Is This Working?: The Businesslady's Guide to Getting What You Want from Your Career

Is This Working?: The Businesslady's Guide to Getting What You Want from Your Career

by Courtney C.W. Guerra
Is This Working?: The Businesslady's Guide to Getting What You Want from Your Career

Is This Working?: The Businesslady's Guide to Getting What You Want from Your Career

by Courtney C.W. Guerra


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From the creator of the Dear Businesslady column comes a fresh, proactive book with advice for women entering the workforce as well as those looking to move up the ladder.

Everyone deals with some nonsense early in their career—whether it’s accepting a less-than-ideal position just to get a foot in the door, or having a manager who sleeps with his smartphone under his pillow and expects his staff to do the same. But how do young professionals know if the choices they’re making are moving them closer to their ultimate career goals? How do they know the answer when they ask themselves, “Is This Working?”

Courtney Guerra, a.k.a. The Businesslady, knows how to set you on the path where you belong. In a fun-to-read Q&A format, this book focuses on situations young people are likely to encounter in the workplace, along with a set of strategies you can use to get through them.

In her signature tone that has gained her hundreds of thousands of readers, Guerra discusses topics relevant to young professionals, like how to make the jump from “just a job” to a career in line with what you went to school for, and how to stay productive when working from home at an apartment filled with distractions.

No matter what the scenario, The Businesslady has the answer to get you on the path to long-term career success.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440598494
Publisher: Adams Media
Publication date: 04/04/2017
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Courtney C.W. Guerra has been writing her Dear Businesslady column since 2014, first on The Toast and now on the financial advice site The Billfold. Starting out with experience in food service, retail, and data entry—plus a joint BA in English and visual arts—she proceeded to build her resume through a series of administrative positions, both corporate and nonprofit. She’s spent most of her career as a writer and editor supporting humanities research at the University of Chicago.

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

Chapter 1 The First Rung: Navigating a Job Search 13

Excuse Me, Sir, Have You Seen Any Jobs Around Here? 15

Selling Yourself Without Selling Out 20

Dear Hiring Manager 26

Tell Me About Yourself 31

From "a Job" to "Your Job" 42

Because You're Worth It 49

Chapter 2 Let's Do This: Starting (and Having) a Job 57

How to Career, Part I 58

Wardrobe Dysfunction 63

Wardrobe Assumptions 68

Even IfYou Don't Write for a Living, You Write for a Living 72

#NotSafeForWork 80

"Awake and Alert" Is Non-Negotiable 85

Chapter 3 Great, Expectations: Settling Into Your Role When You're No Longer 91

How to Career, Part II 93

You're Only One Person 98

Surprising Yourself 103

Surprising Yourself (Remix): Not in a Good Way 107

In the Feedback Loop 111

The Worst That Could Happen 115

Wipe That Face OffYour Face 118

Chapter 4 Your Time Won't Manage Itself: Staying on Task-and Staying Sane 123

Step 1 Make a List 125

Just Send the Damn E-Mail Already 130

Your Phone Has a Silent Mode 134

Do You Even Know What Kind of Day I've Had?? 139

Home Work 144

Chapter 5 You're All in This Together: Dealing with Bosses, Coworkers, and Other Workplace Inhabitants 151

Conflicts and Interests 153

I Hate Your Face 158

How About That Sportball Game? 163

On Wednesdays We Wear Pink Slips 168

Since You've Been Gone 172

The Coworkers Who Knew Too Much 176

Chapter 6 How Do I Say This?: Tackling Tricky Topics with Grace and Aplomb 181

Use Your Words 183

Um, Actually … 188

Your Mother Doesn't Work Here (And Even If She Did …) 194

To Your Health 201

Bearing Bad News 208

Chapter 7 Like a Boss: Making Your Job Work for You 213

Fraud Alert? 215

Preserving Your Last Nerve 219

Let Me Get That for You 224

Moving On Up 228

This Isn't Working 234

File under "Pastures, Greener" 238

I Guess This Is Working, Then 245

The Book Ends but the Conversation Doesn't 247

Acknowledgments 249

Index 251

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