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Article on business issues, protocol, and best practices for The Monitor

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  • MONITOR ARTICLE Websites That Work For You By Chelse Benham Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work. - Aristotle There is an abundance of web sites at your fingertips that provide everything you need to know about finding a career, sites that help you to discover what job is best for you, what jobs are out there and what those jobs pay; sites that help you write a better resume, cover letter and thank you letter. There are sites that tell you what to wear, what to say and how to act on a job interview. In fact there is so much information that it is more difficult choosing which web sites you want to work with than trying to find them. If you want to learn more about what jobs fit your interests and personality through the use of tests, you can visit these sites. The Birkman Method, a free choice test, is fast with only 24 questions to answer. It gives a general description of your interests, skills and preferred work style, and also lists possible career options that suit those results. It can be found at www.review.com. Another test method is the John Holland’s Self-Directed Search (SDS). This test costs around $9 and can be found online. This test gives a personalized report and it is found at www.self-directed-search.com. “We use the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and Holland’s SDS assessment tests to determine careers for our students,” said Mirta Rodriguez, counselor specialist III at The University of Texas-Pan American. “We also have the Discover Program that uses three assessment tests to rate a student’s interests, values and abilities. It’s an online program that requires students to first come to our Counseling Advisement Center to get orientated and be given a password. Then the student can logon to the program from any computer and take the tests. Most colleges and universities have similar programs.” If after taking these tests you have decided what career best suits you, you may want to see what that profession pays. At www.jobstar.com you can learn “how to” information for job seeking on such topics as resume writing, career searching, salary information and understanding the hidden job market. Consider this: before you narrow your career focus it’s possible that you may be influenced by common misconceptions about careers. “The Truth About 15 Career Development Beliefs” can be found at www.jobweb.com - a career development and job search web site to help college graduates. Here you will get advice on everything from learning relationship skills for your first job to what to do when you make a mistake on the job. But, hold on a minute. You can’t get a
  • job without an interview and for that you will most likely need a resume and cover letter. Remember this little ditty – “To get to the interview stage, you have to pass the review phase.” The review phase means getting the potential employer’s attention. The resume and cover letter is your “calling card” and let’s employers know who you are and what you want. “Typically when I’m reviewing a professional resume I look at the person’s academic credentials and their career progression. Are they progressing in their career and not going backward,” said James Langabeer, vice president for Business Affairs at The University of Texas-Pan American. “I also look at salary progression and how long they have been at their jobs. We don’t want a “job jumper.” I want to know why they left their job. “ For tips on writing the best resume visit Work Source Washington at www.wa.gov or www.alec.co.uk. At Quintessential Careers, www.quintcareers.com, a list of questions can be found to help brainstorm those things that you did and forgot about doing that would beef-up your resume. It suggests you use power words; verbs that help you construct active descriptions of your duties and accomplishments. It also advises to include words that are relevant to your particular job and professional field known as keywords. Many of these words can be found at www.workopolis.com. Susan Ireland, a resume professional, has a website completely devoted to resume and cover letter writing at www.susanireland.com. She provides actual examples, the do’s and don’ts and some simple rules for their composition. Once you have settled on your career choice, compiled your resume and composed your cover letter it’s time to revisit www.wa.gov to learn a step-by- step process to maximize your job hunting experience. This site gives a concrete plan-of-action from A-to-Z that utilizes every angle for acquiring information about job openings to making the best impression during a job interview to closing the deal. If you don’t want to pound the pavement visit www.vault.com where you can have job listings e-mailed to you from companies hiring right now. The Vault also helps you research companies, search job listings and register your resume online for potential employers. Because it is easily accessed from your computer, www.vault.com dramatically broadens your career search to include the entire country without ever leaving your room. The dawn of the Internet has brought with it powerful information and limitless possibility. Today, it’s about what you know and how fast you find what you are seeking. Getting the career you want is just a click away and three w’s short of dot com.