Bussiness Comm ch15

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Fist step in employment process
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assess interest and qualifications
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Question to ask yourself to identify you interests
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do i want to work for someone else or be my own boss would i rather work for a large or small company
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Questions to ask yourself to evaluate your qualificatiosn
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what technology skills can i offer do i speak, write, or understand another language
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Least accurate statement about changing nature of jobs
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b/c new technologies can spring up overnight, employers try to hire people into jobs with focused descriptions
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When you first graduate where yill you most likely find a job
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with a small company
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The average worker between 18 and 38 in the US today…
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will spend an average of 6.6 years at any one job
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What should you do if you are close to graduating and want to determine a career path
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visit campus career center interview someone in your chosen profession join a profession organization in your field
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Statement that is most accurate about searhching for jobs electronically
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many listings on job boards are outdated so the best place to find a job online is specific corporate websites
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Most candidates find jobs through
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networking
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he hidden job market
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accounts for as many as 75% of all positions available at any given time
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Chronological Resume
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lists work history job by job but in reverse order, starting with the most recent position recruiters favor this b/c it quickly reveals education and experience
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Chronological resumes are good for who
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candidates who have experience in their field those who show steady career growth
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Functional Resume
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focuses on candidates skills groups skills and accomplishments in special categories
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who may prefer functional resume
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those who have changed jobs frequently those who have gaps in employment record Recent graduates with little or no experience Older job seekers who don’t want to appear overqualified
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Goal of the resume
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to win an interview
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Both formats of resumes begin with what
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candidates name contact info job objective education
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The most effective resumes
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emphasize skills and achievements aimed at a particular job or company
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Statement that best describes the main heading portion of a resume
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begin your resume with your name, address, and phone number
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statement that best describes the summary of qualifications
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makes your resume easier to read
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What to include in education section
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name and location of schools dates of attendance major fields of study degrees received
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Is it okay to calculate GPA in your major courses only
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yes, as long as you cearly show that your GPA is in the major only
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Incorrect statement regarding education section of a resume
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include a list of all college courses taken
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Most accurate statement about the work experience section
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only include jobs you think will help you win the targeted position
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Example of effective statement for a resume
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reconciled general ledger accounts daily with 100% accuracy
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Consider including what things in a resume
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hobbies or interest they may catch employers attention or serve as conversation starters
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most accurate statement about references
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do not include personal or character references
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3 versions of resume
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tradition print based scannable plain text resume
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What should you do to maximize scannability of your resume
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put your name on the very first lane
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Another name for plain text resume
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ASCII resume
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E-portfolio
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collection of digitized materials give a snapshot of the candidates performance, talents, and accomplishments
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What does listing references directly on the resume do
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takes up valuable space
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Why is putting references in your resume not valuable for securing interviews
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few companies check them before interview
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What do recruiters prefer you do with a list of references
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prepare a separate list to bring to the the interview
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Biggest mistake job seekers make when writing cover letters
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making them sound to generic
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Best opening for a solicited cover letter
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john grant of your legal department suggested that i apply for the finance manager position that is currently vacant
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If you are unsure whether a position exists what should you do
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use more persuasive opening show how your talents will benefit the company to convince readers you can do something for them
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What does demonstrating knowledge of the reader’s business do for an unsolicited job
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may convince them to read on
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Body of cover letter should
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promote the candidates qualifications
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Best advice for a cover letter that accompanies a resume sent via email or by fax
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take the time to prepare a professional cover letter
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Are companies today employing fewer people in permanent positions
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yes
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Should a resume always be one page in length
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no
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Do all resumes contain standard parts arranged in an established order
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no
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When you are describing your work experience, you should be specific and quantify as many accomplishments as possible
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yes
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True or false: although the first reader of your resume will be human, your resume may later be scanned by a computer
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false
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Should you use a preformatted template to make your print based resume look most professional
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no
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If an employment position has been announced and applicants are being solicited, can you write your cover letter using a direct approach?
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yes
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Should you use expressions such as I hope in the closing of your cover letter to sound polite
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no
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In the body of a cover letter, should you make statements about your qualifications such as “i am a reliable employee”
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no
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Whether to use a direct or indirect approach in cover letter
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if unsolicited use indirect if solicited use the direct approach
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Summary of qualifications
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appears near the top of a resume should include 3 to 8 bulleted statements that prove you are the ideal candidate for the position
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action verbs
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describe work experience forcefully and persuasively Ex: designed, calculated, managed
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Scannable resume
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resume that can be read by automated applicant tracking software
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To maximize “hits” on your scannable resume, focus on specific______that describe sills, traits, tasks and job titles
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keywords
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Plain test or ASCII resume
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electronic version suitable for emailing or pasting into online resume bank
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What should you do to maximize hits as your resume is scanned
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include easily recognized abbreviations incorporate words from advertisement or job description include specific keywords that describe skills, traits, tasks, and job titles
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What would be considered unethical on a resume
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misrepresent a job title to make it sound more important extending employment dates making your job duties sound more impressive and responsible than they were

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