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LABOR DAY HELP FOR THE 80 PERCENT WHO HATE THEIR JOBS

 SEBASTOPOL, Calif., Aug. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Joan Howard works in a 6' x 6' cubicle for an international bank surrounded by stacks of computer printouts she reads line-by-line for errors. It's a job she loves. Unhappy as a teller because she disliked working with the public, her company assessed her interests and personality and found for her the perfect job.
 A book to be released Labor Day, "Love Your Job!: Loving the Job You Have, Finding A Job You Love" ($12.95, O'Reilly & Associates) by management psychologist Dr. Paul Powers, reveals that at least four out of five workers dislike something important about their jobs. The good news, according to Powers, is that there are exercises that can help people rekindle the excitement they had when they were first hired.
 Powers' main message is simple: Don't settle for too little in your job. When one realizes that most Americans will work close to 100,000 hours during their lifetimes -- about half the waking hours of their entire adult lives -- it becomes apparent how huge an investment people have in their work lives. It is all the more important that they take seriously the task of finding and keeping a job they can truly enjoy.
 "The very best type of job lets you be yourself in the context of your work. In the simplest sense, it makes you happy," said Powers. "It helps to identify a job you love -- as well as the qualities in yourself that will make you open to finding and keeping that job. Keep in mind that there may be many jobs right for you and that you might even be able to mold a job that isn't right into one that is."
 Unlike traditional job-hunting and career books, "Love Your Job!" guides readers to focus on the personal reasons why they should care about their work. It features more than 100 reflections that stimulate readers to think about themselves, their dreams and their careers. Interspersed with the reflections are about 40 practical and motivational exercises to get readers going on the path to finding and keeping jobs they love.
 In the past, Powers has worked in hospitals and clinics, as a counselor of Vietnam veterans, as an executive recruiter and in outplacement. Currently he has a private practice and works primarily with people who are trying to find jobs, succeed in them and adjust to leaving them. "Love Your Job!", co-authored with Deborah Russel, is Powers' first book.
 Following is an excerpt from "Love Your Job!":
 An Exercise in Turning Irritants to Concrete Questions
 1. Think about what you'd like to change about your work life. Is there one basic problem you can identify and possibly change? Or are there many minor problems? Do you think you can work on making these changes while keeping your job, or do you need to make a fresh start?
 2. Look back at your previous history. Who is the worst boss you've ever had? What were the qualities that you found particularly objectionable in Mr. or Ms. Crank? Note them and remember them. You never want to work for a person like this again.
 3. Look back and think now about the worst environment you've ever worked in. What made it so bad? Were people unfriendly? Was the physical plant dirty, crowded or uncomfortable in some other way? Was the company culture too formal or too informal for you? Did the company do something you found objectionable -- make nerve gas, cheat the government, discriminate? Note these qualities and remember them. You never want to work in an environment like this again.
 4. Look back and think now about the worst job function you've ever performed. What made it so bad? Was it physically frightening or uncomfortable (working with a jackhammer or radiation or small, unruly children)? Was it boring (endless filing or repetitive assembly line operations, or adding up numbers by hand)? Was it too demanding (trying to translate from a language you hadn't learned or sell a product you didn't understand)? Note these characteristics and remember them. You never want to perform a function like this again.
 5. Do you have a nagging feeling that you ought to be doing something else? No matter how vague or unrealistic those feelings are, jot them down and look at them objectively, at least as an exercise. What is it you might want to do? What, realistically, is stopping you from doing it? If there is a path to the new job or career you've identified, what do you need to get started on that path?
 6. Let these feelings jell for a while.
 7. After a few weeks, go back to this exercise. See if your feelings about your current job or career are any clearer. Is it time to start thinking more concretely about taking that next step?
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 /CONTACT: Mary Silveira Leal of O'Reilly & Associates, 707-829-0515/


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