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1 Preparing for the World of Work
Chapter 17 Preparing for the World of Work

2 17:1 Developing Job-Keeping Skills
Must develop good characteristics to be a good employee Use correct grammar at all times Report to work on time and when scheduled Be prepared to work when you arrive Practice teamwork (continues)

3 Developing Job-Keeping Skills (continued)
Promote a positive attitude Accept responsibility for your actions Be willing to learn Without good job-keeping skills, no amount of knowledge will help you keep a job

4 17:2 Writing a Cover Letter and Preparing a Résumé
Job seeking: Evaluate your abilities Decide on the type of job Explore job sources Identify places of employment Prepare to apply for the position (continues)

5 Writing a Cover Letter and Preparing a Résumé (continued)
Purpose of a cover letter is to obtain an interview Must create a good impression Well organized If possible, address letter to the correct individual

6 Cover Letter Format Usually contains 3–4 paragraphs
Paragraph one contents Paragraph two contents Paragraph three contents Paragraph four contents

7 Résumé Record of information Thorough, concise summary
Basic information for the employer Computer printed or typed and attractive in appearance Format for résumé can vary References are separate and not part of the résumé (continues)

8 Résumé (continued) Honesty is always the best policy
List all information before preparing your résumé Keep résumé to one page Use correct size envelope Same stationery for cover letter, résumé, envelope, and references

9 Parts of a Résumé Personal identification
Employee objective, job desired, or career goal Educational background Work or employment experience Skills Other activities

10 Career Passports or Portfolios
Professional way to highlight your knowledge, abilities, and skills Allows for presentation in an organized and efficient manner Introductory letter Résumé Skill list and competency level (continues)

11 Career Passports or Portfolios (continued)
Letters of recommendation Copies of work evaluations Documentation of mastering job-keeping skills Organize information in a neat binder or portfolio (continues)

12 Career Passports or Portfolios (continued)
Use tab dividers to separate into organized sections Use correct grammar and punctuation on all written information Effort will pay off at interview

13 17:3 Completing Job Application Forms
Used by employers to collect specific information Vary between employers Most request similar information Read entire form first before completing information (continues)

14 Completing Job Application Forms (continued)
Have all required information when you go to an interview Basic principles for completing application forms Wallet card Remember, employers use application forms as a screening tool

15 17:4 Participating in a Job Interview
Usually last step before getting or being denied a particular job You have been selected based on your résumé and/or application Purposes of interview Careful preparation is needed Careful attention to the date and time of interview (continues)

16 Participating in a Job Interview (continued)
Dress appropriately Check entire appearance Leave early for the interview Points to remember during interview Send a follow-up note or letter after the interview (continues)

17 Participating in a Job Interview (continued)
Many difficult questions can be asked during an interview Federal law prohibits discrimination in regard to age, cultural or ethnic background, marital status, parenthood, religion, race, or sex You may be asked to provide proof of eligibility to work

18 17:5 Determining Net Income
Income: money you are earning that is available to you Amount you earn and amount you spend may vary Gross income Net income (continues)

19 Determining Net Income (continued)
Calculation of gross income Calculation of net income Calculation of net monthly pay Essential to calculate your net income: Know what amount of money you have to spend Determine your lifestyle Manage your money more effectively

20 17:6 Calculating a Budget Budget is an itemized list of living expenses Must be realistic to be effective Types of expenses: fixed and variable Way to calculate a budget using percentage ranges Incorporate savings into a budget Calculating monthly payments (continues)

21 Calculating a Budget (continued)
Important that budget amounts do not exceed amount of net monthly income Final step is to live by your budget Creation of a budget leads to careful management of hard-earned money

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