THE BLACK WOMAN'S CAREER GUIDE by Beatryce Nivens

THE BLACK WOMAN'S CAREER GUIDE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Smart, up-to-the minute tips for career changers--black or white. Nivens, who formerly wrote a career column for Essence, is mindful that many black women--in teaching, say, or social service--are being forced to explore new areas of employment. The 80-odd women whose experience she describes--to illustrate career paths in each separate area--are black. And she does frankly note, for instance, that ""engineering offers many carter opportunities because there is a strong more to increase Black representation in the field."" (Consequently, there's also scholarship money available, whose sources she identifies.) But much of this, nonetheless, is color-blind. On job-hunting: ""RÉsumÉs should be tailored for each job and you can have as many as ten different types."" (Here, too, are pointers on crisp, succinct wording.) On a career-changing strategy: beware of the low business esteem for the ""sort"" or ""helping"" skills. (Checklists help to identify saleable skills.) Then comes more-or-less extensive information on 15 major career categories: from law to medicine to computers to accounting to sales. And while much of this is the common stock of all career manuals (salaries, sources of information, etc.), those career profiles have a combined role-model/route-to-success attraction. For the active job-hunter, more helpful than Naomi Sims' recent success-oriented entry (p. 1095).

Pub Date: Nov. 26th, 1982
Publisher: Anchor/Doubleday