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Do This, Not That: Career

What to Do (and NOT Do) in 75+ Difficult Workplace Situations



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About The Book

A must-have step-by-step guide on what to do (and what NOT to do) in the workplace featuring clear instructions and helpful scripts so you can deal with any unexpected situation at work.

How do you deal with a difficult boss who is always unavailable? How should you handle a coworker who never completes their portion of a project on schedule? How can you establish a strong work-life balance when starting a new job? The workplace can be full of challenging situations and no matter how passionate, frustrated, excited, or downright angry you feel, it’s important to stay polite and professional. Whether you struggle with finding the right words or simply aren’t sure how to approach a topic, Do This, Not That: Career is here to help!

This book gives you the tools you need to move forward productively so you can learn when to let go and move on. You’ll find more than 75 common workplace issues that cover everything from your first day on the job to your last. For each situation, discover what to do and what to avoid, then learn exactly how to make it happen. Find tips to reframe your thinking, simple scripts to help you figure out what to say, and even advice on your next steps depending on your initial response. Do This, Not That: Career is your one-stop-shop to handling any situation that work throws your way so you can prepare yourself for a successful career.

About The Author

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Jenny Foss is a long-time recruiter, job search strategist, and the founder and CEO of the internationally recognized career website, She also partners with LinkedIn in developing career-focused video courses for their LinkedIn Learning platform. Through all of her work, Jenny aims to provide exceptional, accessible, and easy-to-act-upon advice that enables people to thrive in their careers. A Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW), ferocious Scrabble player, and mean margarita maker, Jenny lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, three kids, and rescue dog Daisy.

Why We Love It

“Finding (and succeeding!) at a job you love can be tough. Fortunately, career coach and founder of Job Jenny, Jenny Foss, is here to help with expert advice on what to do and what not to do to be your absolute best at work. From starting a new job to dealing with your boss and coworkers to advancing in your personal career journey, Do This, Not That: Career is broken down into easy steps to help you reframe your thinking and handle tricky situations with ease. You’ll even find useful scripts to help you get the wording just right in every workplace challenge.”

—Julia J., Editor, on Do This, Not That: Career

Product Details

  • Publisher: Adams Media (January 10, 2023)
  • Length: 192 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781507219669

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Raves and Reviews

“One of those books everyone should have in their desk drawer to reference when faced with questionable workplace situations.”

Briefcase Coach

“This new, essential book gives you the tools you need to tackle the most common and the toughest workplace challenges. Follow Jenny’s tips and get the job and the career you want.”

Mac Prichard, host of the Find Your Dream Job podcast; founder of

“THE hottest new instruction manual for the modern career….This book will tell you exactly what to say to make you sound years more experienced, negotiate your way to the top, set big energy boundaries, and banish imposter syndrome for good.”

—Ash Ambirge, author of The Middle Finger Project: Trash Your Imposter Syndrome and Live the Unf*ckwithable Life You Deserve

“Pick up this book and you will experience an outpouring of career wisdom and care for your success, all for yourself.”

Paul Angone, bestselling author of numerous books, including 101 Secrets for Your Twenties

“Easy to navigate and filled with practical advice, you don’t want to start your next job search or tackle your next career challenge without this exceptional resource in your toolkit.”

—Dr. Dawn Graham, author of Switchers: How Smart Professionals Change Careers and Seize Success

“If you ever find yourself saying ‘I wish someone would just tell me what to do’ when it comes to events in your career and work life, this is the book you’ve been searching for. I’ll be using this guidebook until I retire!”

Tess Vigeland, author of Leap: Leaving a Job with No Plan B to Find the Career and Life You Really Want; former host of The WSJ’s As We Work podcast

“Jenny has bottled up all of her best tips into this handy guidebook. Read it in one sitting, read it in chunks, read it as you face formidable challenges in your career. Whatever your pleasure...just read it!”

Vanessa Van Edwards, bestselling author; founder of Science of People

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