PRDV101: Job Search Skills

Course Syllabus for "PRDV101: Job Search Skills"

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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.

Learning Outcomes

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

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.

Course Information

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.
Table of Contents: You can find the course's units at the links below.