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Sure, some people enter preschool knowing what they want to be when they grow up. But most of us aren't so lucky, and we don't get much help. Some parents say things like, "It's your life, you decide." Other parents go to the other extreme, expecting you to follow in their footsteps. In high school, you take a career test, but many high school students laugh at their test results: the utterly useless, "You could pursue a wide range of careers."
This revised edition of Cool Careers For Dummies provides insight into landing a job for anyone who doesn't know where to look, doesn't have time to look, or doesn't want to suffer through a long back-to-school stint. It's designed for people of all walks of life to uncover rewarding, viable careers or get in on the ground floor of the next Big Things. What's more, this guide even offers tips to make even a humdrum job much better.
Clearly organized by specific topic areas, you can easily find the topics that appeal to you. You'll uncover information like
- Finding the right career for you, whether you've never had a career before or want to dump your old career for a new and improved one
- Getting smart about choosing, and making the most of, a career
- Landing the job you want even if the thought of networking gives you the creeps and you don't have a 500-name Rolodex
- Customizing your career to make any job better by tailoring it to your strengths and using wise approaches to your boss and co-workers
And, you'll find a fast yet substantive introduction to more than 500 good careers, including many unlikely suspects!
Despite taking career tests, plowing through fat career guides, and spending hours of reflecting, many people end up falling into their careers more by chance than by choice. Not a good way to ensure career happiness. There is a better way. Read all about it, in Cool Careers For Dummies.
New edition of the "Wall Street Journal bestseller!
"Cool Careers For Dummies, 2nd Edition provides updated, honest profiles of over 500 rewarding careers and self-employment opportunities. Whether you're drawn to high-tech e-jobs or the career gems of the past, you'll find expert advice on creating a job to fit your individual strengths and abilities.
"From finding the well-suited job to customizing it, this book is full of smart advice" USA Today "A career guide that really works thorough, reliable, and amazingly helpful." James C. Gonyea, host, Gonyea Online Career Center on AOL Praise for Cool Careers For Dummies®
"Something for everyone.
a comprehensive listing of jobs you never thought of
plus space devoted to
figuring out your dream job, and making your current job better." Men's Fitness "Anyone who dreads the 9-to-5 rut will embrace Cool Careers For Dummies." Dave Murphy, Career Editor, San Francisco Chronicle
Get the scoop on 500-plus intriguing careers
Is your career path unclear? Are you stuck in a job you hate? Don't worry! Now revised and updated, this friendly guide helps you think outside the box and find a job you'll actually like. Written by a trio of renowned job-counseling experts, it's like having your very own dream team of career coaches!
Discover how to: Locate and land terrific jobs Get the training you need Locate jobs, even if you hate networking Become an employer's #1 job candidate Make a humdrum job better
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Every year, thousands of people change careers. Whether you are a recently graduated student looking to put what you studied to good use or an experienced professional looking for a change in routine, finding a career that really suits you can be a daunting task.
Cool Careers for Dummieshelps you discover what you really want out of life, what your passions are, and how well you perform in different environments, and then shows you how to use this information to find a career that suits you. Now revised and up-to-date, this easy-to-use guidebook helps you explore your job options and make clear-minded decisions. This new edition gives you the tools you need to:
- Search for and find a career that fits your talents
- Land the job you want
- Train for your new found career
- Mold your resume into a masterpiece
- Put on a stunning interview
- Improve your career by making the most out of your job
- Explore the fun and profit of self-employment
Along with these features, Cool Careers for Dummiesprovides a self-assessment section to help you identify your interests. After answering a few questions about yourself, you’ll apply your answers to the Cool Careers Yellow Pages, which profiles more than 500 great careers. It also lets you in on some unwritten codes of the office, such as having integrity, defusing saboteurs, and maintaining office relationships. So what are you waiting for? Get Cool Careers for Dummiesand find the jobof your dreams today!
Features more than 500 profiles of cool careers
The fun and easy way® to find the career and job that's right for you!
Want to love your work? Need a new job but are stuck? No worries! This friendly guide shows you great careers you may not have thought of and helps you land a rewarding job with a 30-day search that really works. You'll also get proven ideas for making the most of any job. Whether you're a recent grad or a Baby Boomer, this is the ultimate career guide for you.
Praise for Cool Careers For Dummies
"From finding the well-suited job to customizing it, this book is full of smart advice."
— USA Today
"A career guide that really works — thorough, reliable, and amazingly helpful."
— James C. Gonyea, host, Gonyea Online Career Center on AOL
"Anyone who dreads the 9-to-5 rut will embrace Cool Careers For Dummies."
— Dave Murphy, Career Editor, San Francisco Chronicle
About the Author
Marty Nemko has career coached 1,600 clients. His column appears in the classified section of the L.A. Times and on Monster.com. Paul and Sarah Edwards career and self-employment books have sold over 1 million copies.
Table of Contents
PART I: Find the Right Career for You, Right Here.
Chapter 1: Searching for a Career: Jennifer's Tale.
Chapter 2: The Cool Careers Yellow Pages.
Chapter 3: The 25 Most Revealing Questions.
Chapter 4: Integrating Head and Heart.
Chapter 5: What's That Career Really Like?
Chapter 6: Finding the Courage to Commit.
PART II: Getting Smart.
Chapter 7: Degree-Free Career Preparation.
Chapter 8: Degree-Based Career Prep.
PART III: A Better Way to Land the Job.
Chapter 9: What Really Works.
Chapter 10: Creating Your Mind-Set.
Chapter 11: The Right Resume in Much Less Time.
Chapter 12: Finding Your Dream Employer.
Chapter 13: A Better Approach to the Want Ads.
Chapter 14: Getting Hired by Your Dream Employer Even if They're Not Advertising Openings.
Chapter 15: Networking Made Easier.
Chapter 16: Interviewing Better.
Chapter 17: Negotiating a Cool Deal (Even If You're Dealing with Scrooge).
PART IV: Customizing Your Career.
Chapter 18: 30 Days to a Good Job.
Chapter 19: Making Any Job Better.
Chapter 20: The Six Musts of Successful Self-Employment.
PART V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 21: Ten (Plus Five) More Sources of Cool Careers.
Chapter 22: Ten (Okay, 48) Extra-Strength Procrastination Cures.
Afterword: Our Best Thoughts on How to Have a Happy Work Life.
Appendix: The Cool Career Finder.
Index of Careers.