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Get Hired and Go Series

The Complete Guide to Getting a Job and Doing It Right • 6-Part Series

Description

Finding the right job involves so many different steps and strategies that it’s almost impossible to know where to start. This six-part series helps lay out a clear path to fulfilling employment, beginning with the self-assessment needed to begin the journey and culminating in the best ways to settle into a new and rewarding position—whether it’s in an office or in the trades.

Chaptered into self-contained modules based on specific job-search phases, each episode presents expert advice from career counselors and earnest testimonials from young people who have experienced job-hunting challenges firsthand.

Video 1 & 2

Video 1: Before You Apply: Job and Skills Evaluation

School is over and it’s time to go out and get your dream job—but what is that, exactly? Determining a career choice, or a career path, is one of the hardest things to do in life. This video helps new graduates and beginning job seekers clarify their professional goals and find jobs that fit their skills, passions, priorities, and long-term plans. 

Viewers learn how to use assessment tests—focusing on values, interests, or aptitude and achievement—to identify strengths and challenges; how to make the most of occupational classification systems that describe industries and labor markets in detail; how to obtain references and letters of recommendation that underscore past experience and future potential; and how to explore job training options, whether they involve on-the-job instruction, further academic coursework, or a combination of both.

Video 2:
 Before You Apply: Resumes, Portfolios, and Your Online Persona

Job hunting is about selling yourself—but to make a sale, you have to advertise. From traditional paper resumes to new-media methods of self-promotion, this video explores the best ways for applicants to showcase their talents, accomplishments, and potential value to employers. An in-depth discussion of resume strategy highlights objectives, structure, formatting (both hard-copy and electronic), and proofreading, followed by read-aloud examples that help clarify what employers do and don’t like to see.

Next comes a detailed look at creating work sample presentations, from basic notebook and photo-album layouts to digital and online portfolios. Visual demos show what might work in industries such as marketing, construction, and culinary arts. Finally, viewers are reminded that social networks like Facebook and LinkedIn are powerful promotional tools, if used wisely and professionally.
 

Video 3 & 4

Video 3: Getting The Job: Job Search and Networking

After a job seeker has decided what industries and positions to target, and after he or she has created a stellar resume and work sample presentation, it’s time to start the hunt. This program helps viewers make that leap of faith and fortitude with down-to-earth advice on where to look, who to talk to, and how to avoid common pitfalls. 
 
Viewers learn how to sift through online employment resources, including major Web sites like Monster.com as well as more niche-oriented sites; how to read between the lines when scanning and analyzing job postings; how to capitalize on job fairs, employment agencies, and on-campus interviewing; and how to access the “hidden” market of jobs that aren’t advertised. The latter topic segues smoothly into an intensive look at networking—exploring the difference between formal and informal networking and the best strategies for managing and mining a professional network. A Cambridge Educational Production.

Video 4: Getting The Job: Cover Letters, Interviews, and Job Offers
A job search is like climbing a mountain. With the summit in sight you must become more focused than ever, because the final steps are the trickiest—and, potentially, the most satisfying. This program guides viewers through that last push, from crafting a cover letter around a specific employer’s expectations to the range of responses a bona fide job offer might warrant. 
 
Viewers learn about the structure of an effective cover letter and encounter real-world examples of cover-letter strategies. Tips on preparing for an interview (from dressing properly to overcoming nervousness) are followed by a dramatization of how a typical interview might play out, as well as several challenging questions an applicant can expect—and ask. The video’s final portion covers guidelines for smart salary negotiations and other helpful criteria for accepting or declining an offer of employment. 
Video 5 & 6

 Doing The Job: Starting Out and the Daily Grind

“My first day, my mind was reeling.” “I didn’t want to make any mistakes.” “I was worried I wouldn’t be able to do the job.” All of these are common and valid reactions to the first day of employment. But, as this video illustrates, a new hire’s nervousness and uncertainty can be the flipside of excitement, ambition, and an eagerness to learn the ins and outs of the company. 
 
Topics include the typical paperwork of the first day, such as tax and health insurance forms; the need to completely understand the employer’s policies on vacation, sick time, retirement funds, and other benefits; and the equally important need to grasp legal concepts of employee rights, sexual harassment, and workplace safety. Pointers on navigating office politics, respecting the chain of command, asking for a raise, and staying alert for new opportunities are also included. 

Doing The Job: Basic Job Skills
An employee’s best qualities may have little to do with technical or clerical issues. Often, it is a professional attitude that makes a worker valuable—an array of personal strengths that enable her or him to accomplish goals, get along with colleagues, and rise through the ranks.

This video brings those all-too-elusive aspects of job success into focus, exploring professional behavior, ethics, communication, leadership, teamwork, problem solving, organization, and information management. Discussions focus on collaboration, taking initiative, and office etiquette; the hazards of procrastination, dishonesty, and unethical actions; the ability to take and give constructive criticism; the four C’s of good writing (be clear, concise, compelling, and correct); effective uses for technology in completing projects and presenting work; and much more.
 

 

Specifications

Grade: 9-12

Before You Apply: Job & Skills Evaluation (DVD)
© 2011
Time: 26 Minutes

Before You Apply: Resumes, Portfolios, & Your Online Persona (DVD)
© 2011
Time: 28 Minutes

Getting the Job: Job Search and Networking (DVD)
© 2011
Time: 26 Minutes

Getting the Job: Cover Letters, Interviews, & Job Offers (DVD)
© 2011
Time: 27 Minutes

Doing The Job: Starting Out and the Daily Grind (DVD)
© 2011
Time: 29 Minutes

Doing The Job: Basic Job Skills (DVD)
© 2011
Time: 30 Minutes

Get Hired and Go Series (DVD)
© 2011
Time: 2 Hour(s) 46 Minutes

Print Options

Item # Item Name ISBN Qty. Unit Price Total
V-GH-SKILLS Before You Apply: Job & Skills Evaluation $129.95
V-GH-RES Before You Apply: Resumes, Portfolios, & Your Online Persona $129.95
V-GH-NET Getting the Job: Job Search and Networking $129.95
V-GH-INT Getting the Job: Cover Letters, Interviews, & Job Offers $129.95
V-GH-START Doing The Job: Starting Out and the Daily Grind $129.95
V-GH-JOB Doing The Job: Basic Job Skills $129.95
V-GH-SERIES Get Hired and Go Series $749.95
Product Total: $0.00