I thought this was a terrific, ahead-of-the-curve idea. But it was too far ahead. We finally turned down the proposal because a) for the reason just mentioned, very few jobs were actually listed on the internet back then and b) it was going to be too much of a hassle to package the required 3.5 inch floppy disk with the book.
The really smart guy
who pitched this idea to me was named Seth Godin. I've been a fan of his ever since, and constantly find sharp new ideas in his blog and books. What he's been talking about--the need to develop and engage with a network of people who care about what you do--seems to me the most urgent subject for anyone in publishing, or writing for that matter, for the foreseeable future. His blog post of the weekend, "Why celebrate Halloween?" led me back to an even better one that gets across a key idea in a pithy way: first, find ten people. If they like what you're doing, they'll spread the word.
With luck there are more than ten people reading this page. But I hope you'll prove Seth right.