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Effective: Summer 2014

Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: None
1 hour lecture. (12 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Demonstrate job interview skills
  • Identify job openings that meet student?s career goals
  • Demonstrate the ability to write a resume that meets current industry standards in the applicant?s field
Description -
Job search strategies, resume writing and interview skills for students in technical fields.

Course Objectives -
  1. Apply job search strategies to identify job openings that match applicant's skill set and career goals
  2. Demonstrate the ability to write a resume that matches current industry standards in the applicants field
  3. Demonstrate job interview skills
  4. Discuss a career plan that outlines the student's education plan and career goals.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Access to computers with internet connectivity

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Introduction to job search strategies (Lec)
    1. Identify job objective
    2. Traditional, non-traditional or combination approaches to job search process.
    3. Time Management techniques (Lec)
    4. Job market and hiring trends (Lec)
    5. Hidden job market (Lec)
    6. Researching company/employer's culture, values, and compensation (Lec)
    7. Requirements for the vacant positions: scope of job, skills needed and training required and desired. (Lec)
    8. Identify barriers to a successful job search process (Lec)
    9. Coping strategies to deal with rejection (Lec)
  2. Cultural influences on the job hunting process (Lec)
    1. Strengths and weaknesses of culture on the search process (Lec)
    2. Factors for the non-native speaker (Lec)
    3. Diversity issues: gender, age, culture, race, disabilities, veterans (Lec)
  3. Verbal and Non-verbal communication (Lec)
    1. Appearance, clothing (Lec)
    2. Attitude (Lec)
    3. Cultural expectations (Lec)
    4. Managing stress (Lec)
    5. Appropriate behavior and etiquette in interviews (Lec)
  4. Job search action plan (Lec)
    1. Develop plan of successful job search (Lec)
    2. Time line and bench marks (Lec)
    3. Networking (Lec)
    4. Internet searching issues and solutions (Lec)
  5. Job Offers/rejections (Lec)
    1. Accepting offer (Lec)
      1. Salary and non-salary negotiations (Lec)
      2. Employment conditions (Lec)
      3. Benefits (Lec)
    2. Rejection Issues (Lec)
      1. Assessment of process (Lec)
      2. Changes needed for future (Lec)
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Completion of all assignments
  2. Evidence of self-reflection and critical thinking in all homework
  3. Job Search plan and timeline
  4. Evaluation of each interview
Representative Text(s) -
  1. No text is required
  2. When taught via Foothill Global Access: supplemental lectures, reading materials, web based resources and assignments accessible on the internet. Class discussions and individualized attention will be delivered using online forums, messages and e-mail

Disciplines -
Method of Instruction -
Lecture presentations and classroom discussion. Demonstrations and hands-on exercises. Reading assignments.
Lab Content -
Not applicable.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
Reading Assignments: Weekly reading assignments from text and outside sources; Hands on Exercises and demonstrations: Weekly computer exercises. Each exercise covers assigned reading and lecture topics