Thank you Leanne Margaret, author of “Love of the Universe” and “Multidimensional Mediation” for her review of “You want me to do what now?”
You Want Me To Do What Now? 101 of the Worst Job Titles Around, is a humorous and easy to read little book that highlights the importance of good grammar and clear language. It’s an anthology of unusual, provocative and badly written job ads, collated to not only bring a smile to your face, but also to be made proper fun of! Recently I was in the marketplace myself, searching for a new job, and believe me, making fun of job titles is a community service someone had to perform.
Well Sarah Jackson has done it with wit and style. She has even taken the time to create a pictograph of each ad, helping to turn up the ridiculousness another notch. But she doesn’t just expose the wound, proffered at the end of each chapter the author also provides a salve of uncommon sense: The ads are re-written in a clear and correct form – a relief for grammar nerds.
You can’t dress a crap job in cool words without losing clarity. Words are supposed to clearly convey meaning but I think some of the employers illustrated are using words to conceal it.
The only job title I would not be so harsh on is Vegetation Liaison Officer. It brings to mind a dreadlocked person, hands stained with the forest, plucking a guitar while singing folk songs to the plants.
Some of the job titles do deserve to re-shamed right here. Like Assistant Controlled Entity Accountant. Seriously! I want to apply for this job so I can ask what the hell it is. As for Special Requests Clerk – What is wrong with Concierge?
Good copywriters are numerous, businesses willing to pay for the service, not so much. Perhaps we need to make as much fun of dodgy copywriting as we can.
It was the author’s intention to bring a smile to the reader’s face and this reader was smiling. I don’t think we ever did work out what a Keyholder is, but I bet the wages are bad.
By Leanne Margaret
“You want me to do what now? 101 of the worst job titles around” by Sarah Jackson
“You want me to do what now: 101 of the worst job titles around” is a humorous look at job searching and advertising. In any given month, in Australia alone, there is an average of 165,00 jobs advertised, and approximately 750,000 people recorded as being out of work – and this doesn’t include job seekers who are looking for a change of employment. There are a great many people looking at a wide range of position titles. It’s big business. The book, set in a Listicle format, looks at ridiculous, pompous and downright misleading job titles. Job seekers, employers, advertisers, and the general public, may find this an interesting read, as it is both true and bizarre.
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