Love Your Job

Book description

AWARDS: Independent Publisher Book Award 2015 (Silver) and National Mature Media Award 2015 (Bronze)

Step-by-step tips for revitalizing your career

Yes, it is possible to have a job you love, and it doesn't require starting from scratch. Love Your Job is a guide to making work fulfilling and fun — again, or even for the first time. Why count down the hours of the day or the days to retirement when you could reinvigorate your workday, transforming the daily doldrums into a daily dose of enjoyable activity? Kerry Hannon, The New York Times columnist and AARP's Jobs Expert, focuses on the little things that can make a big difference in how we feel about work.

Love Your Job is all about the routines, habits, and thought patterns that, over the years, may have turned a dream job into a drudge or, worse, a nightmare. Changing these habits and attitudes is simple, and this book shows you how to identify the little things that make work enjoyable and engaging. Using these simple techniques, you can adopt the attitude that will keep you happy and that might just lead to bigger and better things, no matter what stage of your career you are in. In this book, you will learn to:

  • Develop new habits that bring more purpose into every single workday
  • Rekindle your hope and motivation by celebrating small successes
  • Recognize negative patterns that keep you from enjoying your job
  • Craft an entrepreneurial attitude that will get you noticed and enrich your work life

We all deserve to experience happiness and satisfaction every day, at every stage of our careers. Kerry Hannon explains that you don't have to make a huge career transition to love work again. But if you reinvent the way you see work, who knows where your new outlook will lead? Wake up to the countless possibilities that await you with Love Your Job.

Table of contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Chapter 1 Curing the Workplace Blues
    1. Should You Switch Careers?
    2. Chin Up!
    3. Take It Up a Notch
    4. Loving Your Job
    5. The “HOVER” Approach
    6. Get a Grip
    7. How to Use This Book
  3. Chapter 2 Creating the Blueprint for Your Dream Job
    1. Map Your Future
    2. Your Past Isn’t Prologue
    3. Nothing Is Forever
    4. Look at the Big Picture
    5. What Would Make You Love Your Job?
    6. What Are Your Work Goals?
    7. Adopt New Ways to Envision Your Career
    8. Chapter Recap
  4. Chapter 3 Do an MRI on Your Work and Your Life
    1. Create Your Job “Budget” Sheet
    2. What Does Your Work Really Mean To You?
    3. Write in Your Journal Every Day for a Week
    4. Is Your Pay What’s Really Bothering You?
    5. A Can-Do Philosophy
    6. Consider Taking a Self-Assessment Test
    7. Get Ready to Love Your Job
    8. Chapter Recap
  5. Chapter 4 Refresh Your Attitude: The Keystone to Your Love Your Job Action Plan
    1. Attitude Adjustment
    2. Create Your Own Purpose
    3. Write It Down
    4. A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words
    5. Build a Bear
    6. Practice HOVERing
    7. Mental Games
    8. Adjusting Your Attitude
    9. What to Do If You’re Bullied at Work
    10. Step Right Up and Enroll in My Three-Step Fitness Program
    11. Chapter Recap
  6. Chapter 5 Beyond the Job Description
    1. Take Time for Renewal
    2. Volunteering and Mentoring
    3. Adding Value to Your Job
    4. Take Control of Your Time
    5. Get Involved in “Extracurricular” Activities
    6. Chapter Recap
  7. Chapter 6 How to Build Flexibility into Your Job
    1. Work Flexibility and Happiness
    2. A Myriad of Flextime Options
    3. How Is Flextime Working?
    4. Is Telework for You?
    5. The Risks of Working at Home
    6. Chapter Recap
  8. Chapter 7 How to Upgrade Your Game
    1. The Benefits of Learning New Tricks
    2. Learning and Healthy Aging
    3. Getting Over the Hurdles
    4. Chapter Recap
  9. Chapter 8 How to Have the “What’s Next?” Talk with Your Boss
    1. The Time Is Now
    2. Questions to Ask Yourself before the Big Meeting
    3. Your Plan-and-Prepare Strategy
    4. Carrying Out the “Ask”
    5. Chapter Recap
  10. Afterword
  11. Resources
    1. Ideas for Further Reading
    2. Helpful Career Happiness Web Sites
  12. Acknowledgments
  13. About the Author
  14. Index
  15. End User License Agreement

Product information

  • Title: Love Your Job
  • Author(s): Kerry E. Hannon
  • Release date: March 2015
  • Publisher(s): Wiley
  • ISBN: 9781118898062