For courses in Career Development and Career Success.
The Career Tool Kit is designed to especially help community college and vocational school students of all ages develop the skills and attitudes needed to successfully complete their educational program: search for, find, and win the job they want; transition smoothly from school to work or successfully re-enter the workforce; and build a long, happy, and successful working life, all in a user-friendly and visually appealing design. Coverage of important topics includes developing and maintaining a positive self image, managing time, budgeting and organizing finances, avoiding or reducing credit debt, and tracking down the resources available at school, in the community, and online. A focus on self-awareness teaches readers how to get to know themselves better so that they understand what kinds of jobs might best suit their unique talents and qualities, how to network and locate job opportunities, and how to present themselves in the best possible light on a resume as well as in an interview, and how to handle both failure and success. Additional topics discuss workplace communication with managers, co-workers, clients, and customers; qualities and skills that employers look for in their employees; rights on the job; critical thinking at work; improving and maintaining mental health and social intelligence; motivation, and more.
Students and Faculty are encouraged to visit the website for all Keys franchise materials, www.carterkeys.com, to correspond with the author team, view their speaking calendar, benefit from current articles, and more!
TECHNOLOGY OFFERING: MyStudentSuccessLab is available with this book upon request. It is an online solution designed to help students ‘Start strong, Finish stronger’ by building skills for ongoing personal and professional development. Go to http://mystudentsuccesslab.com/mssl3 for a Point and Click DEMO of the Time Management module.
PART I. Taking Inventory
1. Find the Right Mind Set: Choose Your Equipment
2. Unlock Your Personal Power: Keys to the Toolkit
3. Manage Your Time and Money: Making the Most of Key Resources
4. Your Basic Skills: Sharpen Your Tools
PART II. Getting Started
5. Explore the Job Market: Finding a Fit
6. Get the Hang of Networking: Tools that Create Opportunities
7. Build Your Personal Brand: Put Your Tools to Good Use
8. Select Your Tools for the Interview: Winning Strategies to Seal the Deal
PART III. Moving Forward
9. Diversity in the Workplace: Today’s World
10. Get the Job Done With Communication: Stay Ahead of the Curve
11. Stand Out on the Job: Pack Up Your Toolbox
NEW! Discussion of the skills needed to meet the demands of the 21st Century Workplace incorporated throughout every chapter to provide students with a realistic expectation of what will be required to compete in today's competitive job market.
NEW! Real-life scenarios about individuals getting started out in the job world or re-entering the workforce begin every chapter and their stories are carried throughout each chapter, providing the reader with conceptual context.
NEW! Important topics are covered, such as developing and maintaining a positive self image, managing time, budgeting and organizing finances, avoiding or reducing credit debt, and tracking down the resources available at school. Working in a business environment in a world built around social networking.
NEW! Self-Awareness coverage helps students get to know themselves better and shows how to search for and win the job they want, and the Now You Try activities within the chapters encourage students to practice concepts as they are discussed.
NEW! Expanded technology coverage throughout, particularly in the Learning from Experience, Technology at Work, and Your Tool Kit at Work features, show students the ever-increasing importance of technology in today's workplace.
NEW! Additioanal topics include in-person and online networking skills; workplace communication with bosses, co-workers, clients, and customers; qualities and skills that employers look for in their employees; rights on the job; critical thinking at work (decision making and problem-solving); improving and maintaining your mental health, social intelligence, motivation, patience, and listening skills.
REVISED! Workplace myths versus workplace realities ensures students have an accurate sense of the modern workplace.
REVISED! Real People, Real Stories has evolved into Learning from Experience and features interviews and quotes from people in the trenches - current students and professionals already in the workplace who have made choices simliar to those that students are facing.
NEW! Chapter 5: Explore the Job Market: Finding A Fit is a brand new chapter focuses on researching possible careers and jobs that are a fit for the students’ talents, abilities, values, and needs. Also introduces the “hidden” job market, and how it is created.
NEW! Chapter 6: Tools that Create Opportunity: Getting the Hang of Networking is a completely revised chapter now explores the art of networking - both in person and online. It focuses on how to track down the right jobs and investigate them, conduct informational interviews, and includes helpful information about social media.
NEW! Chapter 7: Put Your Tools to Good Use: Building Your Personal Brand is a completely revised chapter digs into the details of every part of a modern resume, shows how to craft attention-getting cover letters, and helps build a winning portfolio.
NEW! Chapter 8: Select Your Tools for the Interview: Winning Strategies to Seal the Deal is new chapter expands on the discussion about strategies that help you get the job you want - from the clothing you wear, to your voice and mannerisms, to handling objections and salary negotiations, and how to deal with both failure and success.
TECHNOLOGY AND PEARSON CHOICES
MyStudentSuccessLab (www.mystudentsuccesslab.com) is an online solution designed to help students ‘Start strong, Finish stronger’ by building skills for ongoing personal and professional development. This Learning Outcome based technology promotes student engagement through:
· The Learning Path Diagnostic offers for the course, 83 Full Course Pre- and Post-Diagnostic (Bloom’s Taxonomy Levels I-VI) questions, and for each topic, 20 Pre- and Post-Test (Bloom’s Taxonomy Levels I-VI) questions.
· The Overview provides learning objectives to build vocabulary and repetition.
· Video interviews on key issues ‘by students, for students’.
· The Practice exercises improve class preparation and learning.
· Graded Activities build critical thinking skills and develop problem-solving abilities (includes Essays and Journaling).
· Instructors benefit from an Implementation Guide to easily assign and assess progress.
· Students have access to relevant FinishStronger247 YouTube videos, the Pearson student Facebook page chock full of tips, MySearchLab use for doing effective research, and more.
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Expanded weaving of technology throughout–Particularly in the Learning from Experience, Technology at Work, and Your Tool Kit at Work features. Shows students the ever-increasing importance of technology in today's workplace.
Workplace myths versus realities –In every chapter. Ensures that students have an accurate sense of the modern workplace.
Additional topics include –In-person and online networking skills, workplace communicationwith bosses, co-workers, clients, and customers, qualities and skills that employers look for in their employees, rights on the job, critical thinking at work (decision making and problem solving), improving and maintaining your mental health and social intelligence, and motivation, patience, listening, etc. Students are given practical advice that they can use throughout their careers.
School to work focus sharpened. Addresses both vocational and community college students by balancing the existing examples and profiles with some success stories, interests, and experiences of older or re-entry individuals as well as younger community college students.
Carol Carter was a C student in high school. During her senior year, she got a wake-up call when her brother told her that she had intelligence, but she wouldn’t go far in life unless she believed in herself enough to work hard. She began college knowing she was “behind the eight ball” in terms of her skills. What she lacked in experience, she made up for with elbow grease and persistence. She maximized her strength as an interpersonal and intrapersonal learner. The work paid off and she graduated college with honors and a desire to help other students.
Carol is committed to helping students of all ages turn on their brains, get motivated, and discover their abilities. As President of her own company, LifeBound, she teaches study, interpersonal, and career skills to middle school, high school students and college students to help them become competitive in today’s global world. She trains and certifies coaches in academic coaching skills, and focuses on at-risk students with her volunteer teaching at the federal prison and her LifeBound work in the Denver housing projects. “All students are at-risk for something, whether it is academic, emotional, social, or economic,” says Carol. “If each of us is allowed to be human and accept our flaws, we can overcome our limitations and be the best for ourselves and others.”
Carol also speaks on educational topics nationally and internationally, and is pictured here with some students at the Aziza Schoolhouse in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Her first book, Majoring in the Rest of Your Life, launched her writing career and opened the door to her work on the Keys to Success series and The Career Toolkit.
Gary Izumo is an educator and consultant for the University of California, Davis — The Center for Human Services, where he has been honored for excellence in teaching and outstanding service. Gary conducts workshops and executive coaching focusing on Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness and has worked as a consultant for both major corporations and entrepreneurial firms in the private sector.
In addition, Gary has authored a number of books, including Keys to Career Success, The Career Tool Kit, Keys to Workplace Effectiveness, and Stop Parenting – Start Coaching: How to Motivate, Inspire, and Connect with Your Teenager and has written a business column for the Los Angeles Times, Ventura County Edition and CareerBuilder. He is a former consultant with McKinsey & Company, Practice Leader of Strategic Management Consulting for PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and has been a full-time business professor at both two and four-year colleges.
In his consulting work, Gary has coached individuals on a diverse set of issues - from tactical challenges such as effective communication and resolving workplace conflict to more strategic ones like vision, leadership and efficiency versus effectiveness. The following are selected examples of topics he has coached and written on:
Difficult Talk May Also Be the Most Important
Learning In a Demanding World
Knowing How to Disagree
Personal and Professional Balance
Gary is an enthusiastic swimmer and reader, but most of all he enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He believes in contributing to the community and he is an active volunteer to local schools on curriculum and technology matters as well as working with human service organizations in areas such as welfare to work and children and family services. Gary is a graduate of Occidental College with a degree in economics and received his MBA from the University of California at Los Angeles.