Author Archives: Amanda Green

The Job Slut: 5 Things You Should Never Say To A Job Slut

The Job Slut: 5 Things You Should Never Say To A Job Slut

‘ve been a full-time freelancer for over a year. It’s been the most stimulating, character-building, nail-bitingly stressful experience of my professional life. And people love to talk about it.

I think it helps that I’m a writer. People who romanticize writing — about 85% of New Yorkers — throw around words like “craft” and “muse” and commend me for being brave for pursuing something creative. The other 15% say something stupid, like “Do you make any money?” or “Seriously, how are you paying your rent?”
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The Job Slut: More Friends With (Work) Benefits

The Job Slut: More Friends With (Work) Benefits

A few weeks ago, I pondered the five friends every job slut should have in her arsenal. Turns out, I forgot a few.

But before I fill you in, let’s talk about these friends. I wish it were as simple to find them as it is to say, meet someone horrible through an online dating site. It seems that once you reach a certain age, you spend most of your energy seeking — or alas, hiding from — romantic partners. After college, we’re just not as concerned with making friends. More »

The Job Slut: Friends With (Work) Benefits

The Job Slut: Friends With (Work) Benefits

Every job slut needs a cabal of like-minded and like-employed freelancing friends. They’re great for networking, brainstorming, and commiserating. Besides, who else might be free for a mid-week afternoon at the movies? Not your pals working nine to five.

But it’s important to befriend job monogamists, too. If they talk openly about their own earnings and benefits, you’ll better know what to charge your clients. Friends with W-2s might have the inside scoop on something that affects your industry. They keep things in perspective, too. Sometimes we need to be reminded why we’ve chosen one path over another. And sometimes we need to turn around and go back where we came from. More »

Working It: Ask And Ye Shall Receive…Maybe

Working It: Ask And Ye Shall Receive...Maybe

I don’t know if it’s because I grew up when I did, or that I grew up in a small town in Texas, but my school seemed to have hundreds of anti-something guest speakers each year. There was the recovering alcoholic with the shakes who went on and on about Judy Garland. He told us he’d mail our fourth-grade class stickers that said “I Choose No Booze,” but they never came. (Until then, I’m imbibing.)
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The Job Slut: The Examined Career

The Job Slut: The Examined Career

Socrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.”

Remember that from some distant philosophy class? Maybe a little? I think the same applies to your career or job or however you’re making a living right now. How did you get here? Do you want to be here or somewhere else? More »

Working It: Baking, Cooking, And Feeding Your Way To The Top

Working It: Baking, Cooking, And Feeding Your Way To The Top

When I became a teacher in Harlem after college, the first days of work each September were about setting ground rules. That, and not weeping about what I’d gotten myself into.

Two years later, I went into marketing. Before my first day in corporate America — a land where it’s uncommon to see one co-worker slap another over a stolen bag of potato chips or a yo momma joke — I asked my new mentor for advice. I knew I was supposed to brush my teeth and whip out my firm handshake. But what else could I do to stand out? More »

The Job Slut: Should You Work And Tell?

The Job Slut: Should You Work And Tell?

People often ask how I juggle having various jobs at any given time. I send the question right back. “How do you do it?”

All of us balance work with play and relationships and having a life. I actually think managing hours for various work commitments is easier than say, figuring out how to get enough quality time both alone and with your significant other. Because with freelancing, it’s business — watching your time is necessary. In your personal life, it’s often perceived as insensitive. More »

Working It: Fortune Cookie Career Advice

Working It: Fortune Cookie Career Advice

A long time ago, in a Chinese restaurant far, far away, I ate the complimentary fortune cookie that came with my meal.

Most of the time these slips of paper are hardly grammatical, trite observations more than fortunes. That’s why we add “in bed” at the end and then forget all about them. After writing about grunt work in last week’s post, I remembered one of the best pieces of career advice I ever got. It was in a stale fortune cookie that was technically a stale career advice cookie. More »

The Job Slut: I’m A Job Slut, But I’m Not Easy

The Job Slut: I'm A Job Slut, But I'm Not Easy

I’ve been courted by some pretty sleazy people in my days as a job slut. If you’ve ever looked at work freelance writing gigs on a job site, you know what I’m talking about. Some have tried to talk me into a low-paying gig with promises of priceless exposure. That’s great, except my landlord and cable company don’t accept payment in the form of exposure. Others have mentioned that if I devote just six months to a project, I can earn a speck above a pittance. If the new publication takes off, who knows? I might even get checks in a timely manner, too! More »