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This category is all that career information, training, job hunting advice and all those posts that are about the working life. This also has business and legal advice.

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On Your Own

On Your Own: A Guide to Working Happily, Productively & Successfully From Home

This book is mostly about having the discipline to get work done when you are alone in the comfort of your own home. It also discusses separating work life from home life, which is very helpful information. Over all, the book is not too bad content-wise.

However, one look at the cover and you know it’s 20 years old. Look at the computer the man is sitting next to! There is virtually no discussion of technology needs for the 2014 home office – though there is a quick mention of fax machines. The author also mentions how the invention of computers was supposed to make everything paperless, but has led to more paper than ever. I’m not sure that’s true these days. Apps like Evernote and services like Google Drive and Dropbox are making it much easier to go paperless and still have access to your files from various places. (Ok, I occasionally counsel people about printing their entire email in-box, but that is getting rarer and rarer.)

I’ve included the pages on staying organized and time management. Again, much of the advice isn’t bad. It just needs to be updated to include modern time management and organizational tools.

-From the ALB home office of Holly, complete with Windows 8, Diet Coke, and even a fax machine!


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Hook Up, Get Hired!

Hook Up, Get Hired!: The Internet Job Search Revolution

Submitter: I just weeded this lovely specimen from the 650s at my midsize public library. The statistics say that it circulated within the last two years and over 12 times since 2005, the last time it was evaluated. How it was missed for weeding in 2005, I have no idea. I’m in my mid-twenties and had to ask a coworker about some of the terms in the glossary. Mosaic? Gopher? Usenet? I really think Cybernaut needs to make a comeback. “Man, that guy is such a Cybernaut!”

I found the True or False Quiz when I was flipping through the book. The quote about the MIT study showing that 87% of people online were men was interesting. And if you answer at least 3/10 correctly, you win “one of those cute little beanies with a propeller on top!”

Besides the completely foreign (to me) terminology, there are plenty of references to websites, companies and phone numbers that no longer exist. Plus there is no mention of LinkedIn, Facebook or the fact that many companies now do all of their hiring online. An easy weed!

Holly: A good portion of the country was in economic distress and unemployment was high in the last five years or so. It was a good time to update job search books. If you haven’t looked at them in a while, get on in there! This stuff is important!

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More Career Choices

Careers for People Who Like People
Shorto, Russell

Submitter: I had sent in an offender a few weeks ago. I now have two more from that same series. Both are also woefully out of date for career advice. As was before, both are still living [strong] at my large local library. What is surprising is that both are early works by Russell Shorto. Yes, that Russ Shorto.

Holly: If you like people, you should work in a video store (see image below). If you like working at a place that won’t go out of business soon, you should do anything BUT work in a video store. (Sorry, video store owners. Just sayin’.) At least immigration lawyers (below) have a chance at longevity. The salaries quoted may have changed over the last 22 years, but it is a good job for foreign language experts.


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