A. Trying to convince a boss that you need an assistant is not the battle you want to fight right now. Your top priority should be to make what your boss defines as “real contributions.” Ask him point-blank, “Can you give me three examples of real contributions you’d like from me?” Explain that you’d like to prove yourself and get ahead. If he says he’s already given up on you—and there’s nothing you can do to change his mind—then you may want to find another job.
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