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* Blue-Collar Jobs for Women, by Muriel Lederer (New York: E. P. Dutton. 257 pp. $7.95, large paperback). Excellent, inspiring; specifics on training (and funding to get it), wages, working conditions; 80 best jobs (from crane operator to telephone repairer) explored in depth with zingy quotations from women in those jobs. Resource section includes agencies designed to tutor and guide female applicants into the trades.Skip to next paragraph
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* A Part-Time Career for a Full-Time You, by JoAnne Alter (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company. 394 pp. $15.95 in hard cover). The most comprehensive, well-written, thoroughly documented of all new titles. Includes information for older people, disabled, homemakers, and students, and lists the 25 top US companies that hire part-timers, also top state programs that do so. Delightful, helpful quotations from those doing it successfully. Solid advice.
* Women Working Home, by Marion Behr and Wendy Lazar (New Jersey: WWH Press. 173 pp. $12.95, large paperback). A business guide and directory with 19 contributors and a network of 100 women in various occupations; information on groups such as Women's Caucus for Art, National Alliance of Homebased Businesswomen.
* Networking, by Mary-Scott Welch (New York: Warner Books. 364 pp. $2.95 paperback). One of several books on ways women help each other through personal contacts. Networking groups listed.
Guerrilla Tactics in the Job Market, by Tom Jackson (New York: Bantam Books. baring his teeth and going ''grrrrr'' as he writes tactics in little billboards (''Tactic No. 22 Visit your library. . . .'').
Re-entering, by Eleanor Berman (New York: Playboy Paperbacks. 179 pp. $2.25). Back-to-work strategies for women seeking a fresh start.
Earning Money Without a Job, by Jay Conrad Levinson (New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston. 204 pp. $4.95, paperback). He really means going into business for yourself, which is not exactly ''being without a job.''
Executive Jobs Unlimited, by Carl R. Boll (New York: Macmillan Publishing Company Inc. 197 pp. $10.95, hard cover). A strategy book.
Jobs 82-83, by William N. Yeomans (New York: Perigee Books. 331 pp. $6.95, paperback). For college grads with jobs listed according to major studies.
The Hidden Job Market for the 80s, by Tom Jackson and Davidyne Mayleas (New York: Times Books. 273 pp. $9.95, large paperback). A strategy variation. The ''hidden jobs'' are not jobs we don't know about; they're the same old ones which become available when people quit, get fired. I think this is misleading.
Marketing Yourself, The Catalyst Guide (New York: Bantam. 185 pp. $3.50, paperback). The Sylvia Porter introduction promises this guide will take a woman job hunter step by step through the resume, interview process - and it does. Catalyst is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to women and their careers.
Titles for the college crowd: Summer Employment Directory of the US, edited by Barbara Norton Kuroff (Cincinnati: Writer's Digest Books. 209 pp. $7.95, paperback); includes information on jobs at the World's Fair being held in Knoxville, Tenn. Jobs in the Real World (The Student Job-Search Handbook), by Lawrence Graham (New York: Grosset & Dunlap. $6.95, paperback).
Specialty books are available on careers in law, civil service, typing at home - you name it. Check chapter titles to see if you are getting what you want. Sacrifice catchy or pushy titles for books filled with lists and specifics.Good luck. A job is a precious thing.