Need a job? Use the Net. Monster.com offers a resume builder, posting feature,
and hundreds of thousands of job opportunities online. The Internet has made
volumes of valuable, up-to-date information on any subject available to both
individuals and organizations. Requiring only a personal computer and modem,
an individual can for a modest fee access the world. Search engines such as
Yahoo.com enable users to seek out information such as tables of statistics and
documents at thousands of websites at libraries, universities, government agencies,
or large corporations. For example, enter “Library of Congress” and you
will find 298 websites. The Library of Congress Online Catalog is a database
of the roughly 12 million records included in the library’s vast collection. Information
is the key to success in the world today; computers and communications
networks are the vehicles offering access.
Computer professionals have been instrumental in unlocking the doors to
information and communications that we now take for granted. As never before,
computer careers offer variety, money, challenge, and a wealth of job opportunities.
Rapidly changing technology and major innovations in computer programming
cause jobs in computer-related fields to change as well. Some
knowledge and training becomes quickly obsolete, as demand surges for individuals
with specific skills in new technologies. By acquiring the kind of information
available in this book, doing careful career planning, and keeping aware
of new developments in computer fields, one can be in a position to take advantage
of the many opportunities available in computer careers.