A quirky bit of fun that slaps you upside the head.
Everyone gets fired at least once. (And if not, well, you're just not trying very hard.) And we all think of brilliant and immature 'shoulda saids' and 'shoulda dones' for weeks after. (Okay, years.) This Will Not Look Good on My Resume is a collection of loosely related stories and employments that did not end well.
An inadvertent how-to guide.
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About the Author
Table of Contents1 - The Psych Halfway House
2 - The O & D
3 - Maintenance
4 - The Business Program
5 - Nanny (Not.)
6 - Recreation Director
7 - Travel Writer
8 - Substitute Teacher From Hell
9 - Crisis Hotline (Please Hold.)
10 - Let's Get Rocked
11 - Reporting the News
12 - The Office
13 - Income Tax Filler-Outer
14 - Waitress!
15 - Sales
16 - Firefighter
17 - Jeloofah's Atheists
18 - Walking (with) the Dogs
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I think this could have been a good book. I couldn't even finish it though. The jokes in this book are often cruel, and the woman who is the "narrator" is a jerk. There were a few things in there that I laughed at, but the majority of it was just obnoxious. By the second chapter, I understood the idea "Men=sexist pigs and women=the superior race". There were only so many times in the few chapters I read that I could stomach the whole concept. I was really looking forward to reading the book. From the synopsis, I thought this would be a hilarious light read. It turned into a woman's rant. The book simply became monotonous and definitely NOT FUNNY . I don't think I need to read any further to see how many more ways she can fit in how stupid, shallow, slow witted, sexist, and piggish men can be.
I was incredibly lucky enough to win This Will Not Look Good on My Resume by Jass Richards and what a wonderful prize it was for my entertainment. At once both hilarious and yet realistic, it brought so many memories of my work experiences especially a BS situation I had involving finding my ¿colors¿ just as the character goes through. Who comes up with this crap and am I the only one who thinks it's crap? This is what I thought I was alone in thinking until this book. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a laugh, especially those stuck in jobs where you may like the work but hate the co-workers! Wonderful work, Mr. Richards and here¿s to many more novels for my selfish enjoyment.
I read the ebook of this book. cant decide if I liked it or not. I laughed a lot. could not believe the things she said and did. She was mean too a lot of people. I could see the different jobs. they were real. good writer the book had a nice flow. lots of jobs and situations can definately laugh at herself and others.
Brett Laramie has a problem with keeping a job. Most people settle into a career and do their best to keep it, Brett well, not so much. Even with double degrees she rarely last more than a few weeks in any position. Her lack of people skills doomed her attempts at as a Crisis Hotline Operator, a waitress and a Halfway house supervisor. Her general dislike of children meant that a career as a Nanny or substitute teacher was never going to take off. But it's Brett's disdain for authority that guarantees trouble in almost every workplace.This Will Not Look Good on My Resume is a collection of entertaining anecdotes of Brett's attempt to find gainful employment. You have to admire her contempt for beauracracy and petty rules that we all chafe against in our jobs. With her quick wit and indifference to the consequences, she illustrates the absurdity of the employer/employee relationship. The stories are told in an informal conversational style and mostly for deliberate comic effect. There are some giggles to be had and Richards displays a good sense of comic timing. Sometimes the humor slides into questionable taste (drowning children is not my idea of natural selection). There are also some rather bitter diatribes in amongst the stories, particularly about men, that made me cringe once or twice.This Will Not Look Good on My Resume is a light and amusing novel that would work equaly as well as a stand up comedy routine. If you are looking for a giggle (and hate your job) this book is sure to please.
In short, ¿On My Resume¿ is a rant. There is no group of humans that the narrator has empathy for. She has equal disdain for supervisors, coworkers, overworked moms, ministers, businessmen who are trying to write books, students, school administrators, government policy makers, neighbors, etc., etc., etc. Most of all, the narrator is a woman that hates men. I tired quickly of the narrator¿s misandry, and I might have been able to stomach this polemic if the humor was not so tired. Richards uses a writing device of returning to a particular phrase several times in a chapter, which the first time was a little funny, the second time felt familiar but after that it was tedious.I felt that Richards was trying to emulate writers like Sedaris, who at times can be quite negative, but Richards missed the mark. Negativity without fresh humor is just negativity. After the third chapter when I realized that the entire book was just going to be more of the same thing, I wanted to give up. Did the book have any redeeming features? The last chapter, which talked about a dog walking job, was laugh out loud funny. (Using Richards own device, a miracle did occur.) I read sections of that chapter to my roommate in the car one day, and we were both laughing at the characters Richards created in a motley crew of dogs. If the book had been a few chapters of jobs gone wrong, a few chapters about dogs, and some chapters on other things, the book might have held my interest. As it is, this¿ll give me a book to give a one-star rating to on LibraryThing, a first for me.
This book really made me laugh when I started it. I mean really laugh. It is a funny, sharp and witty story. However I eventually started getting tired of the heavy feminist angle. Constantly putting down men and also going further and putting down children and women who have them. Still it was full of very funny parts. This book is loaded with jokes and even a good point here and there. I really liked the point when she was working with mental patients. Why do they put mentally disabled with mentally disturbed patients, it's like making "Corky room with Hitler." Mostly I enjoyed it, I think it's a book to be savored slowly, it's always on...always moving...always funny. I think I just got burnt. I'm not done with it yet, but I am not going to delete. I will pick it up when I need a laugh.
Have you ever held a job? Maybe two, three, four, seventeen? Ever been fired from a job for speaking your piece? Or have you ever wished you could say whatever came to mind, no matter the consequence? If so, you'll love this chance to live vicariously through Brett Laramie as she plows her way through a series of jobs, leaving nothing unsaid, but many things undone. From teaching to waitressing, from manning a phone for a crisis hotline to applying to be a firefighter, she's done it all, seen it all, and said it all. And she takes us along for the ride! Jass Richards, a comic writer, has created in Brett a strong-willed woman who alternates between ranting manifestos and (persistently) asking the questions we all want to ask. This book is like a roller coaster ride on a stream of consciousness. The writing style very much reflects a speaking style rather than a written narrative, which fits the characterization of the novel rather well. Each chapter reflects one (short-lived) job experience in Brett's wide variety of careers. Anyone who's ever had a job will easily relate to one or more of the experiences in this story. I certainly found a few that hit home for me. Brett easily says things we all wish we could say, and sometimes says things we wouldn't have ever thought to say. At times, this story had me laughing out loud as I recognized myself (or others), but at other times, the ranting went from lighthearted fun to serious missive, leaving me a little cold. There were some very pointed jabs at certain "institutions" (for lack of a better all-encompassing term), such as religion and misogynists. Hilarious at first, but got a little old and just plain bitter-sounding after a while. For the most part, the story flowed along quickly and somewhat hysterically, but some parts seemed more drawn-out, leaving me ready for a change in scenery. Luckily, I never had to wait long for a new chapter, and I was soon delving into a totally different experience. Altogether, a funny, quirky read, good for anyone who is up for a quick escape into someone else's hilarious misery. @ MotherLode blog