Your Career from Here in Easy Steps Getting to the Job You Want

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  • Copyright: 2010-02-09
  • Publisher: In Easy Steps Limited
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An invaluable guide for anyone reviewing their career options, either by choice or forced upon them. They may have been recently made redundant; they may be looking to return to work after a career break or maybe successful in their current role but just bored or disillusioned with it. Whatever the reasons, this guide helps to take a step back and re-appraise their work life and then take positive action towards putting their career on the right path and finding the next fulfilling role. So many people find themselves in roles, not through choice but through good fortune, opportunity or sometimes through a lack of alternatives. People seldom have the opportunity take a step back and truly take stock of all they have achieved and where they want to take their future careers. Whatever the current circumstances, this book will guide the readers through all the essential decisions and equip them with the ideas and tools to help improve their chances of finding and securing the next role. Being without a job or being stuck in one that's not going in the right direction can be a very stressful experience. Your Career from Here in easy steps provides many practical suggestions and exercises to feel motivated and positive about the way ahead. Determining a new career direction can feel daunting but we will show you how it can also be a highly motivating and enlightening.

Table of Contents

Embracing the Changep. 7
Introductionp. 8
Your Career So Farp. 10
Coping With Being Laid Offp. 12
Managing Changep. 14
Stuck in a Rutp. 16
The Need to Growp. 17
Keeping Positivep. 18
Circle of Influencep. 20
Key Elements in Your Lifep. 22
Taking a Step Backp. 24
Get to Know Yourselfp. 25
What is There to Know?p. 26
Knowledge and Skillsp. 28
Behaviorsp. 29
Transferable Skillsp. 30
SWOTp. 32
Your Personal Valuesp. 34
Values Exercisep. 36
What Motivates You?p. 38
Your Motivation Profilep. 40
Your Traitsp. 42
Using Personality Profilesp. 43
Your Lifeline-Pastp. 44
Your Lifeline-Futurep. 46
Seeing Through Others' Eyesp. 48
Your Future Careerp. 49
Your Interestsp. 50
Your Ideal Rolep. 52
Picturing Your Futurep. 54
Visioning Your Ideal Rolep. 56
What Are Your Options?p. 58
Employment Optionsp. 60
Interim Rolesp. 62
Thinking of Self-Employmentp. 64
Other Factors to Considerp. 66
Considering a Franchisep. 67
Voluntary Rolesp. 68
Taking a Sabbaticalp. 69
Making Your Decisionsp. 70
Deciding Your Next Rolep. 72
Do Your Researchp. 73
Getting The Timing Rightp. 74
Marketing Yourselfp. 75
Finding Your Next Rolep. 76
Getting Your Resumé Rightp. 78
Preparing Your Resumép. 80
Your Cover Letterp. 82
Planning Your Campaignp. 83
Doing Your Researchp. 84
Using Employment Agenciesp. 85
Online Employment Sitesp. 86
Managing Your Networksp. 88
Networking Exercisep. 89
Speculative Approachesp. 90
Referencesp. 91
Keeping up the Momentump. 92
Successful Interviewsp. 93
Preparing For Interviewsp. 94
Your Appearance Mattersp. 96
Body Languagep. 98
Some Interview Tipsp. 100
Behavioral Interviewsp. 102
Handling Questionsp. 104
More on Handling Questionsp. 106
Your Turn to Askp. 108
Getting Feedbackp. 109
Assessment Centersp. 110
Aptitude Testsp. 112
Personality Testsp. 114
Developing Yourselfp. 115
Defining Your Needsp. 116
What Are Your Options?p. 118
Working Out a Planp. 120
Maximizing Your Strengthsp. 122
Aligning Your Career Plansp. 123
Returning to Studyingp. 124
Considering an MBAp. 125
Retraining For a New Careerp. 126
Looking After Yourselfp. 127
Having the Right Mindsetp. 128
Using Your Time Effectivelyp. 129
Keeping Motivatedp. 130
Positive Visioningp. 132
Believing in Yourselfp. 134
Managing Stressp. 135
Stress - Recognize the Signsp. 136
Keeping Activep. 137
Healthy Habitsp. 138
Starting a Businessp. 139
Working For Yourselfp. 140
Working From Homep. 142
Writing Your Business Planp. 144
Purpose, Vision and Valuesp. 145
Getting Into the Detailp. 146
Marketing Basicsp. 148
Promotion and Salesp. 150
Being Self-Employedp. 152
Business Partnershipsp. 154
Other Optionsp. 156
Seeking Helpp. 157
Benefits of an External Viewp. 158
Where to Look For Helpp. 159
Turning to Your Friendsp. 160
Using a Personal Coachp. 162
Choosing an Accountantp. 164
Looking for Business Advicep. 166
Financial Advicep. 168
Money Mattersp. 169
Investing Your Payoutp. 170
Your Household Budgetp. 172
Budget Busting Tipsp. 174
Financing Your New Venturep. 176
Other Financing Optionsp. 178
Applying For Financep. 179
Getting State Supportp. 180
Negotiating Your Salaryp. 182
Finalizing the Dealp. 184
Additional Resourcesp. 185
Transferable Skills Inventoryp. 186
Personality Resourcesp. 191
More on Personality Traitsp. 192
Freeing up Your Mindp. 194
Thinking Differentlyp. 196
Two More Quick Exercisesp. 198
Resumé Resourcesp. 199
Resumé Templatep. 200
Further Readingp. 202
Practice Questionsp. 204
New Business Resourcesp. 206
US Tax and Job Linksp. 208
UK Tax and Job Linksp. 209
It's Not About Luckp. 210
Indexp. 211
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