Building Your Career: A Guide to Your Future / Edition 4

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Overview

This text is for undergraduate courses in Career Development or Career Planning.

The fourth edition of Building Your Career actively engages students in a new career decision-making model that involves reflecting, exploring, deciding and preparing for their immediate and long-term futures.Students progress through a process that uses the Internet and other hands-on activities to discover how their interests and strengths are compatible with the possible occupational and educational alternatives that they identify. Students also learn how to mount a job search and determine their readiness for the changing work world and the skills needed to succeed in the jobs of tomorrow. Instructors will find the process outlined in this book easily facilitates how they organize and develop their course. Supplemental materials and local information can be added to enhance the learning experience.

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NACADA member review of this publication has been posted to the NACADA Journal Web site. Find the review of the following posted on the Journal’s Web site:
  • Building your career: A guide to your future (4th Edition) by Susan Jones Sears & Virginia N. Gordon. Reviewed by Holly Martin at http://www.nacada.ksu.edu/Journal/bkrev_1273.htm

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780137084524
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 11/15/2010
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 594,523
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Susan Jones Sears, an education and career consultant, was a faculty member in counselor education at The Ohio State University for 25 years. Her consulting and research focus is in career and college student counseling.

Dr. Virginia N. Gordon has extensive experience in teaching, administration, advising and counseling in higher education settings. She has written extensively on topics associated with higher education including academic and career counseling.

Drs. Sears and Gordon also wrote "Selecting A College Major," published in 2010 by Prentice-Hall.

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Table of Contents

Preface

ONE AM I READY? (Reflecting)

Why Do I Need to Plan?

1.1 Personal Factors

Why Do People Work?

1.2 My Concept of Work

How Do Educational Decisions Influence Career Choices?

1.3 How Decided Are You about a College Major?

What Are Some Barriers to Career Choice?

1.4 Overcoming Barriers

Where Do I Start? The Career Choice Process

1.5 My Career-and-Life Planning Checklist

Case Studies: REFLECTING

Summary Checklist

TWO WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MYSELF? (Exploring)

My Personal Characteristics

Personality and Career Choices

2.1 Holland’s Personality Types

Identifying My Interests

2.2 Assessing My Interests

Identifying My Values

2.3 Assessing My Work Values

Identifying My Skills

2.4 My Skill Profile

Summary Profile #1: Personal Characteristics

How Does My Environment Influence My Career Choices?

Socioeconomic Status

2.5 Exploring Socioeconomic Status

Family Influences

2.6 A Career Genogram

The Impact of Gender

2.7 What If?

Summary Profile #2: Environmental Influences on My Career Development and Choices

Pulling It All Together

2.8 Reviewing My Options

Case Studies: EXPLORING

Summary Checklist

THREE HOW DO I SEARCH FOR OCCUPATIONAL INFORMATION? (Exploring)

Starting Your Search

3.1 What Occupations Interest Me?

3.2 Developing a List of Occupations to Search

Sources of Occupational Information

The Internet

3.3 Using O*NET

Other Internet Resources

Career Guidance Systems

Direct Experience

Informational Interviews

3.4 Conducting An Informational Interview

Narrowing Down Your Choices

Case Studies: EXPLORING

Summary Checklist

FOUR WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT EDUCATIONAL ALTERNATIVES? (Exploring)

Choosing an Educational Direction

4.1 What Type of Education Do I Need?

Why Attend College?

4.2 Why Am I in College?

Making Initial Decisions

The Undergraduate Curriculum

Choosing A Major

4.3 Exploring Majors

4.4 Researching A Major

Graduate or Professional Education

Distance Learning

Experiential Learning

Extracurricular Activities

Work Experiences

Internships and Cooperative Education

Study Abroad

Volunteer Work

Service Learning

Case Studies: EXPLORING

Summary Checklist

FIVE HOW WILL I DECIDE? (Deciding)

Factors in Decision Making

5.1 How I Make Decisions

Dimensions of Decision Making

Myself As Decision Maker

5.2 Identifying My Values

5.3 Using My Career Values in Decision Making

Risk Taking

5.4 Am I Risk Taker?

Personal Decision-Making Style

5.5 My Decision-Making Style

The Decision Situation

Change

Indecision

Obstacles

5.6 Checklist of Obstacles

Control

The Decision-Making Process

Defining the Problem

Stating Your Goals

5.7 What Are My Goals?

Collecting Information

Listing Alternative Solutions

5.8 Identifying Alternatives

Choosing One of the Alternatives

5.9 Why Some People Don’t Act on Their Decisions

Taking Action on My Choice

5.10 Action Plan

Reviewing Your Choice Periodically

5.11 Making Decisions

Case Studies: DECIDING

Summary Checklist

SIX HOW CAN I PREPARE FOR THE FUTURE WORKPLACE? (Preparing)

What Factors Are Influencing the Present and Future Workplace?

6.1 Demographic patterns

6.2 Globalization

6.3 Technology

What Do You Know About the Workplace and Hiring Trends for the Next Five to Ten Years?

Workforce Trends

Employment Projections

6.4 Search for Job Outlook and Projection Data

How Can I Prepare for the Future Workplace?

Life and Career Skills

6.5 How Ready Are You?

Case Studies: PREPARING

Summary Checklist

SEVEN HOW WILL I ADVANCE MY CAREER? THE JOB SEARCH AND RESUME WRITING (Preparing)

Selling Yourself

Taking Action Steps

Writing A Resume

Resume Formats

Common Resume Errors

Appearance

Final Touches

Resume Dissemination

Video Resume

Electronic Resumes

Scannable Resumes

Maintaing a Resume File

7.1 Sample Resume Worksheet

7.2 Resume Worksheet

Writing A Cover Letter

Case Studies: PREPARING

Summary Checklist

EIGHT AM I THE BEST CANDIDATE? JOB LEADS AND THE JOB INTERVIEW (Preparing)

Generating Job Leads

Job Search Sources

Networking

Newspapers

Employment Services

Job Fairs

Friends and Family

Direct Contacts

Career Mentors

Job Searching on the Internet

Job Interviewing

Preparing for the Interview

During the Interview

Interview Formats

Cyber-Interviews

Appearance

Etiquette

After the Interview

8.1 Interview Follow-Up

Legal and Illegal Inquiries

Dealing with Rejection

8.2 Handling Rejection

Job Search Review

Case Studies: PREPARING

Summary Checklist

NINE WHERE DO I GO FROM HERE?

9.1 Method 1: A Snapshot in the Career-Planning Process

9.2 Method 2: Evaluating Your Career Planning

9.3 Method 3: Career Checklist Revisited

9.4 Action Planning

Case Studies: Jed and Maria

CASE STUDY: ME

References

Index

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