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Career Fitness Program, The: Exercising Your Options

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Edition:
7th
ISBN13:

9780130496157

ISBN10:
0130496154
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/1/2004
Publisher(s):
PRENTICE HALL

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Summary

For Career Development, Job Search, and Career/Life Planning courses/workshops. Designed to help students choose, change, or confirm career choices, this best-selling text/workbook is firmly focused on today's career realities and economywith sufficient breadth to encourage change and growth for students of all ages, backgrounds, and circumstances. Exceptionally user-friendly, it offers a holistic approach to career development, emphasizes the importance of attitude in the process and follows the standard sequence of career search and decision-making issuesSelf-Assessment, The Job Market, Decision Making, and The Job Search. Every section is filled with positiveyet pragmaticdiscussions, relevant exercises, and real-life examples of resources and techniques.

Table of Contents

Preface xiii
About the Authors xvi
INTRODUCTION: ON YOUR MARK ... GET SET ... xvii
Part One Personal Assessment 1(116)
CHAPTER 1 TAKING STOCK
2(20)
Personal Assessment
3(3)
Super's Self-Concept Theory
4(2)
Overview of Life Stages
6(2)
Understanding the Differences Between a Job and a Career
8(4)
BOX: Greatest contributors to quality of life
9(1)
Striving for Career Satisfaction
9(1)
Real Stories Meet Sandra
10(23)
BOX: Sample career changers
12(1)
Choosing and Changing Careers
12(2)
BOX: More career changers
13(1)
Summary
14(1)
EXERCISES
1.1 First Impressions
15(1)
1.2 Your Lifeline
16(2)
1.3 Identify Your Interests
18(1)
1.4 Describe Yourself
18(1)
1.5 Consider Occupational Status
19(1)
1.6 WWWebwise
20(1)
1.7 Exercise Summary
20(2)
CHAPTER 2 PROGRAMMING YOURSELF FOR SUCCESSS
22(24)
I Am Building Self-Esteem
24(1)
I Maintain a Positive Outlook
24(2)
I Am Assertive
26(1)
I Have a Sense of Humor
26(1)
I Am Self-Confident
27(1)
I Am Enthusiastic
27(1)
I Use Positive Self-Talk (Affirmations)
28(1)
I Visualize Success
29(1)
I Have a Positive Self-Image
30(1)
I Have Multiple Intelligences
30(2)
I Learn from Role Models
32(1)
I Initiate Action
32(1)
I Am Persistent
33(1)
I Am Disciplined
33(1)
Real Stories: Meet Alan
34(1)
I Demonstrate Emotional Intelligence
34(2)
BOX: What makes workers succeed
36(1)
I Identify My Goals
36(1)
I Am Self-Reliant and Career Resilient
36(1)
I Am Flexible
37(1)
Summary
37(1)
EXERCISES
2.1 Past Actions and Influences
38(1)
2.2 Two Perfect Days
39(1)
2.3 Emotional Intelligence Checklist
40(1)
2.4 Positive Self-talk (Affirmations)
40(1)
2.5 Your Fantasy Careers
41(2)
2.6 Making a Fantasy Real
43(1)
2.7 Building Your Success Profile
43(1)
2.8 Think About Enthusiasm
44(1)
2.9 WWWebwise
44(1)
2.10 Exercise Summary
45(1)
CHAPTER 3 VALUES CLARIFICATION
46(18)
Defining Values
48(1)
Clarifying Your Values
48(2)
Real Stories: Meet Maria
50(1)
Needs and Motivators
50(2)
BOX: Life balance
52(1)
Finding Balance
52(1)
Role of Leisure
53(1)
BOX: True values
54(1)
Summary
54(1)
EXERCISES
3.1 Values Grid
55(2)
3.2 Explore Your Values
57(2)
3.3 Your Values-Some Hard Choices
59(1)
3.4 Reflective Questions
60(1)
3.5 Top Five
60(1)
3.6 Values Related to Careers
61(1)
3.7 Values Related to Ethics
61(1)
3.8 WWWebwise
62(1)
3.9 Exercise Summary
62(2)
CHAPTER 4 FOCUSING ON YOU: PERSONALITY AND INTEREST
64(28)
Exploring Personality
66(7)
ACTIVITY: Identifying Your Personal Preferences
67(5)
BOX: Exploring majors
72(1)
Identifying Fields of Interest
73(1)
Real Stories: Meet Holly
74(1)
RIASEC (Holland Interest Environments)
74(12)
ACTIVITY: Sample Majors Related to Holland Types
77(1)
BOX: Holland Interest Environments and hobbies, abilities, and careers
78(2)
ACTIVITY: Interest Checklist for Worker Trait Groups
80(4)
BOX: Worker Trait Groups
84(1)
ACTIVITY: Identifying occupational interest areas
85(1)
Career Clusters
86(1)
Summary
86(3)
EXERCISES
4.1 Your Personality Type
89(1)
4.2 Your Holland Interest Environment
89(1)
4.3 Your Occupational Interests
90(1)
4.4 Job Clusters
90(1)
4.5 Interest Inventories
90(1)
4.6 Classified Careers
90(1)
4.7 College Catalogs
91(1)
4.8 WWWebwise
91(1)
4.9 Exercise Summary
91(1)
CHAPTER 5 SKILLS ASSESSMENT
92(25)
Defining Skills
94(1)
Identifying Your Skills
94(8)
Real Stories: Meet John
96(37)
Analyze Your Accomplishments
96(2)
BOX: Sample job descriptions from the DOT
98(1)
Use the DOT to Identify Skills
98(2)
ACTIVITY: Assessing your skills
100(2)
The Portfolio Employee
102(1)
Identifying Transferable Skills
102(1)
Transferable Skills of a Liberal Arts Major
102(1)
BOX: People skills
103(1)
Your Most Valuable Assets: Your Personality Traits
103(6)
BOX: Identifying the transferable skills of a teacher
104(1)
BOX: The SCANS report
105(3)
BOX: Using SCANS skills
108(1)
BOX: Describing skills
109(1)
Summary
109(1)
EXERCISES
5.1 Experiography
110(1)
5.2 Accomplishments
110(1)
5.3 Description of Accomplishments
111(1)
5.4 The Skills
111(1)
5.5 Your Favorite Skills
111(1)
5.6 Ideal Jobs
112(1)
5.7 SCANS
112(2)
5.8 Skills Review
114(1)
5.9 WWWebwise
114(1)
5.10 Exercise Summary
115(2)
Part Two The World of Work 117(86)
CHAPTER 6 THE WORLD AND YOU
118(36)
Societal Influences on Career Choices
120(1)
Striving for Equality in the Workforce
121(5)
Gender Roles
121(1)
BOX: Equity definitions
122(1)
Age and Opportunity
123(1)
Affirmative Action
123(1)
BOX: Women in the workplace
124(1)
Other Cultural Considerations: Valuing Diversity
125(1)
The Changing Workplace
126(7)
The Need for Knowledge Workers
126(1)
The Importance of New Technology
127(1)
BOX: The new economy vs. the old economy
128(1)
The Global Economy and the Changing Corporate Structure
129(2)
BOX: Temporary work
131(1)
Small Businesses
131(1)
Woman-Owned Businesses
132(1)
BOX: Fastest growing small-business-dominated industries
132(1)
Temporary Agencies/Leasing Companies
132(1)
Trends: The Twenty-First Century
133(5)
Liberal Arts Majors Have Marketable Skills
133(1)
Real Stories: Meet Jessica
134(33)
Lifelong Learning
135(2)
BOX: Multimedia revolution ignites creative industries
137(1)
Job Growth Trends
137(1)
BOX: Internet-related growth areas
138(1)
Finding Your Place in a Changing World
138(3)
BOX: Job growth throughout the next decade
139(2)
Facts and Figures
141(8)
EXERCISES
6.1 First Impressions
149(1)
6.2 Gender Roles Questionnaire
150(1)
6.3 Pros and Cons
150(1)
6.4 Famous People
151(1)
6.5 Small Businesses
152(1)
6.6 Globalization of the Work World
152(1)
6.7 Changing Nature of Work
152(1)
6.8 WWWebwise
152(1)
6.9 Exercise Summary
153(1)
CHAPTER 7 INFORMATION INTEGRATION
154
Brainstorming Career Options
156(1)
Understanding Career Paths and Common Organizational Divisions
157(3)
Strategies for Researching Career Options
160(1)
BOX: Questions to ask when researching a job
160(1)
BOX: Local government
161(1)
Government Employment Opportunities
161(1)
BOX: DOT entry for copywriter
162(1)
U.S. Department of Labor Publications
162(2)
Employer Directories
164(2)
BOX: Research
164(2)
Other Written Sources of Information
166(1)
Newspapers
166(1)
Trade Journals
166(1)
Magazines
166(1)
In-House Bulletins and Announcements
167(1)
Computerized Information Sources
167(6)
Selected Computerized Sources
167(1)
Real Stories: Meet Jackie
168(12)
The Internet
170(1)
BOX: Job market research sites
171(2)
EXERCISES
7.1 A Tempting 10
173(1)
7.2 I'd Do This Even If I Didn't Get Paid
173(1)
7.3 The Grass Is Always Greener
174(1)
7.4 Job Research
174(1)
7.5 Local and Internet Resources
175(1)
7.6 Gathering the Facts
175(1)
7.7 WWWebwise
176(1)
7.8 Exercise Summary
177
CHAPTER 8 MAKING DECISIONS
17(186)
Overcoming Barriers to Decision Making
180(1)
Decision-Making Strategies (Good and Bad)
180(4)
BOX: Ways to make decisions (strategies)
181(1)
Real Stories: Meet Art
182(2)
Conditions for Change
184(1)
A Decision-Making Model
185(1)
Rational/Linear Decision Making
185(1)
BOX: Decision styles
185(1)
Intuitive Decision Making
185(2)
Goal Setting
187(2)
BOX: Sample goal and objectives
187(1)
BOX: Time management strategies
188(1)
Stress Management
189(1)
BOX: Stress management techniques
189(1)
BOX: Tomorrow
190(1)
Deciding on a Major
190(1)
Deciding on Training
191(1)
Deciding on Change
191(1)
Summary
192(1)
EXERCISES
8.1 Ranking Yourself
193(1)
8.2 Reviewing Goal Setting
193(1)
8.3 Write a Goal Statement
194(1)
8.4 Task Identification
195(1)
8.5 One Year to Live
195(1)
8.6 Meeting Your Needs
195(1)
8.7 Your Energizers
195(1)
8.8 Recent Decisions
196(1)
8.9 Priorities
196(1)
8.10 Irrevocable Decisions
196(1)
8.11 Harmful Decisions
196(1)
8.12 Limiting Decisions
197(1)
8.13 Contingent Decisions
197(1)
8.14 Values
197(1)
8.15 Factors Adversely Affecting Decisions
197(2)
8.16 What If ...
199(1)
8.17 Specific/Nonspecific Objectives
199(1)
8.18 Test Your Assumptions
200(1)
8.19 Time-Savers
200(1)
8.20 Short- and Long-Term Goals
200(1)
8.21 WWWebwise
201(1)
8.22 Exercise Summary
201(2)
Parts One & Two Chapter Summaries 203(10)
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER TO REACH A TENTATIVE CAREER GOAL
Chapter 1 Exercise Summary
203(1)
Chapter 2 Exercise Summary
204(1)
Chapter 3 Exercise Summary
205(1)
Chapter 4 Exercise Summary
206(1)
Chapter 5 Exercise Summary
207(1)
Chapter 6 Exercise Summary
207(1)
Chapter 7 Exercise Summary
208(1)
Chapter 8 Exercise Summary
208(1)
Quick Impressions
209(1)
Information Integration and Goal Setting
210(3)
Part Three Job Search Strategy 213(102)
CHAPTER 9 TARGETING YOUR JOB SEARCH
BOX: Your comprehensive job search strategy
216(1)
Designing a Comprehensive Job Search Strategy
217(1)
Your Job Search: Getting Started
218(5)
Understanding and Using Classified Ads
218(1)
Promoting Yourself Through Mail and E-Mail
218(1)
Understanding and Using Employment Agencies
219(1)
Volunteering
219(1)
Real Stories: Meet Xiao-Ying
220(2)
BOX: Internships
220(1)
Interning
220(1)
BOX: The Princeton Review Online: America's top internships
221(1)
Real Stories: Meet Felipe
222(11)
BOX: Employers rate experience
222(1)
Starting Your Own Business
223(1)
Home Businesses
223(1)
BOX: Women-owned firms
223(1)
Getting Help to Start Your Own Business
223(1)
BOX: Franchise information
224(1)
Franchising
224(1)
Using Career Planning Services
224(1)
BOX: Job hot lines
225(1)
Interviewing for Information
225(5)
Information Interviewing-The Purpose
226(1)
Information Interviewing-The Process
226(1)
Information Interviewing Outline
227(3)
Practicing Information Interviews
230(1)
Networking
230(3)
ACTIVITY: Information interviewing outline
231(2)
Moving Beyond the Fear of Networking
233(1)
Job Search While Unemployed
233(2)
Real Stories: Meet Susan
234(1)
Planning for Action
235(2)
Implementing Your Job Search: A Lifelong Venture
237(1)
Summary
237(3)
BOX: Selected online employment databases
238(2)
EXERCISES
9.1 Support Network Checklist
240(1)
9.2 Information Interviews
241(1)
9.3 Personal Contact Log
241(1)
9.4 WWWebwise
242(1)
9.5 Exercise Summary
243(1)
CHAPTER 10 PREPARING A WINNING RESUME
244(42)
The Resume
246(5)
Portfolios
246(1)
Preparation for Composing Your Resume
247(1)
Using Action Words
248(1)
BOX: Resume/portfolio review
249(1)
Using the Right Key Phrases
249(1)
Real Stories: Meet Eduardo
250(47)
BOX Action words
250(1)
References
251(1)
The Appearance of Your Resume
251(1)
BOX: Resume problems
252(1)
Electronic Resumes
252(1)
BOX: Guidelines for preparing and submitting electronic resumes
253(1)
Types of Resumes
253(2)
BOX: Resume template
254(1)
BOX: Sample functional entry under professional experience; Sample chronological entry under professional experience
255(1)
The Functional Resume
255(2)
The Chronological Resume
257(1)
The Combination Resume
258(1)
Cover Letter Guidelines
258(2)
BOX: Resume cover letter template
259(1)
Application Forms
260(1)
BOX: Filling out application forms
261(1)
Neatness Counts
261(1)
Summary
261(2)
EXERCISES
10.1 Resume Review Sheet
263(1)
10.2 Create a Card File
263(1)
10.3 Write Your Resume
263(1)
10.4 A Save Sample Work for a Portfolio
263(2)
10.5 Critique Your Resume
265(1)
10.6 Ask Others to Critique Your Resume
266(1)
10.7 Write a Cover Letter
266(1)
10.8 WWWebwise
267(1)
10.9 Exercise Summary
267(1)
Sample Resumes
268(12)
Sample Cover Letters
280(5)
Sample Letter of Introduction
285(1)
CHAPTER 11 INTERVIEWING SUCCESSFULLY
286(22)
Before the Interview
287(3)
BOX: Job search tips
288(2)
BOX: Company knowledge
290(1)
Interview Guidelines
290(2)
Dressing for Success
290(1)
Practical Preparation
291(1)
Segments of an Interview
292(1)
Practice Questions
293(2)
BOX: Sample thank-you letters
294(1)
How to Handle Illegal Questions
295(2)
The Behavioral/Situational Interview
297(1)
Real Stories: Meet Jose
298(1)
Body Language
298(1)
Video Interviewing
299(2)
Learning from the Interview
301(1)
BOX: Sample questions to ask at the interview
302(1)
Factors Influencing Hiring
302(2)
BOX: Factors that influence your success
303(1)
If You Are Offered the Job
304(2)
Negotiating for Salary and Benefits
304(1)
BOX: Summary: Reviewing the interview process
305(1)
If You Do Not Get the Job
306(1)
EXERCISES
11.1 Question Review
307(1)
11.2 Practice Interview
307(1)
11.3 WWWebwise
307(1)
11.4 Exercise Summary
307(1)
CHAPTER 12 FUTURE FOCUS
308(7)
Managing Your Career
310(1)
Developing Your Relationship Savvy
311(1)
Developing Career Stamina
311(1)
Embracing Career Fitness as a Way of Life
312(3)
BOX: Risking
313(2)
References 315(6)
Index 321

Excerpts

Welcome to the Seventh Edition ofThe Career Fitness Program: Exercising Your Options.As authors, we are immensely gratified by the positive feedback from the field, which tells us that we continue to make a contribution to the quality of life for the thousands of students who use our book. We say "use our book" rather than "read our book" because the process of career planning is action oriented at its base. We have attempted to balance the text with a variety of exercises to encourage our users to "get into the process" and allow the process to unfold in the many unexpected ways that careers do take shape. Vide are committed to the process of career planning, which is part science and part art, part logic and part intuition, part inspiration and part perspiration. We recognize the critical role of the teacher/counselor/coach in this process as the voice of experience, reassurance, validation, and wisdom. Just as a personal trainer keeps a well-intentioned exerciser on track, so too, does the teacher keep students on track and moving forward in a process that all too often seems circuitous and convoluted rather than linear and straightforward. Our book attempts to be a comprehensive and current compendium of the best art and science in the field of career planning. As such, the Seventh Edition has more fully incorporated the electronic medium into the text and exercises without implying that the Internet is the only or even preeminent tool in the process. In this edition, as in previous ones, we have updated the facts and figures and have added topics that have become relevant to the subject, such as a discussion of multiple intelligences and the role of benefits in a salary negotiation. We have also expanded real-life stories in each chapter and added critical-thinking questions to each chapter. Of particular note is this book's usefulness to the undecided and the liberal arts-oriented students. These students have heard all too often that technology is the promise of the future, and while that may be true, they need the latitude to explore other career avenues that may be more compatible with who they are. We encourage and support them in this exploration. Companion Website: A Virtual Learning Environment Technology is a constantly growing and changing aspect of our field that is creating a need for content and resources. To address this need, we have significantly revised the Companion Website for the Seventh Edition. Moreover, to better facilitate student learning and comprehension of chapter content, we have integrated the Companion Website into the text. In creating a Companion Website, our goal is to build on and enhance what the textbook already offers. The Companion Website, located at www.prenhall.com/sukiennik , is a valuable resource for both the professor and the student. For the Professor--Every Companion Website integrates Syllabus Manager , an online syllabus creation and management utility that allows instructors to create and customize syllabi online. Your completed syllabus is hosted on our servers, allowing convenient updates from any computer on the Internet. Changes you make to your syllabus are immediately available to your students at their next logon. For the Student--The Companion Website helps students gauge their understanding of chapter content through the use of chapter objectives, reflection questions that connect chapter content to the "Real Stories" and "Facts and Figures" features in the text, and interactive self-assessments. It also provides web links mentioned in the text and a variety of other online resources (such as articles that relate to chapter content), as well as WWWebwise Activities at the end of chapters and chapter summary exercises.


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