The Chronic Job Hopper
"I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up!” This is
David Wilkowske’s battle cry after holding over 63 jobs since age nine.
David has chronicled his misadventures in a delightful new book, “The
Chronic Job Hopper.” “With a resume that looks more like a
shopping list than a real vita, David writes, “I have managed to land,
lose or ditch more than 58 jobs in 37 years, with no career security or
pension to show for it.” Some of the many varied positions he has
held include pea-reaper driver, landscaper, telemarketer, computer
programmer, substitute teacher and truck driver.
But, David is not looking for sympathy. He is seeking to educate
job-hoppers and holders alike in recognizing how ADHD has played an
integral part in his active working life.
After graduating from Morristown High School in 1977, Dave Wilkowske
entered the University of Minnesota and graduated with a Bachelor of
Science Degree in horticulture and business. For the next ten years, he
worked in the horticultural field as a landscaper and nurseryman. In
1995, he completed DePaul University’s Computer Career Program in
Chicago and launched a new career as a computer programmer and systems
Over the next six years, David worked for TruServ Corporation, IBM
Global Services, CNA Insurance and Allied Van Lines. In October 2001, a
month after 9/11, he was laid off from Allied Van Lines due to the
economic turndown. Since then, David has had a roller coaster ride of
In 2004, David was diagnosed with Attention Deficient Hyperactivity
Disorder, which he believes he has suffered from his entire life.
Despite organizational and cognitive challenges, David went on to write
“The Chronic Job Hopper” in order to help others who were facing
similar circumstances, but did not know why they were not able to stay
with the same company or job for very long.
By recognizing the signs of ADHD: social immaturity, sleeping
disorders, the inability to focus, short term memory dysfunction, and
more, David shows readers how to manage these problems.
In ‘”The Chronic Job Hopper,” David pulls down the curtain on the
mythical American dream and reveals a jungle of wrong turns, lions and
bloodthirsty insects. Wilkowske’s life story is a riveting and
insightful portrait of the American workplace, penned from a first
person perspective that readers will really be able to relate to. He
deftly recounts his work experiences against a backdrop of American
history and culture from the 1960’s until the present era.
Kirkus Discoveries has called the book, “Inspirational and informative.
A must-read for those seeking, but rarely finding, contentment at work
or at home.”
“The Chronic Job Hopper” is available in paperback for $19.95 and in
hardcover for $29.95. To order a sample copy or to request more
information, write to David R. Wilkowske, PO Box 64, Demopolis, AL
You can also order and get additional information at David’s web site http://www.tcjobhopper.com
David also has a special gift for web site
visitors, a Free ADHD Self-Test that you can download to discover if
you or any family member may have ADHD.