I've been a bit distracted this week ... as I no doubt mentioned, I had what looked to be a very promising job interview last week, and have been called in for a second round interview tomorrow, so a LOT of my attention has, understandably, focused on that! As much as I've enjoyed writing The Job Stalker over the past year (and 125 posts), I really hope that these folks are going to hire me and I can "retire" from this gig.
This is to preface the fact that I didn't have anything lined up for my mid-week post. What might have been a traditional Wednesday post, Monday's "guest post" from Seth Godin, was taking the place (due to the theme of his "rant") of a book feature, but then I got to today.
I wasn't going to feature Dena Harris' Who Moved My Mouse?: A Self-Help Book for Cats (Who Don't Need Any Help) here, because, frankly, it is very silly and is not likely to help anyone move forward in their job search. However, I've had enough positive feedback to my review of it, that I figured that it wouldn't hurt to have another post with not much more point than basic levity.
To anybody familiar with the business aisle in their local bookstore, the title Who Moved My Mouse? would ring a bell ... and in doing so, tip the reader off on the "joke" of the book ... in that each chapter of this book is a take-off on a famed "business strategy" or "self-help" book!
"Who Moved My Mouse?" doing a cat version of Who Moved My Cheese?;
"How to Win Friends and Influence Dog People", a more specific version of the Dale Carnegie classic;
Don't Sweat The Small Stuff gets the cat-centric sub-title of "But Feel Free to Freak Out Over Anything That Moves Suddenly or Without Warning";
"7 Habits of Highly Effective Cats" is an obvious turn on Steven Covey's book for People;
Girls and Offices get re-cast as "Nice Cats Don't Get the Corner Litter Box";
The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook is presented as "A Cat's" permutation;
The Four Agreements become "The Fur Agreements";
and there's even a brief nod to The Secret, among others.
As I note in my review, this would be an amusing cat-humor book to most, but the more familiar one is with the books that are being spoofed here, the funnier it is. If you're one of those folks who has been building up a bookshelf's worth of the "source material" here, you'll likely find this little collection hilarious.
Anyway, that's all I've got for you today.
Wish me luck on this interview. It's been 17 months of being jobless, so I am dying to "get back into the game", and this particular gig is a very good fit for me. I know you'll miss my blithering when I eventually "hand over the reins" of The Job Stalker to somebody else, but you'll get over it. Oh, which reminds me ... if you (or somebody you know) might be interested in discussing becoming the third blogger in this seat, drop me a note at TheJobStalker2@gmail.com (see how that works) and I can start preparing for that transition.