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Offering concise coverage of essential job-hunting and career strategies, this flexible guidebook can supplement any business course or serve as the foundation for a career development class. The Seventh Edition focuses on real-world applications through experiential exercises and hands-on activities that provide a comprehensive "how-to" for anyone beginning a job search. It delivers practical advice in a straightforward style along with action-oriented examples that can easily be followed. Students are taught to look beyond traditional resources like classified ads to find potential employers. For example, this edition includes a new, information-packed chapter on using social networks such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter in the job search. As in previous editions, the text offers many samples of job hunting tools, such as resumes and cover letters from a wide variety of career fields. Students can use these samples as virtual templates, substituting their own information into the established format. Throughout each chapter is heavy emphasis on employing the latest technologies and online tools at every phase of the job hunt. The techniques covered in The Ultimate Job Hunter's Guidebook will prove useful to students as they embark on their new career and in years to come as they progress in their chosen profession.
- Motivational Quotes – Every chapter begins with words of wisdom meant to provide inspiration and encourage a positive attitude.
- Assess Your Knowledge - Students are asked to take a brief quiz before diving into the meat of each chapter.
- Chapter Preview – These bullets prepare the reader for the 4-6 most important topics to be examined in the chapter.
- Key Takeaway – An explanation of real-life relevance helps the job seeker understand how and why the information in the chapter will be useful in the job hunt.
- FAQs – In each chapter one main subject has been chosen for elaboration in a question/answer format.
- Case Studies in Success – Often the greatest education comes from seeing how others in similar situations have succeeded.
- Case Study Analysis – Students are asked to determine what strategies were applied by the job hunters featured and what can be learned from their experiences.
- Problem Solving – Provided with a specific scenario, the reader must use techniques learned in the chapter to make practical recommendations.
- A new Chapter, "Social Networking and Your Online Reputation," covers business and social networks (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) and how these can be used to gather information, get expert advice, and find available openings. This chapter also has important advice for managing your image online.
- Chapter (8), "Building a Portfolio or Personal Website," describes in detail--and provides exercises for--how to create a personal website containing background information and examples of your work.
- Each chapter opens with "What Do You Know," questions to activate students' prior knowledge about the material covered in the chapter and to make them aware of what they do not that will be answered in the following chapter. A "Chapter Focus" section clearly spells out the 6-10 major concepts that will be covered in the chapter.
- Success Stories at the close of each chapter feature real-world examples of individuals who have made the transition from one career to another. Subjects are varied in their fields and experiences, and include examples from a stay-at-home mother turned artist, to a volunteer turned employee, to an unsatisfied employee reinvented.
- Experiential exercises and hands-on activities contribute to the user-friendly approach of the text. Topics for discussion and review include identifying personality strengths, testing résumé skills, and completing job applications.
- Numerous, strong, integrated technology resources include the Online Teaching and Online Study Centers with career links, job search strategies, sample documents, and templates.
- Completely re-organized tables of contents to more accurately reflect the steps from thinking about what sort of job you want and are suited to, through searching for positions, to applying for a job, to evaluating job offers, to negotiating terms, to what to do once the job begins.
1. Planning Your Job Search.
2. Conducting a Self-Assessment.
3. Researching Careers.
Part II: CREATE YOUR JOB HUNTING TOOLS.
2. Preparing Your Resume.
5. Writing Cover Letters.
6. Obtaining References.
7. Building a Portfolio, Personal Website, or Blog.
Part III: HUNTING FOR AN EMPLOYER.
8. Finding Potential Employers.
9. Using Social Media in Your Job Search.
10. Considering Non-traditional Options.
11. Job Hunting in Tough Times.
Part IV: LAND THE JOB.
12. Filling Out Job Applications.
14. Evaluating Job Offers.
15. Learning Your New Job.
Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.