Media praise for Love Your Job!

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"This is the first career guide for people who don't want to or can't change their jobs, but who are dissatisfied with at least one aspect of it. [Ed: Hands up all of you who don't need a book like this?] While Love Your Job! is a departure from O'Reilly's technical books, editorially it fits very well within their desire to publish information that helps people in pain. As with their other books, which attempt to offer 'over the shoulder' advice to people stuck on a program or system, this book gives readers direct access to the advice of a leading management consultant who has had to deal with employee pain resulting from corporate downsizing.

"There are many long, boring, and sometimes cynical books on how to write a resume, dress for success, and look the interviewer in the eye: Love Your Job! isn't one of them. Rather than showing readers how to manipulate their way into getting a better-paying job, it encourages them to look inside themselves at what is really important, and to bring their best selves to work, whatever it may be."

--Sun UK User, August 1993

"Unlike traditional job-hunting and career books, Love Your Job guides readers to focus on the personal reasons why they should care about their work. It features more than 100 reflections that stimulate readers to think about themselves, their dreams, and their careers. Interspersed with the reflections are about 40 practical and motivational exercises to get readers going on the path to finding and keeping jobs they love." --Chattanooga News-Free Press, September 1993

"When O'Reilly and Associates (known for high-quality UNIX books with cute animals on the cover) set out to do a book on jobs, you could have bet that it wouldn't be an ordinary book. I hesitate to even describe it as a 'career book'; it emphasizes work as a subset of life, whereas most others on the subject view it the other way around. Although it contains sound and practical job hunting advice, this is a book for anyone who wants to get more satisfaction from their work.

"On page 9, Powers relates the story of submitting the first draft to publisher Tim O'Reilly, who responded, 'There's a lot of good stuff in here, but it's buried.' Powers and Russell then decided to write more on the why of career choice and job hunting, instead of how. The result is a series of one-page reflections and exercises that explore work primarily as a way of getting the most out of life. What does it mean to love your job? Can you keep loving your job? What if you have a job you don't love? Is there life outside your Job?...

"With so many revolutionary developments on the horizon, some extra effort and risk is warranted to help us create a situation in which we are applying ourselves to something we truly love. As the author puts it, 'The very best job lets you be yourself in the context of your work. In the simplest sense, it makes you happy.'

"...Powers leads us through a series of exercises and essays designed to help us discover what we really love to do, not what we expect of ourselves or what our loved ones or our society expect us to do....

"After defining what it means to love our jobs, Powers delves into ways of making and/or keeping our current jobs lovable. Growing within our jobs is essential to being happy with them; this includes constantly improving on our cooperativeness and communication, continuing to learn and educate ourselves, being generally persistent, and taking the time to enjoy life away from work. Accepting and adapting to change, seeing our job as a vehicle taking us towards larger goals, and deliberately practicing optimism within the boundaries of realism, are also key to finding nuggets of gold in the workaday world....

"For those who find themselves unable to love their current job, Powers provides a series of 'inventories' that help the job hunter thoroughly evaluate occupational skills they've acquired both on and off the job, as well as a checklist of positive personal qualities and 'people skills.'

"One of the strongest and most useful sections of this book deals with confronting the fear of jub hunting. Fear of failure, lack of faith in one's abilities, and the stress of interviewing are three of the biggest hurdles, and Powers provides pep talks and exercises for overcoming these and other obstacles....

"...Seventy percent of all jobs are filled through personal and professional contacts, and Powers estimates that 90 percent of the really lovable jobs are found this way. He provides an inventory to help the job hunter avoid overlooking useful contacts, and his exercise in networking covers all of the essential points of a networking call.

"The book closes with some thoughts on getting the most out of relaxation, living fully when not at work, and exercises in avoiding burnout and 'deciding what's important.' Included is an extensive bibliography of job hunting guides, directories and other useful books. Sorely missing an index, I've had to flip through many pages in search of specific passages and citations; perhaps a future edition will fill in this gap.

"At times, the authors come close to lapsing into 'new age' attitudes, but they never actually cross the line; this book is firmly rooting in the practical. It's one-page essays make it the sort of book that is best read slowly and reflectively, a piece at a time; perhaps after waking, during a break, before going to sleep, or on vacation.

"If you are a 'succesful' professional, be warned: Powers poses piercing questions that may disrupt your career complacency, and you could find that long-forgotten aspirations have been re-awakened. You might even be inspired to completely re-evaluate your perception of work and to make happiness a higher priority than the pursuit of wealth and prestige."

--Jim Johnson, UniForum Monthly, November 1993