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Publishers Weekly Online
"Burns is encouraging and funny, but also a hard-nosed pragmatist who isn’t about to do the work for you."
The Seattle Times
“Working girls (and boys) will likely find something to relate to in Burns' part memoir, part self-help tome for career professionals…”
“The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl is a book that promotes spunk, common sense, courtesy, curiosity, and ethical behavior.”
Penelope Trunk, Brazen Careerist
“A funny, smart book that gives you permission to make mistakes and start over again.”
In a disclaimer, Burns makes it clear she is "not an expert in the field of work. Or in any other field." Her credentials are nonetheless impressive: 40 years of dedicated work in 59 different jobs across America and Europe (listed in a handy appendix, from Minnesota paperboy to Versailles "disciplinarian" to Kirkland, Washington artist). With a seemingly endless supply of experiences, Burns unveils a flurry of short pieces, each designed to illuminate a single point in the galaxy of employment options, obstacles, aggravations and accidents. Divided into three sections-"Clueless," "Confident" and "Carefree"-Burns looks at standard issues like interviewing and resume writing ("Bad news: You can write the perfect resume, but you can't make 'em read it. More bad news: You have to write the perfect resume anyway"), but also the health hazards of gainful employment, three easy steps for dealing with mistakes, juggling multiple jobs, and operating outside of your element. Burns is encouraging and funny, but also a hard-nosed pragmatist who isn't about to do the work for you-but neither is she going to waste your time with pages condescending instruction. Instead, her snappy chapters provide perspective and action points for a cascade of work conditions, indexed helpfully in multiple appendices.
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Burns's claim to fame is that she's worked at 59 jobs in her lifetime; here, she shares her wisdom in 59 corresponding chapters, each containing an anecdote about one of the jobs and suggestions to younger women for getting ahead. Within her tales of working as a burger girl, store clerk, and hostess, she presents helpful advice on preparing a rA©sumA©, treating people well at work, and persisting toward one's goals. There's solid advice here if career self-helpers can get by the flip and often silly style.