Dream Job: Wacky Adventures of an HR Manager

Dream Job: Wacky Adventures of an HR Manager

by Janet Garber


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Melanie Kohl is like a hamster on a treadmill, running in place and getting nowhere, starting with her mind-numbing commute to work, her job as employee relations manager/Ms. Fix-It at a comically out-of-control medical center in New York City, and ending each day when she crawls into her basement apartment, bemoaning her sexless, uneventful private life, rocked by disturbing dreams of mayhem and murder. As she heads inexorably towards a breakdown, hastened by the murder of her much hated boss and the appointment of an even more sinister and stupid replacement, she finally flies off the wheel and catapults into the arms of a handsome stranger. Will love conquer all? Well . . .

Janet Garber utilizes her keen sense of the HR world to create a funny glimpse into what might happen in a company run amok. Her writing style is a joy.

Tony Lee - VP Editorial at Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

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ISBN-13: 9781483447476
Publisher: Lulu Publishing Services
Publication date: 03/11/2016
Pages: 178
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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Dream Job: Wacky Adventures of an HR Manager 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading Dream Job: Wacky Adventures of an HR Manager! Janet Garber has an amazing talent to craft such an engaging, fast-paced, concise, and fun story. If you work in HR, you'll relate to the book. If you don't, enjoy the sneak peek behind the curtain!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was the writing style that grabbed me. Janet Garber’s wit can be compared to that of my favorite authors Jennifer Weiner and Sophie Kinsella. Her use of metaphors and similes paint a comical, vivid picture of the rut the main character, Melanie Kohl, is in. Her observations of her mundane world around her make you laugh out loud – sometimes to the weird looks of others on the train. Her characters jump off the page as people you recognize from your own workplace. Her unrequited crush of a stranger on the train of her daily commute is something any commuter can relate to. The book takes you on twists and turns that keep you on your toes and turning the page until the riveting finale.
Amys_Bookshelf_Reviews More than 1 year ago
A definite clever read. This story was very clever and witty. I found it entertaining, in a way where I would laugh out loud. It also has some touching moments. It proved that being in HR is not a job that everyone could handle, or should be taken lightly. Anyone that works for a company where HR is a major part of, will have this as an eye opener. There were a few issues that were iffy about the handling or annoyances, but every grievance, big or small is not something that should be taken lightly. I don't think this story should be taken too seriously, but it is a very cleverly written story and I hope that not everything was taken from a real life experience.
ElizaBEB More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and read it in one night! Very easy to fall into the storyline, and right away the reader is invested in Melie’s life and thrown into the action. This book had it all… drama, conflict, romance, real life issues and comedic relief, pulled at the heartstrings, was strong and vulnerable... [Most of] The characters are very well defined, and I could picture them all perfectly. Maybe there were some shades of what one could consider to be clichéd stereotypes, but Janet Garber does a great job of breathing life into them and making them real and relatable, especially Melie. Also, I didn’t think it was predictable at all, and I always appreciate that! Definitely feel like I learned something about what it is like to be in the HR field these days and I have newfound respect for those who manage to survive and endure it! The ending gives the emotional satisfaction I require in a good book, and I look forward to reading more from Janet Garber in the future.
BrendaMax More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars "Dream Job- Wacky Adventures of an HR Manager” by Janet Garber is a compelling ‘expose’ of what life is really like for someone in Melie’s position. But it’s not just about that, it’s about people and relationships and human drama… There is a certain catchiness to the story that pulls you in right off the bat, and I liked how the narrative (and dialogue for the most part) seemed genuine and organic. However, there were some times when I thought there needed to be more tension and action, more of a certain urgency to the story that would make us just *have* to keep reading, but I felt that the real strength of the story was its “realness”, both of characters and of the situations they find themselves in. I did find myself immersed in Melie’s world night after night, and as a whole the story is quite enjoyable. I actually finished reading it a few weeks prior to writing this review and have thought of it several times since. It is a memorable journey and an interesting one as well—shows us just what a jungle it can be. Throw in some romance drama of her own and it’s a wild ride from start to finish!
SherriWarner More than 1 year ago
"Dream Job” is hands down one of the most engaging and surprisingly good books I’ve read in a long time! I was completely drawn in from the opening pages, and absolutely loved the author’s use of description of the different characters and attention to detail on all fronts. We feel transported not only into Melie’s life, but her amazing life experiences inside and outside the office… and it was a wonderful and eye-opening view into an occupation that many of us either don’t really think about or just take for granted. There is so much more to HR drama than I even imagined! And Garber shows us many facets of this job that we probably never considered before. This book covers so, so much it’s impossible to sum up, but it felt like I was living through a Melie’s life, from her professional, romantic and social experiences, and it was interesting to see how it all tied together in the end, which I loved! Wonderfully quirky but with serious points, I was really impressed and would recommend this book with the highest of praise.
Darla_Ortiz More than 1 year ago
I had mixed feelings on this book, “Dream Job” as there were some parts I adored, thought were brilliant and clever, and some that frustrated me beyond belief. I can only imagine the difficult task an author has in combining the right proportion of storyline elements together to make a cohesive, flowing plot. Maybe it was my own fault that I enjoyed the workplace/professional angle, but didn’t care so much for her personal relationship angle--- it just seemed so contrived and stiff and I didn’t feel any real chemistry there. Personally I found her work struggles much more poignant and less-stereotypical. This book seems to be a great blend of fiction/nonfiction, and the writing was good and the pace of the book was quick. It was an easy read, and I enjoy the author’s “voice” a lot. Sassy and fun and with great energy, but able to create a serious tone and drive home poignant issues when it mattered. Just some elements worked more for me than others but overall it was a delightfully different read.
LauraClarke More than 1 year ago
Melie Khol has a challenging job in the human relations field at her job in New York. Not an easy task under the best of circumstances, to be sure, but she also has to deal with workplace politics, conflicting personalities, dating disasters, and other drama along the way. This book is fiction but clearly based on real experiences the author has from her many years working in the field (as she explains in her bio) and spins an entertaining, yet serious tale that is enlightening, inspiring, and at times even a bit depressing. But even though there are serious messages here it is light enough to keep it from becoming too heavy-handed. The editing is mostly fine, some typos and punctuation things here and there, and I thought it could benefit from some higher tension at times. Things ‘happen’ but it always feels safe…no real ‘stakes’ involved. But other than that an easy read that I really liked and I feel opened my eyes some, for better or worse. Witty and romantic, I would recommend to fans of contemporary women’s fiction and (light) romance.
SamRyan More than 1 year ago
this is the first book I’ve read from Janet Garber, and I liked that it was from the POV of a HR manager as I’ve never read a book like that before--- so enlightening to see life from that side of the desk, so to speak. We’ve all had jobs, (well, most of us, I assume) and reading about the Melie’s experience from this angle gives it a whole new perspective I think. I thought that Melie was relatable and likable and had several layers to her personality, which was nice. In fact, most of the characters were fleshed-out and not one-sided and we really get to meet an interesting and varied cast of personalities as they navigate the ups and downs of the workplace from an employee, boss, and colleague point of view. Even though the tone is often whimsical and lighthearted (with fun character nicknames and expressions) there are deeper moments and touches on serious subjects from sexual harassment to infidelity to cancer and more. It is complex without being convoluted, and it wraps up well and was a fast read and quite enjoyable overall.