How to Be Useful: A Beginner’s Guide to Not Hating Work [Megan Hustad] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. There’s a lot of career advice . Megan Hustad. · Rating details · ratings · 63 reviews. A delightfully original, unerringly hip, yet marvelously practical handbook for a new and slightly . Megan Hustad worked at Knopf, Basic Books, and Counterpoint Press before leaving publishing to write a book about the unexpectedly.

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The early scenes of Carrie wandering the streets of turn-of-the-century Chicago, fresh off the train, looking for work, are the stuff of perfect costume drama.

We’ll call him Bert. What I found was a wealth of information about the mind-set of the twenty-somethings. Things that seem common sense to those of us with more experience dress for the job you want, defer to those with more time in the department apparently are not common to the newbies.

And, oh, I would wear a suit, something neither I nor anyone else would hiw of wearing in the newsroom, unless heading out for an interview.

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Hustad’s style is relaxed and engaging; she comes passionate about her topic, without browbeating the reader. The advice is good; if you’re looking for a self-help book on how to become more successful in the workplace, especially if your first real job has disillusioned you a little bit as mine hasyou could do worse. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. This is a fairly common sueful in American office life, I’m pretty sure; we become victims of our own efficiency.

Dec 09, Katrina Michie rated it liked it. I just can’t picture the audience at all. One such Sunday, I was so preoccupied with reading Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections that I did not even leave my bed the whole day – except, of course, to hit the toilet, get more coffee, make Bloody Marys and nibble on some cheese.

And perhaps most important for New Money to understand, she knew that Old Money had its unwritten codes, and standards were high: This book is bullshit. No trivia or quizzes yet. Here’s what I came up with ah, the callow brilliance of the year-old! I don’t agree with the rest of the reviewers on good reads. Max Welcome to the Working Week 3: Keeps people more comfortable with you.


The book follows, in chronological order from hustav 19th century on, a series of self-help books that Hustad deems relevant to success uustad work. Write a customer review. Yes, the author’s digested a load of books for the reader’s benefit, but it almost feels like they don’t really know any more than you do about the subject and they could have used the same approach to write about anything at all.

Jun 07, Iris rated it really liked it. Frequent pop culture references make the book entertaining, but may make it seem dated in the future. Jun 11, Kelsey rated it did not like it. Welcome to the Working Week: She makes good points, and the book is fairly short. And I really liked it!

Jul 16, Mintwitch rated it liked it. Doubleday, Page and Co. I have been told on multip The title is right – this really is a beginner’s book.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Open Preview See a Problem? Think freaknomics or Malcolm Gladwell with out all the self righteousness that the other two books I mentioned tote.

You’ve landed the job. Just finished a section on how being positive at work is so important, yet antithetical to what may be learned in the classroom where being critical is showing that we Usseful something! If you were to follow her guidelines to a t, you would likely end up coming off as calculating, cold and disingenuous, never more so that when she advises you to smile even when faking it at all times and at all costs.

Nobody needs a guide to “not hating hod when there’s no work to be had. I found some of it confirmed things I already felt were true, but some put into words things I had vaguely-formed ideas of on my own– that sort of well-phrased summary that makes a person go “Ah, yes, that.


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Each chapter ends with bullet points summarizing the application of these ideas in megxn workplace. Mar 11, emily rated it really liked it Shelves: In all cases, Hustad has the ability to interpret the author’s sometimes century-old ideas for us 21st-century workers with humor and the genuine frankness of a good mentor. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase.

Fine, with some interesting bits, but seemed overall a bit formulaic: Short, to the point, entertaining, and in a word, useful. This is the book you’ll want to travel back in time and press into the hands of your 22 year old self. I’m a chapter in, and I hope to continue reading it.

Megan Hustad seems like someone you could have a cocktail with in a Manhattan bar, and while you were sitting there chatting over drinks, she would entertain you with her witty overview of American self-help literature from the past century. In “How to Be Useful”, Megan Hustad dismantles the myths of getting ahead and helps you navigate the choppy waters of office life. This was the second time I read this book first was last megwn. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs.

This isn’t a self-help book. I loved her tone about work, it instantly wanted me to be more positive and enthusiastic and put-together. The he is practical and offers some sound advice in the way that I think most of my peers would disagree. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. One of us had a car. If you are struggling at work or do not feel like you are performing your best, this is a great book for inspiring you to bring forth more from yourself.