Job Hopper

Job Hopper

The Checkered Career of A Down-market Dilettante

Book - 2005
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Baker & Taylor
The author of No Touch Monkey! and The Big Rumpus turns her experiences as a lifeguard, library attendant, costume designer, massage therapist, and mime into humorous prose about life in the working world. Original.

Perseus Publishing
If it's true that the average worker will hold an average of seven jobs over the course of a lifetime, Ayun Halliday is anything but average. In her brief thirty-something years, Halliday has managed to rack up an impressive array of short lived stints in the paid job market, including life guard, library attendant, costume designer, actress, waitress, artist's model, professional temp, rental stylist, substitute teacher, party counselor, massage therapist, costumed mascot, and mime, to name a few. In this uproarious collection of essays, Halliday displays a work ethic all employers can admire: wearing a leg brace to work after calling in "sick," quitting the same day she starts by claiming her step-brother had been in a bike accident, and faking "vocal nodes" to avoid telemarketing calls. Along the way, she befriends colleagues and bosses who ignore her falling asleep, stealing food and clothing, and feigning skills she does not possess, and gains the respect of her customers for sheer honesty, which includes detailing her feminine hygiene problems and setting male clients straight on her brand of massage: "I'm sorry, I cannot facilitate a sexual release for you!"

Publisher: Emeryville, CA : Seal Press : Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2005
ISBN: 1580051308 (pbk.)
Branch Call Number: 814.6 HAL
Characteristics: xi, 213 p. : ill. ; 21 cm


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ser_library Jan 12, 2017

hilarious but dated


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