CheckPoint: Job-Search Management
Finding a job in today’s competitive market takes not only time but also strategic planning. Certain details attract the attention of interviewers, and other aspects of job-search communication routinely disqualify applicants. Savvy applicants know how to highlight strengths and learn how to deal with any difficulties in their work background. It is also important for the applicant to gear résumés and application letters to each specific job description.
Many companies now prefer online résumés, which differ slightly from traditional hardcopy résumés. Job seekers can also use online job boards, such as www.monster.com, to their advantage.
Creating résumés and job-application letters is only half the battle. Applicants also need to manage the interview process, including writing follow-up letters and phone calls, and then they need to determine which position to accept once an offer has been made.
Resources: Microsoft® Word Tutorial: Creating Tables ; and Chapter 17 (pp. 490-520), Chapter 18 (pp. 524-543), Chapter 19 (550-568), and Appendix A (pp. 572-583) in Business and Administrative Communication (7th ed.).
Due Date: Day 4 [Individual] forum
Plan for an interview for a job you would like to have. Consider how you might manage the résumé, job-application letter, follow-up letter, and interview.
Create a table that lays out a day-by-day plan to use as a job aid for your employment search that spans 3 weeks.
Post the table as an attachment.