Successful job seekers spend only a modest amount of time on preparation. They don't need to clean their desks before beginning. They spend just a bit of time preparing for phone calls. They don't spend much time primping their resume or fussing over the design of their business cards. They spend almost all their job-hunting time directly contacting target employers by e-mail and phone, responding to ads on the Internet, and asking well-connected people for job leads.
Kate Wendleton, president of the 5 O'Clock Club, the nation's largest small-group career counseling service, wisely says, "You know your job search is on track when you have six to ten warm leads at any one time. Access to the Internet is key.
If you don't have a computer or Web access, most libraries do, and librarians can help you get started. Commercial firms like Kinko's also rent computer time. But think about buying a PC you'll need it in every aspect of your job search and the games are cool.
Prices have dropped like a stone. A number of the ideas in this part may be different from what you've heard or read before about how to land a job or get business on your own for example, I believe the want ads are an underrated job-search tool and that networking is overrated. I ask only that you read with an open mind. If you remain unconvinced, go back to the standard advice. But I have found that, especially with the sorts of people who use career guides, the approach you are about to read should yield you better work faster. You can be fast and even playful: Susan called all the museums and aquariums in her Yellow Pages sometimes she just dropped in!
My company just downsized, so I'm looking for a job. I figured I'd go direct. Is there a nice person I could talk with who might need someone like me? It can also work if you're self-employed and looking for clients. Whenever public relations consultant Michael Cahlin needs business, he simply gets out the phone book and starts calling companies he would like to work with.
He asks them if they're happy with their PR. Usually they aren't, and soon he has several new clients. This simple, direct strategy works, but when dealing with a larger organization, it's usually smarter to visit their Web site and e-mail a senior person from there. Sometimes, despite oodles of career exploration, you still remain open to lots of options. Not one of the career goals you've explored feels so good that you're ready to focus just on it. Standard career counseling advice tells you to go back and explore some more.
But I've found that rarely works. A better approach is picking out some employers that seem desirable close to home, having a good reputation, selling a product that sounds cool , and phoning or writing the CEO.
Leave a voice mail if necessary: I'm 25 and I'm still not sure what I want to be when I grow up. I've done a few things I'm proud of insert two or three, each in just a phrase. Can you see a place for a person like me working for you? My phone number is insert number. The traditional job search meant poring over the want ads in Sunday's newspaper. Today's version includes one tiny difference You can sift through literally millions of want ads in seconds using the Internet. Visit major job search sites, enter your favorite search terms or geographic locations, or browse various categories of jobs you'll likely encounter plenty of interesting jobs you never would have thought about.
While you're there, sign up for their job scouts. That way, whenever an on-target job opening hits their site, you'll be notified by e-mail. See a job you like? But most of us aren't so lucky, and we don't get much help. Some parents say things like, "It's your life, you decide. In high school, you take a career test, but many high school students laugh at their test results: It's designed for people of all walks of life to uncover rewarding, viable careers or get in on the ground floor of the next Big Things.
What's more, this guide even offers tips to make even a humdrum job much better. Clearly organized by specific topic areas, you can easily find the topics that appeal to you. You'll uncover information like Finding the right career for you, whether you've never had a career before or want to dump your old career for a new and improved one Getting smart about choosing, and making the most of, a career Landing the job you want even if the thought of networking gives you the creeps and you don't have a name Rolodex Customizing your career to make any job better by tailoring it to your strengths and using wise approaches to your boss and co-workers And, you'll find a fast yet substantive introduction to more than good careers, including many unlikely suspects!
Despite taking career tests, plowing through fat career guides, and spending hours of reflecting, many people end up falling into their careers more by chance than by choice. Not a good way to ensure career happiness. There is a better way. Read all about it, in Cool Careers For Dummies.
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Richard Nelson Bolles Foreword by. Cool Careers For Dummies 3. Every year, thousands of people change careers. Whether you are a recently graduated student looking to put what you studied to good use or an experienced professional looking for a change in routine, finding a career that really suits you can be a daunting task.
Cool Careers for Dummies helps you discover what you really want out of life, what your passions are, and how w Every year, thousands of people change careers. Cool Careers for Dummies helps you discover what you really want out of life, what your passions are, and how well you perform in different environments, and then shows you how to use this information to find a career that suits you.
Now revised and up-to-date, this easy-to-use guidebook helps you explore your job options and make clear-minded decisions. This new edition gives you the tools you need to: Search for and find a career that fits your talents Land the job you want Train for your new found career Mold your resume into a masterpiece Put on a stunning interview Improve your career by making the most out of your job Explore the fun and profit of self-employment Along with these features, Cool Careers for Dummies provides a self-assessment section to help you identify your interests.
After answering a few questions about yourself, you'll apply your answers to the Cool Careers Yellow Pages, which profiles more than great careers. It also lets you in on some unwritten codes of the office, such as having integrity, defusing saboteurs, and maintaining office relationships. So what are you waiting for? Get Cool Careers for Dummies and find the job of your dreams today!
Paperback , Third Edition , pages. Published April 2nd by For Dummies first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Cool Careers For Dummies , please sign up. Be the first to ask a question about Cool Careers For Dummies. Lists with This Book. The best part of this book is the section on the cool careers. You can tell the authors have done their homework as there are many niche jobs which most people have no clue about. There's a section on all the other usual chapters expected in such a book.
Well written and doesn't drag. Kudos to the section on applying extra effort for your dream job. B plus to A minus. Jun 18, Kyle R rated it really liked it. Great book - a little outdated from Most interesting was the yellow pages section which listed a number of careers and fields I never even knew existed, as well as resources, training programs, and education required for each particular job.