Seven Steps to Getting a Job Fast

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563708886
  • Publisher: JIST Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/1/2002
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Table of Contents

A Brief Introduction to Using This Book 1
Of Course, You Can't Just Read About It 2
So, Trust Me--Do the Worksheets 2
Why This Is a Short Book 3
Step 1 Identify Your Key Skills--and Develop a Powerful New "Skills Language" to Describe Yourself 5
There Are Three Types of Skills 6
Self-Management Skills 6
Transferable Skills 9
Job-Related Skills 13
Step 2 Set a Specific Job Objective Before You Go Looking 15
Is It Possible to Find Your Ideal Job? 18
How to Explore Specific Job Titles and Industries 19
Explore More Than 250 Specific Job Titles 19
Explore Specific Industries 34
And, Now, We Return to Job-Related Skills 38
Step 3 Use the Most Effective Methods to Get a Better Job in Less Time 39
What Job Search Methods Work Best? 40
Get the Most Out of Less-Effective Job Search Methods 40
The Two Job Search Methods That Work Best 44
Most-Effective Job Search Method #1 Develop a Network of Contacts 45
Most-Effective Job Search Method #2 Contact Employers Directly 49
Use JIST Cards--An Effective Mini Resume 51
The Anatomy of a JIST Card 52
Now Write and Use Your JIST Card 62
Use Your JIST Card as the Basis for an Effective Phone Script 63
Tips for Using the Internet in Your Job Search 64
Ways to Increase Your Internet Effectiveness 65
Useful Internet Sites 66
Step 4 Write a Simple Resume Now and a Better One Later 67
Tips for Creating a Superior Resume 67
The Five Most Effective Ways to Use a Resume 69
Chronological Resumes 70
Tips for Writing a Simple Chronological Resume 70
Tips for an Improved Chronological Resume 74
Skills and Combination Resumes 75
Resume Design and Production Tips 76
Electronic and Scannable Resumes 77
An Electronic Resume Should Have Lots of Key Words 77
For an Electronic Resume, a Simple Design Is Best 80
The Requirements of One Large Employer Are Typical 82
How to Write Effective Cover Letters 85
Some Tips for Writing and Using Superior Cover Letters 85
More Sample Resumes 91
Step 5 Redefine What Counts as an Interview, Then Organize Your Time to Get 2 a Day 101
Make Your Search a Full-Time Job 102
Decide How Much Time You Will Spend Looking for Work Each Week and Day 102
Create a Specific Daily Job Search Schedule 103
Step 6 Dramatically Improve Your Interviewing Skills 105
Your First Impression May Be the Only One You Make 105
A Traditional Interview Is Not a Friendly Exchange 106
How to Answer Tough Interview Questions 107
The Three-Step Process for Answering Interview Questions 107
The Most Important Interview Question of All: "Why Should I Hire You?" 109
Tips on Negotiating Pay--How to Earn a Thousand Dollars a Minute 109
Close the Interview Effectively 111
Don't Say "No" Too Quickly 111
Step 7 Follow Up on All Job Leads 113
Four Rules for Effective Follow-Up 113
Thank-You Notes Make a Difference 113
Develop an Organized System for Following Up 114
In Closing 117
Appendix A The Essential Job Search Data Worksheet 119
Appendix B Sample Job Description from the Occupational Outlook Handbook 131
Appendix C A Short List of Additional Resources 143
Index 146
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