a firm belief in what kind of lifestyle you want, because its death or victory all the way and possibly death from victory at the end.
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