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  • 1. Building Careers and Writing Résumés© Business Communication Today 8e 17 - Chapter
  • 2. Today’s Dynamic Workplace• Career stability• “Job-hopping”• Small businesses• Independent contractors© Business Communication Today 8e 17 - Chapter
  • 3. How Employers View the Job Market• Financial trade-offs – Temporary workers – Independent contractors• Economic uncertainty – Cheaper labor markets – Global recruiting© Business Communication Today 8e 17 - Chapter
  • 4. What Today’s Employers Require• Flexibility and adaptability• Life-long learning• Teamwork skills• Strong work records© Business Communication Today 8e 17 - Chapter
  • 5. What Today’s Employers Require• Leadership capabilities• Diversified skills• Varied experiences• Multicultural and international awareness© Business Communication Today 8e 17 - Chapter
  • 6. Adapting to the Market• What you want• What you can offer• Your workplace value© Business Communication Today 8e 17 - Chapter
  • 7. What Do You Want? Type of Nature Specific Occupation of the Job Compensation General Size of Type ofCareer Goals Company Operation Corporate Location Facilities Culture© Business Communication Today 8e 17 - Chapter
  • 8. What Can You Offer?• Personal achievements• Educational preparation• Work experience• Extracurricular activities• Personal characteristics© Business Communication Today 8e 17 - Chapter
  • 9. Increasing Your Value• Employment portfolio• Interim assignments• Workplace skills• Life-long learning© Business Communication Today 8e 17 - Chapter
  • 10. 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© Business Communication Today 8e 17 - Chapter
  • 11. Employer Recruiting Practices• Look inside the company• Networking and personal references• Employment agency or search firm• Unsolicited résumés• Newspaper want ads© Business Communication Today 8e 17 - Chapter
  • 12. Organizing Your Approach• Track business news• Monitor specific firms• Seek opportunities• Respond to openings• Build a network• Seek counseling© Business Communication Today 8e 17 - Chapter
  • 13. Three-Step Résumé Process• Planning• Writing• Completing© Business Communication Today 8e 17 - Chapter
  • 14. Planning Your Résumé• Audience and purpose• Information needs• The best medium• Overall content© Business Communication Today 8e 17 - Chapter
  • 15. What Employers Seek• Results orientation• Workplace achievements• Versatility• Signs of progress• Standards of excellence• Flexibility• Communication skills© Business Communication Today 8e 17 - Chapter
  • 16. Areas of Concern• Frequent job changes• Gaps in work history• Level of experience• Long-term with one company• For-cause job termination• Criminal or arrest record© Business Communication Today 8e 17 - Chapter
  • 17. Organizing Your R ésumé• Chronological• Functional• Combination© Business Communication Today 8e 17 - Chapter
  • 18. Writing Your R ésumé• Respect your résumé• Take your time• Review good models• Minimize frustration© Business Communication Today 8e 17 - Chapter
  • 19. Keep the R ésumé Honest• Workplace references• Background checks• Credit histories© Business Communication Today 8e 17 - Chapter
  • 20. 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 Today 8e 17 - Chapter
  • 21. Composing Your R ésumé• Name and address• Career objective or summary• Academic credentials• Employment history• Activities and achievements• Relevant personal data© Business Communication Today 8e 17 - Chapter
  • 22. Completing Your R ésumé• Revising• Producing• proofreading© Business Communication Today 8e 17 - Chapter
  • 23. Common Résumé Problems• Wrong length • Amateurish• Hard to read • Boastful• Wordy • Dishonest• Too slick • Gimmicky• Poorly reproduced • Carelessly written© Business Communication Today 8e 17 - Chapter
  • 24. Producing Your R ésumé• Printed traditional résumé• Printed scannable résumé• Electronic plain-text file• MS Word file• Online résumé• Electronic PDF file© Business Communication Today 8e 17 - Chapter
  • 25. Printing Your R ésumé• Paper quality• Overall length• Formatting issues• Objectives and key words© Business Communication Today 8e 17 - Chapter
  • 26. Digital R ésumé Formats• Plain-text file• MS Word file• Webpage version© Business Communication Today 8e 17 - Chapter
  • 27. Proofreading Your R ésumé• Headings and lists• Grammar and punctuation• Spelling and word choice• Paper and digital formats© Business Communication Today 8e 17 - Chapter
  • 28. Submitting Your R ésumé• Postal mail• E-mail or online• Fax machine© Business Communication Today 8e 17 - Chapter