Ch 4: Landing the Job

About This Chapter

Take a look at the video lessons in this chapter so that you can understand the steps it takes to secure a job. The information can teach you how to create resumes and cover letters, prepare for interviews and complete job applications, among other related job-seeking tasks.

Landing the Job: Chapter Summary

If you're getting started in the employment search process, these video lessons can provide you with a plan of action. Each video lesson includes a written transcript, so that you can refer to the information later. This chapter includes:

Setting realistic post-graduate career goals

No one goes from graduating college to becoming a CEO overnight. Maybe your dream is to become a business executive, doctor or writer. Whatever the case, the recommendations in this lesson can assist you in how to begin in entry-level positions until you can reach your dream job.

Navigating job boards

Job boards are online or printed postings of open positions. This method of job search is the most common way to view a large number of available opportunities. We'll show you the different types of job boards and discuss advantages and disadvantages of each.

Creating a resume and cover letter

Now that you've found the perfect job to apply for, do you need help writing a cover letter and resume? Let our guidance counselors give you advice on perfecting the outline and content of these documents.

Avoiding common application mistakes

Sending generic cover letters, applying for jobs you aren't qualified for, and wearing the wrong attire to an interview can cause an employer to bypass looking at you as a candidate for a position. This lesson teaches you how to approach the entire job application process.

Preparing for your job interview

There are a series of steps to take before you meet with a potential employer. This lesson explores what research should be conducted before an interview and how to perform well during the interview itself.

Ways to avoid interview pitfalls

In this lesson, you'll receive guidance on what not to do while being interviewed. Learn about hazards such as having a know-it-all attitude and focusing on the salary.

6 Lessons in Chapter 4: Landing the Job
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How to Set Realistic Career Goals After Graduation

1. How to Set Realistic Career Goals After Graduation

Everyone has a dream job, but most people won't get it right out of college. This lesson and quiz will look at how to set realistic career goals that will help you advance towards your dream job.

What Are Job Boards?

2. What Are Job Boards?

If you have ever looked for a job online, you have probably used a job board. In this lesson, you'll learn what job boards are and take a look at some of the different types. A short quiz follows.

How to Create a Great Resume and Cover Letter

3. 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.

How to Avoid Common Job Application Mistakes

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.

How to Prepare For Your 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.

How to Avoid Job Interview Pitfalls

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.

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