Find out about the six areas that have the most effect on your career and how to harness this information to your benefit.
How to write resumes that get you noticed, get you interviews, and best of all get you the jobs you want.
The importance of documenting your experiences and how to present them in a way that showcases your value and forecasts your potential.
How to research and choose the right educational resources that align with your personal and professional needs.
How to market and sell yourself in a way that reveals your true value while getting compensated accordingly.
The basic financial fundamentals that affect every aspect of your life.
Why communication is so important in every aspect of your career.
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Your resume is a ticket to the most important single-elimination tournament on the planet. If you win, you get to move to the next round of the hiring process with your hopes of landing that dream job. If you lose, you go home. This book is devoted to helping you win each round of the hiring process and getting the job you want. To get past the first round however, you’ll need to construct a resume that is so compelling anyone coming in contact with it wants to pick it up and read it.
A captivating resume does three things well. First, it must attract attention by being visually pleasing. Resumes that are formatted correctly get attention over those that aren’t. Looks count in life and resumes are no different. Second, it must be persuasive enough to keep the reader’s attention. Your resume must be worded in just the right way to convince the reader you are the best person for the job. Finally, your resume must motivate the reader to take action. That means contacting you so they can learn more about you. If your resume does these three things, you’ll be well on your way to winning the first round.
While this chapter focuses exclusively on helping you build a great resume, you’ll also find it:
* Provides you with the confidence, talking points, and focus needed throughout your job search.
* Properly organizes your experiences into a compelling document that describes you like no one else can.
* Allows you to be ready for opportunities that happen quickly and just as quickly go away.
If you have followed the advice from Chapter 1, you should now be in possession of a resume that has been well thought out, thoroughly reviewed, and ready to meet the world. If that is the case, you are now well equipped to move on to the next step. If that is not the case, we suggest you spend some more time in Chapter 1 perfecting your resume.
The focus of this chapter is about building a valuable resource to assist you during those crucial times (job interview, performance review, entrance interview, etc.) of your career. If you are diligent regarding this process, you will end up with a powerful document that details your past accomplishments and highlights your future capabilities. To help you complete this important undertaking as easily as possible, we have structured the chapter using a question and answer format. To ensure success, we suggest you complete each section before moving on to the next.
The information age is upon us, transforming the way we work, learn, and play. What’s the catalyst for this change? Technology! It’s caused an unprecedented upheaval, providing unlimited opportunities to those embracing it, and a life of constant disruption for those who don’t. Companies are acutely aware of this and are constantly looking for employees to help them gain an edge in this ever changing global economy. An economy that demands lean operations and greater responsibility from everyone. In theory, each employee has to be efficient, flexible, and comfortable with innovation and change. In reality, it means a workforce of critical thinkers applying today’s technology to solve future problems.
How can a company be sure you are the right person to help them compete in this fast paced global economy? For starters, utilizing the information discussed in this book will go a long way to create an impressive professional profile. Done correctly your:
* Resume Cover Letter
* Your Education
will help convince prospective employers you are a dedicated, passionate, and action-oriented person. But is that enough? Is there something holding you back? Is your lack of formal education hindering your ability to get the jobs you want and deserve? Would a degree, industry certifications, or license bolster your chances? All things being equal, employers will often choose the candidate with more formal education. Credentials matter as employers believe more education often translates into better communication skills, a highly prized commodity in this fast paced information-driven world.
In this chapter, we’ll break education into two major categories, formal and informal learning. We look at the reasons and processes of each to show why education is so important to your personal and professional life.
Finance is about keeping score. It’s about tracking money earned and spent over a period of time (daily, weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, etc.). After everything has been added and subtracted, the results will yield either a surplus or a deficit. We will look more closely at this concept in a moment.
Obviously, everyone’s (businesses and individuals) goal is to have a surplus. To help ensure that outcome, businesses closely track their finances on a daily/weekly/monthly basis in order to reach certain financial objectives. You must adopt this same behavior in order to reach your personal financial objectives. While the motives and operations of a business may differ significantly from your personal finances, the profit/savings objective is the same.
Throughout this book, we focus on business best practices to show how these same principles relate to your career. This chapter is no exception, and has particular relevance due to a growing proportion of individuals who struggle with financial literacy. In order to demystify the perceived complexities surrounding this issue, we look at those areas that will be of immediate benefit to you. Specifically, we:
* Define personal finance
* Discuss why credit matters
* See how much things really cost
* Look at the elements that make up your credit score
* Determine the Costs of Living
* Help you set up an organizing and tracking system
* Determine the best steps forward based on your situation
Great companies know the value of good communication. Internally, it’s used to ensure the proper flow of information between all areas of the business. Externally, it’s used to attract, inform, and persuade potential customers as you’ll see in the next chapter. Candidates that can communicate properly and help the business achieve the objectives stated above are eagerly embraced.
Unfortunately, many job applicants fall far short of employer expectations. This is reinforced by a recent survey of employers conducted by The Chronicle of Higher Education and American Public Media’s Marketplace. It found applicants most lack skills in written and oral communication, adaptability and managing multiple priorities, and decision making and problem solving.
Because effective communication is so crucial to every aspect of your career, we devote an entire chapter to the various situations and circumstances you may encounter during your daily activities. Your ability to communicate will largely determine the amount of success you achieve, regardless of the endeavors you pursue in life. To efficiently cover every aspect of this topic, we have divided the chapter into two main sections: formal and informal communication. While each requires you to act and behave in different ways, they both play an important role in your professional and personal life.
"The Career Puzzle is a well organized and clearly thought out text. I have no doubt that a job seeker without professional experience could use the book as guide, beginning with the work in a state of ignorance and finishing it equipped with the tools to succeed in the job search. I recommend the book to both new and experienced job seekers alike."
This is one of the best career resources I have read. The book is written in a step-by-step fashion, allowing the reader to easily digest (and write) an effective resume without becoming overwhelmed. I appreciate the inclusion of steps leading up to and following the resume writing process. As a career coach, I have seen the result of unpreparedness and ill-informed decisions. After reading this book, the reader will be equipped with sales techniques and financial resources to ensure personal and professional goals are met. Well thought-out and beautifully written--definitely a go-to resource for both students and those in transition.