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Save the Assistants: A Guide to Surviving and Thriving in the Workplace
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"If you're tired, you're poor, and you're a huddled mass of an assistant yearning to breathe free, look no further than Save the Assistants." --Yahoo! "Lilit at Save the Assistants . . . feels your pain." --Marie Claire What happens when nine-to-five turns into nine-to-eleven? How do you outmaneuver the office Underminer? Is it appropriate to have a cocktail at a company lunch? How do you get reservations for a restaurant with an unlisted phone number? What do you do when your boss throws a stapler at your head? As Page Six Magazine recently noted, bosses are "going from mean to monstrous--and making The Devil Wears Prada look like a love story." What's an office drone to do? Call on Save the Assistants, the addictive and insightful guide to workplace sanity by Lilit Marcus, renowned assistant expert. On your first day at work, you learned how to answer the phone and turn on the computer. But four years of college hardly prepared you for the coffee-fetching, back-stabbing, and you-should-have-done-it-yesterdays of office life. Save the Assistants is here to help you not only survive your job, but ultimately get the career you want.
Based on the Web site of the same name, "Save the Assistants" collects the complaints and observations of disgruntled coffee-fetchers, copy-makers, and general office slaves.
High school guidance counselors say that a college degree is the ticket to career success. What they forget to mention is that college graduates can have all the dreams they want, but they have to be assistants first. SaveTheAssistants.com is the brainchild of two ex-assistants who wanted a place where all disgruntled coffee-fetchers, copy-makers, and general office slaves could be heard. Now known as the go-to site for entry-level employees, it's a source of comfort for the desolate. Save the Assistants offers succor and genuinely useful advice on subjects like:
- The Daily Life of an Assistant: horror stories and pep talks;
- Bosses: The Bad, the Ugly, and the (Rarely) Good: includes the Bossary, STA's wildly popular dictionary of bosses, plus celebrity assistant gossip;
- The Rest of the Office: because bosses aren't the only source of stress;
- The Survival Guide: helping assistants decide, should I stay or should I go?;
- Going into the Light: how to move on, whether via promotion or graceful exit.
- Ryan Seacrest Productions has optioned media rights.
About the Author
Lilit Marcus is the cofounder of SavetheAssistants.com and the editor of TheGloss.com. She is the former editor of Jewcy.com. Her writing has also appeared in Newsweek, the New York Post, and MediaBistro. She lives in New York City.
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