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Job-Ready Guide: How to Set Yourself Up for Career Success

by Anastasia de Waal Kogan Page
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To get the career you want, you need to be job-ready. This is your all-in-one guide to understanding what employers want and how to prepare yourself with a personal career plan. From gaining work experience, to mastering essential skills and acing the application processes, The Job-Ready Guide is a complete resource for standing out from the crowd and getting a job offer. It shows you how to build a strong CV, write an impressive cover letter, excel at interviews, and cultivate the professionalism that employers want.


Moving from education into the workplace can be a challenge: the world of work demands skills that you may never have had to truly use - or think about - before. The Job-Ready Guide will help you to boost your employability, covering everything you need to get ready for and start a successful career. You'll be able to conduct a systematic job search, learn how to network and develop a personal brand online as well as honing valuable skills including leadership, team work, creativity and problem solving. A highly practical, hands-on guide, this book is packed with useful features, including interactive exercises to help you in your real life; insider advice from top professionals; and tips from recent career starters who reveal 'what they wish they'd known'.

  • Section - ONE: Setting Yourself Up for Success;
    • Chapter - 01: CV Building;
    • Chapter - 02: Career Planning;
    • Chapter - 03: Work Experience and Internships;
    • Chapter - 04: Further Study;
  • Section - TWO: Developing Job-Ready Skills;
    • Chapter - 05: Leadership and Team Work;
    • Chapter - 06: Communication Skills;
    • Chapter - 07: Creativity and Problem-Solving;
    • Chapter - 08: Industry Knowledge;
  • Section - THREE: Looking for a Job;
    • Chapter - 09: Systematic Job Hunting;
    • Chapter - 10: Understanding What Employers Want;
    • Chapter - 11: Social Media, Personal Branding and Self Promotion;
    • Chapter - 12: Networking;
    • Chapter - 13: Budgeting and Money Skills;
  • Section - FOUR: Applying for a Job;
    • Chapter - 14: Creating a Winning CV;
    • Chapter - 15: Cover Letters and Application Forms;
    • Chapter - 16: Interviews;
    • Chapter - 17: Assessment Centres;
    • Chapter - 18: Giving Presentations;
  • Section - FIVE: Starting a Job;
    • Chapter - 19: Planning and Preparation;
    • Chapter - 20: Getting an Offer;
    • Chapter - 21: Making a Good Impression and Building Positive Relationships;
    • Chapter - 22: 20 Questions About Your First Day Answered;
    • Chapter - 23: Planning Your Next Move

Anastasia de Waal is the Deputy Director at think tank Civitas and and Director of the Family and Education Unit, where her work centres on analysing social trends and developing family and education policy. A regular contributor to broadcast and print media, she has written for many major publications, including The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Sun, The New York Times, and The Huffington Post. She is also founder of I Can Be, a charitable programme that takes disadvantaged primary school girls to visit women in their workplaces; Chair of national charity Family Lives; and Visiting Scholar at Cambridge University's Centre for Family Research.