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Career Quizzes

Book Description

Helps readers look inside themselves for career choice; examine their needs and values, interests and skills, personality and preferences; and make better choices.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. About This Book
  6. Table of Contents
  7. INTRODUCTION: Achieving Career Satisfaction
    1. How Satisfied Are You?
    2. The Quest for Satisfaction
    3. The Guided Self-Reflection Approach
    4. The Four Steps to Success
    5. A Word About the Assessments in This Book
  8. PART I: DEFINE YOUR PURPOSE
    1. CHAPTER 1: Making a Change
      1. A World of Change
      2. Making Career Transitions
      3. The Career Transition Scale
        1. Scoring
      4. Making Your Career Transition
        1. The Traditionalist: Working for the Gold Watch
          1. The Advantages of Being a Traditionalist
          2. The Disadvantages of Being a Traditionalist
          3. Strategies for Career Development
        2. The Catalyst: Going to Work in Order to Play
          1. The Advantages of Being a Catalyst
          2. The Disadvantages of Being a Catalyst
          3. Strategies for Career Development
        3. The Opportunist: Ready for Whatever Comes Along
          1. The Advantages of Being an Opportunist
          2. The Disadvantages of Being an Opportunist
          3. Strategies for Career Development
        4. The Job Jumper: Finding Satisfaction, One Job at a Time
          1. The Advantages of Being a Job Jumper
          2. The Disadvantages of Being a Job Jumper
          3. Strategies for Career Development
      5. Which Style Is Best?
      6. Tying It All Together
    2. CHAPTER 2: Meeting Your Needs
      1. Satisfaction, Motivation, and Needs
      2. Maslow’s Theory of Motivation
      3. The Career Needs Inventory
        1. Scoring
      4. Meeting Your Needs
        1. The Bare Necessities: Physiological Needs
        2. No Guarantees in Life: Safety and Security Needs
        3. People Who Need People: Belonging and Love Needs
        4. Good Enough, Smart Enough, and People Like Me: Esteem Needs
        5. Answering the Call: Self-Actualization
        6. Meeting Your Needs at Work
        7. Meeting Needs in Other Life Roles
      5. Tying It All Together
    3. CHAPTER 3: Being the Boss
      1. The Truth About Success
        1. The New Entrepreneur
        2. Doing What You Love
      2. The Entrepreneurial Readiness Assessment
        1. Scoring
      3. The Makings of an Entrepreneur
        1. The Self-Employment Dream
        2. Types of Home-Based and Small Businesses
        3. Getting Started
      4. Where to Learn More
      5. Tying It All Together
    4. Part I Summary: Define Your Purpose
  9. PART II: DISCOVER YOUR IDEAL JOB
    1. CHAPTER 4: Discover Your Skills and Interests
      1. Who Am I and What Am I Doing Here?
      2. Taking an Interest in Interests
      3. The Career Interest Inventory
        1. Scoring
      4. What Are Skills?
      5. The Career Skills Inventory
        1. Scoring
      6. Matching Your Interests and Skills to Occupations
      7. My Ideal Job
      8. Tying It All Together
    2. CHAPTER 5: Identify Your Values
      1. Work and Values
      2. The Work Values Scale
        1. Scoring
      3. Understanding Your Values
      4. Tying Values to Occupations
        1. Artistic Values
        2. Logical Values
        3. Social Values
        4. Authoritative Values
        5. Physical Values
        6. Scientific Values
      5. Prioritizing Your Values
      6. Tying It All Together
    3. CHAPTER 6: Explore Your Personality
      1. What’s Your Type?
      2. The Career Personality Inventory
        1. Scoring
      3. Holland’s Personality Theory
        1. Realistic
        2. Investigative
        3. Artistic
        4. Social
        5. Enterprising
        6. Conventional
      4. Finding a Good Fit
      5. Tying It All Together
    4. Part II Summary: Discover Your Ideal Job
  10. PART III: DEVELOP A CAREER PLAN
    1. CHAPTER 7: Make a Decision
      1. The Nature of Career Decisions
      2. The Career Decision-Making Scale
        1. Scoring
      3. One Step at a Time
        1. Step 1: Define the Decision You Need to Make and Then Commit to It
        2. Step 2: Gather Information About Yourself and Your Situation
        3. Step 3: Generate and Analyze Your Alternatives
          1. Reading
          2. Job Shadowing
          3. Informational Interviewing
          4. Talking with People
          5. Summing Up
        4. Step 4: Select the Best Alternative
        5. Step 5: Implement Your Decision
      4. Tying It All Together
    2. CHAPTER 8: Plan Your Work–and Work Your Plan
      1. Taking Responsibility for Your Career
      2. Goals: Stepping Stones to Achievement
        1. Defining Your Goals
        2. The Art of Accomplishment
          1. 1. Creation
          2. 2. Action
          3. 3. Completion
      3. The Career-Planning Assessment
        1. Scoring
      4. The Four Characteristics of Effective Career Planners
        1. Career Planners Are Active
        2. Career Planners Are Involved
        3. Career Planners Make Compromises
        4. Career Planners Are Goal Oriented
      5. Developing Your Career Plan
        1. Step 1: Define Your Goals
        2. Step 2: Rank Your Goals
        3. Step 3: Identify Roadblocks to Your Goals
        4. Step 4: Overcome Your Roadblocks
      6. Tying It All Together
    3. CHAPTER 9: Keep Your Balance
      1. Balancing Work and Leisure
      2. Your Career Is a Combination
      3. The Work-Leisure Balance Scale
        1. Scoring
      4. Exploring Your Work-Leisure Balance
        1. Work Orientation
          1. All Work and No Play: The Dangers of Workaholism
          2. How the Work Oriented Find Balance
        2. Leisure Orientation
          1. All Play and No Work: The Drawbacks of Leisure Addiction
          2. How the Leisure-Oriented Find Balance
        3. Balanced Orientation
          1. Staying Balanced
      5. Tying It All Together
    4. Part III Summary: Develop a Career Plan
  11. PART IV: TAKE ACTION
    1. CHAPTER 10: Improve Your Job Search Strategy
      1. How People Traditionally Find Jobs
      2. The Job Search Proficiency Scale
        1. Scoring
      3. Improving Your Job Search Strategy
        1. The Total Marketing Approach
          1. Making Direct Contact
          2. Networking
        2. The Paper Job Search
          1. The Resume
          2. Cover Letters
          3. The Employment Application
        3. Interviewing
        4. The Follow-Up
          1. Giving Thanks
          2. Assessing Job Offers
      4. Tying It All Together
    2. CHAPTER 11: Make the Most of Your Style
      1. Understanding Your Temperament
        1. The Four Temperaments
        2. Temperament and the Job Search
      2. The Job Search Style Inventory
        1. Scoring
      3. You’ve Got Style
        1. The Doer
          1. Doers and the Job Search
        2. The Preparer
          1. Preparers and the Job Search
        3. The Energizer
          1. Energizers and the Job Search
        4. The Thinker
          1. Thinkers and the Job Search
      4. Improving Your Job Search Skills
      5. Tying It All Together
    3. CHAPTER 12: Ensure Your Success
      1. The Skills Needed to Succeed
        1. Why Emotional Intelligence Matters
      2. The Emotional Intelligence Scale
        1. Scoring
      3. The Four Cs of Success
        1. Communication
          1. Learn to Listen
        2. Commitment
          1. Taking Responsibility
        3. Cooperation
          1. Giving Feedback
          2. Providing Constructive Criticism
        4. Connection
          1. Being Empathetic
          2. Leveraging Diversity
      4. Leading the Way
      5. Tying It All Together
    4. Part IV Summary: Take Action
  12. Conclusion
  13. Index
  14. Notes