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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
The first impression that a company has of you is your resume and cover letter. But how can you make them stand out from the crowd? Watch this lesson for tips on how to create a winning resume and cover letter.
2. Networking for Career Success: How to Make Professional Contacts
Having a strong network of business contacts can really help out your career. But how do you build a network? In this lesson, we'll look at ways to make contacts, including tips for networking.
3. Researching the Company You Want to Work For: Importance & Process
When applying for a job, it's important to research the company you are applying to. In this lesson, we'll look at how to conduct research on a company, including looking at where to do research and what information to learn.
4. How to Avoid Common Job Application Mistakes
Applying for jobs can be a stressful time but knowing the common mistakes that people make during the application process can help lessen the stress. In this lesson, we'll look at common mistakes people make before and during a job interview.
5. How to Prepare For Your Job Interview
The job interview is an important part of the job application process. How can you make sure that you do your best? In this lesson, we'll examine ways to prepare for a job interview, including what to do before, during, and after the interview.
6. How to Avoid Job Interview Pitfalls
The job interview is an important moment for many people. But many people make mistakes that could cost them the job. In this lesson, we'll examine some common interview pitfalls and what you can do to avoid them.
7. Responding to a Job Offer: Evaluating & Negotiating
When a company offers you a job, what do you do next? In this lesson, we will look at what to do after you get a job offer, including how to evaluate the offer to see if it's right for you and how to negotiate for better terms.
8. Career vs. Job: What's the Difference?
Though people often use the terms 'career' and 'job' interchangeably, they aren't the same. In this lesson, we'll look at the difference between a career and a job, and how people should approach them differently.
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