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TitleHook Up, Get Hired!: The Internet Job Search Revolution
Author(s)Joyce Lain Kennedy
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons
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Reviewer Rob Slade wrote:
Unlike all too many books exploring special aspects of the online world, this is *not* just the normal, hackneyed job search advice with a few nods to communications technology. It is obvious that a very sincere attempt has been made to look at the new functions and tools which the Internet provides to the job searcher. As well, the book tries to provide information which a new user would need in order to get onto and use the Internet. Unfortunately, Kennedy's lack of experience with the net shows in both the tutorial material presented, and in the aspects of "online life" which are emphasized. While much of the book (almost all of chapters one, two, and six, plus numerous small entries) consists of "success stories", there is a lot of material introducing the new user to the net. Chapter three looks at connections and applications, while chapter seven presents some basic information about using data communications with your computer. Chapter eight brings up software "assistants" but confuses the commercial service "front end" packages with UUCP mail and news agents and straight terminal packages (such as Qmodem and ProComm). Chapter nine offers miscellaneous tips, such as a section about online etiquette. For those who *do* know the net, chapters four and five collect the primary job search entities on commercial services, BBSes and the Internet. For those who do *not* know data communications and the net, be prepared for some work and frustration. The most effective use of the net is probably going to be in "networking" -- building your circle of professional or related contacts. Very little, however, is said about mailing lists and Usenet news, the primary sources of such contacts. No source is given for the "list of lists", and nothing is said about contributing and making a name for yourself. (Kennedy's inexperience also shows when she states that "no studies" prove that the majority of jobs posted on the net are technical. A few days reading of would prove it readily enough.) Those who seriously intend to use the net for job searching will want to send out resumes continually. A couple of short sections give a few tips on uploading text, but there is no discussion of screen versus line editors, the fact that MS-Word has *two* "text only" formats, nor the use of screen layout and "white space". The advice on sending unencoded copies of formatted wordprocessing files should be eliminated: the chance of finding an HR person who even understands the technology and has the same wordprocessor and printer as you do, is vanishingly small. The probability of finding someone willing to go to the trouble is even smaller. If your formatting is that important, then either the net is not for you, or you need to set up your resume in HTML on a Web site. An extensive bibliography could have gone far towards overcoming some of the technical shortcomings. Unfortunately, this one, though annotated, recommends each and every book, without exception or distinction. (Also, despite the importance of cybermanners and netiquette to the job search, neither book (cf BKNTQUTT.RVW, BKCBRMNR.RVW) on that topic is listed. Although several hundred jobs are posted on the net every day, getting onto the Internet is no guarantee (despite the title) of employment. Still, the pointers to resources here are probably easily worth the price of the book to the job seeker. Hey, it's cheaper than a "user pay" employment agency, right? copyright Robert M. Slade, 1995

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