The Unofficial Guide to Finding the Perfect Job

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780028635361
  • Publisher: Peterson's
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Series: Unofficial Guides Series
  • Edition description: FIRST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Why This Book? ix
I Targeting the Perfect Job in the 21st Century 1
1 The New World of Work: Are You Year 2000 (Y2K) Compliant? 3
Major Changes in the New World of Work 3
A New Type of Worker Is Emerging 7
Hot Occupations and Cities 11
What It All Means to You 13
The Whole in One 13
2 Self-Assessment: Establishing Your Professional Self-Profile 15
How Self-Assessment Helps You Identify Your Perfect Job Target 15
The Importance of Being True to Yourself 16
How Self-Assessment Instruments Work 17
The Importance of Determining Your Skills 17
Identifying Your Interests 20
Know Your Personal Characteristics 24
Prioritizing Your Values 25
Career Assessment Instruments on the Market 27
Identifying Your Career Decision-Making Style 28
Putting It All Together: Your Professional Self-Profile 29
The Whole in One 30
3 Exploring the New World of Work to Identify Your Perfect Job 31
The Importance of Exploring Your Options 31
The 5-Step Climb to Your Perfect Job Target 33
Using "Fit" Tests to Determine Your Perfect Job Target 42
The Whole in One 44
II Developing Your Self-Marketing Package 45
4 The Resume Basics 47
The Purpose and Nature of a Resume 47
What's Important Enough to Put on a Resume--The Components 48
The Fundamental Dos and Don'ts 60
The Whole in One 62
5 Crafting the Perfect Resume 63
The Inside Strategy for Crafting the Perfect Resume 63
Identify Your Selling Points and Your Message to Recruiters 63
The Top Resume Styles and When to Use Them 64
Choosing the Style That Is Perfect for You 71
The Whole in One 77
6 Special Types of Resumes: When the Other Styles Don't Work 79
The Adaptable Resume: Multiple Versions of Your Resume 79
The Electronic Resume: Producing Computer-Friendly Resumes 81
Differences between Experienced and Inexperienced Resumes 85
Selling Multiple Skills: The New Combination-Internal Resume 90
When It's All Academic: Marketing Your Education 90
How to Make a Results-Oriented Resume 94
The Whole in One 94
7 Cover Letters and Portfolios: Completing Your Self-Marketing Package 97
The Purpose and Nature of Cover Letters 97
The Parts and Format of Cover Letters 98
Open-Market Cover Letters: Personalized Letters for Answering Ads 98
Hidden-Market Cover Letters: Networking Letters That Get Your Foot in the Door 102
The 5-Step Plan for Crafting the Perfect Cover Letter 104
The Portfolio: References and Other Supporting Documents 107
Web-Based Portfolios 111
The Whole in One 114
III Finding the Perfect Job 115
8 The 3 Ps to Finding the Perfect Job 117
As You Begin Searching, Always Remember the 3 Ps 117
Where the Majority of Jobs Are Found 123
The Whole in One 124
9 The Best Job-Search Strategies in the Open Job Market 125
Strategies for the Open Job Market 125
Strategy #1 Responding to Job Advertisements 125
Strategy #2 Posting Your Resume with an Online Career Center 129
Strategy #3 Using Third-Party Employment Services 131
Strategy #4 Participating in Job Fairs 136
Strategy #5 Using College Career Centers 139
Dealing with the Open Cover Letter Dilemma: To Be, or Not to Be, Assertive 143
The Whole in One 144
10 The Best Job-Search Strategies in the Hidden Job Market 145
Contacting Organizations through Mass and Targeted Mailing 145
Strategy #8 Networking and Information Interviews: The King of the Job-Search Jungle 150
The Whole in One 153
11 Mastering Information Interviews 155
The 7-Step Plan for Mastering Information Interviews 155
The Whole in One 170
IV Landing the Perfect Job 171
12 Interview Prep 101: Get Inside the Interviewer's Head 173
The Big 4 Interviewer Concerns 173
Powerful Questions to Ask the Interviewer 182
Practice Makes Perfect 184
The Whole in One 186
13 Special Types of Interviews and Tricky Questions 187
Special Types of Interviews 187
Great Answers to Five Tricky Questions 194
The Whole in One 201
14 Scoring a Perfect 10 on Your Interview Day 203
The Warm-Up: Getting Ready on the Morning of Your Big Day 203
The Perfect 10: The 10 Interview Strategies That Win Jobs 206
Interview Blunders 215
After the Fact ... Thank-You Letters 217
The Whole in One 219
15 Evaluating and Negotiating Job Offers 221
Job Offers and Rejections 221
The Whole in One 227
V Succeeding on the Job 229
16 Success on the Job and in Your Career 231
The 10 Career Commandments 231
May Your Work Enrich Your Life! 242
The Whole in One 242
Personal Job Search Trainer 245
A Job Surfing on the Internet 253
B Field-Specific Job Surfing 263
C Recommended Printed Resources 271
D Information Interview Questions 281
E Action Verbs and Skills for Resumes 285
F Words That Describe Personal Traits 289
G The Most Common Interview Questions 291
Index 295
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