Executive Careers in the Time of COVID-19

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Executive Resume Book
Foxman
1988

This website started because I had some serious problems with old job hunting and resume books. Of course in 2007 and 2008, our area was hard hit.  Our own collection was picked clean. The fact that I found several copies floating around was a bit irritating.

I will give credit to some chapters on what I will call a self-assessment. However, the discussions on using offset printing, paper, and other non-electronic issues is almost quaint. This book is so out of date, it’s ridiculous. The worst part was when I was helping people back in 2007/2008, the older people that were out of work for the first time since the 1980s thought advice like this was still the way to go.

COVID-19 is also going also disrupt the workforce worse than the 2007-2008 recession/depression. Already we see new work styles and technology skills changing the way people work. We are at the beginning of a major economic disruption that will change the way people job hunt. This book doesn’t help anyone.

If your public library hasn’t upgraded job search materials and resources, this is the time. It should be a collection priority as more people get laid off.  This book is still in circulation at a public library, and it will help no one in the world find a job in 2020 or 2021.

Weed that job search section with gusto.

Mary

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skills on the job

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9 comments

  1. John Hall’s resume may have been done on an electric typewriter, but the pitch is wrong. Or maybe it’s just the awful type face. What does that say about him?

    1. Dear ^)#$, Deming was saying about this time (and earlier and after) that you have to be well versed in your field if you are going to manage in it.

  2. Those go out of date about as fast as tech books, or whoever’s the hot one hit wonder.

    I don’t recall even in 1988 that offset printing was such a big deal over Xerox (and yes, I have worked with both). But then I never wrote or read resumes for Executives.

    Also I doubt the believability of the last resume; nobody goes straight from college to being an audit manager at a big firm.

  3. On p. 17, the sample Goals Definition Worksheet: ok, I know it’s a demo, not an actual such form, but “Company size: two billion (the larger the better)”: who’s the imaginary applicant looking to hire, the entire populations of China and India ???

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