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Overview

Develop Universal Skills that Enhance:

Personal Knowledge—

Strategies for Success in School, Career, and Life

  • Develop and Maintain Positive Self-Image
  • Establish Beneficial Time and Money Management Habits
  • Learn How to Set Goals and Priorities

Skills and Abilities—

How to Develop Your Marketability

  • Develop Effective Communication Skills—How Reading and Writing Abilities Translate into Career Skills
  • Improve Memory and Listening Skills
  • Discover How Knowledge Developed in High School Applies to the Workplace

Launching Your Career—

Resources, Opportunities, and Career Growth

  • Find the Right Career
  • Establish Positive Work Habits
  • Succeed!

This Edition Features:

  • Personal Application Activities
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130884176
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 8/2/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 278
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

CAROL CARTER is Vice President and Director of Student Programs and Faculty Development at Prentice Hall. She has written Majoring in the Rest of Your Life: Career Secrets for College Students and Majoring in High School. She has also co-authored The Career Tool Kit, Keys to Career Success, Keys to Study Skills, Keys to Thinking and Learning, and Keys to Effective Learning. She has taught welfare to work classes, team taught in the La Familia Scholars Program at Community College of Denver, and has conducted numerous workshops for students and faculty around the country. She is the host of the "Keys to Lifelong Learning Telecourse," a twenty-six episode telecourse to help students at a distance prepare for college, career, and life success. In addition to working with students of all ages, Carol thrives on foreign travel and culture; she has been fortunate enough to have been a guest in forty foreign countries.

GARY IZUMO is a professor in business at Moorpark College and assists large businesses as a management consultant on issues ranging from corporate growth and organizational development, to operational effectiveness. In addition, he writes a monthly business column for the Los Angeles Times, Ventura County edition. Gary is an enthusiastic swimmer and reader, but most of all, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He believes in contributing to the community and he is an active volunteer to local schools on curriculum and technology matters. Gary is a graduate of Occidental College with a degree in economics and received his MBA from the University of California at Los Angeles.

SARAH LYMAN KRAVITS is a student of life with a passion for learning. In her drive to help others discover their love for learning—and their essential selves—she has spent the last six years writing, researching, talking to students, and talking to teachers in pursuit of the best possible textbooks on student success. She has co-authored The Career Tool Kit, Keys to Success, Keys to Effective Learning, Keys to Thinking and Learning, and Keys to Study Skills. She originally hooked into the world of student success as Program Director for LifeSkills, Inc., a nonprofit organization that aims to further the career and personal development of high school students. Even earlier, being a Jefferson Scholar at the University of Virginia helped to bring her love of learning to new levels. She encourages readers to make the most of this time in school—it is an incredible gift.

DIANE LINDSEY REEVES is an author whose work focuses on helping people of all ages figure out what they want to be when they grow up. She enjoys sharing ideas about career exploration as a writer-in-residence in schools and in other types of programs for teachers and students. Reeves lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, where weekend jaunts are divided between the beach or the mountains. She is married and has two daughters. Reeves would love to hear from you via her website at www.careerideasforkids.com.

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Preface We Wrote with You in Mind

There are many useful and well-written books about success in school and life. This one is special because it focuses on the skills needed for success in moving from school to work and is tailored for your particular experience and needs as a student in high school. We know that you have choices ahead about building a solid foundation for a successful career and a better life—that's what brought you to this educational experience. And we believe that the success of your career depends on certain basic skills we call "tools."

This book is entitled The Career Tool Kit because it contains information about the tools you need to build a long, happy, and successful working life, just as a metal tool box contains hand tools. These tools will also help you in successfully completing your educational program and transition into your career. In addition, just as a tool kit allows you to keep your tools together and carry them around, this book fits the information you need into one portable volume. This book, and the skills it describes, will fit easily into the demanding routine of your daily activities.

This Book Has Three Major Benefits

First, it will help you while you are in school. Many of the skills that you will use in your working life also apply to your student life: reading, writing, studying, listening, and so forth. Tools such as a positive attitude and self image fuel your success both in and outside of school. The information on budgeting will help you organize your finances so that you can juggle your expenses. You want to come away from your educational experience with as many advantages as possible, including your diploma or certificate. Much of the advice in this book will help you stay in school and succeed at the tasks that you undertake there.

Second, it will help you identify and prepare for the job that you want. It helps you know yourself better so that you understand what kinds of jobs might best suit your unique talents and qualities. It provides information on the job search—where you find job listings, who can help you locate opportunities, and how to apply. It guides you through the application process and shows you how to present yourself in the best possible light on a resume as well as in an interview. And it helps you to handle both failure and success.

Third, it will continue to help you throughout your career. These pages contain important information about how to manage your time and money. There is valuable advice on workplace communication with bosses, coworkers, clients, and customers; a discussion of the qualities and skills that employers look for in their employees; information about your rights on the; job; and a section on critical thinking at work (decision making and problem; solving). Career success, as you seek to manage and balance the stresses of your working and personal lives, is affected by your physical and mental health. Through the chapters, hints on improving and maintaining your physical and mental health are provided. Advice about motivation, patience, listening, and other useful subjects will serve you well in the coming years.

The book's special features will help you make the most of your reading. We have broken up the material into bits and pieces that you can really chew on. If you flip through the book before you begin reading, you will see certain elements in each chapter:

NEW IN YOUR TOOL KIT. At the beginning of each chapter, this list summarizes the important topics that you will cover in the chapter.

SOUND BITE. Quotes from people who have made choices similar to yours, current students as well as graduates already in the workplace, appear throughout the text. These people are "in the trenches" and can give you an accurate, personal picture of what to expect as you move into the world of work.

REAL PEOPLE, REAL STORIES. This feature encourages you to get out into the real work world and talk with people. Making contacts and learning from them will be one of the most important benefits you get from this book.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT. These boxed passages give you examples to help explain concepts discussed in the text.

TECHNOLOGY AT WORK. These boxes, new to this edition, describe the many ways that new technologies shape our world, challenging you to learn more about technologies relevant to your life, school, and career.

YOUR TOOL KIT AT WORK. This section contains an assortment of applications at the end of each chapter that will help you put what you learn in the chapter into action. The applications relate to the specific chapter you have been reading and give you the chance to apply what you have just learned to specific questions and situations. You will strengthen your knowledge as you complete the questions and exercises.

Your education is what you make of it. Your school, your teachers, your classwork, and your reading combine to give you endless opportunities to .earn and improve yourself in preparation for career success. They are some of the tools with which you will build your future. But you are responsible for picking up those tools and using them. When you use what you dead in this book, you take advantage of the chance to clear your path toward success.

How strong a future you construct with your tools is up to you. But we feel confident that by choosing to pursue further knowledge, you have put yourself on the right road. Use The Career Tool Kit for help as you make your way to the job and career you want, from school to work, and keep it with you as you continue down the path, using your tools to mold your experiences into a long and successful life as a working citizen.

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Table of Contents

I. TAKING INVENTORY.

1. Choosing Your Equipment—Finding the Right Mind Set.

2. Today's World—The Diversity of Your Workplace.

3. Keys to the Tool Kit—Unlocking Your Personal Power.

4. Making the Most of Key Resources—Managing Your Time and Money.

II. GETTING STARTED.

5. Sharpening Your Tools—Your Basic Skills.

6. Becoming Marketable—Getting the Job Done through Communication.

III. MOVING ON.

7. Tools that Create Opportunity—Resources to Power Your Job Search.

8. Putting Your Tools to Good Use—Entering the Working World.

9. Packing Up Your Tool Kit—Standing Out on the Job.

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Preface

Preface

We Wrote with You in Mind

There are many useful and well-written books about success in school and life. This one is special because it focuses on the skills needed for success in moving from school to work and is tailored for your particular experience and needs as a student in high school. We know that you have choices ahead about building a solid foundation for a successful career and a better life—that's what brought you to this educational experience. And we believe that the success of your career depends on certain basic skills we call "tools."

This book is entitled The Career Tool Kit because it contains information about the tools you need to build a long, happy, and successful working life, just as a metal tool box contains hand tools. These tools will also help you in successfully completing your educational program and transition into your career. In addition, just as a tool kit allows you to keep your tools together and carry them around, this book fits the information you need into one portable volume. This book, and the skills it describes, will fit easily into the demanding routine of your daily activities.

This Book Has Three Major Benefits

First, it will help you while you are in school. Many of the skills that you will use in your working life also apply to your student life: reading, writing, studying, listening, and so forth. Tools such as a positive attitude and self image fuel your success both in and outside of school. The information on budgeting will help you organize your finances so that you can juggle your expenses. You want to come away from your educational experience with as many advantages as possible, including your diploma or certificate. Much of the advice in this book will help you stay in school and succeed at the tasks that you undertake there.

Second, it will help you identify and prepare for the job that you want. It helps you know yourself better so that you understand what kinds of jobs might best suit your unique talents and qualities. It provides information on the job search—where you find job listings, who can help you locate opportunities, and how to apply. It guides you through the application process and shows you how to present yourself in the best possible light on a resume as well as in an interview. And it helps you to handle both failure and success.

Third, it will continue to help you throughout your career. These pages contain important information about how to manage your time and money. There is valuable advice on workplace communication with bosses, coworkers, clients, and customers; a discussion of the qualities and skills that employers look for in their employees; information about your rights on the; job; and a section on critical thinking at work (decision making and problem; solving). Career success, as you seek to manage and balance the stresses of your working and personal lives, is affected by your physical and mental health. Through the chapters, hints on improving and maintaining your physical and mental health are provided. Advice about motivation, patience, listening, and other useful subjects will serve you well in the coming years.

The book's special features will help you make the most of your reading. We have broken up the material into bits and pieces that you can really chew on. If you flip through the book before you begin reading, you will see certain elements in each chapter:

NEW IN YOUR TOOL KIT. At the beginning of each chapter, this list summarizes the important topics that you will cover in the chapter.

SOUND BITE. Quotes from people who have made choices similar to yours, current students as well as graduates already in the workplace, appear throughout the text. These people are "in the trenches" and can give you an accurate, personal picture of what to expect as you move into the world of work.

REAL PEOPLE, REAL STORIES. This feature encourages you to get out into the real work world and talk with people. Making contacts and learning from them will be one of the most important benefits you get from this book.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT. These boxed passages give you examples to help explain concepts discussed in the text.

TECHNOLOGY AT WORK. These boxes, new to this edition, describe the many ways that new technologies shape our world, challenging you to learn more about technologies relevant to your life, school, and career.

YOUR TOOL KIT AT WORK. This section contains an assortment of applications at the end of each chapter that will help you put what you learn in the chapter into action. The applications relate to the specific chapter you have been reading and give you the chance to apply what you have just learned to specific questions and situations. You will strengthen your knowledge as you complete the questions and exercises.

Your education is what you make of it. Your school, your teachers, your classwork, and your reading combine to give you endless opportunities to .earn and improve yourself in preparation for career success. They are some of the tools with which you will build your future. But you are responsible for picking up those tools and using them. When you use what you dead in this book, you take advantage of the chance to clear your path toward success.

How strong a future you construct with your tools is up to you. But we feel confident that by choosing to pursue further knowledge, you have put yourself on the right road. Use The Career Tool Kit for help as you make your way to the job and career you want, from school to work, and keep it with you as you continue down the path, using your tools to mold your experiences into a long and successful life as a working citizen.

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