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Getting hired in any job market : "nitty gritty" employment manual
Schmidt, Frances.
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San Jose [Calif.] : Writer's Showcase, [2001]

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xv, 146 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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"How to find work, have job satisfaction, and be employed for life" - Cover.
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HF5382.7 .S35 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
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The "Nitty Gritty" Employment Manual will help you to get hired in any job market. You will learn how new graduates, employed and underemployed, and employed-and-looking job hunters find meaningful work. This common sense manual will show you how to handle any type of job search or career transition, and how to cope with job hunt stress, fear, or failure. Learn how to increase self-confidence, obtain job satisfaction, and use each job as a pathway to the next. The text is a blueprint for getting hired, containing common sense analogies, quizzes, strategies, worksheets, and motivational tips. Use it as a daily reference to become a "have a job and love it" employee.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xiii
Acknowledgementsp. xv
Chapter 1 Say Goodbye to Job Hunt Fear and Failurep. 1
Transition Work Sheetsp. 3
Job Transitionsp. 12
How High Are Your Stone Walls?p. 13
Path to Freedomp. 16
Job Hunt Fearsp. 17
Who Are Your Competitors?p. 18
Top Ten "Job Attitude Alerts" From Both Sides of the Fencep. 19
Job Satisfactionp. 22
Job Satisfaction Quizp. 23
Work and Be Happy Guidelinesp. 25
Chapter 2 "Nitty Gritty" Job Hunters Get Good Jobs!p. 26
How To Win The Job Hunt Gamep. 26
10 Key Job Search Questionsp. 28
Identifying Work-Related Valuesp. 31
How Would You Like To Feel Less Job-Related Stress?p. 33
Employment Perception Quizp. 34
Top Ten "Frustration" Warning Signsp. 34
Job Hunt Stress Checklistp. 35
Job Search Survival Tipsp. 36
Job Search Wisdomp. 36
Where Are the Jobs?p. 37
Networking Practice Exercisesp. 38
10 Practical Networking Tipsp. 41
Job Change Activators That Make Or Break A Job Huntp. 42
Lifetime Employmentp. 43
The Power of Assertivenessp. 44
Assertiveness Questionnairep. 45
Ten "Positive Attitude" Payoffsp. 47
75 Ageless Job Tipsp. 47
Chapter 3 Energize Your Job Huntp. 51
The Wannabe Mysteryp. 51
Wannabe Mystery Cluesp. 53
Choosing the Best Job Targetp. 55
Goal Stagesp. 56
The Wall Street Approachp. 58
Job Market at A Glance Chartp. 60
Create Your Own Occupational Outlook Chartp. 62
Work Relationshipsp. 64
Work Relationships Quizp. 64
Key Words that Generate Positive Work Relationshipsp. 65
Work Relationship Worksheetsp. 66
Job Hunt Worksheetsp. 68
Sample Job Hunt Schedulep. 70
Job Hunt Kitp. 73
Job Hunt Journalp. 74
Weekly Summaryp. 75
(Sample) Job Target Listp. 75
How to Get on the Hiring Listp. 76
Job Target Wisdomp. 77
Chapter 4 Resumes: "Everyone Is an Expert"p. 78
Resume Benefitsp. 79
Who Needs a Resume, and Why?p. 79
What Are the Qualities of a Dynamic Resume?p. 79
How to Handle Resume Information Overloadp. 80
Common Statements from the "Resume Experts"p. 81
Key Questions to Ask Those Who Help You With Your Resumep. 81
Resume Wastelandp. 83
1. The Hit and Run Resumep. 83
2. The Drive-Thru Resumep. 83
3. The Copy Cat Resumep. 84
4. The Expansion Resumep. 84
5. The Short Change Resumep. 84
6. The "I'll do it for you" Resumep. 85
Resume Realitiesp. 85
Foolproof Resume Tipsp. 86
Resume Formats That Workp. 86
Resume Misperceptionsp. 88
How To Avoid A "Safe," Boring, Unsuccessful Job Huntp. 88
What Important Information is Included in a Resume?p. 89
Optional Resume Categoriesp. 90
How Is Information Organized in a Resume?p. 94
Chronological or Historical Resumep. 94
Functional Resumep. 95
Targeted Resumep. 96
Basic Resume Worksheetsp. 96
How to Select a Resume Formatp. 100
How Should My Resume Look on Paper?p. 100
Computer Resume Guidelinesp. 101
Portfoliosp. 101
Timeless Resume Advicep. 102
Chapter 5 Master Cover Lettersp. 104
Why Write a Master Cover Letter?p. 104
Cover Letter Quizp. 105
Critical Cover Letter Questions and Answersp. 106
10 Major Cover Letter Misconceptionsp. 108
Cover Letter Basicsp. 109
How to Analyze Your Position Descriptionp. 109
Cover Letter Worksheetsp. 110
13 Cover Letter Suggestionsp. 111
Master Cover Letter Formatp. 112
To Send or Revise? Cover Letter Quizp. 116
Chapter 6 Interview Insights, Realities, and Factsp. 118
The "Nuts And Bolts" of Getting the Job Offerp. 118
Would You Hire Yourself? Quizp. 118
Getting Hired Worksheetsp. 120
Overcoming Overwhelming Interviewsp. 122
Questions to Ask Yourself Before Each Interviewp. 124
Interview Mythsp. 124
Interview Myths Checklistp. 124
24 Interview Realitiesp. 126
12 Step Interview Reviewp. 128
What's Your Interview Image?p. 130
Overview of Traditional and Behavioral Interviewsp. 131
Traditional Interviewsp. 132
Behavioral Interviewsp. 132
The ABC's of Great Interviewsp. 134
Afterwordp. 135
About the Authorp. 137
Indexp. 139