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  2. 5-1 5-2 Section Section Chapter 5 Building a Careerin E-Commerce Basics of the E-CommerceWorkplace Searching for anE-Commerce Job 2

  3. Section 5-1Why It’s Important Everyone desires a lifestyle that provides job satisfaction, recognition for accomplishments, time for leisure activities with family and friends, and material possessions for a comfortable life. The career that you select will be a major factor in determining your lifestyle. Section 5-1 3

  4. job shadowing internship mentorship multimedia Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) ergonomics Section 5-1Key Terms Section 5-1 4

  5. Preparing for a Future in E-Commerce Balance between your professional and personal life is important. The job that you choose and the career path that you follow will have a strong impact on the lifestyle that you will enjoy. Section 5-1 5

  6. Influences on Your Lifestyle These are the most important ways your career will influence your lifestyle: • Income • Achievement and recognition • Social and leisure time activities Section 5-1 6

  7. Careers versus Jobs A job is work that a person does for pay. A career is a series of jobs built on a foundation of interest, knowledge, training, and experience. Section 5-1 7

  8. How to Approach the E-Commerce Workplace If you want to sample several different e-commerce careers, ajob shadowingexperience is ideal for you. job shadowinglearning about a job by following a competent worker for a day to witness firsthand the work environment, the skills needed, and the tasks performed in a career area of interest Section 5-1 8

  9. How to Approach the E-Commerce Workplace If you find a career that you like through a shadowing experience, you can apply for aninternship. internshiptypically unpaid job opportunity to work over a period of time sampling the career tasks in a field by completing hands-on projects Section 5-1 9

  10. How to Approach the E-Commerce Workplace Another strategy that you can use to explore your career options is amentorship. mentorshipa paid work experience that allows employees to receive professional guidance and training from an experienced worker in a selected career field Section 5-1 10

  11. How to Approach the E-Commerce Workplace During high school is a perfect time to begin thinking about and preparing for an e-commerce career. By selecting appropriate courses, you can begin developing the basic knowledge, job skills, and attitudes possessed by successful workers in this dynamic career field. Section 5-1 11

  12. How to Approach the E-Commerce Workplace Elective courses at your school in computer applications, Web page design,multimediapresentations, and programming will help you develop the skills used in e-commerce jobs. multimediaa visual presentation that combines text, graphics, motion, and sound to convey a message; usually a computer software program is used to create the multimedia presentation Section 5-1 12

  13. The E-Commerce Workplace Environment An e-commerce career offers flexibility over where you will work and when you will work. You may be able to work from your home (telecommute) and have a flexible work schedule. Section 5-1 13

  14. The E-Commerce Workplace Environment Workers often experience discomfort from working long hours at a computer. These discomforts, which, if left untreated, may become serious injuries, include musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, upper body strain, eyestrain, and headache. Section 5-1 14

  15. The E-Commerce Workplace Environment A recent Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) press release states that 1.8 million workers a year report work-related musculoskeletal disorders to their employers. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)the department of the U.S. government responsible for ensuring the safety and health of the work environment Section 5-1 15

  16. The E-Commerce Workplace Environment The goal of ergonomicsis to increase worker productivity by achieving a healthy and comfortable fit between the worker and the computer workstation. ergonomics the study of the physical, environmental, and emotional areas of work; it examines how workers perform tasks by studying their capabilities and limitations, and the tools, equipment, and furniture they use Section 5-1 16

  17. Vary your work tasks to reduce fatigue. Eliminate glare on the monitor screen to reduce stress on your eyes. Take occasional breaks and do stretching exercises to increase energy and relax tight muscles. Organize your work area to reduce stress. The E-Commerce Workplace Environment Ergonomic Tips Section 5-1 17

  18. The E-Commerce Workplace Environment Individuals who are most successful working for an e-commerce company have common traits. • They enjoy the creativity of problem solving. • They are not afraid to take risks and make decisions. • They are Internet literate. • They are self-starters who show initiative. • They are team players. • They are creative and flexible. Section 5-1 18

  19. Section 5-1Review What is the difference between a job and a career? What are some strategies you can use to learn about careers in e-commerce? What can you do when working on a computer to make your workstation safer and healthier? Explain how each suggestion will help you remain safe and healthy. 1. 2. 3. Section 5-1 19

  20. Section 5-2Why It’s Important Most likely you will work for 50 years during your lifetime. Assuming an average work week of 40 hours, this amounts to over 100,000 hours that you will spend in the workplace. Therefore, it’s important that you select a career that is stimulating and enjoyable. Section 5-2 20

  21. Occupational Outlook Handbook electronic résumé digital portfolio Section 5-2Key Terms Section 5-2 21

  22. Getting the E-Commerce Job You Want Before you climb to the top of the career ladder in e-commerce, you need to explore the entry-level positions that are available. Section 5-2 22

  23. Trends in E-Commerce According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH), the number of computer and data processing specialists’ jobs is expected to grow 86 percent in the first decade of the twenty-first century. Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) a career reference written and updated by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics Section 5-2 23

  24. Career Opportunities in E-Commerce The Computing Technology Industry Association lists six categories for tech-related jobs: • Internet Site Designer • Project Manager • Internet Network Specialist • Internet Security Specialist • Internet Application Developer • Internet E-Commerce Specialist Section 5-2 24

  25. Career Opportunities in E-Commerce If you are interested in marketing and writing, there are excellent job opportunities in e-commerce in Internet marketing and content production. Section 5-2 25

  26. Developing Search Tactics for Your Job By looking up a career in the Occupational Outlook Handbook, you can learn: • the type of tasks a worker performs on the job. • the training, skills, and experiences needed for success. • the working conditions, yearly salary, and projected number of yearly job openings. Section 5-2 26

  27. How to Look for a Job Occupational Outlook Handbook Sources of Career Information professional and trade magazines the Internet networking with family and friends job advertisements Section 5-2 27

  28. Creating an E-Résumé and a Digital Portfolio A résumé is a structured, written summary of your job objective, education, employment history, and job qualifications. An effective résumé is your key for getting the job of your choice. Section 5-2 28

  29. Creating an E-Résumé and a Digital Portfolio Along with a traditional or paper résumé, create an electronic résumé, or e-résumé to send to potential employers via e-mail or the Internet. electronic résuméan employment document that uses key words to provide an employer with information regarding a job candidate's professional experience, education, and job qualifications Section 5-2 29

  30. Creating an E-Résumé and a Digital Portfolio Applicants seeking jobs in the field of e-commerce may be asked to provide employers with a digital portfolio. digital portfolio an electronic collection of your goals, achievements, honors, and reflections that demonstrate career growth over a period of time Section 5-2 30

  31. Section 5-2Review What makes an effective electronic résumé? Which jobs are expected to have the highest growth rate over the next ten years? What sources are available for you when looking for a job in your career field? 1. 2. 3. Section 5-2 31

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