100 Bullshit Jobs...And How to Get Them

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Harper Collins, Apr 24, 2007 - Humor - 320 pages
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The scholarly discipline of Bullshit Studies has blossomed in the last several years, fertilized by a number of critical works on the subject and the growing importance of the issue across a wide range of professions. Now, best-selling author and lifelong practitioner Stanley Bing enters the field with a comprehensive look at the many attractive jobs now available to those who are serious about their bullshit and prepared to dedicate their working life to it.

What, Bing inquires, do a feng shui consultant, new media executive, wine steward, department store greeter, and Vice President of the United States have in common? What, too, are the actual duties performed by a McKinsey consultant? Other than sitting around making people nervous? Could that possibly be his core function? Likewise, what does an aromatherapist actually do, per se? Sniff things and rub them on people, for big fragrant bucks? Is that all?

The answer in all cases is "Yes." They all have bullshit jobs.

These few, of course, are just the beginning. Across the length and breadth of this shrinking globe, skillful bullshit artists have secured pleasant, lucrative employment, and are enjoying themselves more than you are. In virtually every occupation, from Advertising to Yoga Franchising, lucky individuals who "work" in these coveted positions enjoy the best lives imaginable -- they are paid well, they rarely break a sweat, and their professions are highly respected, because nobody really knows what they do.

At once funny, useful, and tolerably philosophical, this groundbreaking work takes a close look at 100 bullshit jobs -- the money they bring with them, the actual tasks and activities involved (if any), and famous and successful examples of each position, who will provide the neophyte with inspiration. Most crucially, Bing goes on to offer what others so far have not--a clear, concise strategy to help job-seekers at every level reach for that brass ring, knowing full well that it may be attached to the nose of a bull.

 

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User Review  - kageeh - LibraryThing

A very funny but slight book about real nightmare jobs (or dream jobs that are not what they may appear to be)and how to get them. Better to borrow from the library than to pay for. Read full review

100 bullshit jobs: -- and how to get them

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There's an element of bullshit in all jobs, including his own, but bestselling author Bing (Sun Tzu was a Sissy) has taken a wickedly satiric approach and ranked the BS quotient in jobs both common ... Read full review

Contents

Infomercial Spokesperson Celebrity Pitchman
155
Insurance Broker
158
Investment Banker
162
Lawyer
164
Life Coach
167
Mail OrderOnline Minister
169
Marriage Counselor
171
McKinsey Hit Man
173

Ayurvedic Healer
37
Backup Dancer
40
Barista
43
Being a Brand
45
Being Donald Trump
47
Bestselling Author
49
Blogger
51
Book Editor
54
Boulevardier
57
Business Book Author
59
Cable News Demagogue
61
Celebrity StylistAesthetic Consultant
65
Celebutante
67
Certified Massage Therapist
69
Chairman
71
Cheese Artisan
73
Closet Organizer
75
Cold Caller
77
Computer Game Tester
80
Construction Site Flag Waver
82
Consultant
84
Contractor
88
Corporate YesMan
92
Critic
96
Crumber
99
Customer Service Representative Canned Food Company
101
Diet Doctor
104
Dolphin Trainer
106
Economist
108
Escort
111
Executive Vice President New Media
113
Expert Witness
117
Feng Shui Consultant
120
Food Critic
123
Funeral Director
126
Game Show Host
129
GreeterCuer
132
Guru
135
Handler
138
Handwriting Analyst
141
Headhunter
144
HMO Health Care Professional
147
Human Billboard
151
Industrial Psychologist
153
Media Trainer
175
Meteorologist on TV
178
Mogul
181
MogulRock StarCelebritys Ex
184
Motivational Speaker
186
Palm ReaderPsychicAstrologer Tarot Reader Etc
189
Patent Troll
192
Performance Artist
195
Perfume Schpritzer
197
Personal Publicist
199
Personal Trainer
202
Pet Psychic
205
Poet
209
Poker Teacher
214
Political Reverend
218
Politician
221
PollsterMarket Researcher
225
Pop Tart
228
Posse Dude
231
Postmodern Artist
235
Quantum PhysicistString Theorist
239
Raw Chef
243
Realtor
247
RightWing Radio Talk Show Host
249
Ringmaster
251
Roadkill Collector
255
Rock Star
257
Rogue Journalist
260
RoyaltyHeir
263
Spin Doctor
265
Sports Bloviator
267
Talking HeadPundit
270
The Guy Who Says Your Car Will Be Ready by Noon
272
University Administrator
274
Velvet Rope Nazi
276
Vice President of the United States
279
Wine Industry Professional
282
Writer of This Book
285
Xerox Repairman
287
Yeti
289
Yoga Franchiser
291
You
294
Transforming Your Job into a Bullshit Job
296
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Stanley Bing is a columnist for Fortune magazine and the bestselling author of Crazy Bosses, What Would Machiavelli Do?, Throwing the Elephant, Sun Tzu Was a Sizzy, 100 Bullshit Jobs . . . And How to Get Them, and The Big Bing, as well as the novels Lloyd: What Happened and You Look Nice Today. By day he is an haute executive in a gigantic multinational corporation whose identity is one of the worst-kept secrets in business.

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