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The Ultimate Job Hunter's Guidebook, 7th Edition

  • Susan D. Greene
  • Melanie C.L. Martel
  • ISBN-10: 1285868102
  • ISBN-13: 9781285868103
  • 336 Pages | Spiralbound
  • Previous Editions: 2012, 2008, 2004
  • COPYRIGHT: 2015 Published
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About the Product

Offering concise coverage of essential job-hunting and career strategies, this flexible guidebook can supplement any business course or serve as the foundation for a career development class. The Seventh Edition focuses on real-world applications through experiential exercises and hands-on activities that provide a comprehensive "how-to" for anyone beginning a job search. It delivers practical advice in a straightforward style along with action-oriented examples that can easily be followed. Students are taught to look beyond traditional resources like classified ads to find potential employers. For example, this edition includes a new, information-packed chapter on using social networks such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter in the job search. As in previous editions, the text offers many samples of job hunting tools, such as resumes and cover letters from a wide variety of career fields. Students can use these samples as virtual templates, substituting their own information into the established format. Throughout each chapter is heavy emphasis on employing the latest technologies and online tools at every phase of the job hunt. The techniques covered in The Ultimate Job Hunter's Guidebook will prove useful to students as they embark on their new career and in years to come as they progress in their chosen profession.


  • Completely re-organized tables of contents to more accurately reflect the steps from thinking about what sort of job you want and are suited to, through searching for positions, to applying for a job, to evaluating job offers, to negotiating terms, to what to do once the job begins.

  • A new Chapter, "Social Networking and Your Online Reputation," covers business and social networks (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) and how these can be used to gather information, get expert advice, and find available openings. This chapter also has important advice for managing your image online.

  • Chapter (8), "Building a Portfolio or Personal Website," describes in detail--and provides exercises for--how to create a personal website containing background information and examples of your work.

  • Each chapter opens with "What Do You Know," questions to activate students' prior knowledge about the material covered in the chapter and to make them aware of what they do not that will be answered in the following chapter. A "Chapter Focus" section clearly spells out the 6-10 major concepts that will be covered in the chapter.

  • Success Stories at the close of each chapter feature real-world examples of individuals who have made the transition from one career to another. Subjects are varied in their fields and experiences, and include examples from a stay-at-home mother turned artist, to a volunteer turned employee, to an unsatisfied employee reinvented.

  • Experiential exercises and hands-on activities contribute to the user-friendly approach of the text. Topics for discussion and review include identifying personality strengths, testing résumé skills, and completing job applications.

  • Numerous, strong, integrated technology resources include the Online Teaching and Online Study Centers with career links, job search strategies, sample documents, and templates.

About the Author

Susan D. Greene

Susan Greene is the owner and president of Greene Marketing and Advertising. She has been a professional copywriter and marketing consultant for over 20 years. She currently lives in Orlando, Florida where she specializes in writing corporate web sites and brochures. Throughout her career she has served as an adjunct professor teaching job hunting skills at various colleges and technical schools. Susan has a BS in journalism from Syracuse University and an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University.

Melanie C.L. Martel

Melanie Martel has been teaching college students about job-hunting since 1985. She has worked as career counselor, Liberal Studies Department Chair, and Associate Professor of English at New Hampshire Technical Institute. She has also worked with the New Hampshire Job Training Council, assisting job hunters of all ages, including recent graduates, women in transition, and retirees embarking on new career paths. In addition to co-authoring the Contemporary Business Communication Study Guide (Houghton Mifflin, 1994), Ms. Martel has written for several local newspapers and worked as a corporate trainer. Ms. Martel received her BA in English from Tufts University and M.Ed. from Notre Dame.

Table of Contents

1. Planning Your Job Search.
2. Conducting a Self-Assessment.
3. Researching Careers.
2. Preparing Your Resume.
5. Writing Cover Letters.
6. Obtaining References.
7. Building a Portfolio, Personal Website, or Blog.
8. Finding Potential Employers.
9. Using Social Media in Your Job Search.
10. Considering Non-traditional Options.
11. Job Hunting in Tough Times.
12. Filling Out Job Applications.
13. Interviewing.
14. Evaluating Job Offers.
15. Learning Your New Job.

New to this edition

  • Motivational Quotes – Every chapter begins with words of wisdom meant to provide inspiration and encourage a positive attitude.
  • Assess Your Knowledge - Students are asked to take a brief quiz before diving into the meat of each chapter.
  • Chapter Preview – These bullets prepare the reader for the 4-6 most important topics to be examined in the chapter.
  • Key Takeaway – An explanation of real-life relevance helps the job seeker understand how and why the information in the chapter will be useful in the job hunt.
  • FAQs – In each chapter one main subject has been chosen for elaboration in a question/answer format.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

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