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Hook Up, Get Hired!

Hook Up, Get Hired coverHook 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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12 Responses to Hook Up, Get Hired!

  • I’m in my mid-30s and remember Mosaic, Gopher, and Usenet — from when I was in high school. Book might’ve been useful around the time of publication but not for very long afterwards.

  • Also, “hook up” these days means “have casual sex with,” not the best advice on job hunting.

    • Yeah, I was surprised that didn’t get mentioned – that would have been the reason I sent it in!

    • And as I recall my teenage years, when this book was published, back then it meant “buy illegal drugs”—even worse advice for job hunting!

  • Not just out of date, but that title…

    I guess they were being cute, but it makes it hard to take the book seriously as a resource.

  • I can see how someone who wasn’t very tech-savvy would look at this in 2005 and still see it as potentially useful, especially if there were other more obviously outdated books removed then. During the early 2000s dot-com boom reading this book would probably give anyone enough of a background to be hired by a start-up.

  • You’ve never heard of Usenet? Man, way to make me feel old.

  • You know, that might be worth hanging on to in some circumstances. Is there a Dewey number for History of Technology?

  • I was 17 in 1995, and had never used the Internet. This would have been an extremely useful book then. It’s amazing to think a 17 year old now would have been born in 1997, and would have picked up a mouse for the first time circa 1999!

  • I’ve used Gopher (there are still servers running Gopher) and Usenet (again, Usenet still exists) but not Mosaic, which was a web browser which got killed off by Netscape. (In fact, Mozilla, which was always the internal name for Netscape and is the ancestor of Firefox, means “Mosaic Killer”. (Other source.)) But, yeah, that’s amazingly out of date now, and pretty well worthless in most libraries.

    • I have a likely-still-runnable copy of Mosaic, originally installed via floppy disk on a 486 and retained when I copied off the entire contents of the hard drive some years ago. It really is useless as a browser on the modern Web, since it only supports HTTP 1.0 and most sites these days use 1.1, but it’s still a cool piece of history.

      It could be argued that it was Internet Explorer rather than Netscape that really killed Mosaic, since the earliest versions of IE shared most of their source code with one of the Mosiac variants (Microsoft signed a contract offering royalties to the owners of the code, and then did an end-run around them by offering the browser for free, if I recall correctly).