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Save the Assistants: A Guide to Surviving and Thriving in the Workplace Paperback – August 31, 2010
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"When your friends get tired of listening to you complain about your job, Lilit at Save the Assistants will be there with her own office horror stories, tips for survival, and a reminder that you won't be an assistant forever." -- Marie Claire
From the Back Cover
What happens when nine-to-five turns into nine-to-eleven?
How do you outmaneuver the office Underminer? Is it appropriate to have a cocktail at a company lunch? How do you get reservations for a restaurant with an unlisted phone number? What do you do when your boss throws a stapler at your head?
As Page Six Magazine recently noted, bosses are "going from mean to monstrousand making The Devil Wears Prada look like a love story." Whats an office drone to do? Call on Save the Assistants, the addictive and insightful guide to workplace sanity by Lilit Marcus, renowned assistant expert.
On your first day at work, you learned how to answer the phone and turn on the computer. But four years of college hardly prepared you for the coffee-fetching, back-stabbing, and you-should-have-done-it-yesterdays of office life. Save the Assistants is here to help you not only survive your job, but ultimately get the career you want.
"If youre tired, youre poor, and youre a huddled mass of an assistant yearning to breathe free, look no further than Save the Assistants." - Yahoo!
"Lilit at Save the Assistants . . . feels your pain." Marie Claire
"Lilit Marcus has written perhaps the only career book thats so fun it can actually double as a beach read. Chock full of pop culture references and caricatures that will make you laugh out loud, Save the Assistants also gets down to business with its no-nonsense advice for making the best of your entry-level tenure. Marcus popular online communityand now her book of the same namehas transformed being an assistant into an exclusive rite of passage." - Alexandra Levit, author of They Dont Teach Corporate in College and New Job, New You
"Funny and practical, Save the Assistants is not only the New Testament for assistants but the Bible for bosses. Thanks to Lilit Marcus, there will be better hiring and less firing!" - Ellen Gordon Reeves, author of Can I Wear My Nose Ring to the Interview?
"Save the Assistants is a must-have resource for those toiling under the weight of the ground floor. Lilit Marcus, who has spent years shining a bright light on the dark-humor side of assistant life (all while on the clock as an assistant), may not save you from fetching a cup of coffee for your boss, but she will show you how to salvage your wage-slave existence and make a quick leap to a higher rung inside the workplace morass." - Jeffrey Yamaguchi, author of Working for the Man
"Lilit Marcus has moxie. This book offers heaps of practical advice for facing down the triple-headed demon of pressing financial need, high expectations for yourself, and a job that doesnt seem to let you meet them. Save the Assistants is nothing less than a public service." - Megan Hustad, author of How to Be Useful
"Lilit Marcuss advice to assistants on how to handle a multitude of evil and morally bereft bosses is brilliant, pragmatic, and fun. If you are an assistant, this book will help you escape from the indentured servitude of your first real job sooner so that you can move on to your dream career. If you are a boss, this book will help you develop empathy so that you can avoid becoming one of its subjects! A must-read for anyone who had visions of making it big on nothing but a shoestring and a college degree, but somehow ended up at a tedious desk job instead." - Vicky Oliver, author of 301 Smart Answers to Tough Interview Questions and 301 Smart Answers to Tough Business Etiquette Questions
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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.
- 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.