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I Found a Job!

Book Description

This timely book explores the most relevant and pressing issues in the current labor market to show readers what techniques are working right now.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
  5. CONTENTS
  6. INTRODUCTION
  7. CHAPTER 1: LOSE THE BITTERNESS, BUT KEEP YOUR SENSE OF HUMOR
    1. Embrace Change
    2. Move Past Anger
    3. Lose the “Woe Is Me”
    4. Take Time to Assess Your Life
    5. Ask Yourself These Questions
    6. Know Your Best Fit, but Don’t Limit Yourself
    7. Understand Your Strengths
    8. Seek Help from the Experts
    9. Understand That People Want to Help
    10. Keep on a Schedule
    11. Be Proactive to Keep Up Your Spirits
    12. Exude Confidence, but Be Honest
    13. Stay Motivated
    14. Learn the Art of Cold Calling
    15. Gain New Perspective
    16. Leave on Good Terms and with a Game Plan
  8. CHAPTER 2: PUT ON YOUR BEST PROFESSIONAL FACE
    1. Prepare for Career Transition
      1. Make the Most of LinkedIn
      2. Line Up Trusted References
    2. Use Outplacement Services
    3. Avoid Job Search Firms That Charge Upfront Fees
    4. Update Your Appearance and Make Over Your Attitude
    5. Be Aware of the Undercover Interview
    6. Present Yourself Professionally
    7. Upgrade Your Resume
      1. Use Keywords
      2. Get a Second Set of Eyes
      3. Quantify Your Successes
      4. Consider Hiring a Resume Writer
      5. Smooth Employment Gaps
      6. Tailor Your Resume
    8. Looking for a Job Is a Job
    9. Brand Yourself for Your Job Hunt
    10. New Grad? Get Experience in Your Field
    11. Stay Active and Keep Your Skills Fresh
    12. Be Part of the Community
  9. CHAPTER 3: EXPAND YOUR NETWORK: IN PERSON AND ONLINE
    1. Put Your Pride Aside
    2. Get Your Family Involved
    3. Find Jobs Before They’re Posted
    4. Get Involved in Networking Organizations
    5. Use Your Alumni Network
    6. Remember It’s a Small World
    7. Be Curious Wherever You Go
    8. Volunteer Your Expertise
    9. Develop Yourself and Make New Contacts
    10. Open New Doors with Online Networks
    11. Play the Numbers Game
    12. Learn How to Set Up Informational Meetings
    13. Be Proactive and Seize Opportunities
    14. Keep Doors Open
    15. Reach Out to Former Colleagues
    16. Find Insiders at Your Ideal Employer
    17. Check In with Former Customers and Suppliers
    18. Help Others and You’ll Help Yourself
    19. Treat Your Coworkers Well
    20. Hang Out at Starbucks
  10. CHAPTER 4: DO YOUR HOMEWORK ON POTENTIAL EMPLOYERS
    1. Create Your Own Marketing Plan
    2. Gather Intelligence on Target Employers
    3. Be Proactive While Still Employed
    4. Find an Inside Advocate
    5. Research the People, Too
    6. Check the Employer’s Financial Stability
    7. Work with a Recruiter Who Has Inside Knowledge
    8. Volunteer Your Services to Become Known
    9. Be Savvy with Online Job Boards
    10. Consider a Temporary or Contract Job
    11. Know When It’s Time to Go, and Plan
  11. CHAPTER 5: KEEP YOUR PERSPECTIVE DURING FINANCIAL TURMOIL
    1. File for Unemployment Benefits
    2. Plan Ahead
    3. Be Honest with the Kids
    4. Learn Financial Survival Techniques
    5. Prioritize When Living on Less
    6. Remember, It’s a Temporary Situation
    7. Embrace Your New Lifestyle
  12. CHAPTER 6: ADJUST YOUR MINDSET AND EXPECTATIONS
    1. Pursue Employers That Are Expanding Their Reach
    2. Take a Contract Job
    3. Transfer Your Skills
    4. Combine Your Skills with Your Passion
    5. Show Your Versatility
    6. Get Out of Your Comfort Zone
    7. Consider Your Entrepreneurial Side
    8. Stretch Yourself to Think Differently
    9. Pitch Your Skills to Uncle Sam
    10. Think Out of the Country
    11. Open a New Door: Shanghai Adventure
  13. CHAPTER 7: SNAG THE INTERVIEW AND THE OFFER
    1. Get Noticed by Your Target Employer
    2. Stress Your Social Media Know-How
    3. Prepare for Interviews like an Exam
    4. Take a Plant or Office Tour
    5. Demonstrate How Your Personality Is a Good Fit
    6. Look Local, Even If You’re from Out of Town
    7. Watch Your Interview Etiquette
    8. Negotiate the Job Description
    9. Be Likeable: Master Small Talk
    10. Push Back a Little
    11. Present Yourself as You Are
    12. Interview the Interviewer
    13. Understand What the Job Entails
    14. Ask for the Job
    15. Know What Not to Do on an Interview
    16. Get a Little Help from Your Friends
  14. CHAPTER 8: PICK YOURSELF UP, AGAIN AND AGAIN
    1. Know the Job You Want
    2. Learn from Each Job Experience
    3. Find the Right Job for You
    4. Gain New Perspective
    5. Go Back to Your Roots
    6. Learn to Communicate What You Can Do
    7. Keep Your Faith in Better Times Ahead
  15. CHAPTER 9: ACCEPT THE RIGHT OFFER
    1. Remember Your Values
    2. Go with Your Gut
    3. Take the Long View
    4. Be Assertive About Your Value
    5. Check Your Attitude
    6. Ask for Severance
    7. Don’t Get Too Comfortable
    8. Do Your Compensation Homework
    9. Negotiate What Matters
    10. Consider Your Stage in Life
    11. Talk It Over with Family or Friends
    12. Choose the Job That Will Make You Happy
  16. CHAPTER 10: CREATE YOUR OWN JOB
    1. Use Your Skills in Multiple Jobs
    2. Parlay Your Skills into Your Own Business
    3. Offer Your Consultant Services
    4. Follow Your Quest for Independence
    5. Buy a Business or Franchise
    6. Start a Business Doing What You Enjoy
    7. Update from Traditional to Digital
    8. Move to Where You Want to Be
    9. Seek a Partnership
    10. Use Your Skills for Others
  17. EPILOGUE: KEEP LOOKING, NEVER STOP
  18. INDEX