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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.

Resumes Gone Wrong

resume writing coverResume Writing: A Comprehensive How-To-Do-It Guide
4th Edition
Bostwick
1990

Submitter: Resume Writing is an informational book geared at assisting job seekers with creating winning resumes to help them get the job. [We] thought this might make a good addition for Awful Library Books because of the suggestion to include personal data such as date of birth, marital status, sex (if name is ambiguous), state of health, citizenship, number of children, home ownership, height, weight, etc…  These would be an HR nightmare today! There is also an interesting paragraph on how women used to occupy positions where a resume was not a requirement such as nursing and secretarial work.

Holly: True story: I once had to tactfully find a way to tell a nice man (30ish, in the early 2000s) that the phrase “Don’t drink and don’t run around with women” wasn’t strictly necessary for his resume. He got a job delivering pizzas and brought the library a pizza. #Win

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A Nerdy Career Choice

Find a Career in Engineering cover

Find a Career in Engineering
Stambler
1962

Long time site followers have probably heard over the years that both Holly and I are married to engineers. If you want to watch an engineer twitch, tell him/her about your average reference desk shift. Holly and I have a running gag about how long our super-smart, logical engineers would last on a reference desk. Answer: Not long.The frustration level would kill them.

I am also going guess that this book was hardly instrumental in inspiring either of them toward their chosen career. (For my husband and his contemporaries, I would bet it was Scotty from Star Trek.)

I will give this book some props for mentioning that women should be part of the engineering landscape as well. People of color are no where to be found.

Career books are also my hot button weeding problem. It’s a nice glimpse into the past, but shouldn’t be considered for young people looking for career advice.

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Workout at the Office

Quick Workouts coverQuick Workouts: Fitness Anytime, Anywhere
Time-Life Books
1987

Submitter: This book is currently on the shelves at a local public library.  Who knew people in the 1980’s were so busy that they had to fit in exercise while waiting for the commuter train or even an elevator?  I guess I just assumed that they stayed fit & trim by lifting over-sized mobile phones.  While a book on this topic could be useful to our modern day inactive office workers, it would really need updated pictures… it’s hard to take a good stretching technique seriously when the demonstrator is wearing giant should pads or a sleeveless sweater.

Holly: If you need me, I’ll be bench pressing the PDR, or maybe the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics. That one’s got a good heft to it too. (After which, I will NOT look anything like these people. I’ll be all sweaty and red-faced.)

 

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