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The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl
Real-Life Career Advice You Can Actually Use
By (author) Karen Burns


A useful and fun book for any woman who has ever wanted, needed, lost, quit, hated, or loved a job. “Working Girl” (a.k.a. Karen Burns) has held a total of 59 jobs (so far), including housekeeper, cigarette girl, paper “boy”, model, ditch-digger, bank teller, editor, brochure writer, artist, and corporate drone. She made mistakes along the way, but extracted one important lesson from each job she has held. Working Girl now shares her hard-earned wisdom for the modern working woman with this series of 59 humorous yet practical vignettes, including guidance on:

• Risk-taking and why it's good
• How to build self-confidence
• Tips for managing your boss
• When you're not appreciated
• Causes and cures for burnout
• Balancing baby and boss
• When it's time to say adieu
and 52 more!

Whimsically illustrated with Working Girl cartoons, this is a fun, accessible advice book that deals with the real issues that are on the minds of working women (and not just those who are striving for the corner office!). No matter where a girl finds herself on the job ladder (from the bottom to the top), she'll find that The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl will give her both perspective and a plan for success.

about Karen Burns

  • Karen Burns has held 59 jobs over 40 years in 22 cities and 4 countries, including being a writer, editor, illustrator, and marketer. She has adopted the persona of “Working Girl”—a sassier, bossier version of herself—to impart work wisdom on her popular blog www.karenburnsworkinggirl.com while also running her own greeting card company that features her art (www.anotherworkinggirl.com). She has legions of fans for both of these venues, and lives in Seattle, Washington.


Publishers Weekly Online
"Burns is encouraging and funny, but also a hard-nosed pragmatist who isn’t about to do the work for you."

The Seattle Times
“Working girls (and boys) will likely find something to relate to in Burns' part memoir, part self-help tome for career professionals…”

The Bookmonger
“The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl is a book that promotes spunk, common sense, courtesy, curiosity, and ethical behavior.”

Penelope Trunk, Brazen Careerist
“A funny, smart book that gives you permission to make mistakes and start over again.”

other editions

  • eBook | ISBN 9780786745425
    Pub date: 03/31/2009 | Price: 12.99 Canada/$9.99
    288 Pages
    SELF-HELP / Personal Growth / General
    BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Careers / General
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