Review: Alison Green of Ask a Manager has a new book!

Ask A Manager ‘s Alison Green has compiled a ton of her most useful workplace advice into a book. Lucky me; I won an advance reader copy from Goodreads Giveaways! The book comes out on May 1, 2018, from Random House imprint Ballantine Books. You’ll want to grab a copy.

You can find my Goodreads review below:

Ask a Manager: Clueless Coworkers, Lunch-Stealing Bosses, and Other Work Conversations Made EasyAsk a Manager: Clueless Coworkers, Lunch-Stealing Bosses, and Other Work Conversations Made Easy by Alison Green

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thank you, Ballantine and Goodreads Giveaway, for this ARC of Alison Green’s latest book. I first found Green’s Ask a Manager blog while job hunting in 2012 and have been a loyal reader ever since. This book is like a printed version of that: a handy reference to situations you may encounter at work and how to address them.

The book is divided into chapters–bosses; coworkers; if you’re the boss; and finally, interviewers. Each section contains a ton of common dilemmas. For each one, she tells you exactly what you can say and what to do if you hit a roadblock. Green has always advocated being both tactful and direct, and the language reflects that philosophy. It’s like having an experienced and caring mentor helping you navigate your most tricky workplace situations.

Featured text scattered throughout the book presents some of Ask a Manager readers’ letters and Green’s answers to them. Many of these are massively entertaining; even if they seem wacky (trust me, the blog has many of those!), you’ll likely find a takeaway. A few features give the reader direct information such as turn-offs to avoid during an interview, or phrases you can use with your boss. I think an index would be helpful, though it’s not too difficult to find what you’re looking for. This is a book made for flipping, not necessarily a straight read-through, since it’s so packed with information.

I haven’t found a better work advice columnist than Alison Green. If you want to learn to navigate your workplace with smarts and grace, get a copy of this book. It’s a terrific addition to your professional library and would make a valuable gift for someone new to the workforce.

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Discount on Ask a Manager’s How to Get a Job book!

Hey everyone — if any of you are looking for a job right now, I’d like to pass on a resource.

For the next few days, Alison Green at is offering a discount on her book, How to Get a Job: Secrets of a Hiring Manager.  It’s chock-full of useful advice and helpful tips on interviewing, resumes, and more.

You can click on this link to go to her blog and buy it.

Get your copy today!



Attention, Job Seekers–Discount on Alison Green’s How to Get a Job E-book!

Alison Green, work guru extraordinaire and owner of the excellent Ask A Manager work blog, is offering a discount on her book, How to Get a Job, for the next few days!

This e-book is a great resource for job hunters.  It helped me greatly when I was searching.  It contains advice on how to make your interview and cover letter awesome, and how to ace your interview.  And it has a new snazzy cover, too.

Soon, you too could be having this much fun getting a paycheck!

Soon, you too could be having this much fun getting a paycheck!

Go to this link immediately and get it today!

How to Get a Job: Secrets of a Hiring Manager by Alison Green

If you look to the left and scroll down, you’ll see a linked graphic leading to a book by Alison Green of Ask A Manager.

This handy guide to getting hired is called How to Get a Job: Secrets of a Hiring Manager.  It’s chock full of tips to help you polish your resume, prepare for your interview, and advice on what NOT to do.

I’ve read it.  In fact, I liked it so much I have become an affiliate for the book.  That means if you purchase it through the link on my blog, I get money!  And Alison gets money! And you get a plethora of useful advice to help you not completely blow your next interview!

This man clearly did not read the book first.

Image: David Castillo Dominici /

If you already have a job, yay for you.  If you know someone who is looking, steer them here and we’ll all be happy.  Meanwhile, check out Alison’s blog.  She’s got the straightforward career advice you’ve been looking for and her commenters are some of the best.

Happy reading!