Electronic Resumes that Get Jobs
Are you looking for a job? Here is your handy guide to the world of computer based job hunting. Lots of discussion of that new thing called “electronic email.” (It is in quotes all through this book.) If I were a selector in 1996, I would be getting several copies of this. For the time, it is pretty good advice and appropriate. However, it should have been weeded by 1999. Heck, Potter wrote a later edition in 2002. Virtually none of the advice, especially the technical aspects, would be appropriate today. Why is it still in a PUBLIC library in 2017? Sadly, there are quite a few public libraries still holding on to this edition. Maybe it is for a time capsule…
The particular edition I was looking at had an 808 call number, which didn’t make sense to me, and could explain why the particular holding library would have missed it when reviewing materials. I wouldn’t be as concerned about issues of currency when looking at the 800s. Here is where I will once again suggest that people incorporate inventory procedures and physical inspection of items regularly.
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
Submitter: I found this at a local college’s career collection. We all loved some of the totally inappropriate questions you might be asked in an interview. They seem totally out of line even for the 90’s.
Holly: My faves:
“What percent of your college education did you pay for?”
“Do you have any debts?”
“What do you do to stay healthy and physically fit?”
…and of course “Does your spouse support your career?”
My advice? Never, ever ask these questions (and never work somewhere that asks them)!