Solving the Professional Development Puzzle: 101 Solutions for Career and Life Planning / Edition 1

Solving the Professional Development Puzzle: 101 Solutions for Career and Life Planning / Edition 1

by Robert M. Sherfield, Patricia G. Moody
     
 

ISBN-10: 0135003652

ISBN-13: 9780135003657

Pub. Date: 08/12/2008

Publisher: Prentice Hall

Written in an engaging, common-sense tone, Solving the Professional Development Puzzle addresses many issues facing graduates in today’s ever-changing, demanding workplace. From working in a global space to dining with class to constructing a powerful resume, this book offers an abundance of activities, advice, examples, and suggestions for developing

Overview

Written in an engaging, common-sense tone, Solving the Professional Development Puzzle addresses many issues facing graduates in today’s ever-changing, demanding workplace. From working in a global space to dining with class to constructing a powerful resume, this book offers an abundance of activities, advice, examples, and suggestions for developing a power job search plan. Strong coverage of ethics and character development is included, as well as a detailed chapter on financial management in the transition from college to the world of work including advice on buying a car, avoiding credit card debt, and running from check cashing centers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780135003657
Publisher:
Prentice Hall
Publication date:
08/12/2008
Series:
Pearson Custom Student Success and Career Development Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
223
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Discovering Who You Are: Setting Yourself Apart and Finding Your Direction

1 Know Who You Are and Where You’re Going

2 Recognize and Own Your Strengths

3 Identify Your Personality Type and Use It to Best Advantage

4 Know What You Want from Life and Work

5 Identify and Emulate Your Role Models

6 Determine What You Value

7 Recognize the Power of Your Values and Beliefs

8 Understand Your Emotional Responses

9 Articulate Your Hopes and Goals

10 Choose Optimism and Surround Yourself with Optimistic People

Chapter 2 Cultivating Your Character and Ethics: Who Are You When No One Is Looking?

11 Understand the Dynamics of Ethics, Integrity, and Character

12 Be Proud of Your Name and Reputation

13 Develop and Maintain a Strong Moral Character

14 Develop a Resilient Work Ethic

15 Understand the True Nature of Respect

16 Avoid Moral Bankruptcy

17 Be Trustworthy

18 Honor Your Commitments

19 Develop a Strong Guiding Statement and Integrity Plan

Chapter 3 Designing Your Job Search, Writing Your Cover Letter, and Selling Yourself through Your Resume: Selling Yourself

20 Focus on Your Job Search Plan

21 Leave No Stone Unturned

22 Know Your Employer’s Expectations

23 Use Effective Keywords to Showcase Your Talents and Experiences

24 Sell Yourself with Confidence

25 Write a Powerful and Concise Cover Letter

26 Understand the Do’s and Don’ts of Memorable Resumes

27 Build a Timely Chronological Resume

28 Construct a Skillfully Written Functional Resume

29 Construct a Telling Accomplishment Resume

30 Choose Appropriate References

31 Design and Distribute Attractive Personal Business Cards

32 Give Serious Attention to Job Application Guidelines and Details

Chapter 4 Communicating and Interviewing with Confidence and Class: The Impression of a Lifetime

33 Understand the Importance of Human Communication

34 Make a Powerful, Positive, and Lasting First Impression

35 Hone Your Interpersonal Communication Skills

36 Observe and Improve Your Body Language (Nonverbal Communication)

37 Speak with Authority and Clarity

38 Be Prepared for the Interview

39 Anticipate Interviewer’s Questions

40 Ask Informed Questions

41 Manage Inappropriate or Illegal Questions Effectively

42 Consider the Interviewer’s Evaluation

43 Accept Rejection with Class and Grace

44 Win, Lose, or Draw, Always Say "Thank You" in Writing

Chapter 5 Perfecting Your Professional Image and Distinguishing Yourself On the Job: The Importance of a Polished You

45 Dress to Impress

46 Mind Your Manners

47 Dine with Class

48 Watch What You Say

49 Appreciate and Respect Differences

50 Make the Supervisor Look Good

51 Learn As Much As You Can

52 Speak Up With Good Ideas

53 Play Well With Others

54 Express Yourself Tactfully

55 Grow from Positive and Negative Feedback

56 Always be Customer Oriented

Chapter 6 Avoiding Work Place Land Mines: Making the First Few Months Really Count

57 Get a Handle on Your Time and Priorities

58 Don’t Be A Part of the Water Cooler Gossip Circle

59 Never Speak Negatively About Your Boss or Former Employer

60 Be Aware of Workplace Politics

61 Avoid Backstabbing and Trampling on Others

62 Use Good Judgment in Workplace Romances

63 Don’t Party at the Company Party

64 Put a Stop to Sexual Harassment

65 Don’t Allow Substance Abuse to Ruin Your Career

Chapter 7 Leading With Passion, Power, and Promise: Finding the Leader in You

66 Embrace Outstanding Leadership Qualities

67 Understand the Categories of Leadership Power

68 Lead with Vision

69 Think Before You Act

70 Make Good Decisions Using Creativity and Logic

71 Know How to Participate In and Lead Effective Meetings

72 Learn How to Delegate Effectively

73 Lead with Respect Instead of Control

74 Learn to Manage Conflicts Early and Effectively

75 Understand, Relate to, and Lead Difficult People

76 Build a Professional Network

Chapter 8 Taking Care of Business: Manage Your Personal Finances Wisely

77 Develop the Discipline to Save and Invest Right Now

78 Understand the Financial Lingo

79 Identify, Understand, and Reduce Your Personal “Latte Factor ®”

80 Avoid Credit Card Debt

81 Run From Auto Title Loans, Payday Loans, and Check-Cashing Centers

82 Know What Affects Your Credit Score

83 Repay Your Student Loans on Time

84 Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

85 Research Your Options When Buying a Car

86 Understand Tax Laws

87 Take Time to Plan a Budget and Stick to It

88 Plan Today for Tomorrow’s Retirement (Really! It’s Never Too Early!)

Chapter 9 Enriching Your Personal Life: Maximizing Your Potential in All Aspects of Your Life

89 Love and Value Yourself

90 Seek Meaning and Purpose in Your Personal and Professional Life

91 Employ a Variety of Stress and Time Management Techniques

92 Incorporate Joy Breaks into Your Life

93 Find Balance Between Work and Home

94 Take Care of Your Soul and Spiritual Development

95 Enjoy Friends and Family

Chapter 10 Surviving and Thriving in Your Career for the Long Term: Thinking About Your Future, Thinking About Your Life

96 Take Responsibility for Staying Current and Continual Learning

97 Involve Yourself in the Community

98 Join and Participate in Professional Organizations

99 Earn Professional Certificates and Licenses

100 Be Willing to Move

101 Learning About the Global Community

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