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electronic resumes in 1995

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.


back cover of 1996 electronic resume book

paper use for electronic resumes

resume checklist

internet providers and technology abt 1996

cover letter checklist


  1. The info on the pages here looks sound, but I’d still be a bit dubious if a book refers to email as a new thing in 1996. It might be new to the reader, but it wasn’t that new in general.

  2. The e in email stands for “electronic”. Therefor, the phrase “electronic email” is redundant.

  3. I’ve been digitizing my (now late) boss’s publications in medical and other scientific publications. They go back to the late 1940s, and some of the stuff from the late 50s/early 60s refers to processing data on the “electronic computer”. Sure, I know there have been mechanical computers of a sort, but within my lifetime at least, “the electronic computer” has been the ONLY kind !

    1. My brother has a 1920s encyclopedia which defines a computer as a person who performs computations! So that may explain the use of the term “electronic computer” in the ’50s.

    2. I don’t know how old you are, but even into the 1960s, “computers” were people, often women. You should read the book/see the movie “Hidden Figures.” It’s about the young black women whose computations got John Glenn into orbit.

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