Overnight Career Choice, Second Edition


Job seekers will discover their ideal career quickly with this new addition to the popular Help in a Hurry series. Pinpoint your career goals with the authors proven step-by-step guidance.

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Job seekers will discover their ideal career quickly with this new addition to the popular Help in a Hurry series. Pinpoint your career goals with the authors proven step-by-step guidance.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593578107
  • Publisher: JIST Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 761,986
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Laurence Shatkin has 30 years in the career information field, presents and blogs on jobs, and is the author of many career books, including 50 Best Jobs for Your Personality and 50 Best College Majors for Your Personality. As a leading occupational expert, Dr. Shatkin is in-demand by the media. He shares his knowledge and insights on national news programs, in online articles, and in major print publications.

Michael Farr is America's foremost career author and has written more than twenty books on career and job search topics.

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Table of Contents

A Brief Introduction to Using This Book 1

Follow a Proven Process for Making a Good Career Choice 1

You Don't Have to Read All Night 1

Chapter 1 Quick But Important Points About Career Choice 5

Defining Your "Ideal" Job Is Tricky 5

Clarifying What You Want to Do Involves More Than Choosing a Job Title 6

Most People Want More Than Money from Work 7

The Nine Most Important Components of an Ideal Job 10

The Role of Education and Training in Career Choice 11

Career Management Is a Lifelong Process 14

Incorporate Life Planning into Your Career Choice 15

Key Points Chapter 1 16

Chapter 2 What Are You Good At? 17

Learn the Three Types of Skills 17

Identify Your Skills 18

Translate Your Knowledge of Your Skills to Your Career Choice 41

Key Points: Chapter 2 41

Chapter 3 What Interests You? 43

Review 16 Career Interest Areas 43

Look Closely at Career Clues for Your Top Interest Areas 50

Key Points: Chapter 3 53

Chapter 4 What Motivates and Is Important to You? 55

Learn What You Value Most in a Career 55

Rank Your Most Important Values 58

Key Points: Chapter 4 59

Chapter 5 Other Key Considerations When Defining Your Ideal Job 61

How Much Money Do You Want to Make-Or Are You Willing to Accept? 61

How Much Responsibility Are You Willing to Accept? 63

Where Do You Want Your Ideal Job to Be Located-In What City or Region? 64

What Special Knowledge or Interests Would You Like to Use or Pursue? 65

What Sort of Work Environment Do You Prefer? 66

What Types of People Do You Prefer to Work With? 68

You Have Defined Nine Ideal Career Characteristics 69

Key Points: Chapter 5 69

Chapter 6 Finally! Identify Specific Job Titles 71

Why Accurate Information About Specific Jobs Is Important 71

How the Job Descriptions Are Organized 72

Review Job Titles 73

Don't Overlook the End of This Chapter 73

Go Back and Review the Job Descriptions 125

More About the Data in the Job Descriptions 126

What's Next? 128

Key Points: Chapter 6 129

Chapter 7 Identify Industries That Interest You 131

Some Background on Industry Growth 132

Service-Providing Industries Have Accounted for Virtually All Growth 135

Skills Required in Major Industries 136

Review 43 Major Industries 143

Learn More About Targeted Industries 146

Key Points: Chapter 7 148

Chapter 8 Overnight Career Choice Matrix and Action Plan 149

Summarize the Characteristics of Your Ideal Career 150

Put Your Ideal Career Characteristics into Graphic Form with the Career Wheel 152

Brainstorm Combinations with the Overnight Career Choice Matrix 153

Your Ideal Job Definition 156

Your Overnight Career Choice Action Plan 157

Key Points: Chapter 8 160

Chapter 9 Write Your Job Objective 161

Avoid a Self-Centered, "Gimme" Approach 161

Sample Job Objectives 161

Five Tips for Writing a Good Job Objective 162

Construct Your Job Objective 164

Finalize Your Job Objective 166

A Few Final Comments 166

Key Points: Chapter 9 167

Appendix A Job Exploration Worksheet 169

Appendix B Sources of More Career Information 173

Major Sources of Job Descriptions and Related Information 174

Other Helpful Career and Education Books 175

Other Research Options 176

Index 177

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