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Advice for ladies if you can’t find a man

woman's guide to earning a good living

A Woman’s Guide to Earning a Good Living
Winter
1961

Ladies, here is some wonderful career advice so you can keep yourself busy until your Mr. Right comes along, when you can quit working. Naturally, we have a man to explain all the nuances of the working world for you. He really has thought about this, and reminds you that your primary duty is to your family. Regardless of your particular wants and needs, earning a living needs to be a secondary goal. Three kinds of women look for jobs:

  • Single new grads who need a job until she finds a husband
  • Woman with school-age children who need to supplement their husband’s income
  • Single older women who are widows

There is a lot of helpful advice about your clothing, resumes, interviews, and job performance. Finally, he as some suggestions for career options. Don’t worry, the serious jobs are for the men.

Mary

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10 Responses to Advice for ladies if you can’t find a man

  • I just love it when men write advice books for women. Incidentally, why does the employer need to know your height and weight?

    • I love how the first five things on that list are utterly irrelevant, if not illegal, for employers to ask!

    • Employers used to think of employees, particularly office staff, as being, in part, furniture — and one was supposed to add to the office’s “look.”

      I ran into the height/weight question in my earliest job-seeking days, back in the 1970’s. It was right on the printed form, so at least guys were being asked the same questions!

  • Playing canasta with the girls????? Oy.

  • Now it’s illegal to ask weight.

  • Considering that two of the first five Facts About Yourself are now flat-out illegal for an employer to ask about, and two more are none of their damn business except in an extremely limited range of jobs, most of which involve runways … yeah, I think this is a candidate for weeding.

    I’m sure Mary and Holly were as struck as I was by “salaries are improving to such an extent that men are being attracted to the field”.

  • I wonder if the old canard about there being “many more jobs for librarians today than there are trained workers to fill them” was any more true then than it is now?

  • I graduated from high school in 1962 (yes, I’m OLD), and no one ever asked my height or weight in an interview. Instead, every single one of them asked my religion.

  • …And, angry uber-feminist throwing this book across the room in three, two, one…

  • “No-one enters (library work) for the love of money”! Some things don’t change…

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