Submitter: This book was found in a medium-large academic library. It’s obviously a very dated choice for today – see the salary range and the utter lack of email addresses and web sites. I’ll bet that a fair number of the mailing addresses have changed by now. I’m not so sure that it was even all that great a selection for us back in 1989. We have never, to my knowledge, offered a Criminal Justice program. The attached scan from Macon is the only entry for Georgia. Is there another big city in Georgia that might need police?? I included p. 45 in case you’re wondering about the “pioneers in the use of computers” mentioned on the back cover. This page is in the middle of the entry on the Illinois State Police. The map on the cover excludes Alaska and Hawaii, although both are included in the text. Don’t you love that rendering of the U.P.? WorldCat still lists 121 libraries holding this item (although it’ll be down to 120 by the time you can publish this in a post)! The Library of Congress and the FBI library both hold this title. I say let them be the ones to keep if for historical reasons.
Holly: WorldCat now shows 184 holdings of 2 editions. No one will miss this if you weed it, people. I promise.
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.)
This book is still in a public library collection as of this writing. This manual is mostly a listing of personnel consultants by state, and the remaining 20 pages are some very limited pieces of advice on want ads, interviewing, and resumes. (I have included MOST of the advice below.) I am not even sure it was a useful purchase back in the olden days, as it is more a directory than career advice. Of course the question is, why does a public library still have this old book floating around in a career section?