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Employment Opportunities, USA Career News Service, 1998
Littleton, Colo.: Washington Research Associates, 1998.
ISBN: 0–937801–12–7.
US$184 a year, with an overseas surcharge of US$7. Former title was U.S. Employment Opportunities.

This is, in part, another attempt to bring to print an awareness of employment resources accessible through the Internet. According to the press release accompanying the review copy, this work’s intended audience consists of American public and college libraries, college placement offices, and high school libraries and guidance counselors — and, by implication, their foreign equivalents.

The work limits its coverage to fourteen employment areas such as telecommunications, computers, finance, health care, insurance, advertising, law and law enforcement, art, and music. The coverage of each area has two parts.

  • The first part gives information on the present state of the industry and suggest future prospects, offers short analyses of major firms, proposes strategies for getting a job, and gives some information on salaries. The discussions of future prospects are the results of good analysis, and are grounded in a number of sources, but much of the result is suggestive of the Occupational Outlook Handbook of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • The second part points to information available on the Internet (corporate Web sites, industry wide Web sites, and job listings) as well as in printed sources, usually periodicals. Whenever it’s appropriate, telephone numbers and addresses are supplied.

Should one subscribe? One would have to make decisions on these four points:

  • How worthwhile are the analyses of the various employment areas?
    These analyses seem to show that the compilers actually consulted contacts in the various industries. This makes the work more than a regurgitation of accounts already published, and gives the “Industry Overview” sections in the book’s first part a definite value.
  • How valuable is the listing of Web sites?
    The sites visted by this reviewer seem to be among the most useful in their respective fields
  • How cost effective is a looseleaf service with quarterly updates?
    Decisions about this must, of course, be made on an individual basis. This is especially true for overseas purchasers concerned about the balance of payments.
  • How comfortable would a given reader be using the Net to find information?
    A sophisticated user of the Internet may already have bookmarked relevant employment sites. If so, those listed here will be somewhat redundant.

This is a useful source for those with ample funds, but a debatable purchase for those who are financially strapped or have access to the Internet.

About the Reviewer

Bill Crowley is an Associate Professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Dominican University.
E–mail: crowbill [at] email [dot] dom [dot] edu

© 1999 Bill Crowley.


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