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10 things employers want you to learn in college, revised : the skills you need to succeed

Author: William D Coplin
Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. : Ten Speed Press, 2012.
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This guide teaches students how to acquire marketable job skills and real-world know-how before they graduate. It provides advice on what skills are needed to succeed in the job market, covering such topics as work ethic, speaking, writing, research, critical thinking, and problem solving. -- Provided by publisher.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William D Coplin
ISBN: 9781607741459 1607741458
OCLC Number: 760971604
Description: xi, 292 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Part 1: Exploring the ten skill sets (and beyond). Taking responsibility ; Developing physical skills ; Communicating verbally ; Communicating in writing ; Working directly with people ; Influencing people ; Gathering information ; Using quantitative tools ; Asking and answering the right questions ; Solving problems ; Moving beyond the ten skills sets --
Part 2: Boosting your skills score. Making smart academic choices for skill development ; Creating your own apprenticeships ; Exploring off-campus semesters ; Doing well by doing good during your college years ; Thinking about education beyond college --
Part 3: Launching your career. Exploring career fields ; Planning your skills agenda ; Branding yourself through resumes, cover letters, and interviews ; Developing your career network --
Appendix: The skills for success college planner. pt. I, Exploring the ten skill sets (and beyond) : --
1. Taking responsibility : --
Motivate yourself --
Be ethical --
Manage your time --
Manage your money ; --
2. Developing physical skills : --
Stay well --
Look good --
Type well --
Write legibly ; --
3. Communicating verbally : --
Converse one-on-one --
Present to groups --
Use visual displays ; --
4. Communicating in writing : --
Write well --
Edit and proof --
Use word-processing tools --
Master online communications ; --
5. Working directly with people : --
Build good relationships --
Work in teams --
Teach others ; --
6. Influencing people : --
Manage effectively --
Sell successfully --
Politick wisely --
Lead effectively ; --
7. Gathering information : --
Search the Web --
Use library holdings --
Use commercial databases --
Conduct interviews --
Use surveys --
Keep and use records ; --
8. Using quantitative tools : --
Use numbers --
Use graphs and tables --
Use spreadsheet programs ; --
9. Asking and answering the right questions : --
Detect nonsense --
Pay attention to detail --
Apply knowledge --
Evaluate actions and policies ; --
10. Solving problems : --
Identify problems --
Develop solutions --
Launch solutions ; --
11. Moving beyond the ten skills sets : --
Gain software expertise in addition to Microsoft Word and Excel --
Master in-depth knowledge of any field --
Develop foreign language skills --
Emphasize artistic and music knowledge and/or skill --
Capitalize on sports skills --
Pursue pleasure activities. pt. II, Boosting your skills score : --
12. Making smart academic choices for skill development : --
Follow the 50-50 principle --
Maximize program choices --
Select courses for skills --
Investigate professors ; --
13. Creating your own apprenticeships : --
Explore apprentice-based education --
Build your base --
Land good summer jobs and internships --
Make the most of your experiences ; --
14. Exploring off-campus semesters : --
Build your skills score off campus --
Weigh overseas experiences against experiences in the United States and Canada --
Earn credit for course work --
Expand your network --
Consider the negatives --
Find programs ; --
15. Doing well by doing good during your college years : --
Build your skills score by volunteering --
Value volunteer opportunities, employers do --
Explore and network for careers --
Cultivate integrity ; --
16. Thinking about education beyond college : --
Consider not graduating or graduating early --
View graduate school as a risky investment alternative --
Get paid to learn. pt. III, Launching your career : --
17. Exploring career fields : --
Begin the self-reflection process --
Scan career fields --
Get more specific information about careers ; --
18. Planning your skills agenda : --
Assess your skills --
Monitor and plan your skill improvement ; --
19. Branding yourself through resumes, cover letters, and interviews : --
Select the skills you want to emphasize --
Decide where to show off your skills ; --
20. Developing your career network : --
Use social networking --
Build professional networks --
Develop online networking ; --
Appendix: The skills for success college planner.
Other Titles: Ten things employers want you to learn in college
Responsibility: Bill Coplin.

Abstract:

This guide teaches students how to acquire marketable job skills and real-world know-how before they graduate. It provides advice on what skills are needed to succeed in the job market, covering such topics as work ethic, speaking, writing, research, critical thinking, and problem solving. -- Provided by publisher.

This book prepares you for life after college. You'll learn a lot of things in college, but there's one thing your textbooks won't teach you: how to acquire marketable job skills before you graduate. In tough economic times when jobs are scarce, making the most of your college experience is more important than ever. But few students know how to choose the courses and extracurricular activities that will set them up for real-world success. This book tells you want you really need to learn during your undergraduate years. Based on extensive interviews with employers, recruiters, and human resource specialists, this book identifies the actual skills that will enable you to thrive post-graduation and enables you to take that first step toward a high-paying job, career security, and life satisfaction, in whatever field you choose.

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