Because Money Matters

How to Find and Get a Better Job

WANT TO INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF LANDING A BETTER JOB?

Landing a job offer involves more than picking the format for your résumé, deciding on what to include in your cover letter, and how to prepare for your interview. This book reveals a complete method that demystifies the job-search process and helps you develop tools you can use to increase your chance of landing the job you want, whether it is your first job or the next better one.

The method is useful for any job seeker, especially for those who struggle with getting interviews or job offers. It is ideal for job hunters who often avoid applying for jobs because of the effort- and time-consuming process. You will be able to use the insight and knowledge you gain to your advantage throughout your working life.

Among many other things, you will learn:

How to

address the three key concerns that every employer has.

How to

align your qualifications with the 28 most-common core competencies that employers look for.

How to

assess your technical ability.

How to

turn your past experiences into impactful qualification statements.

How to

create convincing stories of your experiences that highlight your competencies.

How to

formulate your unique qualification statements and interview answers using fill-in-the-blank templates.

How to

incorporate keywords to create impressive and effective personal brand statements, résumés, and cover letters that emphasize your competencies.

How to

prepare for and use the ABC principles to handle interviews with ease, confidence, and without stress.

How to

know what questions you should always ask and what questions you should always avoid.

How to

deal effectively with any salary questions to preserve your negotiating power and how to properly accept or decline a job offer.

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  • eBook ISBN 978-0-9959387-8-6
  • Paperback ISBN 978-0-9959387-7-9
  • 280 pages

Reviews

Jesse

Jesse

I loved the sample answers and all of the worksheets that really broke the process down into manageable steps. The process never felt overwhelming as a whole. I see this book as a start-to-finish look, going from the point of wanting a job (or thinking about changing jobs) all the way to accepting the offer, which not all books cover with the same depth throughout their content. This book is consistent in how it approaches all stages of the process, which is really refreshing! I definitely felt like the author was experienced on the subject. She offered questions that I never would have thought to come up with answers for, and even questions I never would have thought to ask in an interview! Her knowledge of the different types of resumes and their uses is very clear and is expressed in a very approachable way. I learned how to better prepare for interviews, as well as how to pre-organize my skillsets so that I can better reply to job postings. The pace of this book is great; I never felt like I was being rushed through one of the steps or that any of the processes were dragging. I would definitely recommend this book to a friend or anyone who was looking for a job or thinking about changing jobs!

Bridgit

The author has not randomly been successful in getting jobs but has thoughtful and meaningful experiences to share. The book is cleverly written in that daunting aspects of the described job seeking process are closely followed either by examples making it easy or by a description or breakdown of the steps ahead showing the reader she will be able to do it.

Bridgit

Sample Chapters

TABLE OF CONTENT

WHY DID I WRITE THIS BOOK?
1. TAKING STOCK

1.1 Self-Assessment: What do I want in a job?
1.2 Self-Assessment: When should I look for a new job?
1.3 Considerations before changing career
1.4 Skills, capabilities, and competencies
1.4.1 The 3 CANS of competencies
1.4.2 The CAST method
1.4.3 Personal brand
2. FINDING THE BETTER JOB
2.1 Where to find the better job
2.1.1 Current job
2.1.2 Current network
2.1.3 Job advertisements
2.1.4 Job websites
2.1.5 Employment agencies and search firms
2.1.6 Walk-ins and cold calls
2.1.7 Job fairs
2.1.8 Job clubs
2.2 Job search strategy
2.2.1 Checklist: Job search strategy
2.3 Company research
2.3.1 Checklist: Company research
3. WRITING A RÉSUMÉ
3.1 Types of résumé
3.1.1 Chronological
3.1.2 Functional
3.1.3 Infographic
3.2 Keywords
3.2.1 Business Development, Customer Service, Marketing, Sales
3.2.2 Executive Functions
3.2.3 Finance
3.2.4 General business
3.2.5 Health care administration
3.2.6 Human resources
3.2.7 Information technology
3.2.8 Non-profit, social services, program management
3.2.9 Office administration
3.2.10 Project management
3.3 Résumé sections
HEADER
OBJECTIVE/VALUE STATEMENT
SKILLS/AREAS OF EXPERTISE
WORK EXPERIENCE/HISTORY
TOOLS & SOFTWARE USED
EDUCATION/TRAINING/COURSES
HONOURS AND AWARDS
ACTIVITIES AND INTERESTS
REFERENCES
3.4 Cover letter
3.4.1 Sample cover letter
3.4.2 “T” cover letter
3.5 Checklists for résumé and cover letter
3.5.1 Checklist: Perfecting my résumé and cover letter
3.5.2 Checklist: Best practices for ATS
3.6 References
3.6.1 Checklist: Preparing my references
4. PREPARING FOR AN INTERVIEW
4.1 Portfolio
4.2 Checklist: Interview preparation
4.3 Types of interview questions
4.3.1 Technical questions
4.3.2 General questions
4.3.3 Behavioural questions
4.3.4 Situational questions
4.3.5 Unusual questions
4.3.6 Difficult or sensitive questions
4.3.7 Inappropriate or illegal questions
4.4 Using CAST to prepare for an interview
4.5 ABC Principles
4.6 Interview questions
4.6.1 Can you do the job?
4.6.2 Can you fit in?
4.6.3 Can you be trusted?
4.7 Other questions
4.8 Checklist: Interview
4.9 Lessons learned
5 GETTING A JOB OFFER
5.1 Accepting a job offer
5.1.1 Checklist: Evaluating the job offer
5.1.2 Checklist: Things I want to negotiate
5.2 Declining a job offer
6 REFERENCES & TOOLS
6.1 100 Action power words
6.2 Phrases to avoid
6.3 Useful links
6.4 Downloadable resources
MAY YOU FIND YOUR NEXT BETTER JOB
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
BOOKS BY V.V. CAM

TABLE OF CONTENT

WHY DID I WRITE THIS BOOK?
1. TAKING STOCK

1.1 Self-Assessment: What do I want in a job?
1.2 Self-Assessment: When should I look for a new job?
1.3 Considerations before changing career
1.4 Skills, capabilities, and competencies
1.4.1 The 3 CANS of competencies
1.4.2 The CAST method
1.4.3 Personal brand
2. FINDING THE BETTER JOB
2.1 Where to find the better job
2.1.1 Current job
2.1.2 Current network
2.1.3 Job advertisements
2.1.4 Job websites
2.1.5 Employment agencies and search firms
2.1.6 Walk-ins and cold calls
2.1.7 Job fairs
2.1.8 Job clubs
2.2 Job search strategy
2.2.1 Checklist: Job search strategy
2.3 Company research
2.3.1 Checklist: Company research
3. WRITING A RÉSUMÉ
3.1 Types of résumé
3.1.1 Chronological
3.1.2 Functional
3.1.3 Infographic
3.2 Keywords
3.2.1 Business Development, Customer Service, Marketing, Sales
3.2.2 Executive Functions
3.2.3 Finance
3.2.4 General business
3.2.5 Health care administration
3.2.6 Human resources
3.2.7 Information technology
3.2.8 Non-profit, social services, program management
3.2.9 Office administration
3.2.10 Project management
3.3 Résumé sections
HEADER
OBJECTIVE/VALUE STATEMENT
SKILLS/AREAS OF EXPERTISE
WORK EXPERIENCE/HISTORY
TOOLS & SOFTWARE USED
EDUCATION/TRAINING/COURSES
HONOURS AND AWARDS
ACTIVITIES AND INTERESTS
REFERENCES
3.4 Cover letter
3.4.1 Sample cover letter
3.4.2 “T” cover letter
3.5 Checklists for résumé and cover letter
3.5.1 Checklist: Perfecting my résumé and cover letter
3.5.2 Checklist: Best practices for ATS
3.6 References
3.6.1 Checklist: Preparing my references
4. PREPARING FOR AN INTERVIEW
4.1 Portfolio
4.2 Checklist: Interview preparation
4.3 Types of interview questions
4.3.1 Technical questions
4.3.2 General questions
4.3.3 Behavioural questions
4.3.4 Situational questions
4.3.5 Unusual questions
4.3.6 Difficult or sensitive questions
4.3.7 Inappropriate or illegal questions
4.4 Using CAST to prepare for an interview
4.5 ABC Principles
4.6 Interview questions
4.6.1 Can you do the job?
4.6.2 Can you fit in?
4.6.3 Can you be trusted?
4.7 Other questions
4.8 Checklist: Interview
4.9 Lessons learned
5 GETTING A JOB OFFER
5.1 Accepting a job offer
5.1.1 Checklist: Evaluating the job offer
5.1.2 Checklist: Things I want to negotiate
5.2 Declining a job offer
6 REFERENCES & TOOLS
6.1 100 Action power words
6.2 Phrases to avoid
6.3 Useful links
6.4 Downloadable resources
MAY YOU FIND YOUR NEXT BETTER JOB
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
BOOKS BY V.V. CAM

WHY DID I WRITE THIS BOOK

I remember that summer morning, a couple of weeks before my 16th birthday when I went inside a small local bedding store. The owner didn’t believe me when I said to her in broken English that I knew how to use a sewing machine and that I was looking for a job. She pointed to a nearby sewing machine, gave me two small pieces of fabric, and asked me to sew them together. Remembering everything my mother had taught me, I sat down nervously, closed my eyes, took a deep breath, and then did everything with that machine that my mother had shown me. You can’t imagine how proud I felt as I came out of the shop with packages of pre-cut materials ready to be sewn. There I was, a little more than a year after walking out of a refugee camp, I had a job in my new country: sewing duvets on consignment!
Actually, my employment journey started when I was 13 working in an electronics factory in Hong Kong. Since I arrived in Canada, I have had many jobs, sometimes concurrently or at minimum rates. Some of the other jobs I had were: tax preparer, waitress, bartender, receptionist, office clerk, administration assistant, computer support/specialist/trainer, and real estate agent/broker. I’ve also held executive positions that plan and manage finances, human resources, and relationships. Currently, I manage information technology projects for a large organization, earning a six-figure salary with benefits and an exceptional pension plan.
In my 40 plus years in the workforce, I worked at each job long enough to be ready for a new experience. With each job, I learned different skills and a little more about myself. I used the tools outlined in this book to help me move from one position to another. Every new job has helped, prepared, and led me to a better one to keep me feeling worthy, happy, and fulfilled.
I want to inspire you to do the same. You can change the course of your career for the better.
I’ve had my fair share of interviews, both as an interviewee and as an interviewer. I want to share my knowledge and experiences to help you be strategic in your career. The tools provided in this book will teach you a methodical approach to finding, applying for, and landing a job. I will show you how to package your experience to increase your chance of getting your next job where you feel happy and valued.
In my previous book, Because Money Matters: The 8 Principles to Build Your Wealth, I shared the principles my mother gave me to build wealth and sustain financial success. In this book, I want to share the knowledge and experiences I’ve shared with my teenage daughter to help prepare her for her future career.
About this book
Landing a job offer involves more than picking the format for your résumé, deciding on what to include in your cover letter, and preparing for your interview. I will share tips and tools that will make you a striking and desirable candidate. More importantly, I will demystify the job-search process and give you a method you can use to increase your chance of landing the job you want, whether it is your first job or your dream job.
With practical real-world experience, I’ve developed this Competency-Aligned Skills & Traits (CAST) method that I used to continuously and successfully transition to better jobs. The method borrows the “plug-and-play” and “building blocks” concepts in computing. In plug-and-play, a user only needs to “plug” a device into a computer and it will start working or “play”. This ability increases efficiency and standardization. Each step in the CAST process acts as a building block which can then be integrated as part of a versatile and dynamic system. The method also uses the “build once, use many” approach to simplify the job applying process by making each piece of information reusable rather than compiling information for every job you plan to apply. You build your CAST profile only once, keep it current, and then choose the different pieces for different jobs. The method is useful for any job seeker, especially for those who struggle in getting interviews or getting job offers and for those who often avoid applying for jobs because of the effort- and time-consuming process. You will be able to use the insight and knowledge you gain throughout your working life.
This book isn’t about figuring out which career is right for you; it’s about getting a job in the career you desire. It covers the traditional hiring process where an applicant applies for a position by sending his/her résumé and cover letter, gets interviewed, then gets a job offer. It is intended to be used as a workbook and for people seeking non-managerial office jobs even though it can be applied to other positions. Among many other things, you will learn:

  • The three key concerns that every employer has and how to address them.
  • How to align your qualifications with the 28 most-common core competencies that employers look for.
  • How to assess your technical ability.
  • How to turn your past experiences into impactful qualification statements.
  • How to create convincing stories of your experiences that highlight your competencies.
  • How to formulate your unique qualification statements and interview answers using fill-in-the-blank templates.
  • How to incorporate keywords to create impressive and effective personal brand statements, résumés, and cover letters that emphasize your competencies.
  • How to prepare for and use the ABC principles to handle interviews with ease, confidence, and without stress.
  • Questions you should always ask and questions you should always avoid.
  • How to deal effectively with any salary questions to preserve your negotiating power.
  • How to properly accept or decline a job offer.

Plus, you’ll also gain free online access to all templates, checklists, and other bonus materials to give you everything you need to help you through each step.
Of course, reading any book will not guarantee you a job, but I hope reading this book will show you the ways to increase your chance of getting the job you qualify for and make your job searching journey less overwhelming. You will be proud of your accomplishments, encouraged by the possibilities, and excited about the prospects.
Let us do this together.

1. TAKING STOCK

There are many concepts and definitions of what a perfect job should look like. For some, it could be the job with the shortest commute, for others the perfect job might have the highest pay.
If you don’t know exactly what your perfect job looks like, use the following self-assessment to determine what you value most. This assessment helps you focus on jobs that match your preferences. This is not about chasing an unrealistic dream job, but about setting achievable goals that leave you feeling happy and fulfilled.

1.1 Self-Assessment

For each statement in column A (and any additional statements you may add):

  1. Place a check mark in Column B if you get that in your current job. If you don’t currently have a job, skip this step.
  2. Place a check mark in column C if that is what you want in a job.
  3. After all items are checked off, in column D, rank the items you’ve checked off in Column C in the order of importance. For example, 1 for the most important, 2 for the next important, and so forth.

About V. V. Cam

In Because Money Matters: The 8 Principles to Build Your Wealth, V.V. Cam shares the lessons and wisdom she learned from her mother in managing personal finance. With her usual pragmatic advice, compassionate voice, and succinct writing style, in this book she shares her experience and lessons she learned to get better jobs.

See all V. V. Cam's books here

Contact: vvcam @ because.zone

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