Job Hunting in the 21st Century: Exploding the Myths, Exploring the Realities

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About the author:Carol A. Hacker is an educator, speaker and the founder of Carol A. Hacker & Associates. She has written numerous magazine articles and three books including The Costs of Bad Hiring Decisions & How to Avoid Them. Prior to starting her own firm she held a number of management positions, including that of Director of Human Resources for the North American division of Bahlsen, Inc. , a European manufacturer
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About the author:Carol A. Hacker is an educator, speaker and the founder of Carol A. Hacker & Associates. She has written numerous magazine articles and three books including The Costs of Bad Hiring Decisions & How to Avoid Them. Prior to starting her own firm she held a number of management positions, including that of Director of Human Resources for the North American division of Bahlsen, Inc. , a European manufacturer
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  • ISBN-13: 9781574442427
  • Publisher: CRC Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Table of Contents

Dedication
Preface
Acknowledgments
The Author
Introduction
Myth 1 If I'm unemployed, employers will think I'm a loser 3
Myth 2 Most successful people had a good idea early in life what kind of careers they wanted 5
Myth 3 A good way to find a new career is by the process of elimination 9
Myth 4 Changing careers is the best solution to a bad job 13
Myth 5 Changing careers is easy as long as you know what you want to do 17
Myth 6 If you have enough interest in a particular career, you'll be successful 19
Myth 7 Resumes get jobs 23
Myth 8 Resumes should always include a job objective 27
Myth 9 It's important to include on your resume every job you've ever held 29
Myth 10 It's a good idea to include a photograph with your resume 31
Myth 11 Functional resumes aren't as effective as chronological resumes 33
Myth 12 The more information you have on your resume, the better 35
Myth 13 Including your age, race, marital status, height, weight, and religion on your resume gives it a personal touch 39
Myth 14 It's a good strategy to list references on your resume 41
Myth 15 Plain resumes don't get fancy job offers 43
Myth 16 Mass mailing resumes is an effective job-search strategy 45
Myth 17 The best way to send a resume is by mail or fax 47
Myth 18 It's acceptable not to use a cover letter with your resume 51
Myth 19 A handwritten cover letter conveys a feeling of warmth 55
Myth 20 Generic, mass-produced cover letters are effective for certain positions 57
Myth 21 Unusual-looking cover letters and resumes make you stand out 59
Myth 22 Any job is better than no job 63
Myth 23 Interim or temporary jobs seldom lead to permanent positions 67
Myth 24 It's okay to use the informational interview to ask about a job 69
Myth 25 The best way to find a job is to broadcast to the largest number of people possible 71
Myth 26 Most job openings appear in newspaper advertisements 75
Myth 27 The Human Resources Department is the best place to start your job search 77
Myth 28 Job fairs seldom lead to job offers 79
Myth 29 It's difficult using the Internet to conduct a job search 81
Myth 30 Networking is sleazy 85
Myth 31 Long-distance job hunting is a waste of time 89
Myth 32 The best jobs are in high-growth industries 93
Myth 33 Companies don't hire during the December holidays 95
Myth 34 If companies aren't hiring, there's nothing you can do about it 97
Myth 35 Researching a company isn't as important as how you present your skills and abilities in a personal interview 101
Myth 36 Recruiters are in business to find employment for job seekers 103
Myth 37 When questioning recruiters about job openings, you run the risk of alienating them 105
Myth 38 All employment agencies are alike 107
Myth 39 Some job interviews are a waste of time 113
Myth 40 You probably won't be asked to participate in a video conference interview 115
Myth 41 The interview begins when you meet the interviewer 119
Myth 42 Employers are more interested in what you have to say than what you wear to the interview 121
Myth 43 When asked what kind of job you're looking for, it's acceptable to say, "Anything that's available." 125
Myth 44 Your goal in the interview is to share as much as you can about yourself 127
Myth 45 An effective way to let the interviewer know you're relaxed is by telling a joke 129
Myth 46 When asked about your weaknesses, answer honestly 131
Myth 47 Never ask questions in the interview; that's the interviewer's job 135
Myth 48 Employers are willing to sacrifice technical expertise to attract candidates 139
Myth 49 Employers know better than to ask inappropriate or illegal questions 141
Myth 50 It's best to share your salary expectations when you meet the interviewer to avoid misunderstandings later 145
Myth 51 There's no way to prepare for pre-employment tests 149
Myth 52 Follow up after an interview may give the impression you're desperate for a job 151
Myth 53 Expressing gratitude in a thank you letter is enough 153
Myth 54 Most companies don't check references 155
Myth 55 Personal references are as useful as work-related references 159
Myth 56 If you didn't get along with your former boss, you'll get a bad reference 161
Myth 57 If you're invited for a meal, you can assume the job is yours 163
Myth 58 The company's first offer is their best and last offer 171
Myth 59 The best-qualified people get the jobs 173
Myth 60 When interviewers say you're overqualified, they really mean you're too old 177
Myth 61 There's no such thing as job security 181
A Sample Accomplishment Statements 187
B Internet Glossary 191
C Job Lead Organizations 193
D Pre-Employment Inquiries 211
E Sample Interview Questions and Answers 217
Additional Reading 261
Index 263
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