tells you how to do it
Thank you to a reader for suggesting that we
take a look at eHow.
It's an extraordinarily rich site, telling you how
to do just about anything imaginable, from changing
a tire to resigning from a job to getting a
The idea behind that site is that you need to
know how to do things and that often you get that
information from friends, sales clerks, reference
works, etc. And typically you solicit advice in
regard to the steps, elements involved or items
needed, tips, and warnings. eHow endeavors to do
all of that for you--to give you a fast and easy
way to accomplish a variety of real-world
The site offers thousands of sets of
instructions, all organized in 20 main categories,
called Centers, and 120 subcategories. You can find
out how to throw a knuckleball, negotiate a raise,
choose a car stereo, and more. The main categories
include automotive, computers & electronics,
careers & education, college, family &
relationships, finance & business, health,
food, hobbies & games, holidays, home &
garden, parents, personal care, pets, real estate,
sports, travel, wedding, and more. That's quite a
So let's take a look at automotive. Within each
section you can simply type in what you want to do,
such as "change a tire." There is also a top 10
list, which in the automotive category includes
"eHows" on buying a care online, choosing a car
stereo, and protecting your battery in winter.
Other subcategories include selections of eHows on
road trips, summer driving, and tinkering with your
In education you can learn how to go about
buying school supplies, choosing a backpack,
selecting college courses, or changing your major.
Workplace instructions help you cope with getting
laid off, fire an employee, resolve conflicts, and
resign from a job.
The site gives good advice in regard to the
latter: keep it positive and impersonal so that you
don't burn bridges. This eHow, like all the others,
contains the necessary steps, such as writing the
letter of resignation. Each eHow also has tips, in
this case telling you how much advance notice to
give. And there are also warnings--things you
should watch out for. You are invited to share your
own tips, and you can read tips from other users.
One user suggested that when you resign from a job
it's a good idea to ask you employer what you
should finish up before leaving and to offer to
train your successor.
Each eHow contains links to related eHows, as
well as related Internet links and opportunities to
buy related items, such as books on the topic.
© 2000 by Jim Karpen, Ph.D.