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Job Search Skills

Purpose of Course  showclose

This course is the first in a series of four courses under the Job Search “umbrella” that include Job Search Skills, Resume Writing, Interview Skills, and Professional Etiquette.  The Job Search Skills course is intended to give you a solid beginning to this exciting time of self-exploration with finding a job.  Whether you are seeking your first job, wish to take the next step in your existing career, or desire to begin a new career, you will obtain the necessary information about yourself to turn this desire into a successful job search.  If, for example, you think of yourself as a product that you are trying to market to potential employers, you will realize that you can only be successful if you know the product thoroughly and how this product can meet the needs of the consumer (the employer).  This course will guide you to information on how to target jobs and/or careers that are desirable and realistic for you and that fill a need for employers in today’s challenging job market.

Course Information  showclose

Welcome to PRDV101: Job Search Skills.  Below, please find some general information on the course and its requirements.
 
Course Designer: Mary Matera
 
Primary Resources: This course is comprised of a range of different free, online materials.  However, the course makes primary use of the following materials:
 
Requirements for Completion: This course is the first of four courses targeted to prepare you for your next job or career.  Subsequent courses will take you through the process of resume writing, interviewing skills, and professional etiquette.  In order to complete this course, you will need to follow instructions for each resource.  It is our intention that as you progress through these resources, you will gain insight about yourself, your interests, and your abilities as well as how these factors match up with the current needs of employers.  At the conclusion of the course, you will be asked to complete a final exam. 
 
Note that you will only receive an official grade on your Final Exam.  However, in order to adequately prepare for this exam, it is recommended that you take notes on and work through all materials throughout the course.
 
In order to “pass” this course, you will need to earn a 70% or higher on the final exam.  Your score on the exam will be tabulated as soon as you complete it.  If you do not pass the exam, you may take it again.
 
Time Commitment: This course should take you a total of approximately 3 hours to complete.  Please plan additional time for note taking and exploration of embedded links of interest to you.  Each unit includes a “time advisory” that lists the approximate amount of time you are expected to spend on each subunit.  This should help you to determine how to budget your time to complete each of the three units.
 
Tips/Suggestions: Please view the Saylor videos in the introduction of each unit to learn more about the major concepts of that unit.  You may wish to compile either an online or hard copy folder to contain the various resources and assessment information you obtain while progressing through the Job Search Skills Program.  These documents will help you organize your thoughts and plan your job search strategy in the manner that is most effective for you. 

 
A version of this course is also available in iTunes U.
Preview the course in your browser or view our entire suite of iTunes U courses.  

Learning Outcomes  showclose

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Identify and use online resources to perform self-assessment.
  • List resources to assist in the development of a personal career plan with specific goals and timelines.
  • Identify resources to create a job search strategy that reflects the student’s interests, abilities, and accomplishments to target appropriate jobs or careers.
  • List examples of long-term and short-term stressors, and describe effective coping measures.

Course Requirements  showclose

In order to take this course, you must:

√    Have access to a computer.

√    Have continuous broadband Internet access.

√    Have the ability to install plug-ins or software (e.g. Adobe Reader or Flash).

√    Have the ability to download and save files and documents to a computer.

√    Have the ability to open Microsoft files and documents (e.g. doc., ppt, xls, etc.).

√    Be competent in the English language.

√    Have read the Saylor Student Handbook.

Unit Outline show close


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  • Unit 1: Getting Started  

    While none of us know what our future holds, some of us take proactive steps to explore possibilities and opportunities open to us.  Congratulations!  You are beginning an exciting journey to turn daydreams into reality!  In order to use your time productively, you will need to learn more about yourself, your interests and personality, and how these factors relate to various types of jobs or careers.  This unit offers resources to address this self-knowledge.  For example, The Saylor Foundation’s introductory video reminds you why the initial step in your journey needs to be self-assessment.  Secondly, you will have an opportunity to take Jung’s Typology Test to assess your personality type.  Finally, John Holland’s quiz will help you to understand how your personality type is compatible with various work environments.  By learning more about yourself, you are ensuring that your job search strategy is appropriate to your interests and strengths.  Enjoy your self-exploration!

    Unit 1 Time Advisory   show close
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  • 1.1 Introduction to Self-Assesment  
  • 1.2 Learning About Ourselves  
    • Assessment: Humanmetrics’ “Jung Typology Test™”

      Link: Humanmetrics’ “Jung Typology Test™” (HTML)
       
      Instructions: Please click on the link above to learn about four criteria that can be combined to determine sixteen possible personality types.  As mentioned on the website above, “This may help you identify your life style in general as well as your style in areas such as business, love, education, communications, and conflicts.”  Read the descriptions of the personality types, and then click on the “Jung Typology Test™/Jung Career Indicator™” to take the test.  The test consists of 72 “Yes” or “No” questions, and you will receive your score immediately. 
       
      This resource should take you approximately 15 minutes to complete.
       
      Terms of Use: Please respect the copyright and terms of use displayed on the webpage above.

  • 1.3 Linking Our Personality to Career Paths  
    • Assessment: Rogue Community College: Dr. Mary Askew’s “Holland Codes & Career Decisions”

      Link: Rogue Community College: Dr. Mary Askew’s “Holland Codes & Career Decisions” (HTML)
       
      Instructions: Please click on the link above to take John Holland’s quiz to learn about your personality type as it relates to compatible work environments.  Each of the six work environments (investigative, artistic, conventional, enterprising, social, and realistic) lists types of jobs associated with that category.  Begin by clicking on “People” to view a brief description of each of the six personality types.  Return to the Holland Codes and Career Decisions site, and click on “Work Environments” to view the requirements, values or personal styles, etc. associated with each of the six environments.  Finally, click on “Take the Quiz.”  When you have completed taking the quiz, click “submit” to “get your personal Holland Code and determine what career path(s) work best for you.” 

      The resource should take approximately 15 minutes to complete.
       
      Terms of Use: Please respect the copyright and terms of use displayed on the webpage above.

    • Assessment: The Saylor Foundation’s “Unit 1 Assessment”

      Link: The Saylor Foundation’s “Unit 1 Assessment” (HTML)
       
      Instructions: Now it’s time to ensure you have learned the key concepts in Unit 1. Complete this assessment to gauge your understanding of the topics covered in this unit. The correct answers will be displayed when you click the “Submit” button. 

      You may retake the quiz as needed to prepare for the Final Exam. Good luck! 

      Completing this quiz should take approximately 5 minutes.

  • Unit 2: Creating A Game Plan  

    Now that you have a better idea of your personality type and the kinds of jobs or careers that might be a good fit for you, you are ready to begin your job search in earnest!  This unit offers resources to apply your self-knowledge to formulate a “game plan” that includes using cost free resources such as the United States Department of Labor, One Stop Career Centers, and the United States Department of Labor: Bureau of Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook.  We invite you to view Saylor Foundation’s introductory video, “Creating a Game Plan” to learn more about important concepts contained in this unit.

    Unit 2 Time Advisory   show close
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  • 2.1 Introduction to Creating A Game Plan  
  • 2.2 How to Locate a One Stop Career Center Near You  
    • Reading: CareerOneStop’s “Worker ReEmployment”

      Link: CareerOneStop’s “Worker ReEmployment” (HTML)

      Instructions: This site offers a wealth of information regarding services available from the United States Department of Labor and their partners.  One Stop Career Centers, as they are known, offer an array of job seeker services including: job search workshops, career counseling, labor market information, skills assessment, computers, fax, copier, and internet access.  In addition, veterans' reps, employment reps, phones, free internet, and resume writer access computers are on site.  Representatives are available by appointment.  To learn more about a One Stop Career Center near you, under “Local Help, Find a One Stop Career Center” on the left of the page, simply enter your zip code or city and state and click “go.”
       
      You should dedicate approximately 15 minutes to exploring this resource.
       
      Terms of Use: This resource is in the public domain.

  • 2.3 How to Obtain Detailed Information on Specific Jobs  
    • Reading: United States Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics’ “Occupational Outlook Handbook”

      Link: United States Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics’ “Occupational Outlook Handbook” (HTML)
       
      Instructions: Please click on the link above to read the homepage of this site.  Note that there are several ways to learn about occupations on this website, the range of pay for your given experience and education, the projected growth rate of a particular job and whether there is on-the-job training for the job you are researching.  You might want to begin your search by selecting an “occupation group” on the left of the page to learn about jobs within that category, the level of education required to enter that field, and the projected median pay for that type of job.

      This resource should take approximately 15 minutes to complete.
       
      Terms of Use: This resource is in the public domain.

  • 2.4 Creating a Job Search Plan  
    • Reading: CareerOneStop’s “Create a Job Search Plan”

      Link: CareerOneStop’s “Create a Job Search Plan” (HTML)
       
      Instructions: Please click on the link above, and explore this website.  This site offers guidance as to what factors to consider when pursuing your next job or career opportunity.  For example, rather than jumping right in and “grabbing the help-wanted section or surfing the web” in a “scattershot” mode, the authors suggest that you create a plan of activities and schedule these activities weekly or daily much as you would any budget for limited resources (money, time, energy, etc.).  Under the heading “Explore Career Options,” click on the link for “Research Potential Employers.”  This section includes key questions to ask about employers and offers potential resources to obtain answers to these questions.  Once on this new webpage, under the heading “Identify Companies,” click on “Employer Locator” to “identify and get contact information for potential employers of interest to you in your local area.”  
       
      Exploring this resource should take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

      Terms of Use: This resource is in the public domain.

    • Assessment: The Saylor Foundation’s “Unit 2 Assessment”

      Link: The Saylor Foundation’s “Unit 2 Assessment” (HTML)
       
      Instructions: In Unit 2, you learned how to create a plan for an effective job search. Complete this assessment to gauge your understanding of the topics covered in this unit. The correct answers will be displayed when you click the “Submit” button. 

      Retake this quiz as needed to prepare for the Final Exam. You can do it! 

      Completing this quiz should take approximately 5 minutes.

  • 2.5 Career Interviews  
    • Web Media: Dr. Kit’s “Success at Work” videos

      Link: Dr. Kit’s “Success at Work” videos (HTML)

      To view informative videos on various careers, click on the link above.  Select a career that might be of interest to you to learn about a typical day for that employee, the qualifications required for the job, the employee’s description of their best and worst parts of the job, as well as additional helpful advice from the employee’s perspective.  This video offers you an opportunity to explore many different types of jobs and to compare them to your personal interests.

      Viewing the video and taking notes should take less than 15 minutes to complete.
       
      Terms of Use: Please respect the copyright and terms of use displayed on the webpage above.

  • Unit 3: Stress Management  

    The third and final unit in this course is entitled, “Stress Management.”  The research in the field of stress tells us that unhealthy levels of stress may be the single biggest factor in sabotaging our otherwise well-formulated job search plan.  You have progressed through the steps of self-assessment and have explored various resources that offer relevant information about your potential job or career.  Hopefully, you are experiencing a level of excitement about your future.  Change, however, brings feelings of uncertainty and risk.  You will learn in this unit that while it is not possible to simply banish these thoughts from your mind, you can take steps to recognize specific stressors in your life and learn how to “manage” or cope with this stress.  Please begin by viewing the Saylor Foundation’s brief video, “Recognizing and Managing Stress.”

    Unit 3 Time Advisory   show close
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  • 3.1 Introduction to Managing Stress  
    • Web Media: The Saylor Foundation’s “Managing Stress”

      Link: The Saylor Foundation’s “Managing Stress” (YouTube)
       
      Instructions: This 3-minute video addresses wellness and introduces concepts contained in Unit 3 relating to the need for stress management in our lives.  For example, you will learn how to recognize your long-term and short-term stressors and that you have the power to choose to frame challenges you face throughout your job search as insurmountable obstacles or potential opportunities.
       
      Viewing this video and note-taking should take less than 15 minutes to complete.

      Terms of Use: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.  It is attributed to The Saylor Foundation

  • 3.2 Recognizing and Coping with Long Term Stress  
    • Reading: MindTools™: “The Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale: Understanding the Impact of Long-Term Stress”

      Link: MindTools™: “The Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale: Understanding the Impact of Long-Term Stress” (HTML)
       
      Instructions: In 1967, Psychiatrists Thomas H. Holmes and Richard Rahe created “The Social Readjustment Rating Scale” (called The Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale) comprised of 43 Life Change events and their weighted assigned value.  Please click on the link above.  To take this test and score your stress levels, check the box if a particular life event has applied to you in the past year.  The scores and their interpretations are indicated below the test.  Scores are indicators of your level of risk of becoming ill in the very near future.  Finally, MindTools™ directs you to sites which address “What You Can Do about This?”  
       
      This resource should take approximately 30 minutes to complete.
       
      Terms of Use: Please respect the copyright and terms of use displayed on the webpage above.

  • 3.3 Short-Term Stress, Causes, and Coping Tips  
    • Reading: MindTools™: “Stress Diary”

      Link: MindTools™: “Stress Diary” (HTML)
       
      Instructions: Please click on the link above, and read this entire webpage.  This site reminds us that we are all under stress every day.  Some stress causes us to be productive, but we need to recognize the level of stress at which we prefer to operate.  By keeping a diary, the authors suggest that you can learn to analyze your short-term stressors (e.g. dealing with difficult people, poor time management, burnout, etc.) and learn to manage them.  You may find it helpful to maintain a Stress Diary throughout your job search. 
       
      This resource should take approximately 15 minutes to complete.
       
      Terms of Use: Please respect the copyright and terms of use displayed on the webpage above.

  • 3.4 The Power of Positive Thinking  
    • Reading: MindTools™: “Are You a Positive or Negative Thinker?”

      Link:  MindTools™: “Are You a Positive or Negative Thinker?” (HTML)
       
      Instructions: Please click on this link above, and read the entire webpage to learn how positive and negative thinking can become self-fulfilling prophesies.  Positive thinkers are more optimistic, happier, and healthier than negative thinkers and are, therefore, associated with more positive actions and outcomes.  This site offers a quiz to determine whether you are a positive or negative thinker.  The article gives us examples of how pessimistic thinkers frame a situation so that outcomes are self-defeating, whereas optimists see the same event as an opportunity for gain or change! 

      This reading will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.
       
      Terms of Use: Please respect the copyright and terms of use displayed on the webpage above.

    • Assessment: The Saylor Foundation’s “Unit 3 Assessment”

      Link: The Saylor Foundation’s “Unit 3 Assessment” (HTML)
       
      Instructions: In Unit 3, you learned how to recognize and manage stress during your job search. Complete this assessment to gauge your understanding of the topics covered in this unit. The correct answers will be displayed when you click the “Submit” button.

      Retake this quiz as needed to prepare for the Final Exam.  Relax and enjoy! 

      Completing this quiz should take approximately 5 minutes.

  • Final Exam  

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