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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 (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,510,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Kramer Bussel VINE VOICE on September 1, 2010
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ZukiGyrl on August 29, 2012
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Penny Thoughtful on October 26, 2011
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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amanda C. on September 13, 2010
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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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By Laura Donovan on February 25, 2015
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Assistant life can be thankless and unpleasant. Marcus captures this in STA. It's easy to get caught up in the narrative that assistants are entitled whiny brats who need thick skin, but this book illustrates the true abuse they often take in hopes of maybe one day being in a job where people will respect them. The verbal and physical abuse endured by executives is unacceptable. I'm so glad this writer took the time to further expose the ugly world of assistant life.
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