Title The Job Ready Guide
Subtitle How to Set Yourself Up for Career Success
Author Anastasia de Waal
ISBN 9780749483258
List price GBP 14.99
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 248
Book size 152 X 235 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher Kogan Page Limited
Published in India by .
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Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
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To get the career you want, you need to be job-ready. This is your all-in-one guide to understanding what employers want and how to prepare yourself with a personal career plan. From gaining work experience, to mastering essential skills and acing the application process, The Job-Ready Guide is a complete resource for standing out from the crowd and getting a job offer. It shows you how to build a strong CV, write an impressive cover letter, excel at interviews, and cultivate the professionalism that employers want.

Moving from education into the workplace can be a challenge: the world of work demands skills that you may never have had to truly use - or think about - before. The Job-Ready Guide will help you to boost your employability, covering everything you need to prepare for and start a successful career. You’ll be able to conduct a systematic job search, learn how to network and develop a personal brand online, as well as hone valuable skills including leadership, teamwork, creativity and problem-solving. A highly practical, hands-on guide, this book is packed with useful features, including interactive exercises to help you in your real life; insider advice from employers; and tips from professionals at different stages in their careers who reveal ‘what they wish they’d known’.


About the author

Introduction • Preparing for professional life • What employers want you to know • The job-ready approach • How to use the book


Part One: Setting yourself up for success

Chapter 1: CV building • Planning your CV: an overview

Chapter 2: Career planning • Your basic educational profile • Researching your career options • Your priorities: what motivates you? • Honing your options through work experience

Chapter 3: Work experience and internships • Work experience • Internships

Chapter 4: Further study • Main types of further study • Reasons to consider further study • Deciding whether to do further study • Making an informed decision about which course to do • Applying for further study • Paying for further study


Part Two: Developing job-ready skills

Chapter 5: Leadership and teamwork • Leadership • Practising your leadership • Teamwork

Chapter 6: Communication skills • Soft communication skills • Communicating in meetings • Communicating from afar • Email, phone or face-to-face? • General writing • Public speaking • Miscommunications • Listening is a communication skill

Chapter 7: Problem-solving • The key skills involved in problem-solving • Problem-solving examples in your own life • The basic steps of problem-solving • Problem-solving skills in practice • Challenging circumstances • How you’ll be tested on your problem-solving

Chapter 8: Industry knowledge • Showcasing your industry knowledge • How well do you know your industry? • Getting industry expertise • Industry knowledge and the job application process


Part Three: Looking for a job

Chapter 9: Systematic job hunting • What are you aiming for? • Your new job: job hunting • Where to look for a job • Social media for job hunting • Making a success of rejection

Chapter 10: Understanding what employers want • Your approach to work • A strong work ethic • The desire to develop • Good organizational skills • The role of respect • When things go wrong

Chapter 11: Social media, personal branding and self-promotion • What is your social media brand? • Brand management • Building your social media strategy • Keep up your brand

Chapter 12: Networking • The purpose of networking • Making the most of every networking opportunity • Identifying your existing networks • Fostering industry opportunities to network • Network for others – and into the future

Chapter 13: Budgeting and money skills • Value every penny • Review and organize your financial life • Everyday money management • Saving • Borrowing


Part Four: Applying for a job

Chapter 14: Creating a winning CV • What to include in your CV • What your CV looks like • What to cover in each section of your CV • Optional CV sections • The big proof • Your CV as a work in progress

Chapter 15: Covering letters and application forms • The purpose of a covering letter • Common covering letter mistakes • Constructing a strong covering letter • Presentation and formatting • Application forms • Deadlines

Chapter 16: Interviews • Types of interviews • Preparing for an interview • Interview questions • On the day • After the interview

Chapter 17: Assessment centres • An overview of the assessment process • The assessments • Preparing for an assessment centre • On the day • After the assessment

Chapter 18: Giving presentations • Your presentation remit • Preparing for your presentation • Putting your presentation together • Practice and practicalities • Presenting

Chapter 19: Getting an offer • The offer process • Making a decision • Negotiating a contract • Accepting an offer • Responding well to rejections


Part Five: Starting a job

Chapter 20: Planning and preparation • Organizing the best start date • Preparing for the job • Practical preparation for your first week at work

Chapter 21: Twenty questions about your first day answered • What can I do on my first day to help it go smoothly? • What time should I arrive? • What should I do if I get lost on the way? • Should I bring lunch? • What should I do if my work outfit looks out of place? • What should I do if I don’t understand a task I have been given? • What should I do if it’s nearly the end of the day and I’m nowhere near finishing the task I was given? • What should I do if I have nothing to do? • Should I offer to make other people tea or coffee? • What should I do if nobody talks to me? • I can’t work out how to use a piece of software – what do I do? • What should I do if the work I’ve been given is completely different from what I was told I would be doing? • How should I answer the office phone? • What should I do if I feel unwell? • Can I use my mobile or check my personal email/social media? • Is it OK to ask when I’ll be paid? • When should I leave? • Should I take any work home with me? • I’ve been invited to after-work drinks but have an important family dinner – what should I do? • What should I do if I hated my first day?

Chapter 22: Making a good impression and building positive relationships • Habits to work by • Building positive relationships

Chapter 23: Planning your next move • Keeping your career moving • Leaving well


About the Author:

Anastasia de Waal is Director of the Family & Education Unit and Deputy Director at think tank Civitas. A regular contributor to broadcast and print media, she has written for many major publications, including The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Sun, The New York Times, the Telegraph and Mail on Sunday. She is also founder of I Can Be, a charitable programme that takes disadvantaged children to visit professionals in their workplaces; Chair of national charity Family Lives; and Visiting Scholar at Cambridge University’s Centre for Family Research.

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Useful for present and future jobseekers.

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