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Save the Assistants: A Guide to Surviving and Thriving in the Workplace Paperback – August 31, 2010

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About the Author

Lilit Marcus is the cofounder of SavetheAssistants.com and the editor of TheGloss.com. She is the former editor of Jewcy.com. Her writing has also appeared in Newsweek, the New York Post, and MediaBistro. She lives in New York City.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 241 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Books; 1 edition (August 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401310176
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401310172
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,565,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Lilit Marcus is the cofounder of SavetheAssistants.com and the editor of TheGloss.com. Her writing has also appeared in Newsweek, the New York Post, and MediaBistro. She lives in New York City.

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I wish I'd had Save the Assistants when I was an administrative assistant, because Lilit Marcus, founder of the website [...], knows what she's talking about. This book covers everything from what to wear (and not wear), how to read the coded messages in a job interview and how to handle worst case scenarios. I especially liked the "Former Assistants Done Good" section, profiling now-successful ex-assistants including Marc Cherry of Desperate Housewives fame, Harvey Weinstein (!) and Cheryl Hines. Learn how to handle the fake sick day, office gossip, evil bosses and how to know your place and plan for your future while keeping your job.
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I wish more people realized how vital assistants are to the work place and quit regurgitating the stereotype that they are somehow less important than other team members. It's such a ridiculous misnomer and keeps us from being compensated justly. I thank the author for this book. It reminds me to keep believing in my contributions even though most media reflect assistants as being superfluous. One probably needs to be an assistant to appreciate how challenging and rewarding it is to help others for reasons other than one's own ego or glory.
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Yes, you CAN find a job with that English degree, but it might not be the kind of job you dreamed of. Here's how to make the best of what you've got, learn the ropes, and make the world a better place in small ways on your path to the career you really want. This should be required reading for all young college graduates. Plus, if you read it, you'll find out why dating a co-worker is similar to Rollerblading while eating a burrito.
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Ms. Marcus gets you. She's been there, done that and come out the other side to tell us where she's been and how much, well, it sucked. She's taken her experiences and has put them neatly in Save the Assistants. It's a guide for anyone who's ever found themselves at the bottom of the totem pole in any work environment, and it's relatable for all positions in between... we've all worked with The Martyr, The Functional Illiterate and The Drama Queen just to name a few, and we've all had to deal with their nonsense. Between workplace tips, insider bits regarding celebrity assistants and Ms. Marcus' undeniable wit, Save the Assistants is not only a must for your personal library, but for anyone you've ever loved who's had that job from hell. It's the ideal gift for a college grad, just so they know, they're really not alone.
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Lilit Marcus's book should be required reading for every new graduate or anyone re-entering the workforce. Frankly, anyone working in an office, regardless of years spent behind a desk, should read this little gem.

Marcus offers readers all sorts of tips, tricks, and inspiration as she gives the lowdown on entry-level desk jobs. It makes for some great reading, too: It's funny as hell, with anecdotes about bad bosses and crazy workers that will make those with some experience as assistants nod in agreement. And while some may consider the tone of this book "bitchy," I see it as realistic and honest.

Now, please note this is NOT a how-to skills guide for assistants. You won't learn about the latest software or filing systems. Good -- there are lots of other books out there for that sort of thing. What this book offers instead is help with "soft skills" like relationship building and effective communication, skills that are essential for surviving in an office.

Save the Assistants is a great guide both for those interested in making administrative assisting their career (?!!) and for those who are just trying to get their foot in the door as they aim for something better. If you fall in either camp, grab this book -- and keep it close by.
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I had been looking for a light read of a book that would help me fill in the gaps of what I was needing to feel more solid in my promotion to my position over 3 years ago. This book filled that need 100%. I was not looking to read a text book on career management and climbing the corporate ladder, nor was I wanting to read 10 chapters on behavior in the work place. I just wanted to better understand :

- the dumb superiors and co-workers I have to put up with at work sometimes;
- how I can be a better employee and co-worker;
- where I should draw the line in work relationships;
- how to advance and be worthy of those advancements;
- how to be promoted gracefully;
- how to adjust to my new promotion; and
- how to treat and manage my support staff.

This book answered these questions quickly and briefly with little fluff.
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