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Building Careers and Writing R sum s Prentice Hall, 2007. Business Communication ... Toward Career. 1. Prepare. R sum . 2. Prepare. for Interview. 4. Understand ...

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building careers and writing r sum s

Building Careers and Writing Résumés

Business Communication Essentials, 3e

today s dynamic workplace

Career Stability

Lifetime Employment

Small Businesses

Independent Contractors

Today’s Dynamic Workplace

Business Communication Essentials, 3e

how employers view the job market

Financial

Trade-Offs

Economic

Uncertainty

Temporary

Workers

Independent

Contractors

Cheaper

Labor Markets

Global

Recruiting

How Employers View the Job Market

Business Communication Essentials, 3e

what today s employers require

Flexibility

Life-Long Learning

Teamwork Skills

Strong Work Records

What Today’s Employers Require

Business Communication Essentials, 3e

what today s employers require5

Leadership Capabilities

Diversified Skills

Varied Experiences

Multicultural Awareness

What Today’s Employers Require

Business Communication Essentials, 3e

adapting to the market

What You Want

What You Offer

Workplace Value

Adapting to the Market

Business Communication Essentials, 3e

what do you want
What Do You Want?

Type of

Occupation

Nature

of the Job

Specific

Compensation

General

Career Goals

Size of

Company

Type of

Operation

Location

Facilities

Corporate

Culture

Business Communication Essentials, 3e

what can you offer
What Can You Offer?
  • Personal achievements
  • Educational preparation
  • Work experience
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Personal characteristics

Business Communication Essentials, 3e

increasing your value

Employment Portfolio

Interim Assignments

Workplace Skills

Life-Long Learning

Increasing Your Value

Business Communication Essentials, 3e

the employment search
The Employment Search

Build

Toward Career

Prepare

Résumé

Understand

Interview Process

3

1

2

Prepare

for Interview

4

Take the

Interview

5

Follow Up

and Accept

Offer

6

Business Communication Essentials, 3e

employers approach to recruiting process
Employers’ Approach to Recruiting Process

Most

Preferred

Least

Preferred

Look Inside

the Company

Networking

and Personal

References

Employment

Agency or

Search Firm

Unsolicited

Résumés

Newspaper

Want Ads

Business Communication Essentials, 3e

organizing your approach

Track Business News

Monitor Specific Firms

Build a Network

Seek Counseling

Organizing Your Approach

Business Communication Essentials, 3e

three step writing process

Analyze Situation

Revise

Analyze

the Audience

Gather Information

Produce

Select Medium

Proofread

Compose

the Message

Get Organized

Distribute

Three-Step Writing Process

Planning

Writing

Completing

Business Communication Essentials, 3e

planning your r sum

Analyze Audience/Purpose

  • Gather Information
  • Choose the Best Medium
  • Organize Content
Planning Your Résumé

Business Communication Essentials, 3e

red flags for employers

Frequent Job Changes

Gaps in Work History

Level of Experience

“Red Flags” for Employers

Business Communication Essentials, 3e

red flags for employers16

Long-Term w/One Firm

For-Cause Termination

Criminal Record

“Red Flags” for Employers

Business Communication Essentials, 3e

organizing your r sum

Chronological

Combination

Functional

Organizing Your Résumé

Work History

Educational Level

Skills and

Accomplishments

Personal

Background

Personal

Objectives

Business Communication Essentials, 3e

writing your r sum

Respect Your Résumé

Take Your Time

Review Good Models

Minimize Frustration

Writing Your Résumé

Business Communication Essentials, 3e

keep the r sum honest
Keep the Résumé Honest

Workplace References

Background Checks

Credit Histories

Business Communication Essentials, 3e

adapting to the audience
Adapting to the Audience
  • Consider the employer’s perspective
  • Build on past accomplishments
  • Stress your future potential
  • Translate skills and experience
  • Clarify educational achievements

Business Communication Essentials, 3e

composing your r sum

Name and

Address

Career Objective

or Summary

Academic

Credentials

Employment

History

Activities and

Achievements

Relevant

Personal Data

Composing Your Résumé

Business Communication Essentials, 3e

completing your r sum

Revising

Producing

Proofreading

Completing Your Résumé

Business Communication Essentials, 3e

common r sum problems
Too long

Too short

Hard to read

Poorly written

Uninformed

Spelling

Grammar

Poor quality

Boastful

Gimmicky

Common Résumé Problems

Business Communication Essentials, 3e

producing your r sum
Producing Your Résumé

Printed

Scannable Résumé

Printed

Traditional Résumé

Electronic

Plain-Text File

MS Word File

Electronic PDF File

HTML Format

Business Communication Essentials, 3e

printing a traditional r sum

High-Quality

Paper

Professional

Image

Printing a Traditional Résumé

Business Communication Essentials, 3e

printing a scannable r sum

Separate All Characters

Use Sans-Serif Fonts

Avoid Special Characters

Avoid Columns

Use Plain White Paper

Separate Phone and Email

Use a Keyword Summary

Identify All Pages

Printing a Scannable Résumé

Business Communication Essentials, 3e

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Plain-Text File

MS Word File

HTML Version

PDF Format

Digital Résumé Formats

Business Communication Essentials, 3e

proofreading your r sum

Headings and lists

  • Grammar and punctuation
  • Spelling and word choice
  • Paper and digital formats
Proofreading Your Résumé

Business Communication Essentials, 3e

distributing your r sum
Distributing Your Résumé

Postal

Mail

Fax

Machine

E-Mail

Business Communication Essentials, 3e

distributing your r sum30
Distributing Your Résumé

Online

Submission

Personal

Websites

Index Service

Or Job Site

Business Communication Essentials, 3e

reviewing key points
Reviewing Key Points
  • Adapting to the workplace
  • Searching for employment
  • Preparing effective résumés
  • Preparing employment messages

Business Communication Essentials, 3e