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Chapter 18 Textbook Notes - Chapter 18 Securing Employment...

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Chapter 18 Securing Employment in Today’s Job Market Employers have their own view of today’s job market: Generally, they prefer to look for candidates within their own organization or through referrals from people they know and trust. Many send representatives to college campuses to conduct student interviews. Applicant tracking systems help employers sift through the hundreds or thousands of résumés they receive. Roughly 80 percent of all job openings are never advertised (hidden job market). Approach the employment process by finding out Where the job opportunities are Which industries are strong Which parts of the country are booming Which specific job categories offer the best prospects for the future Everything you can about individual organizations Stay abreast of business and financial news through the Internet Websites Blogs Podcasts Start by examining “big picture” topics (trends, issues, industrywide challenges, and careers. In addition to searching want-ads and signing up for campus interviews, you can use the web to Get detailed information about your prospective employers Look for and respond to job openings Networking is the process of making informal connections with a broad sphere of mutually beneficial business contacts: Does not involve walking up to strangers at social events, handing over your résumé, and asking them to find you a job. Does involve sharing information between people who might be able to offer mutual help at some point in the future.
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Look for networking opportunities wherever people with similar interests gather, both online and in person: Read news sites, blogs, and other online sources. Try networking with executives in your field by joining or participating in student business organizations. Visit trade shows that cater to an industry you’re interested in. Volunteer in social, civic and religious organizations. College placement offices offer Individual counseling Credential services Job fairs On-campus interviews Job listings Advice on résumé-writing software Workshops on job-search techniques, résumé preparation, and interview techniques You can also find numerous career planning resources online at sites such as Monster.com. Preparing Résumés Planning your résumé includes Analyzing your purpose and audience Gathering pertinent information Selecting the best medium Organizing your résumé around your strengths Your résumé is A structured, written summary of your education, employment, and job qualifications A form of persuasive communication—an advertisement intended to stimulate an employer’s interest in meeting you and learning more about you. Intended to get you an interview with prospective employers A résumé’s purpose is to create interest and get you an interview, not to reveal everything about you.
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