Business Communication Today, 15th Ed.
Chapter 18. Building Careers and Writing Resumes
"Salary negotiation is nerve-wracking," says Kathleen Elkins (photo, left).
"The good news is, it may be a challenge, but the stress of the job hunt doesn't have to stop you.
Tara Siegel Bernard reports at The New York Times.
Richard Feloni reports on the work of Jon Levi (photo, left).
Caris Thetford discusses the Myers-Briggs Personality Assessment.
According to Adam Allington (photo, left), "Today, the journey toward complete withdrawal from the labor force can last many years.
"Annoying your coworkers, while never a good idea, is one thing.
Natalie Walters (photo, left) reports at BusinessInsider.
Rachel Gillett tells the tale of J.
According to Richard Moy, "As hard as it is to believe, there are times when you might get turned down for roles, even after you’ve knocked it out of the park during the interview process.
"I’m going to let you in on a little secret—one of my least favorite things about being a recruiter was reading cover letters.
"I’m assuming you’ve read a lot of the great resume advice that exists out there (especially right here on The Muse!).
"'As a recruiter, I see thousands of resumes, most of which miss the mark,' says Rebecca Barnes-Hogg, a hiring mentor, recruiting strategist and human resources expert.
"Despite the fact that hiring managers now ask for a variety of application materials, resumes are still an extremely important part of the process.
"At the start of The Hunger Games, Katniss finds herself on a pedestal looking out upon a massive cornucopia filled with weapons and resources.
"Nobody likes having to actually ask for a promotion.
Adam Grant covers the topic at NYTimes.
"For job seekers, the persuasive cover letter and germane resume have long been the way to get a foot in the door, and more recently, HR directors will rummage through Google to make sure nothing negative turns up.
"Networkers, take initiative! If you are asking someone to meet with you to receive advice, information, or support, make an extra effort to impress him or her with your competence and energy.
"While common mistakes can sink an application, when a letter showed inexperience more than anything else, I tried to put myself in the candidate’s shoes.
"Assuming you work very hard and are not rude, insensitive, or offensive, if you feel you must significantly change the way you speak and act to fit into your company's culture, then perhaps you are in the wrong company.
"Every week, we gather our favorite resources on career advice, smart living tips, and ways to have a little more fun in life and compile it all into our famous Best of the Web newsletter.
"Cover letters: They strike fear in the hearts of millions, and just uttering the phrase is enough to make a grown man cry.