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Before Ross McCammon landed his dream job as an editor at Esquire, he suffered through fear and self-doubt about interviewing, dressing for success and fitting in at work. He hilariously recounts his early days as a Texas transplant learning to survive in New York City and offers general career advice. His stories are really very funny, but anyone with a year of office experience will be familiar with much of his advice on how to dress for work, deliver a persuasive handshake, and use email and social media appropriately. Come for the career war stories – which make this one of the funniest business books ever – but only if you don’t find profanity offensive. getAbstract recommends his memoir to those who want a good laugh, and to recent college grads, those starting or restarting on the career ladder, and busy executives who have “made it” but want to polish their etiquette.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to navigate your workplace,
  • Why feelings of anxiety at work are normal, and
  • How etiquette can help you survive and thrive at work.

About the Author

Ross McCammon is an editor at GQ magazine and the business etiquette columnist at Entrepreneur magazine. He was a senior editor at Esquire magazine from 2005 to 2016. His humor has been collected in Created in Darkness by Troubled Americans: The Best of McSweeney’s Humor Category, edited by Dave Eggers.



From “Spirit” to “Esquire”
In May 2005, Ross McCammon was living in Texas and working as editor in chief of Spirit, the in-flight magazine of Southwest Airlines. A recruiter from Hearst, the major media corporation and owner of Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping ...

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