The Ultimate Career Success Workbook: Tests and Exercises to Assess Your Skills and Potential!

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In an increasingly competitive workplace, it's important that you learn how to manage your own career. You need to have a game plan.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780749438296
  • Publisher: Kogan Page, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 2/28/2004
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.68 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Rob Yeung is a business psychologist and director at UK-based consulting firm Talentspace. He specializes in interviewing candidates on behalf of employers as well as training them in interview skills. He is a TV presenter and frequently contributes to newspapers and magazines.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Establishing your values and career priorities 7
A warning 8
Understanding the importance of core values 8
Self-test: establishing your values 10
Eulogy exercise 13
Priorities exercise 18
Encapsulating your values 20
2 Beating office politics 23
Self-test: identifying politics where you work 24
Recognizing political problems at work 26
Self-test: measuring your political skill 27
Seeking a second opinion 29
Self-test: your style of tackling tricky people 32
Getting tougher 34
3 Exerting influence at work 37
Self-test: identifying your style of influencing 38
Understanding different influencing styles 40
Exercise: putting influence into action 47
Final thoughts 49
4 Investing in your CV 51
Self-test: measuring your core competencies 52
Exercise: stop, start and continue 61
Further skills 63
5 Jumping through organizational hoops 73
Self-test: understanding your organizational effectiveness 73
Appraisals 75
Promotion 78
Internal interviews and assessment centers 80
Training courses 82
Mentoring 84
Resigning 87
6 Moving up in management 91
Self-test: measuring your readiness for management 92
From team worker to team manager 94
Self-test: distinguishing leadership from managership 99
Combining managership with leadership 103
Exercise: learning from role models 104
7 Understanding your impact on others 107
Self-test: understanding your personality type 108
Grasping the importance of your personality 116
Respecting personality differences 117
Gathering feedback for further insight 119
8 Improving your work/life balance 125
Self-test: measuring your work/life balance 126
Exercise: defining your personal work/life balance 129
Taking a career break 131
Part-time working 134
Job-sharing 135
Other flexible options 137
Going solo 139
Self-test: measuring your work discipline 140
9 Negotiating for more 145
Striking the right balance 146
Self-test: evaluating your negotiating effectiveness 147
Step-by-step negotiation 148
Understanding your worth 154
10 Changing career track 157
Exercise: searching for reasons to like work 158
Self-test: measuring your work dissatisfaction levels 159
Exercise: choosing the right company culture 165
Career options 167
Making a drastic career change 169
Researching your new career 170
Exercise: gap analysis and action planning 172
Final thoughts 174
11 Achieving what you want through networking 177
Self-test: measuring your networking skills 178
Analysing your network 180
Setting your networking goals 181
Preparing to network 181
Maintaining your network 184
12 Figuring out your next employer 187
Twenty questions to ask 188
Meeting the team 190
Opening your eyes and ears 191
Making a decision 192
Conclusion 195
Index 197
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