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Download PDF Job Hunting and Career Change All-In-One For Dummies® By Kate Burton


Welcome to Job Hunting & Career Change All-in-One For Dummies, your launch pad to success in preparing for and gaining the kind of job you want. Making decisions about your career can be tough, and many people struggle to know the way forward. That’s where this book comes in.

Finding a job is a job in itself, and can be a stressful process to work through. While not rocket science, job hunting can be hard work, and there are skills you need to master to transform yourself into the high-calibre candidate employers want and make your search successful. Preparation is key to achieving this success, and whether you’re looking to enter the job market for the first time or you’ve been in employment for donkey’s years and are looking for a change of direction, you need the essential tools in place before starting your search.

Successfully hunting down a job or changing career is as much about knowing what direction you want to be heading in and what you have that employers want as it is about actually selling yourself to them. You need to look at what motivates you and what your priorities are, and to have a positive frame of mind before setting to work on your CV, interview preparation, and presentation skills. With help from this book, you can build your confidence, discover exactly what you want to be doing in your professional life, and equip yourself with the right tools to get there.


  1. Book I : Plotting a Course: Your Job and Career Plans
  2. Chapter 1: Assessing Career and Work
  3. Assessing Your Attitudes to Work
  4. Setting Your Work in Context
  5. Improving Your Current Job
  6. Finding Your Dream Work
  7. Getting Recognition for Your Work
  8. Looking to the Future
  9. Chapter 2: Getting Motivated
  10. Driving Forward in Your Life
  11. Taking Charge at Work
  12. Overcoming Procrastination
  13. Chapter 3: Demonstrating Confidence in the Workplace
  14. Developing Confidence in Your Professional Life
  15. Becoming Assertive
  16. Showing Confidence in Specific Work Situations
  17. Managing Your Boss
  18. Casting Off Your Cloak of Invisibility
  19. Dealing Confidently with Corporate Change
  20. Chapter 4: Asking Yourself the Right Questions
  21. Before You Begin: Question-asking Tips and Strategies
  22. Figuring Out What You Want
  23. Making Decisions
  24. Challenging Limiting Beliefs
  25. Finding the Right Lever for Change
  26. Checking in with Yourself
  27. Book II : Showcasing Yourself with a StandOut CV
  28. Chapter 1: CVs and the Changing World of Recruitment
  29. Unintended Consequences from a Seismic Shift in CVs
  30. Hooray! The Return of the Handsome CV
  31. Online Screening Comes of Age
  32. More Big Changes on the Workplace Horizon
  33. Really, Must You Have a CV?
  34. Chapter 2: Getting Your CV Out There
  35. Marketing Your CV in Ten Steps
  36. Sending Your CV the Right Way to the Right Places
  37. Taking Online Issues into Account
  38. Branching Out to Make Use of All Your Job-Finding Options
  39. Following-Up – an Act of Job Finding
  40. Chapter 3: Choosing the Right Format
  41. CV Formats
  42. Reverse Chronological Format
  43. Functional Format
  44. Hybrid Format
  45. Accomplishment Format
  46. Targeted Format
  47. Linear Format
  48. Professional Format
  49. Keyword Format
  50. Academic Curriculum Vitae
  51. International Curriculum Vitae Format
  52. The Rise of the e-CV
  53. A Roundup of Other Formats and Styles
  54. Choose What Works for You
  55. Chapter 4: Contents that Make a Difference
  56. Your CV as a Sales Tool
  57. Tailor Your CV to the Company and the Position
  58. The Parts of Your CV
  59. Contact Information
  60. Hooks: Objective or Summary?
  61. Education and Training
  62. Experience
  63. Skills
  64. Competencies
  65. Activities
  66. Organisations
  67. Honours and Awards
  68. Licences and Samples of Your Work
  69. What To Do about the Salary Question?
  70. Chapter 5: Winning with Words
  71. StandOut Words Can Bring Good News
  72. Keywords Are Key to Finding You
  73. Where to Find Keywords
  74. Chapter 6: Overcoming Deadly Dilemmas
  75. Too Much Experience
  76. Too Long Gone: For Women Only
  77. Job Seekers with Disabilities
  78. Gaps in Your Record
  79. Resources to Solve Many Dilemmas
  80. Spin Control Is in the Details
  81. Chapter 7: Moving from Worksheets to Your Finished CV
  82. Step 1: The Detailed Worksheets
  83. New Job Worksheet
  84. Education and Training Worksheet
  85. Paid Work Worksheet
  86. Unpaid Work Worksheet
  87. Hobbies/Activities-to-Skills Worksheet
  88. Employability Skills Worksheet
  89. Step 2: The Summary Worksheets
  90. Step 3: Drafting Asset Statements
  91. Write Until It’s Right
  92. Paper CVs That Resonate
  93. Chapter 8: A Sampling of StandOut CVs
  94. Book III : Succeeding at Interviews
  95. Chapter 1: Understanding What Interviewers Want
  96. Recognising What Interviewers Are Looking For
  97. Finding Out about Key Skills and Qualities
  98. Researching the Company
  99. Preparing Answers to Common Questions
  100. Getting Ready to Go
  101. Chapter 2: Polishing Your Performance
  102. Creating the Right Impact
  103. Speaking Out with Confidence
  104. Dressing for Success
  105. Looking Like You Mean Business
  106. Getting Off to a Great Start
  107. Chapter 3: Preparing Great Questions
  108. Preparing the Right Questions for the Right Interview
  109. Turning Your Questions into a Discussion
  110. Sending Follow-Up Letters
  111. Ensuring Your References Are Positive
  112. Chapter 4: Talking about Yourself and Others
  113. Handling General Questions about Yourself
  114. Talking about Basic Job Skills
  115. Overcoming Interviewers’ Common Worries
  116. Seeing Yourself As Others See You
  117. Discussing Your People Skills
  118. Chapter 5: Getting to Grips with Questions about Your Work
  119. Responding to Questions about Your Work
  120. Sidestepping Questions about Your Current Company
  121. Chapter 6: Talking about Why You Want a New Job
  122. Answering Questions about the Employer
  123. Answering Questions about What You’re Looking For
  124. Evaluating Your Fit with the Organisation
  125. Deflecting Questions about Money
  126. Chapter 7: Thriving Under the Pressure Interview
  127. Maintaining Your Composure
  128. Responding to Leading Questions
  129. Responding to Closed Questions
  130. Talking about Changes of Direction in Your CV
  131. Fending Off Weird and Wonderful Questions
  132. Saying Something Is Better Than Saying Nothing
  133. Chapter 8: Handling Hypothetical and Analytical Questions
  134. Responding to Hypothetical Questions
  135. Defining Key Concepts
  136. Dealing Effectively with Numerical Challenges
  137. Chapter 9: Succeeding at Competency-Based Interviewing
  138. Discovering the Rules of the Game
  139. Identifying Likely Questions
  140. Questions about Your Thinking and Planning Skills
  141. Questions about Leading and Managing
  142. Questions about Your People and Customer Skills
  143. Questions about Your Personal Effectiveness
  144. Chapter 10: Taking Control in Unusual Situations
  145. Dealing with Panel Interviews
  146. Handling Hi-Tech Interviews
  147. Getting Ready for Psychometric Tests
  148. Succeeding at Assessment Centres
  149. Book IV : Delivering Perfect Presentations
  150. Chapter 1: Organising Your Presentation
  151. Selecting Material to Include
  152. Following Patterns of Organisation
  153. Creating Your Outline
  154. Timing
  155. Organising Your Presentation Effectively
  156. Relating to Your Audience
  157. Chapter 2: Writing the Presentation
  158. Creating the Perfect Introduction
  159. Getting Started in Fifteen Fabulous Ways
  160. Finding Solid Forms of Support
  161. Making Transitions
  162. Spicing Up Your Speech with Classic Rhetorical Devices
  163. Creating the Perfect Conclusion
  164. Wrapping Up in Style
  165. Chapter 3: Understanding Body Language
  166. Understanding Body Language
  167. Making Eye Contact Count
  168. Mastering Physical Positioning and Movement
  169. Paralanguage: What Your Voice Says about You
  170. Chapter 4: Overcoming Nerves
  171. Changing Your Perceptions
  172. Transforming Terror into Terrific
  173. Preventing and Handling Nervousness
  174. Chapter 5: Handling Questions from the Audience
  175. Discovering the Basics
  176. Coming Up with a Perfect Answer
  177. Using Question-Handling Techniques
  178. Handling Hostile Questions

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