ALTW 212: JOB SEARCH SKILLS: THE RESUME
Foothill College Course Outline of Record
|Hours:||2 lecture per week (24 total per quarter)|
|Degree & Credit Status:||Non-Degree-Applicable Credit Course
|Grade Type:||Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)|
Student Learning Outcomes
- A successful student will be able to identify his or her top skills and qualifications and relate them meaningfully to a realistic job objective.
- A successful student will be able to develop and write a "working" resume on the computer.
- A successful student will be able to identify best practices and avoid common mistakes in resume writing. -
- A successful student will be able to fill out a master and on-line job application.
- A successful student will be able to write a professional cover letter, relating his or her skills and experience to a specific job and employer.
The student will be able to:
A. Identify competitive workforce skills.
B. Match skills to a realistic job objective.
C. Identify and develop work traits and work-related skills.
D. Identify the types and purpose of different resume formats.
E. Create and develop a customized resume that matches appropriate entry level job objective(s).
F. Complete a resume in hard and soft copy formats.
G. Understand the online process for submitting and following up on job applications.
A. Competitive workforce skills
1. Labor Market standards
2. Productivity in the marketplace
3. Entry-level job requirements
4. Transferable skills
5. Pay levels, wages, career opportunities
6. Career paths
7. Progression of entry-level to journey level skills
B. Develop a resume that matches appropriate entry-level employment opportunities
1. Chronological, functional and hybrid formats
2. Career portfolios
3. Electronic and scannable resume formats
4. Online resume processes
C. Components of resume
1. Job objective
2. Summary of skills
4. Educational and vocational goals
5. Academic projects and internship/vocational experiences
D. Successful work behaviors
1. Good customer service skills
2. Positive thinking and problem solving skills
3. Rethinking employment gaps
a. Addressing barriers to employment
b. Disclosure of disability
d. Difficult questions
e. Solutions and proactive approach
E. Completion of resume in hard and electronic formats
1. Peer feedback
2. Professional level feedback
3. Guest speakers
F. Job fair strategies/mechanics
1. Participating in job fair
2. Talking points
Special Facilities and/or Equipment
Method(s) of Evaluation
A. Class participation
B. Resume critiques
C. Resume completion
D. Mater application completion
E. Classroom assignments
F. Teamwork assignments
G. Binder with completed classroom assignments and handouts, homework and all graded course assignments and projects
H. Homework assignments
I. Quizzes and final exam
Method(s) of Instruction
C. Guest speakers
E. Written and online resume and job applications
Representative Text(s) and Other Materials
Hinds, Maurene. The Vault Guide to Resumes and Job-hunting Skills: A Step-by-step Guide to Preparing for Your Job Search. 2016.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments
A. Reading assignments: read sample resumes, review career related websites, such as Career Cafe, Learning Up.
B. Writing assignment: compose working resume on computer and send as an attachment to instructor for review and critique.
C. Writing assignment: send final resume to employers for specific entry level position in private industry, non-profit or government organizations.
D. Master application
E. Midterm binder review