Mastering the Job Search Process in Recreation and Leisure Services / Edition 1

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Mastering the Job Search Process in Recreation and Leisure Services simplifies the process of securing an internship or job. Written by experts in the field, this book guides you through each step from both an employer's and applicant's point of view, from learning about the career settings available to you, to finding the position that is the best fit for you, formatting your resume and cover letters, and deciding which offer to take.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763733742
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
  • Publication date: 1/25/2006
  • Edition description: 1E
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 8.67 (w) x 10.86 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii
About the Authors ix
1 The Job Search Process: Where to Begin? 1
The Assessment Process 3
Building a Network Through Professional Associations 8
Conclusion 11
References 11
Assignments 13
2 Careers 15
Career Exploration 16
Expectation #1 What Is Expected of an Entry-Level Professional 16
Expectation #2 What a Candidate Can Expect 17
Career Settings 17
Conclusion 24
References 24
Assignments 25
3 Researching an Organization 27
Steps in Researching an Organization 29
Conclusion 36
References 37
Assignments 38
4 Portfolios 41
What Is a Portfolio? 42
Why Use a Portfolio? 42
Types of Portfolios 43
Developing and Preparing the Portfolio 43
Using the Portfolio in an Interview 48
Electronic Portfolios 48
Conclusion 50
References 50
Assignments 52
5 Technology's Impact on the Job Search Process 57
The Job Search Process 58
Conclusion 70
References 71
Assignments 72
6 Cover Letters and Other Letters 75
Cover Letters 76
Reference Request Letters 79
Job Acceptance Letters 86
Job Declination Letters 87
Resignation Letters 88
Conclusion 88
References 89
Assignments 91
7 Resumes 93
Key Resume Content Areas 94
What Not to Include 102
Organizing Your Resume 102
Resume Design and Layout 104
Conclusion 105
References 105
Assignments 107
8 Interviewing 111
Preparing for the Interview 112
Researching the Agency 113
Candidate Self-Assessment 113
Interview Practice 114
Planning What to Wear 115
Final Preparations 116
The Interview 117
Interview Questions 121
After the Interview 126
Second Interviews 127
Conclusion 128
References 128
Assignments 129
9 The Role and Value of the Internship 131
Realistic Expectations 132
Career Goals 132
Competency Development 133
Career Direction 134
Establishing Networks 134
Establishing Employability 134
Making the Most of Internships 134
Conclusion 137
References 137
Assignments 139
10 Evaluating the Job Offer 141
Establishing Priorities 142
Checking for a Good Fit 144
Determining Negotiable Terms 145
How To Negotiate 148
Conclusion 149
References 149
Assignments 151
11 Navigating the Transition from College to Professional Life 153
Realistic Assessment 154
Professional Life Begins with a Winning Attitude and Positive Results 156
Performance Standards of Success 159
Conclusion 162
References 163
Assignments 164
Appendices 171
A Recreation and Leisure Services Professional Organizations and Associations 172
B Recreation and Leisure Services Journals and Publications 179
C Top Questions Asked By Interviewers 183
D Top Questions Asked By Candidates 189
Index 193
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