Job Finding Skills

Course Number: CG 209
Transcript Title: Job Finding Skills
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: August 13, 2019
Total Credits: 1
Lecture Hours: 10
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0

Course Description

Explores a broad range of job search techniques, including: building a job network, compiling appropriate information for job applications, targeting cover letters and resumes, and responding to typical interview questions and techniques. Promotes overall understanding of the job search process. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Develop and revise appropriate job search plans and materials.
  2. Prepare for and execute effective informational and job interviews.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students will demonstrate these learning outcomes by these tasks conducted individually and in cooperation with other students:

  1. Identify and summarize specific job openings and application processes in written and oral form.
  2. Demonstrate research skills that utilize printed and electronic company and career information.
  3. Develop job search tools appropriate to a specific job or career field, including resume, letters, application, portfolio, etc.
  4. In-class/on-line participation demonstrating knowledge of the subject matter, including effective interviewing techniques.

Course Activities and Design

The determination of teaching strategies used in the delivery of outcomes is generally left to the discretion of the instructor. Here are some strategies that you might consider when designing your course: lecture, small group/forum discussion, flipped classroom, dyads, oral presentation, role play, simulation scenarios, group projects, service learning projects, hands-on lab, peer review/workshops, cooperative learning (jigsaw, fishbowl), inquiry based instruction, differentiated instruction (learning centers), graphic organizers, etc.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Competencies and Skills

  1. Identification of personal Job Skills
    1. List and describe work history and work-related activities, and prior education, training and certifications.
    2. Identify job-specific, adaptive and transferable skills.
  2. Identification of Job Qualifications
    1. Recognize resources for researching companies and jobs.
    2. Locate and research a professional position. Describe position title, duties and qualifications.
    3. Draft and revise appropriate job search materials, such as applications, resumes and cover letters.
  3. Demonstrate Understanding of the Interview Process
    1. Recognize patterns of typical job interviews.
    2. Exhibit appropriate responses to sample interview questions.
  4. Demonstrate Understanding of the Overall Job Search Process
    1. Describe major elements of job search, including skills identification, company/job research, application materials development, contact strategies, successful interviewing techniques, and job success.
    2. Develop a job search plan and/or mini-portfolio reflecting knowledge of the industry and job search process.

Concepts, Themes, Issues

The contextualized networks of meaning students must understand in order to demonstrate the performance tasks and achieve the outcomes:

  1. Personal/Professional Skills (Transferable, Adaptive, Task Specific)
  2. Career and Job Market Information
  3. Attitudes
  4. Workplace Requirements and Trends

Department Notes

Specialized sections may focus on specific career areas to meet major program requirements. Some sections may include portfolio development, technical testing or other career-specific job search techniques.