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Searching for Employment and Writing Employment Messages:

© Prentice Hall, 2003 Business Communication Today Chapter 17 - 1 Searching for Employment and Writing Employment Messages

Today’s Workplace:

© Prentice Hall, 2003 Business Communication Today Chapter 17 - 2 Today’s Workplace Globalization Technology Workforce diversity Information overload Teams & workgroups Deregulation Downsizing Shareholder activism Mergers & acquisitions Flexible employment

What Today’s Employers Require:

© Prentice Hall, 2003 Business Communication Today Chapter 17 - 3 What Today’s Employers Require Flexibility and adaptability Life-long learning Teamwork skills Strong work records

What Today’s Employers Require:

© Prentice Hall, 2003 Business Communication Today Chapter 17 - 4 What Today’s Employers Require Leadership capabilities Diversified skills Varied experiences Multicultural and international awareness

What Can You Offer?:

© Prentice Hall, 2003 Business Communication Today Chapter 17 - 5 What Can You Offer? Personal achievements Educational preparation Work experience Extracurricular activities Personal characteristics

What Do You Want to Do?:

© Prentice Hall, 2003 Business Communication Today Chapter 17 - 6 What Do You Want to Do? Type of occupation Nature of the job Specific compensation Career goals Size of company Type of operation Location Facilities Corporate culture

Building Your Career:

© Prentice Hall, 2003 Business Communication Today Chapter 17 - 7 Building Your Career Employment portfolio Interim assignments Workplace skills Life-long learning

The Employment Search:

© Prentice Hall, 2003 Business Communication Today Chapter 17 - 8 The Employment Search Build toward a career Prepare a résumé Understand the interview process Prepare for interview Take the interview Follow up and accept the offer

Employer Recruiting Practices:

© Prentice Hall, 2003 Business Communication Today Chapter 17 - 9 Employer Recruiting Practices Look inside the company Networking and personal references Employment agency or search firm Unsolicited résumés Newspaper want ads

Organizing Your Approach:

© Prentice Hall, 2003 Business Communication Today Chapter 17 - 10 Organizing Your Approach Monitor business news Research specific firms Build a network Seek career counseling

Three-Step Résumé Process:

© Prentice Hall, 2003 Business Communication Today Chapter 17 - 11 Three-Step Résumé Process Planning Writing Completing

Planning Your Résumé:

© Prentice Hall, 2003 Business Communication Today Chapter 17 - 12 Planning Your Résumé Information Adaptation

What Employers Seek:

© Prentice Hall, 2003 Business Communication Today Chapter 17 - 13 What Employers Seek Results orientation Workplace achievements Versatility Signs of progress Standards of excellence Flexibility Communication skills

Areas of Concern:

© Prentice Hall, 2003 Business Communication Today Chapter 17 - 14 Areas of Concern Frequent job changes Gaps in work history Inexperience Being “overqualified” Long-term with one company For-cause job termination Criminal record

Organizing Résumés:

© Prentice Hall, 2003 Business Communication Today Chapter 17 - 15 Organizing R ésumés Chronological Functional Combination

Résumé Components:

© Prentice Hall, 2003 Business Communication Today Chapter 17 - 16 R ésumé Components Name and address Career objective or summary Academic credentials Employment history Activities and achievements Relevant personal data

Common Résumé Problems:

© Prentice Hall, 2003 Business Communication Today Chapter 17 - 17 Common Résumé Problems Inappropriate length Hard to read Wordy Too slick Poorly reproduced Amateurish Boastful Dishonest Gimmicky Carelessly written

Producing Traditional Résumés:

© Prentice Hall, 2003 Business Communication Today Chapter 17 - 18 Producing Traditional R ésumés Clean typeface High-grade paper Ample margins Laser printed Appropriate length Professional design

Résumé Formats:

© Prentice Hall, 2003 Business Communication Today Chapter 17 - 19 R ésumé Formats Printed ASCII-Text HTML-Coded

Producing Scannable Résumés:

© Prentice Hall, 2003 Business Communication Today Chapter 17 - 20 Producing Scannable R ésumés ASCII Format Document design Key words Buzzwords and jargon

Submitting Scannable Résumés:

© Prentice Hall, 2003 Business Communication Today Chapter 17 - 21 Submitting Scannable R ésumés Postal mail E-mail or online Fax machine

Submitting On-line Résumés:

© Prentice Hall, 2003 Business Communication Today Chapter 17 - 22 Submitting On-line R ésumés Personal Websites Personal information References Index services Employment information ASCII version

Writing Application Letters:

© Prentice Hall, 2003 Business Communication Today Chapter 17 - 23 Writing Application Letters Be specific Include salary Keep e-mail short Aim for high quality

Types of Application Letters:

© Prentice Hall, 2003 Business Communication Today Chapter 17 - 24 Types of Application Letters Solicited Unsolicited Getting attention Building interest Increasing desire Motivating action

Cultural Considerations:

© Prentice Hall, 2003 Business Communication Today Chapter 17 - 25 Cultural Considerations The right style and approach Proper tone and format

Other Employment Messages:

© Prentice Hall, 2003 Business Communication Today Chapter 17 - 26 Other Employment Messages Job-inquiry letters Application follow-ups

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