Cengage Learning

Higher Education

Your Career: How to Make it Happen, 7th Edition

  • includes CD-ROM
  • Julie Griffin Levitt
  • Lauri Harwood
  • ISBN-10: 0538730994  |  ISBN-13: 9780538730990
  • 336 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2006, 2004, 2000
  • © 2010 | Published
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Introducing YOUR CAREER, 7e......helping YOU stand out! THE #1 text of its kind, YOUR CAREER, 7e, has a brand new look! This new edition is sharp and focused, and it targets the best practices in today’s job search and career-development process. This best-selling text provides everything needed to make you stand out by delivering top-quality instruction and helping your students stand out in the workplace crowd. The author’s content is now more concisely presented making this an easier read for students. Clear instruction guides students through self-assessment, employer research, writing a market-driven resume, and interviewing. Practical assignments and a technology-driven focus connect your students directly with the business community, employers, and the Internet. This text is ideal for a course on Professional/Career Development, Job Search, Resume Writing, and Interviewing. New features in this edition boast a stronger career focus. YOUR CAREER, 7e provides thorough coverage of career self-assessment, employer research, job search/interviewing and career building strategies. The text also contains extensive instructions and examples of market-driven electronic, traditional, and Web resumes as well as cover letters.

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Features and Benefits

  • Career Action Assignments bridge learning from the classroom to the business community! Over 70 "pavement pounding" practice assignments guide users in gathering and applying information from the business world and the Internet.
  • Success Tips offer motivational messages with excellent advice for achieving job satisfaction and reaching career potential.
  • Includes a robust companion Web site with abundant job and career links to top career planning and job search sites, career development articles, flash cards, glossary, etc. making it the job seeker’s convenient central Internet resource.
  • WebTutor Toolbox that supports Blackboard and WebCT links to student resources on the companion site.
  • Updated coverage of technology and Internet applications relating to all aspects of career management including scannable resumes, online company research, and online resumes introduce new options available in the job search process.
  • A data CD, packaged free with every text, includes all Career Action worksheets from the text, employment forms, model documents with formatting guidelines, chapter review worksheets, sample job search documents, and material from the appendices for additional reinforcement.
  • Complete Self-Assessment Tools are included so that the user may evaluate their progress.
  • Practical Assignments focus on individual career goals--not generalized theories--so users can actively take charge of their job searches and careers.

Table of Contents

1. The Job Search Process.
2. Knowing What Employers Expect.
3. Know Yourself to Market Yourself.
4. Your Winning Network.
5. Researching Careers and Finding Job Leads.
6. Resumes.
7. Applications, Cover Letters, and Online Forms.
8. Asking for--And Getting!--the Interview.
9. Interview Styles and Questions.
10. Preparing and Practicing.
11. Interviewing Like a Pro.
12. Following Up and Negotiating Offers.
13. Handling Rejection.
14. You’re Hired! Take Charge of Your Career.

What's New

  • Your Career, 7e has a brand new modern look--very crisp visually appealing internal design--sharp and focused and now with fewer pages, the content is more concisely presented making this an easier read for students.
  • ORGANIZED FOR SUCCESS! Each Part begins with Industry Speaks, an interview with an industry professional that focuses on job-hunting advice and career development topics.
  • ADDED VALUE! Job Search Quick Reference: removable fold out back cover to use in interviewing and networking situations, encourages students to purchase and use the text. Includes: •Quick access to the job seeker’s frequently used information and questions.•Space for vital information and qualifications.•Common and tricky interview questions.•Resume and job "power" words.
  • CAREER FOCUSED FEATURE:Jump Start Your Career activity starts the conversation for the chapter and encourages critical thinking.
  • Make It a Habit focuses on winning behaviors and strategies for growing professionally. Watch Out alerts students of behaviors to avoid. A Pocket-Brief containing all the Watch Out features can be downloaded from the Web site for easy reference before an interview.
  • END OF CHAPTER FEATURE:Trial Run are interactive or role-playing activities that model the desired outcomes of the chapter. Each activity requires peer or self-evaluation. For Your Portfolio reminds students of documents that should be placed in their employment portfolio.

Learning Resource Bundles

Choose the textbook packaged with the resources that best meet your course and student needs. Contact your Learning Consultant for more information.

Bundle: Text + CourseMate Interactive eBook Printed Access Card

ISBN-10: 1111698805  | ISBN-13: 9781111698805

Bundle: Text + Career Readiness CourseMate with eBook Printed Access Card

ISBN-10:  1133847161  | ISBN-13:  9781133847168

Bundle: Text + Career Readiness CourseMate with eBook Printed Access Card (6) for Levitt’s Your Career: How to Make it Happen, 7th

ISBN-10:  1133847145 | ISBN-13:  9781133847144

Efficacy and Outcomes


"This text has just the right amount of instruction in terms of scope. It can be used both to enhance previous instruction and it can be used to introduce topics"

— Kelly Mansfield, Kaplan College

"Love this chapter, if I could have written it I would have, but now I don’t have to!"

— Penny Janson, Career Core Program Director, Bryant & Stratton College

"The sequence of the material is excellent, flowing well according to how students would have to think through and then do the activities. Additionally, the balance between explaining why something should be done (strategy) and how to do it (process) is very understandable."

— Ross Thomson, Bryant & Stratton, Albany, NY

"The new Jump Start feature is great! Not only is the feature interesting, but it is quick. Students will readily gain an understanding and appreciation of what the chapter is about. I believe it will serve as an incentive to reading, whereas most introductions are often a "turnoff" and do the opposite."

— Ross Thomson, Bryant & Stratton, Albany, NY

"I believe this text has hit a home run and will provide the student as well as the instructor a wonderful experience in and out of the classroom."

— Larry Bohn, Spencerian College, Louisville, KY


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title's "About" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition.

For more information about these supplements, or to obtain them, contact your Learning Consultant.

Instructor Supplements

Career Readiness CourseMate with eBook Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1111478538 | ISBN-13: 9781111478537)

ExamView®  (ISBN-10: 0538731036 | ISBN-13: 9780538731034)

Instructor’s Resource CD-ROM  (ISBN-10: 0538731028 | ISBN-13: 9780538731027)

Now all of your instructor materials are available on one convenient and easy-to-use CD. Designed to help you facilitate your classroom instruction, this CD has instructor files unique to your textbook. A variety of ancillaries are included to give you online resources, Web-based solutions, and application files. The Instructor’s Resource CD also contains ExamView. Create quizzes, study guides, and tests easily and quickly with ExamView. This computerized testing tool allows you to create paper and online tests and is ideal for building tests, worksheets, and study guides (practice tests). This assessment solution saves time while creating and grading tests, and improves student results by focusing on specific learning objectives.

Student Supplements

Career Readiness CourseMate with eBook Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1111478538 | ISBN-13: 9781111478537)

Cengage Learning’s Career Readiness CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. Access an integrated eBook, learning tools including flashcards, quizzes, and more, all designed specifically to work with YOUR CAREER: HOW TO MAKE IT HAPPEN, 7th Edition.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Julie Griffin Levitt

Julie Griffin Levitt is a business educator, corporate trainer and consultant, lecturer, and author of numerous educational publications. She teaches and consults in the areas of career planning and job search skills, office occupations, communications, supervision, and motivation. While teaching job-seeking and career planning skills at the secondary and post-secondary levels, Ms. Levitt’s students have had a 97% job placement ratio.

Lauri Harwood

Lauri Harwood is a widely respected consultant and trainer. Her extensive experience includes 15 years of developing corporate training for Procter & Gamble. She is an instructor at Miami University in Cincinnati, Ohio. As the owner of Vandalay Group, Inc., she serves as a writer, instructional designer, and program/project manager. Her degrees include a bachelor of arts in English literature (University of Cincinnati) and a Master of Technical and Scientific Communication (Miami University).