Is this the right book for me?The current world of work is tough whether you are looking for work or just looking to make better life choices. Things are changing fast and the 'job for life' is a long forgotten myth. This book, perceptively written and full of practical advice, tells you exactly how to become a hot property in the competitive job market. Filled with self-check questions, exercises and case studies it will help you to understand yourself and improve your chance of a fulfilling career. Written to appeal to the broadest spectrum of readers, it will prove invaluable whether you are starting out on your career, returning to work, looking to change direction or coping with redundancy or early retirement. Learn to understand your motivations, grow confident in what you have to offer and go get that job!Get a Better Job includes:Chapter 1: Moving from employment to employabilityUnderstanding how these changes are affecting youUnderstanding the future workWhat is a job?The decline and fall of the jobWhat has happened to make job certainty disappear?Restructuring the workplace in the twenty-first centuryFacing up to the issuesSelf-check questionsCase studiesChapter 2: Getting to know yourself - what you areCharting progressIdentifying those who have influenced youIdentifying what you doMaintaining your employabilityBeing a rounded personRating your confidence in your employabilityCase studiesChapter 3: Getting to know yourself - who you areStarting to feel comfortable with being youLife-mappingIdentifying your needs and desiresHow will you be remembered?My epitaphCase studiesChapter 4: Motivation at workWhat motivates me?Elton Mayo - acknowledging the human elementAbraham Maslow - satisfying inbuilt needsClayton Alderfer - levels of needDouglas McGregor - alternative ways of managing peopleFrederick Herzberg - identifying the sources of motivation and demotivationHow motivating employees can rescue the industryCase studiesChapter 5: Understanding what you have to offerUnderstanding what employers seekDeveloping your transferable skillsIdentifying your transferable skillsBecoming a SWOTDevising your own SWOTDescribing yourselfCase studiesChapter 6: Developing your skillsOffering more than qualifications and experienceCommunicating effectivelyNetworkingHow good are you at team-working?Team-working with colleaguesSeizing opportunities to enhance your skillsMentoringCase studiesChapter 7: Assessing your attitude to lifeRecognizing yourselfIdentifying your personal valuesWhat is your attitude to lifeAre you an optimist or pessimistPersonalityKnowing what suits youMultiple intelligencesEmotional intelligenceChecking the lifeboatCase studiesChapter 8: Where are you going next?Making the most of choicesAccepting support networks
Fully updated to take account of the rapidly changing world of work, even in tougher timesWritten with perception by an expert in employabilityContains lots of practical exercises to help the reader understand their motivation and to kick-start their careerA book that does just what it promisesExcellent value
Table of Contents:
Moving from employment to employabilityGetting to know yourself - what you areGetting to know yourself – who you areMotivation at workUnderstanding what I have to offerDeveloping your skillsAssessing your attitude to lifeWhere am I going next?Action planningUseful addressesGlossaryFurther readingIndex
About the Author(s):
Rod Ashley has experience as both a lecturer and Staff Development Officer at Swansea University. He now provides consultancy and training services to a wide range of organisations and has written many publications.
Anyone seeking to improve their career prospects