Gift book, Review, Sarah Jackson, You want me to do what now: 101 of the worst job titles around

Review of “You want me to do what now?”

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.

Available in three formats!

Kindle e-book: Order here

Standard novel size (5.5 x 8.5″): Order here

Coffee Table book size (A4 size): Order here

Pete and the Persian Bottle, Review

A new review for “Pete and the Persian Bottle”!

Review by Sarah Bolger (Mother of Alice) Brisbane, Australia:

Pete and the Persian Bottle is a brand new adventure book for young readers, from Australian author, Sarah Jackson. The story revolves around the titular character, Pete, who is a small, nine-year-old boy who lives in Boney Ridge, a (fictional) rural town in South-Western Queensland in Australia. He lives with his parents, goes to school with his group of friends and he dreams of winning the upcoming Boney Ridge Regional Agricultural Show go-cart race. Everything changes when he rescues an old bottle from a neighbour’s rubbish bin and lets loose a real life genie. Pete, who would love to be someone ‘more’ than who he is, asks to be ‘special’ and this is his downfall. Pete is turned into a white rat! The story then follows Pete, in his rat form, and his friends as they try to locate the genie and try to convince him to return Pete to his normal self.

This is a fun and enjoyable book and young readers, from whom it is written, would really enjoy the story and the characters. Some of the issues the characters’ deal with throughout the story relate to; having a lack of confidence, dissatisfaction with what we have, feeling helpless, and bullying. The characters resolve these issues by; problem solving, developing resilience, friendship, having a willingness to listen and learn, and learning gratitude.

The fact that the setting is in a rural environment is a great part of the story which helps to inform and develop the characters. Pete and his group of friends are girls and boys from different cultural backgrounds. There are a few children of Anglo-Saxon descent, a couple of indigenous children and a new Australian, Naseem, a Muslim boy who is originally from Afghanistan. It is Naseem, their new friend, who has the knowledge to guide the children’s search for the genie.

They’re all kids to whom the young readers could/ should be able to relate to. Pete is clearly a kid who likes to try and wants to be more than he is. There is a school bully who seems to pick on everyone smaller than him.

Pete and the Persian Bottle is 90 pages in length. There is a good range of vocabulary for young readers and there are no difficult situations which require explanation by an adult. The value that friendship is given in book is a standout feature and something most readers will enjoy. Reading the book may also raise questions in young readers about the concepts of empathy and sympathy.

‘Pete and the Persian Bottle’ is a great book to read and enjoy for entertainment value but there are lessons to be learned as well. It’s a great book to read with children and to discuss or you could give this book to your child and just let them go!

Some notes;

  • Suitable for young readers. There are some colloquial Australian terms/ slang but non-Aussies would understand the text from the context.
  • No ‘bad’ language. No difficult situations requiring adult explanation.
  • Some lessons to be learned – resilience, value of friends, empathy.
  • Great book for discussion between adults and children.
  • This link, https://sarahjacksonwriter.com/the-persian-bottle/, to the author’s website gives further information about the book and where it can be purchased (e-book and paperback).

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“Pete and the Persian Bottle” – First review!

The first review for “Pete and the Persian Bottle” is in. It is a Vlog review and you can access it here (Yet Another Blogging Mummy!!! http://blogmumjd.wordpress.com/).

If it sounds like something you might like to read, you can download the first chapter here: “Pete & The Persian Bottle” Chapter 1