1st Edition

Kick Start Your Career Successful Strategies and Winning Techniques

By Lee Smith, John van Genderen Copyright 2018
    354 Pages
    by Routledge

    354 Pages
    by Routledge

    For new graduates, the key challenge remains how to secure that first career-related job. Full of guidance and tips on how to handle the complex field of job hunting, Kick Start Your Career can help navigate an ever-changing job market and secure your chance at your desired career. It is a valuable investment in your future. It advises the reader on how to:

    • stand out in job applications;
    • use social media for job searching;
    • create resumes and cover letters that stand out;
    • succeed at interviews.

    It provides a practical, hands on, step-by-step approach. With an integrated Personal Plan that helps create key job search documents it directs soon-to-be graduates towards achieving their career aspirations. Accompanying online resources include examples and templates, which can be downloaded in Word format to help you prepare resumes and other job search documents.

    This book will help graduates progressively build up job-hunting resources – skills, achievements, resume, cover letter and interview responses – and turn this into a practical outcome: a new job. It is a key companion to any student or recent graduate exploring the job market.

    Chapter 1: Getting Prepared

    Chapter 2: Adaptable Strategies

    Chapter 3: Personal Abilities

    Chapter 4: Job Hunting-Key Factors

    Chapter 5: Locating Job Opportunities

    Chapter 6: Social Media Job Search Options

    Chapter 7: Social Media - Establishing Your Online Profile

    Chapter8: Social Media for Job Hunting

    Chapter 9: Personal Development.

    Chapter 10: General Achievements - Developing Your Selling Points

    Chapter 11: Achievements: Extended - Further Selling Points

    Chapter 12: Preparing Your Foundation Resume - Stage 1

    Chapter 13: Preparing Your Foundation Resume - Stage 2

    Chapter 14: Referees and References

    Chapter 15: Preparing Your Targeted Resume - Country Specific

    Chapter 16: Preparing Your Tailored Cover Letter

    Chapter 17: Interviews

    Chapter 18: Conclusion - Job Search Preparation and Job Hunting.



    Lee Smith’s professional life included developing young graduates. He holds multiple qualifications in applied science and technology. Extensive experience in preparing Personal Development programmes led to a focus on helping young graduates transition from university to find their first career job.

    John van Genderen is Professor Emeritus at the University of Twente, The Netherlands, and International Visiting Professor at Wuhan University, China. He has carried out education and training programmes at universities worldwide. He has also assisted numerous young graduates in finding suitable employment both at home and abroad.


    ‘The majority of university graduates aspire to have a successful and fulfilling career. This book is a valuable job hunting guide to help them achieve this’. 
    - Professor Sir Paul Curran, President, City, University of London, UK.

    ‘Students are continually looking for information, knowledge and skills that will set them apart from others in the job market. This publication will provide that resource…and fills a very significant gap that should have global interest.’
    -Professor Stuart Phinn, The University of Queensland, Australia.

    ‘This book helps graduates manage the dramatic change from a university environment into a professional career. The book’s guidelines and assistance are very helpful. Kick Start Your Career supports the goal of university that graduates are successful in finding a career job. It is a valuable resources for graduates. Highly recommended!’
    -Professor Dr.-Ing. Christine Pohl, University of Osnabrueck, Germany.

    ‘The book provides practical guidance to students on how to secure the right job in an increasingly global market. It provides insights into employment opportunities in USA, UK, Europe, Asia and other regions, and strategies to successfully join the dynamic international workforce’.
    - Professor Anupma Prakash, University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA.

    Kick Start Your Career is a comprehensive international guide to help graduate job seekers. It covers all aspects from resumes, cover letters to social media techniques and interviews. A key resource for graduates. I can strongly recommend this book to all students and graduates searching for a good job’.
    - Professor Ruizhi CHEN, Director, LIESMARS, Wuhan University, China.

    ‘This book provides a truly international perspective to help students and recent graduates find their career job. I strongly recommend it to all graduates who are looking for a good job in their own country or abroad. It is an important bridge as students move from university to the workplace.’
    - Professor Walter MUSAKWA, University of Johannesburg, South Africa. 

    ‘The change from a university environment into a professional career is quite dramatic. This book will be an invaluable companion to all new graduates.’
    - Professor Ochir ALTANSUKH, National University of Mongolia, Mongolia.

    ‘This book aims to encourage and help young graduates. It does just that. This is so important at a critical stage in the life/career of graduates after investing so much into attaining a degree. It is also valuable in that it encourages and provides alternate career options and support at a tough time.’
    - Matthew McDade, Graduate, Australia