THE MATURE WOMAN'S BACK-TO-WORK BOOK by Moni & Therese Crylen Unumb Azibo


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Very basic information for newly divorced or widowed women afraid of entering the job market after years of being ""just housewives."" (And too basic, probably, for the woman who doesn't need to be reminded, before an interview, to see her clothing is ""neat and clean, and in good condition."") An entire chapter is devoted to filling out application forms, and gives specific instructions on how to play down a felony conviction. Much attention is also paid to getting a high school equivalency diploma (tho' college is not ignored) and to skill-hunt exercises--some of them defensible mainly as ego-boosters. (Are such ""skills"" as paying bills promptly or talking on the telephone really marketable assets on a resumÉ?) The book does, however, describe recent anti-discrimination legislation and other recourses, and it warns of potential trouble spots once you get the job (money management, stress, differences in work style, etc.). Many readers will be better served by a less-specialized job-hunting manual, and the savvy woman would do well to shun this altogether. But for those with limited prospects and modest goals, this may be an appropriately unintimidating first small step.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1980
Publisher: Contemporary Books