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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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Dollars from Dandelions

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Dollars From Dandelions: 101 Ways to Earn Money
Sattler
1979

Submitter: This book was found at my local public library. It was a great purchase back in 1979, but 36 years later it’s time to let that one go. Nowhere is there the mention of the internet and internet business. Plus the cost and money information is way off.

Holly: According to this book, Santa only made $3 per fifteen minute visit in 1979. He gets kicked, peed on, cried on, begged for gifts, his beard gets pulled, and he’s required to be jolly 100% of the time. That’s worth waaaaay more than $3 per 15 minute visit. There are some good ideas here, but it’s not clear to me if these are meant to be after school/summer jobs for teens or a way for adults to make some extra cash. The information on each job is way out of date, so even if you found one you thought might be promising (as the check-mark-maker for “window washer” did in the table of contents below), you’d be disappointed in the advice the book gave. Or you’d settle for waaaaay less than you deserve.

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Ye Olde Career Guide

Butcher, Baker, Cabinetmaker

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Pierogi Payout

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How (Not) to Interview

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How to Interview and Hire Productive People
McQuaig
1988

Submitter: I recently weeded this from the public library where I work. The majority of the book consists of suggested interview questions that managers can ask to assess job applicants’ “hidden qualities”. However, many of the questions would probably land an interviewer in hot water these days.
I especially enjoyed comparing the list of questions the authors say are illegal to ask with the list of questions that they actually do suggest asking. I am sure that in their mind there was some reason why “What is your marital status?” and “Does your husband mind you working?” are off limits for a job interview but “What does your spouse think of this job you are applying for?” and “Do you often regret your marriage?” are OK. I can’t, however, imagine what that reason would be!

Holly: The health considerations chapter (below) is awful too. “What is the most serious sickness you have ever had?” and “Have you ever had any surgery?” Sometimes you wish you could ask certain things in an interview, but DON’T DO IT! Just look them up on Facebook and get the dirt that way. (Kids, either set your Facebook statuses to private or don’t post personal information. Employers ARE looking you up.)

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DIY Sexual Harassment

Resume Kit

Coffee, Tea, or Me?

Getting Fired in 1974

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Paramedics to the rescue

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What Does a Paramedic do?
Pelta
1978

Submitter: This was a great public library choice when it was published, a few years after the field was created. It can probably be said that the basics of emergency medicine haven’t changed much since the beginning, and since this is a kids’ book, there aren’t any dated medical protocols, but I still think that, given the changes in vehicles and equipment and that at least a few new things have happened in the field since then, this one should be let go.

You’ll notice no one wore sterile gloves back then, that only became standard in the early to mid 80s. I also love the paramedics using the old-fashioned “biophone” aka radiotelephone in the one picture [below]. The technology was instrumental in getting the field started, but was abandoned by the end of the 80s. I still enjoy watching this stuff on “Emergency” reruns, but think the kids could use a more current one.

Holly: Children’s career books are in such abundance that there’s no reason to keep something like this for so long. If you can’t get anything new for budget reasons, make up some “free career resources on the web” bookmarks and put them on the shelf where this would have been. Having nothing is better than having books like this. If it’s mixed in with newer books on the subject, get in there and remove the old ones!

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Video Killed the Radio Star

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Design a Career

Fly the Friendly Skies

I Can Be a Nurse

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