Career Focus

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BMJ 1999; 318 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7192.3 (Published 01 May 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:S3-7192

Recruitment is moving on-line with dizzying speed in the US employment market, but the new structures don't look so different from the old. A consortium of 90 major US papers has formed to aggregate employment advertising and make it searchable on the web at http://new.careerpath.com/ American workers are noted for their willingness to relocate within the continent, so it's going to be a useful tool for them. Behind it lies a whole range of employment and career information at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/serfs/careertrack.htm It's anecdotal, is thoroughly American, and mainly addresses the concerns of office based workers, but if this doesn't put you off there may be some content in there for you. For example, “When singles get left in the office” discusses being obliged to cover for colleagues with family commitments, and advises learning to say no, though it is somewhat self-contradictory in suggesting that “it's a good idea to prove yourself before you start asking for more personal time.” Well, it's unlikely that we're ever going to see a randomised controlled trial on the issue, but at least it's a starting point to outline the dilemmas.

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