My Job Sucks and I Can't Take It Anymore! Help!: The Real-life Job Survival Guide

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Everlove & Bohannon Publish, Jul 1, 2007 - Business & Economics - 180 pages
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Are you stressed out at work? Do you hate your job? Does your job just basically SUCK? If you have ever answered yes to any of these questions, then this is the book for you. If you're like me, you weren't born with a silver spoon, you aren't a trust fund baby, and you haven't yet saved up enough money to be financially independent. You've got bills to pay and responsibilities to keep, but it's getting harder and harder to get out of bed every morning to go to work. I know, I've been there before and I may be there at some time again in the future. I've been in the work force for 30 years now (God, how depressing is that?). I've been a white-collar worker, a blue-collar worker, and when I was young, a McJob worker. I've been stressed out, dumped on, pissed off, and laid off. There have been many times I've been so mad that I just wanted to quit and walk away (and when I was very young, I did that a few times). That's a viable option when you don't have any responsibilities, but now it really isn't something I can do anymore. I have a mortgage to pay and people who depend on me, so I've had to find a way to survive through all the frustration, all the stupidity, and all the heartache of the modern workplace. Over the years I've developed some strategies, tips, and ways of thinking that have made work more tolerable and less frustrating than it used to be. Since work is somewhat universal, and human nature is too, I'm betting that a lot of the strategies and tips I've developed will work for you too. I'm at a place now in my current job where I'm fairly content. I don't love my work, but I don't hate it either. I'm a professional and I do a good job. I would like to stay for several more years, maybe even retire. The problem is, I don't know if I'll even be allowed to retire. Because of globalization concerns (hey dude, where's my job?) and the fact that I'm now an older, highly paid “resource”, I sometimes feel like I've got a big red bulls eye on my chest.I want to stay, but will my company let me? Will I be one of the unfortunate “chosen ones” in the next round of layoffs? Accordingly, I also cover different strategies and tips you can use to try and stay one step ahead of the layoff executioner.Throughout this book I have provided real life anecdotes from the various jobs I've had, followed by the lessons I have learned and the strategies I've developed. All of the anecdotes are true. Some are pretty funny, and some are pretty sad. They are arranged in chronological order, beginning with my first working experiences.The book is broken down into five sections: 1. The McJob Years 2. Blue Collar Blues 3. Life as a Cube Dweller 4. What to do When Your Job Disappears 5. Achieving Nirvana (Or How I Learned To Make My Job Not Suck So Much) The bulk of the advice offered from the early work experiences fall under the “lessons learned” category. I've included everything, the good, the bad and the ugly. No punches are pulled. At the end of each section, there will be a summary of the lessons and tips. In section 4, I cover different strategies that can help protect you from ever having to say: “Welcome to Crapmart” or having to train your overseas job replacement. In section 5, “Achieving Nirvana”, I discuss specific philosophies and mindsets for surviving in the workplace. What you'll notice is that depending on where you are in life and the type of job you have, the lessons, options and strategies may differ. So, it doesn't matter whether you're 17 or 65, there's probably something in this book you can relate to and benefit from. A goodly portion of the later sections of the book are devoted to survival in the corporate workplace. As anyone who has worked in a large corporation can testify, it can be exceedingly frustrating. Corporations have their own perverse set of rules that are frequently at odds with any rules of common sense that would apply in a sane world. Recognizing and understanding those counter-intuitive rules can help you survive in the “upside down” world of corporate America. If you work for a large company or corporation, I think you'll appreciate that I don't engage in any “spin doctoring” in my descriptions of life in a large company. What is depicted here is not your Father's workplace of thirty years ago. There is no sugar coating of the truth. Quite frequently, our preconceived notions of how the workplace should function can clash with the reality we encounter on a day-to-day basis. Learning to recognize a situation for what it really is can help to alleviate some of the disappointment you feel when reality doesn't meet your expectations. The upside of facing that sometimes difficult reality is that you can develop a mindset which allows you to deal with the inequities of the workplace with less stress, less frustration, and potentially less hours spent on the job. One other thing you may have noticed, I haven't used the word career to describe my job. There's a critical distinction between those two words and it's one of the most important strategies contained in this book.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
8
The Red Death
15
Beware of Jobs With The Word boy in The Title
21
The Me Job Years Summary
27
Dark Warehouses Bad Dogs and Big Cockroaches
33
You Ain t No Police
39
Climbing Poles and Digging Holes
45
Be Careful What You Wish For
53
Look At Me When Im Talking To You Or at Least Try
103
The Silver Lining
113
What to do When Your Job Disappears
119
Globalization or Hey Dude Wheres My Job?
127
Achieving Nirvana Or How I Learned
131
Life Ain t Fair Get Used To It And Stop Bitching
141
The Most Dangerous Game
153
Differentiation or Rank and Yank
159

Sick Days? You Don V Need No Stinkin Sick Days
63
Blue Collar Blues Summary
69
Paying My Dues
75
When All Else Fails Walk Fast
89
My Life as a Consultant Or How I Was Able to Work a 40
95
When You Walk Out the Door at Five Leave It Behind
165
Find Your Passion Outside of Your Job
171
Resources
177
Copyright

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John L. White, author of “I'm In Debt, Over 40, With No Retirement Savings! HELP!”, has created the latest entry in the “HELP!” series of books. “My JOB SUCKS And I Can't Take IT Anymore! HELP!” was written for every wage slave who is caught in the soul sucking existence of a corporate job. In contrast to other books written by full-time “Career Coaches”, the author of “My JOB SUCKS” is currently employed by a large international corporation. This “from the trenches” survival guide provides honest, real life advice that no employee should be without.

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