Dave Doolittle's Resumes That Work So You Won't Have To

Plotless, senseless, with little or no redeeming social value, Resumes That Work satirizes the seemingly endless stream of “How to get a job” psychobabble foisted on the weary job seeker through books, websites, conferences, and workshops each year.

This irrational little tome turns the basic job-search concept on its head working off the assumption that job hunters would really rather do anything but grovel for work.

That being the case, fictitious author Dave Doolittle outlines strategies to embarrass, infuriate, and alienate human resources, interviewers, and bosses, thereby insuring the reader will both avoid gainful employment and have a great time doing it.

Sections are included on writing resumes and cover letters, how to behave at interviews, what to do if you already have a job, and testimonials from satisfied customers. Both text and absurd illustrations – which are a mix of cartoon and reality – are littered with allusions to literature, film, art, and popular culture, adding a further dimension for those who like to puzzle such things out.

Need help with cover letters, resumes, interviews, and other job-related queries? Enter booze-fueled Dave Doolittle – expert at looking good while doing little. He’ll show you all the hilarious tips and tricks to antagonize employers. With a strong disdain for pseudo-politicians like George Bush and Donald Trump, expect this fiery parody to mock all that is unjust. But most of all, expect sound advice for staying away from that unwanted Holy Grail – work. Need proof? Just read former iron worker, Joe Ping’s, unquestioningly true testimonial: “I don't have to worry about any crap no more. Reading the Want Ads is a thing of the past since I followed Dave Doolittle's Real Resume Plan. Now I'm on the Gravy Train. I sit around the house all day watchin' tube. An' everybody thinks I'm doin' my damnedest ta find a job. I tell ya. It's great!”
Joseph Ferguson is an author, poet, and journalist appearing in a variety of small press, regional, and national publications. He wrote propaganda for a living for a variety of entities for some 25 years.

I was looking forward to this satirical look at the process of writing resumes and cover letters after having spent many late nights helping people with theirs. This how-to guide starts out with self-discovery instructions and goes (downhill) from there, explaining how to show up (or not) for an interview, how to write a cover letter, embellish a resume, and act horrible at an office party. The humor is pretty dark and the language pretty colorful. Each page got a good laugh out of me. I recommend it for anyone who could use a good chuckle at corporate life and is curious to see what the American dream looks like in reverse.