Building Careers and     Writing Résumés©        Business Communication Today 8e 17 -                                 Chap...
Today’s Dynamic           Workplace•   Career stability•   “Job-hopping”•   Small businesses•   Independent contractors©  ...
How Employers View the     Job Market• Financial trade-offs    – Temporary workers    – Independent contractors• Economic ...
What Today’s     Employers Require• Flexibility and adaptability• Life-long learning• Teamwork skills• Strong work records...
What Today’s     Employers Require• Leadership capabilities• Diversified skills• Varied experiences• Multicultural and int...
Adapting to the Market• What you want• What you can offer• Your workplace value©           Business Communication Today 8e...
What Do You Want?     Type of           Nature            Specific    Occupation        of the Job       Compensation  Gen...
What Can You Offer?• Personal achievements• Educational preparation• Work experience• Extracurricular activities• Personal...
Increasing Your Value• Employment portfolio• Interim assignments• Workplace skills• Life-long learning©            Busines...
The Employment Search• Build toward a career• Prepare a résumé• Understand the interview process• Prepare for interview• T...
Employer    Recruiting Practices• Look inside the company• Networking and personal references• Employment agency or search...
Organizing Your Approach• Track business news• Monitor specific firms• Seek opportunities• Respond to openings• Build a ne...
Three-Step Résumé         Process• Planning• Writing• Completing©            Business Communication Today 8e 17 -         ...
Planning Your Résumé• Audience and purpose• Information needs• The best medium• Overall content©           Business Commun...
What Employers Seek•   Results orientation•   Workplace achievements•   Versatility•   Signs of progress•   Standards of e...
Areas of Concern•   Frequent job changes•   Gaps in work history•   Level of experience•   Long-term with one company•   F...
Organizing Your R ésumé• Chronological• Functional• Combination©              Business Communication Today 8e 17 -        ...
Writing Your R ésumé• Respect your résumé• Take your time• Review good models• Minimize frustration©           Business Co...
Keep the R ésumé Honest• Workplace references• Background checks• Credit histories©            Business Communication Toda...
Adapting to the Audience• Consider the employer’s perspective• Build on past accomplishments• Stress your future potential...
Composing Your R ésumé• Name and address• Career objective or summary• Academic credentials• Employment history• Activitie...
Completing Your R ésumé• Revising• Producing• proofreading©             Business Communication Today 8e 17 -              ...
Common Résumé          Problems• Wrong length              • Amateurish• Hard to read              • Boastful• Wordy      ...
Producing Your R ésumé• Printed traditional résumé• Printed scannable résumé• Electronic plain-text file• MS Word file• On...
Printing Your R ésumé• Paper quality• Overall length• Formatting issues• Objectives and key words©           Business Comm...
Digital R ésumé Formats• Plain-text file• MS Word file• Webpage version©             Business Communication Today 8e 17 - ...
Proofreading Your R ésumé• Headings and lists• Grammar and punctuation• Spelling and word choice• Paper and digital format...
Submitting Your R ésumé• Postal mail• E-mail or online• Fax machine©           Business Communication Today 8e 17 -       ...
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Ch 17

  1. 1. Building Careers and Writing Résumés© Business Communication Today 8e 17 - Chapter
  2. 2. Today’s Dynamic Workplace• Career stability• “Job-hopping”• Small businesses• Independent contractors© Business Communication Today 8e 17 - Chapter
  3. 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. 4. What Today’s Employers Require• Flexibility and adaptability• Life-long learning• Teamwork skills• Strong work records© Business Communication Today 8e 17 - Chapter
  5. 5. What Today’s Employers Require• Leadership capabilities• Diversified skills• Varied experiences• Multicultural and international awareness© Business Communication Today 8e 17 - Chapter
  6. 6. Adapting to the Market• What you want• What you can offer• Your workplace value© Business Communication Today 8e 17 - Chapter
  7. 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. 8. What Can You Offer?• Personal achievements• Educational preparation• Work experience• Extracurricular activities• Personal characteristics© Business Communication Today 8e 17 - Chapter
  9. 9. Increasing Your Value• Employment portfolio• Interim assignments• Workplace skills• Life-long learning© Business Communication Today 8e 17 - Chapter
  10. 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. 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. 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. 13. Three-Step Résumé Process• Planning• Writing• Completing© Business Communication Today 8e 17 - Chapter
  14. 14. Planning Your Résumé• Audience and purpose• Information needs• The best medium• Overall content© Business Communication Today 8e 17 - Chapter
  15. 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. 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. 17. Organizing Your R ésumé• Chronological• Functional• Combination© Business Communication Today 8e 17 - Chapter
  18. 18. Writing Your R ésumé• Respect your résumé• Take your time• Review good models• Minimize frustration© Business Communication Today 8e 17 - Chapter
  19. 19. Keep the R ésumé Honest• Workplace references• Background checks• Credit histories© Business Communication Today 8e 17 - Chapter
  20. 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. 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. 22. Completing Your R ésumé• Revising• Producing• proofreading© Business Communication Today 8e 17 - Chapter
  23. 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. 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. 25. Printing Your R ésumé• Paper quality• Overall length• Formatting issues• Objectives and key words© Business Communication Today 8e 17 - Chapter
  26. 26. Digital R ésumé Formats• Plain-text file• MS Word file• Webpage version© Business Communication Today 8e 17 - Chapter
  27. 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. 28. Submitting Your R ésumé• Postal mail• E-mail or online• Fax machine© Business Communication Today 8e 17 - Chapter
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