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In Search of the Perfect Job,9780070388819

In Search of the Perfect Job

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Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 6/1/1992
Publisher(s): McGraw-Hill
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Summary

Written for anyone whose career is stalled, stuck, or in jeopardy, as well as anyone else who just feels it's time to make a career change, this superior job-hunting guide shows worried workers how to take charge of their lives and careers, make a successful job change, and emerge as winners.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix
A Special Note x
Preface xiii
In Search of the Perfect Job
Mastering Your Emotions and Regaining Control
1(2)
Taking Charge of Your Life . . . and Your Career
3(1)
Changing Jobs: It's Simple, Though Not Easy
4(1)
Dos and Don'ts of Your Search: The Early Days
4(4)
Through a Glass Darkly: Creating a New Perspective
8(1)
Learning to Market Your Talents Effectively
9(1)
Where Am I Now?
9(1)
Pushing Through Your Psychological Roadblocks
10(1)
Managing Your Emotional Rollercoaster
11(2)
Shaping Your Life the Way You Want
13(1)
Beliefs: Psychological Traps or Springboards
13(1)
You've Created Where You Are!
14(1)
Recontextualizing My Roadblocks
15(1)
My Perceived Roadblocks
16(1)
Operating-Style Shifts That Undermine You
17(1)
I Can't Get Emotional! If I Do, It Will Mean I Have Failed
18(1)
Ineffective Operating-Style Shifts
19(1)
Discovering What Works and What Doesn't
20(4)
Mastering Your Emotions and Regaining Control
24(1)
Self-Confidence Formula
25(7)
Eliminating the Fear Your Partner or Spouse Feels
32(4)
Venting---A Safety Release
36(1)
Revealing Your Insights to an Employer
37(3)
Creating the Competitive Distinction: Your Choice, Your Responsibility
40(1)
Finances and Benefits: Big Factors in Your Search
41(1)
Strengthening Relationships and Completing Commitments at Work
42(2)
Completing My Prior Work Assignments
44(2)
Summary: Don't Take Time Off
46(3)
In Search of Who You Are
Uncovering Your Talents, Skills, and Career Options
48(1)
What Do You Want to Do with the Rest of Your Life?
49(1)
Career Assumptions
50(1)
Focusing on Career Factors: Liked Best---Liked Least
50(1)
Your Personal Self-Description
51(1)
Position and Duties
52(1)
Supervisors and Bosses
53(1)
Peers and Subordinates
54(1)
Organization and Culture
55(1)
Packaging Your Strengths and Weaknesses
56(1)
My Personal Strengths
57(2)
Examples of Applied Strengths
59(2)
Deciding What You Want in a Job: Position Selection Criteria
61(1)
My Personal Weaknesses
62(1)
My Personal Self-Description
63(1)
Reasons for Leaving Your Job
64(2)
Position Selection Criteria
66(1)
Position Selection Criteria
67(3)
My Ideal Job
70(7)
Writing A Knock-Out Resume and Marketing Letters That Get Read
77(61)
Our World As It Really Is
78(1)
What Do Employers Want? Results!
78(1)
Packaging Your Talents and Abilities: The Resume---An Advanced Marketing Tool
78(1)
Eight Key Resume Guidelines
79(2)
We Take Our Accomplishments for Granted
81(1)
Highlighting Your Responsibilities and Results
82(1)
Accomplishment Triggers
83(2)
What + So What? = ``Results''
85(9)
Resume Preparation Hints
94(29)
Twelve Resume Samples
95(26)
Writing Powerful Marketing Letters
121(2)
Letters to Target Company
123(2)
Letters to Search Firm/Employment Agency
125(3)
Letters to Personal Contact
128(1)
Letters to Advertisement
129(3)
``Thank-You'' Letters to Interviewers
132(6)
Building and Managing Your References
138(15)
References Are Valuable and Should Be Used with Care
139(1)
How to Present Your References
139(1)
Do Letters of Reference Really Work?
140(1)
Selecting, Interviewing, and Managing Your References
140(1)
Four Things You Want from Your References
141(1)
Ten Ways to Prepare Your References
142(1)
My Potential References
143(1)
Common Questions Your References May be Asked
144(2)
My Reference Summary
146(1)
Preparing Your Reference Sheet
147(2)
How to Offset Poor or Damaging References
149(2)
My References
151(1)
Minimizing Potentially Weak References
152(1)
Using Application Forms to Your Advantage
153(13)
Application Forms May Be Hazardous to Your Search
154(1)
How to Avoid Applications
155(2)
Application for Employment
157(4)
How to Recognize Traps and Trick Questions
161(1)
Commonly Requested Data on Application Forms
162(4)
In Search of the Perfect Employer
166(34)
Job Sources---Uncovering the Opportunities That You Really Want!
167(1)
Entrepreneuring
167(1)
Common Entrepreneurial Traits
168(1)
Entrepreneurial Resources
169(1)
Proven Ways to Get Connected
170(2)
Career Search by Level and Avenue
172(1)
Advertisements
173(3)
Search Firms and Employment Agencies
176(10)
Target Organizations
186(8)
Personal Networking
194(4)
My Personal Contacts
198(1)
Developing a Networking Contacts List
199(1)
Using the Telephone to Capture Leads and Land Interviews
200(65)
Overcoming Stage Fright
200(1)
Eleven Guidelines You Have Probably Forgotten
201(2)
The Verbal Resume---Your Two-Minute Commercial
203(1)
The Six Elements of Your Verbal Resume
204(3)
Eight Helpful Tips for Breaking Through to Employers
207(2)
My Verbal Resume
209(1)
Building Telephone Confidence
210(3)
My Network Introduction
213(2)
The ABCs of Telephone Contacts to a Company
215(1)
Answering Reject Letters
216(3)
Summary
219(3)
Interviewing Powerfully
Beating Out Your Competition
221(1)
The Three Questions Asked by All Employers
222(1)
Preparing for the Interview
223(2)
Three Stages of the Interview
225(4)
During and After the Interview
229(2)
Handling the Tough Questions: Role-Playing
231(1)
Why Are You Leaving Your Company?
232(1)
Tell Me About Yourself
233(1)
What Are Your Greatest Strengths?
234(1)
What Are Your Greatest Weaknesses?
235(2)
What is Your Personality Style?
237(1)
Why Should We Hire You?
238(1)
What Went Wrong in Your Company? Were You Fired?
239(1)
How Do You Feel About Your Company's Eliminating Your Position?
240(1)
Why Are You Interested in Working For This Company?
241(1)
What Did You Like Best About Your Company?
242(1)
What Did You Like Least About Your Company?
243(1)
What Did You Like Best About Your Former Position?
244(1)
What Did You Like Least About Your Former Position?
245(1)
Describe Your Last Boss
246(1)
What Have You Accomplished In Your Career?
247(1)
Would You Explain the Gap in Your Job History?
248(1)
How do You React to Criticism on the Job?
249(1)
What Salary Do You Want?
250(2)
You Are Underqualified for This Position
252(1)
You Are Overqualified for This Position
253(1)
What Do You Know About Our Company?
254(1)
Do You Have Any Questions About Our Company?
255(1)
30 Other Interview Questions You May Be Asked
256(1)
Illegal Questions: How to Handle Them and What to Do
257(2)
Your Turn: Questions You May Ask in the Interview
259(3)
Interview Critique: Fine-Tuning Success
262(2)
Interview Critique Sheet
264(1)
Keeping Your Job Search ``On Track'' And ``On Fire''
265(13)
Managing Your Search versus Having It Manage You
266(1)
Why Establish Career Search Goals?
266(1)
Five Ways to Get Your Search Moving and Keep It on Track
267(1)
Your Daily Activity Guidelines for Success
268(2)
After Your Mailing
270(2)
My Daily Search Progress
272(1)
Turnaround Strategies: How to Get Unstuck and Get on Top of Rejection
273(3)
What about Employee Leasing, Consulting, or Temporary Employment?
276(2)
Turning Around Rejection, Stress, Or a Stalled Search
278(39)
Patience, Patience, Patience
279(1)
Being Stuck: Recognizing Your Physical Sensations, Emotions, and Attitudes
280(2)
Stress Comes from Change and Irrational Beliefs
282(1)
Immediate Stress Relief
283(2)
Handling Rejection and Becoming Unburdened
285(1)
Are You Really Committed to Your Success?
286(1)
Getting Unstuck: Thirteen Things You Can Do
287(1)
Leassons from Professional Athletes
288(2)
Success Can Be Stressful---How to Manage It Well
290(1)
In Search of the Perfect Offer
Creating What You Want Through Effective Negotiations
291
Leveraging Up Offers and Opportunities
290(3)
Elements of Success
293(1)
Signs of Continued Interest
294(1)
Receiving and Analyzing Offers
295(1)
What's in the Offer---Potential Negotiable Points
296(1)
Offer Analysis
297(3)
Leverage Offers against Each Other
300(1)
What to Do When the Offer Is Low
301(1)
Catch-Up Strategy---Negotiating Effectively
301(1)
Improving Offers by Focusing on Needs, Not Money
301(3)
Profiling Your Offer
304(1)
Seventeen Tips to Improve Your Offers
305(2)
Employment Contracts and Letters of Agreement
307(1)
Rules for Accepting an Offer
308(1)
Rules for Rejecting an Offer
309(1)
The Offer: A Checklist
309(2)
Looking Back and Managing Forward
Ensuring Success in Your Perfect Job
311(1)
Next Steps---Postsearch Strategy
311(1)
Growth Questions Designed to Unlock Answers
312(1)
Starting a New Job---Your First Few Months
313(1)
Signs That Your Company May be Going to Downsize
314(1)
Strategic Survival Plan in Your New Position
315(2)
Bibliography 317(2)
Index 319

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