The Job Searcher's Handbook

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2002-01-01
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
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Complete, up to date tool offers simple, easy to follow instructions for all phases of the job search. Written to help guide the reader through the entire job searching process with the added benefit of having the most recent coverage on electronic resume writing. Softcover.

Table of Contents

Taking Inventory
Stresses the importance of doing a self-assessment of values, interests, and skills related to searching for a job
Includes guidelines for setting goals and composing benefit statements
The Paper Trail
Includes detailed instructions for preparing resumes and writing cover and thank-you letters
Gives guidelines for completing employment application forms
Provides samples of resumes and cover letters
Organizing, Searching, and Planning
Teaches job seekers how to search for job openings and conduct informational interviews
Describes how to plan and implement a job search
Interviewing Made Almost Easy
Walks employment seekers through the total interviewing process, with information and tips on what to do before, during, and after the interview
Focuses on the need to conduct research and prepare for the interview
Deals with questions asked in interviews and ways to answer
Recommends effective techniques for salary and benefit negotiation


The first edition ofThe Job Searcher's Handbookwas written with the intent to provide all persons who are seeking employment with complete, up-to-date, and comprehensive instructions for being successful in all phases of the job search. My goal in writing this second edition is to accomplish that same objective. To achieve this objective and to keep pace with the latest techniques and concepts, I have revised much of the material that was presented in the first edition. Since that publication, there have been many changes in the workplace, fluctuations in the job market, and revolutionary advancements in technology. Although the basic principles of job searching remain the same and the conventional methods are still valid, recent changes do influence the ways in which people conduct a job search. With the advent of the Internet and e-mail, which have introduced new methods of communication, a person seeking employment now has access to a wider range of exposure than ever before. Therefore, I have added information about new and innovative ways job seekers can use technology to market themselves to prospective employers. During the past 25 years of teaching courses on job search skills, counseling job seekers in my private practice, and placing people in jobs, I have consistently found that the majority of those I work with have no idea how to search for a job effectively. The information they do have is usually incorrect or obsolete. Consequently, from those experiences and the recognition of a need for guidelines that encompass the total job search process, I createdThe Job Searcher's Handbook. Despite what many people believe, the job search does not begin with a resume--rather it begins with discovering who you really are, what you want, and where you want to go. The first section of the book, "Taking Inventory," leads you step by step through the process of discovering and clarifying your goals and values. It will also help you set your priorities, which must be established before you even think about writing a resume. The second section of the book, "The Paper Trail," will assist you in putting together the paperwork that is so necessary in today's competitive job market. Your resume, cover letter, follow-up correspondence, and application forms must be impeccable in order to overcome the competition and convince prospective employers that you are someone they want to hire. Once you have completed this preliminary preparation and analysis, the next phase of any job search should be organizing and planning. This critical stage is covered in Section 3, "Organizing, Searching, and Planning." Devising an organized and well-thought-out plan is absolutely essential to avoid wasting time by moving in all the wrong directions. A plan that arranges each day with job leads, contacts, and interviews will also keep you from procrastinating. The final section ofThe Job Searcher's Handbook,"Interviewing MadeAlmostEasy," has one major objective: to minimize fear and anxiety during interviewing. By knowing how interviews are conducted, what employers look for in applicants, and how you can fit into the current and future faces of the workplace, you can reduce your fear of interviewing. Now, in the twenty-first century, it is imperative that you be able to demonstrate to a prospective employer that you are capable of thinking strategically and contributing to the company's goals. This is possible if you do the proper research before interviewing, and Section 4 shows you how. This section also gives you tips on how to negotiate for the most equitable salary and includes techniques you can use to sell yourself to any employer. To maximize your opportunities and obtain job offers, do your research and use the techniques offered in this section. To all of my readers, I wish for you the old Latin saying, "Veni, vidi, vici" (I came, I saw, I conquered). <

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