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Career Development for Today: A Holistic and Inclusive Approach is a book for college students or those who wish to further develop their careers. Whether the reader is exploring career options for the first time or considering a career change, this book will lead the reader from the stages of career exploration to finding a job and succeeding in the workplace.
Topics include: Concepts of career development, decision making, self-exploration through use of assessments, occupational research, employer research, job shadowing and informational interviewing, experiential education, use of social media in the job search, networking, resume and cover letter writing, interviewing skills, the art of negotiating, and transitioning into the workplace. The chapters are written magazine-style which will allow the reader to learn what they need to know quickly. What makes this book different from other career textbooks is that it takes a holistic approach to career development and addresses considerations for populations such as: Veterans, International Students, Persons with Disabilities, and Ex-Offenders.
Table of Contents
1 Introduction: Career Development as a Lifetime Process 3
2 Decisions, Decisions, Decisions 7
3 Overcoming Negative Career Thoughts 15
4 Get Your Head, Heart, and Soul into the Game 23
of Career Selection and Development
5 Self-Assessment: Understanding You and Your Options 31
6 Strategies and Resources for Career Research 35
7 Job Shadowing and Informational Interviewing 39
8 The Differentiators 45
9 Building a Professional Image with Social Media 51
10 Work a Room Like a Pro 61
11 Building a Job Search Portfolio 67
12 The Job Search Process 77
13 The Job Search for the International Student 87
14 Special Considerations for Specifi c Populations: 93
Veterans, Ex-offenders, and Persons with Disabilities
15 Considering Graduate School? 105
16 Mastering the Interview Process 111
17 You Have a Job Offer! Now What? 121
18 Setting Yourself Up for Success in Your Career 129