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Your Career: How To Make It Happen 9th Edition

Lauri Harwood | Lisa M.D. Owens | Crystal Kadakia

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YOUR CAREER: HOW TO MAKE IT HAPPEN, 9th Edition, is a guide to finding and keeping an ideal job. With resources students can use now and going forward, it divides self-inventory and self-marketing into five phases. Guided activities help students stand out as strong job candidates Ideal for professional/career development, job search, resume writing, or interviewing courses, this resource covers employer research, networking, and career building strategies. Explicit instructions help readers combine personal networking with online tools and social media to land career-building jobs.

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).

Lisa M.D. Owens, Dean of Learning Sciences, Emeritus, Procter & Gamble; President, Training Design Strategies LLC

After a decade in the engineering field, Ms. Owens became a full-time corporate training manager at Procter & Gamble. She created P&G's first online global training programs, including classroom and web-based training programs for new hires. In partnership with a P&G recruiting leader, she created the first online internal job posting system for more than 80,000 employees at more than 200 sites around the world, and advised on training for P&G interviewers. Now retired from P&G, Ms. Owens has founded Training Design Strategies LLC (TDS), in order to continue helping the doers and the movers of the world achieve their goals through the power of training. She also serves on the advisory board for Ohio University’s instructional design certificate program, the Executive Advisory Board for The Association for Talent Development, Greater Cincinnati Chapter (GC-ATD), and CorpU’s Leaders-As-Teachers Executive Council. Her publications include the book LEADERS AS TEACHERS ACTION GUIDE (2014, coauthor), LO START-UP DI UNA CORPORATE UNIVERSITY (Italian), a series of articles for CorpU on creating Corporate Universities (2007 and 2011), and Leaders Training in Leadership Excellence magazine (2005). Ms. Owens earned her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and her Master of Education from the University of Cincinnati.

Crystal Kadakia, Founder and Principal, Invati LLC

Ms. Kadakia is a rising thought leader, speaker, and consultant for topics related to Generation Transition Change Management and the Millennial/Gen Z Generations. She began her career as an engineer, where her work included the creation of a globally standard on-boarding program for the Engineering function in a Fortune 100 company. She later became a training manager for that company, and in that role, she redesigned the technical training new hire program and introduced it across the globe. As a career coach, Ms. Kadakia has coached numerous clients toward finding jobs and new career paths. Today, she leverages her unique expertise in engineering, training, coaching, and project management in her company, Career Indulgence. Ms. Kadakia is also the leader of the Human Capital Special Interest Group of her local Association for Talent Development (ATD) chapter. She is also a Huffington Post blogger, past TEDx speaker, as well as a past contributor to T+D Magazine and recipient of numerous ATD awards. She holds a bachelor of science in chemical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

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  • "TRIAL RUN" INTERACTIVE, ROLE-PLAY ACTIVITIES at the end of each chapter model the desired outcomes of the chapter. Each activity requires peer or self-evaluation.
  • CRITICAL THINKING QUESTIONS ENCOURAGE STUDENTS TO PAUSE AND REFLECT. These powerful questions at the end of each chapter encourage students to examine the chapter’s learning outcomes and evaluate how they can most effectively use those outcomes in their personal job search processes.
  • STUDENTS CREATE THEIR PERSONAL BRAND MARKETING STATEMENT. This book encourages readers to develop, hone and implement a personal brand marketing statement as well as a 30-second commercial to emphasize their positive attributes and qualifications for jobs.
  • MORE THAN 50 CAREER ACTION WORKSHEETS HELP STUDENTS APPLY CHAPTER CONTENT AND PERSONALIZE ADVICE. Use these flexible worksheets individually or in groups, in class or as homework. Guided assessments prompt students to consider their preferences, personal traits, and other topics. These worksheets help students build their resumes and other job search tools, and find jobs that represent a good fit for them and further their desired career paths.
  • LEARNING OUTCOMES CORRESPOND TO CHAPTER WORKSHEETS, QUESTIONS AND ACTIVITIES. Learning outcomes at the beginning of the chapter relate to end-of-chapter materials and each main chapter heading.
  • STUDENTS CREATE AND MAINTAIN CAREER PORTFOLIOS. Through practical, hands-on application, students organize information about themselves and the job search in draft portfolios, as well as employer-ready resumes, cover letters, and more in final Master Career Portfolios. These tools help motivate students to seriously pursue their job search journey now and throughout their entire careers.
  • PROFESSIONAL PROFILES FEATURE REAL PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT CAREER MANAGEMENT AND JOB SEARCH ISSUES. Offering intriguing insight into current career and business issues, profiles throughout this edition feature five experts -- such as an HR manager and college career center director -- as well as five people with whom students can immediately identify, including a young job seeker, a new hire, and a mid-career job seeker.
  • "CAUTION:" OFFERS INSIGHTS AND TIPS FOR AVOIDING COMMON PITFALLS AND ACHIEVING GOALS. Formerly titled "Watch Out!", this feature builds on the experiences of other professionals to alert students to behaviors they should avoid or to demonstrate how to plan ahead for effective career results.

Your Career: How To Make It Happen


1. The Job Search Process.
2. Know Yourself to Market Yourself.
3. Picture Yourself in the Workplace.
4. Plan Your Resume.
5. Write Your Resume.
6. Find Job Openings.
7. Write Job Applications.
8. Write Effective, Tailored Cover Letters.
9. Know the Interview Essentials.
10. Prepare for Your Interview.
11. Interview Like a Pro.
Part V: Connect, Accept, and Succeed.
12. Stay Connected with Prospective Employers.
13. Dealing with Disappointment.
14. Take Charge of Your Career.
Appendix: Succeeding In The Job Search Journey Using Social Media.

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