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PRDV101: Job Search Skills

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 Academy’s introductory video, “Creating a Game Plan” to learn more about important concepts contained in this unit.

Unit 2 Time Advisory

This unit should take you approximately 1.25 hours to complete.

  • Subunit 2.1: 0.25 hours
  • Subunit 2.2: 0.25 hours
  • Subunit 2.3: 0.25 hours
  • Subunit 2.4: 0.25 hours
  • Subunit 2.5: 0.25 hours

Unit 2 Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the unit, the student will be able to:

  • Locate a Career One Stop near you.
  • List many services offered by the student’s local Career One Stop.
  • Research and obtain information about specific jobs in the student’s preferred occupational groups including wages, number of jobs available, required entry level education, on-the-job training availability, and 10-year projected growth rate.
  • List questions to ask about potential employers, and identify resources available to obtain information about specific employers.
  • Describe the information to include in a job search plan of activities.

2.1 Introduction to Creating A Game Plan

Web Media: Saylor Academy’s “Creating a Game Plan” (YouTube)

Instructions: Please click on the link above, and view this 3-minute video to learn about the important concepts of this unit, specifically how to begin to use the self-awareness information you have obtained in Unit 1 to create an effective job search strategy.

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 Saylor Academy.

2.2 How to Locate a One Stop Career Center Near You

Reading: 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” (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” (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.

2.5 Career Interviews

Web Media: 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 Assessment

Assessment: Saylor Academy’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.