Blue Collar Resume and Job Hunting Guide: Secrets to Getting the Job You Really Want

Overview

This book showcases the best resumes written by professional resume writers for a large range of blue collar workers in a variety of occupations. It also reveals numerous insider tips on conducting an effective job search, including navigating the hidden job market, assessing skills, setting goals, networking, conducting research, using the Internet, completing applications, writing letters, interviewing, negotiating compensation, getting started on the job, and more.

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Overview

This book showcases the best resumes written by professional resume writers for a large range of blue collar workers in a variety of occupations. It also reveals numerous insider tips on conducting an effective job search, including navigating the hidden job market, assessing skills, setting goals, networking, conducting research, using the Internet, completing applications, writing letters, interviewing, negotiating compensation, getting started on the job, and more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570232589
  • Publisher: Impact Publications VA
  • Publication date: 3/25/2007
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,220,471
  • Product dimensions: 7.22 (w) x 10.05 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Table of Contents


Finding Blue-Collar Jobs in a New Economy     1
Finding a Job You Love     1
Self-Esteem Gone South     2
Making Blue-Collar Sense     2
Blue-Collar Job Finding     4
Show Me Your Resume     5
10 Steps to Job Search Success     6
Step-By-Step Actions     8
Take Time to Get It Right     10
56 Job Search Myths and Realities     12
Job Market Images and Myths     12
Job Satisfaction     13
Declining Job Opportunities     13
Blue-Collar Jobs     14
Job Finding Methods     14
Deciding on Resume Content     16
Producing the Resume     18
Writing Job Search Letters     19
Distributing Resumes and Letters     21
Resume Follow-Up     22
Using New Types of Resumes     23
Getting the Interview     25
Preparing for the Interview     26
Arriving and Waiting for the Interviewer     27
The Interview     27
Negotiating Salaries and Benefits     31
Close and Follow Up     32
Job Search Mistakes You Can't Afford to Make     33
Your OwnWorst Enemy     33
26 Mistakes to Avoid     34
America's Best Jobs With a Promising Future     74
Coming Employment Changes     74
Beware of Changing Occupational Profiles     75
Expect Job Growth for Most Occupations     75
Examine Growing and Declining Occupations     79
Identify the "Best" Jobs for You     85
Best Jobs for People Re-Entering the Workforce     87
Best Paying Blue-Collar Jobs     90
25 Best Apprenticeships     91
Look for Exciting New Occupations     92
Prepare for the Cheap Flat World     92
Implications of Future Trends for You     94
Motivate Yourself With a "Can-Do" Attitude     95
Attitude Is Almost Everything     95
Hang Around Winners     96
Take the Attitude Test     96
Don't Make Excuses     98
Transform Your Attitudes     100
Resources for Creating a "Can-Do" Attitude     102
Tell Memorable Stories About Your Accomplishments     104
Become a Good Storyteller     104
Express Your Experience As Accomplishments     105
Identify Your Skills     107
Computerized Assessment Programs      116
Online Assessment Alternatives     116
Additional Self-Assessment Resources     117
Do It Right From the Very Start     117
23 Strategies for Completing Impressive Applications     119
The World of Applications     119
Tips for Application Success     120
Writing Effective Resumes and Letters     129
Writing Resumes     129
Common Resume Errors     130
Types of Resumes     133
Structuring Resume Content     134
Producing Drafts     135
Final Production     136
Produce Both a Paper and Electronic Resume     137
Prepare to Mail, Fax, and Email Your Resume     137
Evaluate the Final Product     138
Post Your Resume Online     143
Job Search Letters     147
Basic Preparation Rules     147
Types of Letters     148
Distribution and Management     150
Responding to Classified Ads     150
Self-Initiated Distribution Methods     151
Recordkeeping     152
Resume and Letter Examples     153
When It's Time to Use a Professional     154
You Are What You Write      154
Resumes and Letters From Career Professionals     165
Susan Guarneri     167
Louise Garver     186
Janice M. Shepherd     196
Jill Grindle     214
Connecting With Employers     219
Playing the Publicized Job Market     219
Targeting Classified Ads     220
Navigating the Hidden Job Market     221
Broadcasting for Luck     222
Prospecting, Networking, and Informational Interviewing     222
Getting Job Interviews     235
Interviewing for Jobs     237
Hire Slow, Fire Fast     237
Prepare for Stressful Interviews     238
Communicate With a Purpose     239
Avoid 42 Common Interview Errors     240
Observe 43 Interview "Do's"     241
Anticipate Seven Interview Phases     244
Prepare to Answer Questions     245
Handle Objections and Negatives With Ease     247
Expect Behavior-Based Questions     251
Develop Strong Storytelling Skills     253
Face Situational Interviews     253
Encounter Illegal Questions     254
Ask Thoughtful Questions     255
Dress, Groom, and Look Appropriate     256
Make Yourself Likable     258
Close the Interview     259
Remember to Follow Up     259
Use the Right Resources     260
Negotiating Compensation     262
Raising the Money Question     262
Reach Common Ground and Agreement     263
Carefully Examine Benefits     265
Take Time Before Accepting     265
Useful Salary Negotiation Resources     267
Checklist of Compensation Options     267
Surviving, Keeping, and Transforming Your Job     271
Become a Thoughtful Professional     271
Treat Your Boss As a Client     272
Avoid the Pitfalls of Politics     273
Conduct an Annual Career Check-Up     273
23 Job-Keeping Skills and Personal Qualities     274
10 Job Survival Strategies     276
Make Changes When Necessary     277
Revitalize and Transform Your Job     278
Continuing Blue-Collar Success     279
Appendix     280
206 Blue-Collar Jobs     280
20 Largest Blue-Collar Occupations With the Federal Government     286
Index     288
The Authors      291
Career Resources     292
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