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Solution Manual
Book Title
Business Communication: Building Critical Skills 6th Edition
ISBN 13
978-0073403267

978-0073403267 Chapter 26 Answers to Textbook Assignments

April 6, 2019
Module 26 - Researching Jobs
Part 2: Answers to Textbook Assignments
Questions for Comprehension
26.1 What should you know about yourself before you apply for jobs? (LO 26-1)
Know the answers to these questions:
What achievements have given you the most satisfaction? Why did you enjoy them?
Would you rather have firm deadlines or a flexible schedule? Do you prefer working
alone or with other people? Do you prefer specific instructions and standards for
evaluation or freedom and uncertainty? How comfortable are you with pressure? Are you
willing to “pay your dues” for several years before you are promoted? How much
challenge do you want?
26.2 What information should you try to learn about a company? (LO 26-2)
26.3 What is an information interview? (LO 26-4)
In an information interview job seekers talk to someone who works in the area they hope to
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26.4 What is the hidden job market? (LO 26-5)
A great many jobs are never advertised--and the number rises the higher on the job ladder one
26.5 Why is it desirable to start thinking about jobs months—even years—before you’ll
actually be on the market? (LO 26-1)
Starting the process as early as possible gives job applicants time to assess jobs, companies, the
26.6 Why is it important to research the companies you want to apply to? (LO 26-2)
Knowing about potential employers helps applicants to strategize how to best tailor their job
application packages for those employers. Additionally, applicants can decide whether they want
26.7 What is your biggest weakness as you prepare to job hunt? How could you minimize
it? (LO 26-6)
Students’ answers will vary. Encourage students to provide adequate detail and description in
their answers. Most students will believe their biggest weakness is a lack of experience in the
job field. Internships, volunteer work, and class projects tied to a business or organization are all
ways to get experience while in school. In addition, many students have basic and sometimes
26.8 Evaluating Career Websites (LO 26-2)
Have students begin their search by investigating the websites listed in Figure 26.3 on p. 442.
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26.9 Networking (LO 26-2)
Many students have more contacts than they initially realize. A friend does not have to have a
high-level job or be in a position to do the hiring to be able to provide valuable information. If
students cannot think of a peer to write to, have them write to a relative or perhaps even a friend
of a relative—anyone with whom they have some kind of connection. (To help students, have
26.10 Gathering Information about an Industry (LO 26-2 to LO 26-4)
This assignment offers students useful practice in summarizing—an important but neglected
skill. Understanding the concerns of people in an industry can help students know that they are
26.11 Gathering Information about a Specific Organization (LO 26-2 to LO 26-4)
Whether you require this as a separate, formal assignment or not, students need to do this
26.12 Conducting an Information Interview (LO 26-4)
Students at different levels will use the information they’ll get from these interviews in different
ways. First-year students may use it to choose a major or program of study, specific courses, and
a career. Students who are on the job market will use it to evaluate a potential employer, to adapt
their letters and résumés to a specific company, and to tap into the hidden job market. It offers
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Polishing Your Prose: Using Details (Odd-numbered answers are in the back of the
textbook.).
Many answers are possible—here are possibilities.
2. With fluency in Mandarin, Korean, and Japanese, Ravi is the perfect candidate for the position
in East Asia.
4. Awarded the top spot for customer satisfaction, the company prides itself on great customer
service.
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