‘I didn’t really know what I wanted to do. I guess I just thought a job would come up naturally’.
Hello and welcome to my very first book review! I must admit, I’m feeling very slightly nervous. I’m not sure where to start, so let me just dive bomb right into it.
No spoilers I promise
My thoughts on ‘Please Don’t Hire Me, I’m Scared‘.
They say don’t judge a book by its cover, but I confess that I did. I found the images and the title very captivating.
Please Don’t Hire Me, I’m Scared just speaks to the primal fear I, and I’m sure many of you have when doing something you are afraid of. And the fear? The dreaded job interview. Or as the author perfectly put it ‘… A lamb being led to slaughter…’
This book highlights experiences of the author, Sophie, in her quest to rediscover her dream job*.
*Sophie found her dream job in publishing. But it was short-lived when her department was outsourced. You follow her job hunting life, the seesaw of interviews, and her thoughts.
There’s a phrase about us humans that I read on the Internet that came to mind when reflecting upon this book. Its the idea that we present different versions of ourselves to the world.
People have three faces. The first face, you show to the world. The second face, you show to your close friends, and your family. The third face, you never show anyone. It is the truest reflection of who you are.
This book, narrates in the third face. You experience the authors inner most thoughts while she navigates adult life. This, in my opinion, is the selling point of this book. I believe many people enjoy seeing this ‘third face’, it’s not really a face we get to see in other people. Reading about it seems to be the only time we get a pure, true glimpse of someone else.
My verdict? I LOVE THIS BOOK. 5/5
This is the first book I have finished in over a year, it’s a little embarrassing to admit that, but this just speaks volumes to how much I LOVE THIS BOOK. For context, I love Game of Thrones and I mean LOVE, and I’ve been reading the third book for about 8 months (and I’m only half way through). It’s hard getting motivated to do anything after a long days work! Please Don’t Hire Me, I’m Scared plays on the essence of my soul as I can relate to how she felt in particular moments in her career, we’ve all had jobs that we hated, being too idealistic of a job, or aspirations that didn’t work out. I commend and respect the author ‘Sophie Bloodworth’ for her courage in talking about her life experiences and her thought process/emotions at the time. I find this makes the book very relatable, particularly for us Millennial job hunters (yes, I know that pain all too well).
This is a good book for anyone that has needed to adult (or at least try), attempted at getting their footing in the world or has ever applied for jobs. Which is really difficult for youngster’s in today’s job climate.
Regardless of whether you share the same scenarios and experiences, as a human you would have shared the essence and emotions that she has felt during her journey. If you happen to not relate at all, that’s also fine! I think this is a nice, chilled out read for anyone who wants to be taken along for a journey!
P.S. Sophie Bloodworth is a good colleague of mine. You can find her book on Amazon.
As well as her website and blog: