First Jobs: True Tales of Bad Bosses, Quirky Coworkers, Big Breaks, and Small Paychecks

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A future mayor shining shoes, an atheist shilling Bibles, a housewife heading to work during World War II, a now-famous designer getting fired-we all got our start somewhere. A first job may not have the romance of the first kiss or the excitement of a first car, but more than anything else, it offers a taste of true independence and a preview of what the world has in store for us.
In The First Jobs, reporter Merritt Watts collects real stories of these early forays into the workforce from a range of eras and industries, and a diversity of backgrounds. For some, a first job is a warm welcome to the working world. For others, it's a rude awakening, but as these stories show, it's an influential, entertaining experience that should not be underestimated.
This book transforms what we might think of as a single, unassuming line at the bottom of a résumé into a collection of absorbing tales and hard-earned wisdom to which we can all, for better or worse, relate.
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About the author

MERRITT WATTS is a former magazine editor and current freelance writer, who has written for Details, Women's Health,Conde Nast Traveler, SELF, Martha Stewart Living, and more. Her first job was as a telemarketer. She lives in San Francisco.
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Picador
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Published on
Apr 28, 2015
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Pages
256
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ISBN
9781250061300
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Language
English
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Genres
Humor / Form / Essays
Humor / Topic / Business & Professional
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