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Today's workplace is a dynamic, ever-changing environment. Job security is a thing of the past, layoffs are common, and people change jobs and careers frequently. Students need to be prepared to adapt to the unexpected twists and turns they may face. CREATING CAREER SUCCESS helps students develop a self-directed, proactive, flexible plan to launch and manage their careers over the years to come, using the latest technological resources and job search strategies. Through a process of self-assessment, career exploration, and self-promotion students discover how to connect their skills, interests and values to a variety of possible careers, build relationships, and present themselves in the best possible light to potential employers. Most importantly, students are encouraged to keep their minds and options open, and to engage themselves fully in the career development process.
- Organized in a question and answer format, the CAREER PROFILE feature highlights success stories of real people in the workplace and their employers, coworkers, or mentors. Readers will be prompted to think critically about skills, values, and strategies they can apply to their own career development.
- CASE STUDIES highlight common career development challenges students may encounter. The complete package of sample job search tools in Chapter 8 corresponds with the case study students highlighted in each chapter. This unique approach allows readers to see targeted resumes, cover letters, thank-you notes and other job search tools for each case study student.
- The CAREER JOURNAL encourages readers to react to and personalize the chapter content to their own lives.
- The EMBRACING DIFFERENCES feature will help students learn about how the workplace is becoming more diverse and the importance for individuals to work together, find common themes, and manage differences effectively.
- The WORK WITH AWARENESS feature will help students connect their values with their career and learn strategies to apply socially aware concepts into their career plan.
- As technology continues to evolve, the way we work changes. In the TECH SAVVY feature, readers will learn ways to use technology to find information and promote their personal brand.
- The YOUR FLEXIBLE PLAN end-of-chapter feature presents a Plan of Analysis or Plan of Action to assist students with short-term decision-making and to serve as a reference tool for the future.
Where Should I Start? Prepare for the World of Work. What is Career Development? Create a Career Portfolio. Campus and Community Resources.
What have you done? Skills for Career Success. Assess Your Skills. Evidence of Skills.
You Know What You Like. Patterns of Interests: The Holland Codes. Explore Your Preferences: Psychological Type. Applying Type in Everyday Life.
That Motivates Me. Values and Your Career. Building Your Reputation. A Life Worth Living
SECTION 2. EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS.
Connect to the World of Work. Four Steps to Conduct Career Research. Expand Your Options. Education, Majors, and Careers. Real-World Career Exploration.
Real Relationships. Types of Social Network Structures. Expand Your Social Network. Six Steps to Informational Interviewing. Networking for Internships.
What Decisions Are Next? Improve Your Decision-Making Skills. Create Opportunity from Unexpected Events.
Choose a Major, Further Education, or Training. From Decisions to Action
SECTION 3. MARKET YOURSELF.
Job Search Tools & Your Career Development. Build Your Brand. Resumes for The Real World. Just Say It! Action Verbs. Prepare Winning Cover Letters. Additional Job Search Tools.
Conduct A Successful Job Search. A New Beginning: Resources for Career Change and Re-entry. Networking for Job Opportunities. Strategies for Successful Interviewing. Professional Attire & Your Job Search. Evaluating Next Steps and Negotiating
10. Career Management.
Professionalism in the Workplace. Succeeding With Mentors. Financial Planning Basics. The Life You Want Now … and In the Future.
"This text addresses the current need for students to take responsibility, be flexible and adaptable, and be engaged in every step of their career."
"I LOVE the details that you have written in the cover letters and resumes. I really like the idea that you included several examples that would cover the wide range of students (ages 16-61) that I have in my classes. In the past, I have always shown them an example of my CV so they would know what one looks like. You have provided that in the text. This is an excellent, well done chapter. BRAVO!"
"I like the career profiles with the question and answer format. What really makes this stand-out is the feedback that is included from the employers."
"These real world snapshots of employee and employer are indispensable. Outstanding!"
"My favorite feature is the Journaling Exercise. It teaches students how to creatively write and view their lives and allows them to think outside the box which often leads to new career discoveries! In my experience, students often keep journals even when they are done with the class. Some have obtained jobs through journaling."
"Students have heard much on globalization but for many, it is just another word. What is contained in the chapters I read reveals applicable information that discusses pertinent issues of diversity and its place in the larger world of work."
"Wow, this is everything we want in a text and more!... I think the areas on self-assessment are really great because this shows students they need to get to know themselves before knowing how to proceed professionally."