Your Career: How to Make It Happen, 10th Edition PDF by Lisa M.D. Owens, Crystal Kadakia and Lauri Harwood

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Your Career: How to Make It Happen, Tenth Edition

By Lisa M.D. Owens, Crystal Kadakia and Lauri Harwood

Your Career: How to Make It Happen, Tenth Edition

Contents:

Preface. viii

PART 1 Prepare for the Journey 2

CHAPTER 1 The Job Search Journey . 4

The Five Phases of the Job Search Journey 5

Organize Your Job Search 6

Set Up Your Career Builder Files 9

Develop a Successful Attitude 11

Maintain a Positive Outlook 11

Set Goals for Your Job Search 12

Manage Your Time 14

Find Positive Support Through Social Networking 14

Be Proactive 15

CHAPTER 2 Know Yourself to Market

Yourself. 29

Take a Personal Inventory 30

Your Education and Training 30

Your Work Experience and Skills 31

Your Job-Specific Skills 31

Your Contributions 31

Your Transferable Skills 32

Tools for Deeper Self-Assessment 34

Your Online History 34

Develop Your Personal Brand Statement and 30-Second Commercials 36

Prepare Your 30-Second Commercials 37

Showcase Your Personal Brand Statement Online 42

CHAPTER 3 Picture Yourself in the Workplace . 61

Recognize Differences Between Workplaces 62

Lifestyle Difference 62

Preferences on the Job 62

Culture: Yours and Theirs 63

Discovering Your Ideal Workplace 64

The Employer/Employee Relationship 65

Workplace Behavior and Conduct 66

Explore Career Fields and Workplace Possibilities 69

In-Demand Industries and Occupations 69

Explore Online Resources for In-Demand Careers 71

Explore Possibilities for Hidden Jobs 71

PART 2 Create Your Resume 88

CHAPTER 4 Plan Your Resume. 90

What Is a Resume? 91

The Role of Resumes in Warm Introductions

versus Cold Leads 91

Plan Your Resume Content 93

Organize Your Resume 93

Your Resume Sections 93

Work Experience 97

Optional Resume Sections 99

Prepare Related Materials 101

Gather Information 101

References 102

Align Your Business Card 103

CHAPTER 5 Write Your Resume. 121

Write Your Resume 122

Be Purposeful 122

Use Specific Examples 122

Use Action Verbs 123

Optimize Keywords for Search 124

Edit Your Resume 127

Common Grammar Mistakes to Avoid 127

Be Clear and Concise 128

Format Your Resume 129

Print Resume 129

Creating a Plain Text Resume 130

Customize Your Resume 132

Your Resume Online 133

Sample Resumes 134

PART 3 Apply for Jobs 160

CHAPTER 6 Find Job Openings . 162

The Career Network Strategy for Finding

Job Openings 163

Define Who Is in Your Network 163

Evaluate the Quality and Size of Your Current Career

Network Connections 164

Expand Your Network 165

Seek High-Quality Contacts Whenever Possible 166

Keep Track of Your Network 168

Put Your Network to Work for You 169

Your Career Network Meetings 170

What Is a Career Network Meeting? 170

Request a Career Network Meeting 170

Why Connect? 170

What’s the Goal? 170

How to Connect? 170

Accept or Decline? 172

When and Where? 172

Be Prepared for Your Career Network Meeting 172

Meet With Your Connection 173

Follow Up 175

The Cold Leads Strategy for Finding Jobs 175

Use Job Sites Selectively 176

Compare Job Postings to Your Job Target 177

Apply Quickly and Directly 177

Keep Track of Applications and Selectively Follow up 177

Identify Which Job Postings Are a Good Match 180

Evaluate Your Qualifications for Job Openings 180

Determine the Best Match for You 181

Make the Best Match Job Postings a High Priority 181

CHAPTER 7 Write Job Applications. 195

Apply for Jobs 196

Application Forms 196

Preparation and Practice 196

Online Job Applications 197

Personal Information 198

Start Date 198

Education 198

Employment History 198

References 201

Difficult Job Application Questions 202

Sign the Application or Submit It 203

Applying Using a Common Application 203

Other Types of Job Application Forms 203

Job Application Package with a Cover Letter 206

What Is a Job Application Package? 206

Write Cover Letters 207

Tips for Writing Effective Cover Letters 211

Customize the Content 212

Follow Up with the Employer 213

Sample Cover Letters 214

PART 4 Shine at Interviews 228

CHAPTER 8 Know the Interview Essentials . 230

Key Elements of Successful Interviews 231

Your Attitude—The No. 1 Factor 231

Dress for Success 232

Use Active Listening Skills 232

Use Positive Body Language 233

Develop Assertive Body Language 233

Speak Well for Yourself 234

Find Out the Basics Online 237

Be Aware of Business Etiquette 238

Get an Interview 238

Direct Requests for Interviews 239

Indirect Strategies for Landing Interviews 241

Get Through to an Employer 241

Develop a Relationship with Your Target Employer 242

Stay on the Journey Between Interviews 244

CHAPTER 9 Prepare for Your Interview . 257

Prepare for Pre-Employment Tests 258

The Personality Test 258

The Skills Test 258

The Technical Test 258

The Computerized Test 258

Taking Employment Tests 258

Prepare for Common Interview Styles 260

Screening Interview 261

Computer-Based Interview 261

Campus Interview 261

Phone Interview 262

Video Interview 262

Behavioral Interview 263

Panel Interview 263

Team Interview 264

Investigate the Interview Process Online 264

Prepare for Typical Interview Questions 265

General Information Questions 266

Behavioral Questions 267

Character Questions 269

Difficult or “Stress” Questions 270

Remaining Cool Under Stress 271

Inappropriate Questions 274

Ask Good Questions to Stand Out 274

Good Questions to Ask 274

Turnoff Questions to Avoid 275

CHAPTER 10 Interview Like a Pro. 285

Participate in Practice Interviews 286

Set Up Practice Interviews 286

Interview with Someone in Your Career Field 287

Do Your Homework Before Every Interview 288

Demonstrate That You Are Interested 288

Be Convincing with Your Examples and

30-Second Commercial 290

Be Ready for an Offer 291

Be Physically Prepared for the Interview 292

Review the Interview Preparation Checklist 292

Prepare an Interview Survival Pack 293

Using Your Marketing Materials 293

Last-Minute Preparations 295

Close the Interview in Your Favor 296

Clarify What to Expect Next 296

Use Your Clincher 296

Close the Interview Skillfully 296

Part 5 Connect, Accept, and Succeed 314

CHAPTER 11 Stay Connected with Potential

Employers. 316

Follow Up After the Interview 317

Evaluate the Interview 317

Plan Your Follow-Up Tasks 318

Craft Your Online Follow-Up Strategy 321

Evaluate Job Offers 322

Negotiate a Good Compensation Package 323

Research Compensation Trends in Your Field 325

Salary Negotiation Tips 325

Respond to a Job

Offer Professionally 328

When the Answer Is Yes 328

When the Answer Is No Thanks 329

CHAPTER 12 Dealing with Disappointment. 341

If You Don’t Get Interviews 342

More Sources 342

Right Jobs 342

Fewer Applications 342

Customized Packages 343

Refreshed Resume 343

If Interviews Don’t Lead to Job Offers 343

Manage Your Online Presence 345

Strategies for Better Outcomes 346

Prepare and Respond 346

Consider Other Departments 347

Don’t Be Afraid to Reapply 347

Be Persistent 347

CHAPTER 13 Take Charge of Your

Career. 355

Onboard Quickly to Your New Job 356

Project a Positive, Competent Image 356

The First Weeks, Step by Step 357

Learn About Your Job 357

Learn What Skills and Processes You Will Use 357

Learn About Your Company 358

Learn About Key Relationships 359

Build Great Work Relationships 359

Develop a Good Relationship with Your Immediate

Manager 360

Develop Good Relationships with Your Coworkers and Team

Members 361

Develop Good Relationships with Internal Customers 362

Diversity in the Workplace 362

Manage Your Career 364

Learn About Your Compensation and Benefits 364

Earn Your Advancement or Promotion 365

Adapt to Changes in Your Employer and Industry 368

The Value of Staying Externally Connected 368

Is It Time for a Change? 369

Think Carefully before Changing Jobs 369

Strategies if You Want to Change Jobs 370

Changing Careers 372

Reassess Your Situation 373

Be Realistic 373

Appendix Your Career: Making It Happen . 389

Phase 1: Prepare for the Journey 389

  1. Organize Your Job Search 389
  2. Assess and Market Yourself 390
  3. Explore Career Fields 390

Phase 2: Create your Resume 390

  1. Plan Your Resume 390
  2. Write Your Resume 391

Phase 3: Apply for Jobs 393

  1. Find Job Openings 393
  2. Write Job Applications 393

Phase 4: Shine at Interviews 394

  1. Prepare and Practice 394
  2. Take Pre-Employment Tests 394
  3. Interview Like a Pro 394

BEFORE YOUR INTERVIEW 394

DURING YOUR INTERVIEW 395

AFTER YOUR INTERVIEW 396

Phase 5: Connect, Accept, and Succeed 397

  1. Stay Connected with Potential Employers 397
  2. Develop Strategies 397
  3. Take Charge of Your Career 397

Glossary . 398

Index . 401

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