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Finding a Job & Starting a Career: Chapter Summary
Embarking on a job hunt requires you to walk the fine line between a successful application and a resume that could wind up getting ignored. If this prospect has you feeling a little anxious, let our guidance counselors show you how to stand out at every stage of the application process, from the time you submit your resume to the point when you negotiate a job offer. Topics of discussion include:
Researching Prospective Employers
Before you start the application process, learn how to assess whether it's a job you're after or a stepping stone into your career field of choice. Our guidance counselors show you why the answer to this question affects how you prepare and apply for a position. We'll also provide you with tips for researching potential employers, so you go into the application process with a better understanding of what to expect from a position in terms of your role in it.
Writing Your Application and Cover Letter
Once you've done the legwork required to familiarize yourself with a company, learn how this preparation can give you an edge over other job applicants. We'll also show you how to avoid throwing your competitive advantage away by making common application mistakes, such as using a generic cover letter or accidentally referencing another company. Instead, get tips for customizing it to each prospective employer, and learn why it's better to apply for positions that seem like a good fit rather than every available job opening an organization has to offer. You can also find out what and what not to include on your resume.
Preparing for an Interview
Let us help you prepare for this crucial step in the application process with suggestions for making a great first impression. We'll also provide you with questions you can ask prospective employers in order to find out if a position is the right fit for you. You can even get examples of how job applicants sabotage their interview with poor body language and a know-it-all attitude so you can avoid these and other common pitfalls.
Networking and Responding to Job Offers
Round out this chapter by learning how to respond to a job offer once you nail the interview. You'll get tips for evaluating an offer, negotiating salary and continuing your assessment of whether or not a position is a good fit. We'll also give you suggestions for making additional connections, either in-person or online, and show you how to ask your contacts for help finding a position.
1. How to Create a Great Resume and Cover Letter
Creating a great resume and cover letter is an important step in job search processes. Learn about fundamental components of job-specific cover letters & how to use industry buzzwords to create a strong resume.
2. Networking for Career Success: How to Make Professional Contacts
Networking is the process of building connections in a business setting, and is a very useful practice for professional and personal relationships. Learn more about how to network successfully, as well as how to navigate these connections in-person and online.
3. Researching the Company You Want to Work For: Importance & Process
Researching the company and job of interest can help with determining whether the company will be the right fit or not. Discover more about researching a company, including the importance of it, finding the job, and the process of what to look for.
4. How to Avoid Common Job Application Mistakes
The job application process is one that commonly involves sending a resume and cover letter to a potential employees, going to job interviews and then negotiating and accepting a job offer. Learn more about the ways to prepare for the job application process, common mistakes to avoid, and tips that can help secure a job.
5. How to Prepare For Your Job Interview
Performance in a job interview is an essential factor for success in job applications. Learn how to prepare for a job interview, and explore tips on things to do before and during an interview.
6. How to Avoid Job Interview Pitfalls
Avoiding job interview pitfalls involves professional dress and speech, preparedness, and asking questions. Discover several examples of what not do in an interview and explore important things to remember.
7. Responding to a Job Offer: Evaluating & Negotiating
When a company makes a candidate an offer of a job, there are important aspects to consider before responding, such as the benefits package and the job's description. Learn how to evaluate a job offer in its entirety and discover ways to negotiate better terms.
8. Career vs. Job: What's the Difference?
A career is a long-term occupation, and a job refers to any type of paid employment. Explore the difference between careers and jobs, and how timing, networking, and learning affect job planning.
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