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Getting Your First Job For Dummies

Book Description

Find—and land—your first job!

Finding a job can seem daunting, especially when it's a brand new experience. There's a lot to know, and often a lot of pressure. Written by the founder of AfterCollege.com, Getting Your First Job For Dummies is designed to take the stress out of the job search process and help you get an offer.

In this book, you'll discover how to identify your talents and strengths, use your network to your advantage, interview with confidence, and evaluate an offer. Written in plain English and packed with step-by-step instructions, it'll have you writing customized resumes, conducting company research, and utilizing online job search sites, faster than you can say 'I got the job!'

  • Determine what kind of job suits your interests and skills
  • Write a compelling cover letter
  • Know what to expect in an interview
  • Effectively negotiate an offer

Whether you're still in school or navigating the world as a recent graduate, Getting Your First Job For Dummies arms you with the skills and confidence to make getting your first job an exciting and enjoyable process.

Table of Contents

    1. Cover
    2. Introduction
      1. About This Book
      2. Foolish Assumptions
      3. Icons Used in This Book
      4. Beyond the Book
      5. Where to Go from Here
    3. Part 1: Preparing Yourself Before the Job Search
      1. Chapter 1: Mapping Out Your Job Search Strategy
        1. Getting Your First Part-Time Job
        2. Securing Internships
        3. Finding Your First Job after College
        4. Knowing the Importance of Your First Job
        5. Setting a Goal for Yourself
        6. Organizing Your Search with Online Tools and Apps
      2. Chapter 2: Highlighting What You Bring to an Employer
        1. Identifying Your Skills
        2. Detailing Your Experience
      3. Chapter 3: Figuring Out What You Want to Do
        1. Taking Self-Assessments
        2. Getting Insights through Career Discovery Tools
        3. Identifying Jobs of Interest
    4. Part 2: Starting Your Job Search
      1. Chapter 4: Researching Employers
        1. Comparing Large and Small Employers
        2. Finding Employers with New-Grad Programs
        3. Identifying Employers of Interest
      2. Chapter 5: Getting Ready to Search for a Job
        1. Enlisting Assistance from Your Network
        2. Obtaining Recommendations
        3. Using Your University Career Center
        4. Deciding to Use Headhunters and Staffing Firms
      3. Chapter 6: Searching for Jobs Online
        1. Familiarizing Yourself with Search Techniques
        2. Searching on Job Sites
        3. Finding Jobs on Google
        4. Setting Up Automatic Job Alerts
      4. Chapter 7: Building a Great Online Presence
        1. Creating a LinkedIn Profile
        2. Setting Up an AfterCollege Student Profile
        3. Showcasing Your Expertise
        4. Cleaning Up Your Online Presence
    5. Part 3: Navigating the Application Process
      1. Chapter 8: Preparing Your Résumé and Cover Letter
        1. Writing a Cover Letter
        2. Creating a Great Résumé
        3. Getting Résumé Help
      2. Chapter 9: Applying for Jobs
        1. Starting the Application Process
        2. Using Applicant Tracking Systems
        3. Finding Someone to Refer You
        4. Checking the Status of Your Application
    6. Part 4: Acing the Interview and Getting the Offer You Want
      1. Chapter 10: Before the Interview
        1. Preparing for Your Interview
        2. Practicing for the Interview
        3. Familiarizing Yourself with the Interview Process
        4. Becoming Familiar with Interview Platforms
      2. Chapter 11: The Interview
        1. Nailing Interview Etiquette
        2. Making a Great Impression
        3. Answering Difficult Interview Questions
        4. After the Interview
      3. Chapter 12: The Offer
        1. Determining What’s Important to You
        2. Negotiating an Offer
        3. Accepting an Offer
        4. Declining an Offer
        5. Dealing with Rejection
      4. Chapter 13: Relocating for the Right Job
        1. Evaluating the Cost of Living
        2. Deciding Where to Live
        3. Making Sure You Have Things to Do
        4. Getting Around a New City
    7. Part 5: Starting Your First Job
      1. Chapter 14: Learning as Much as Possible from Your Job
        1. Setting Up Check-Ins with Your Boss
        2. Being Proactive and Taking on Projects
        3. Knowing What Others Do on Your Team
        4. Taking Advantage of Learning Opportunities
      2. Chapter 15: Building Your Professional Network
        1. Having Lunch with Your Colleagues
        2. Participating in Group Activities
        3. Collaborating with People on Other Teams
        4. Viewing Your Customers and Clients as Colleagues
        5. Maintaining Your Network Online
    8. Part 6: The Part of Tens
      1. Chapter 16: Ten Sites for Finding Your First Job
        1. Indeed
        2. AfterCollege
        3. LinkUp
        4. LinkedIn
        5. University or College Career Centers
        6. AngelList
        7. Glassdoor
        8. Craigslist
        9. Internships.com
        10. Association Websites
      2. Chapter 17: Ten Places to Gain Skills and Become More Employable
        1. Coursera
        2. Udemy
        3. Lynda.com
        4. Khan Academy
        5. Codecademy
        6. Udacity
        7. General Assembly
        8. Galvanize
        9. Skillshare
        10. Community College
      3. Chapter 18: Ten (Or So) Potential Benefits Besides Salary
        1. 401(k), 403(b), and 457
        2. Health Insurance
        3. Flexible Spending Accounts, Health Savings Accounts, and Commuter Spending Accounts
        4. Bonus Plans
        5. Profit-Sharing Plans and Profit-Sharing Retirement Plans
        6. Restricted Stock Units
        7. Stock Option Plans
        8. Tuition Reimbursement
    9. About the Author
    10. Advertisement Page
    11. Connect with Dummies
    12. End User License Agreement