Upcoming Author Interview: Tessa West

Tessa West, Sally Haldorson

March 27, 2024


Does your relationship with work need some help? Tune in to our upcoming conversation with Tessa West, author of Job Therapy, for insight on five reasons you may want to leave your job, and get advice on what to do to improve your current career or your next.

Register now for our upcoming live-streamed interview with Tessa West, author of Jerks at Work and, her latest book, Job Therapy: Finding Work That Works for You. She will be in conversation with Sally Haldorson, Porchlight's Managing Director.

Wednesday, July 24, 2024
3pm CST
Live on YouTube, LinkedIn, and Facebook

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Pre-order copies of Tessa's books for your business book club, organization, or friends in a career crisis! We at Porchlight Book Company offer competitive discounts on all bulk book purchases.



A psychologist’s guide to finding your most fulfilling job yet. 
When we’re unhappy in our jobs, we often attribute our frustration to a bad manager, boring tasks, and stressful workloads. But our dissatisfaction at work usually stems from a deeper psychological need that’s not being met at work, like not getting the recognition you deserve. 
In Job Therapy, Dr. Tessa West helps you figure out the real reason you’re unhappy and shows you how to find a new position in which you’ll thrive, whether in a different role, company, or new industry altogether. Through her research interviewing thousands of people who have recently switched jobs or undergone career changes, she found there are five common sources of career frustration: 

  • having an identity crisis – does your sense of self no longer match your job? 
  • you’ve drifted-apart – do you no longer recognize the job you once loved? 
  • you’re torn between places – are you taking on too many roles at work, switching tasks too often, or stuck between two paths? 
  • you’re the runner up – do you always feel like you keep coming in second? 
  • you’re the underappreciated star – are you crushing it at work, but the people around you aren’t recognizing your performance? 

Dr. West will guide you through a working week audit to help identify your unique psychological stressors and use that knowledge to understand what you want your future career/next job to look like. Presenting cutting-edge insights on networking and hiring, from Dr. West’s interviews with over 1,500 professional recruiters, Job Therapy will help you land your best role yet – one that guarantees happiness for years to come. 

About the Authors

Tessa West is an Associate Professor of Psychology at New York University, where she is a leading expert on interpersonal interaction and communication.

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Sally’s mission as Porchlight’s Managing Director is to make Porchlight a great place to work for employees, and a consistently high-performing service organization for everyone in or orbiting the publishing industry. After 25 years working in book retail, she has developed a penchant for business strategy, both as a socio-economic force and a literary genre. Happy to put her English and Creative Writing degrees to work, she helped craft three editions of The 100 Best Business Books of All Time, and she reads, writes, and reviews for the company’s marketing team. Sally lives north of Milwaukee with her husband, son, and dog, and, in her spare time, rather doggedly works to perfect her writing skills and her tennis game, unsure which is the more Sisyphean endeavor.

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