Unit 2 – Job Search Skills

The suite of Job Search Skills modules supports learners in identifying their work integrated learning (WIL) requirements and finding relevant opportunities in their field. Key employability and networking skills are introduced and are applied to the development of effective resumes, references, and cover letters.

Module 2.1 – Finding and Evaluating Job Opportunities

This module will assist participants to refine basic skills in seeking and assessing job opportunities as they prepare for WIL experiences.

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Module 2.2 – Employability and Transferable Skills

This module includes content and activities that will introduce participants to key employability skills that are highly sought-after by employers. Participants will reflect upon and critically assess their existing employability skills and will review strategies for further developing and refining them.

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Module 2.3 – Writing a Resume and Reference Page

This module includes content and activities that will help participants develop a comprehensive resume and references page that effectively highlights their academic and professional experiences and is tailored to their chosen field.

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Module 2.4 – Writing a Cover Letter

This module includes content and activities that will help participants develop an effective cover letter that effectively highlights their academic and professional experiences and is tailored to a specific job or placement opportunity.

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Module 2.5 – Networking Strategies

This module includes content and activities that will help participants assess their existing professional and academic networks and consider strategies for making new connections, including face-to-face and social media approaches.

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License

Creative Commons License

All modules created for the Work Integrated Learning Open Module Initiative by Niagara College, Georgian College, Lambton College and Algonquin College are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

Accessibility Features

All modules created for the WIL Open Module Initiative include the following accessibility features:

  • Audio/video content is delivered via a media player that is compatible with assistive technology
  • Full transcripts and synchronized closed captioning of all audio content
  • Keyboard navigable multimedia
  • Downloadable forms and worksheets
  • Web browser and mobile device-friendly functionality
  • URLs (e.g. website or email addresses) are rendered as active hyperlinks in a manner that allows them to be detected and activated with assistive technology
  • Alternative text for all non-decorative images
  • All instructions, prompts, and error messages necessary to complete forms are conveyed as text to assistive technology

Technical Specifications

The modules created for this project include engaging media (video, audio, graphics and animations) and interactive exercises.

  • Module content is authored in Articulate Storyline 360. Source files are editable in Storyline 360 and Storyline 3.
  • Modules are published to industry recommendations and optimized for standard delivery – video quality 5, audio bitrate 48kbps, image quality 80%.
  • Modules are published as SCORM 1.2 packages for LMS and/or web distribution, with HTML5 output and Flash backup.
  • When learners access the modules, content will be delivered based on the device and browser they are using.
  • Learner activity/progress is tracked via number of slides viewed.
  • Learner status can be configured to report to LMS as “Complete/Incomplete" Completion is based on the user viewing all slides in the presentation.

Contact the Authors

If you make use of or have questions or feedback related to any Work Integrated Learning Open Module Initiative content, we would love to hear from you. Please contact:

Dr. Natasha Hannon
Manager of Educational Development
Niagara College
Canada

Email: nhannon@niagaracollege.ca
Phone: (905) 641-2252 x4339
Twitter: @NatashaHannon