21st century job search

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21st century job search

  1. 1. Job Seeker 1Running Head: JOB SEEKER 21st Century Job Seeker Tiffany A Simmons Strayer University May 1, 2011
  2. 2. Job Seeker 2 Job seekers want solutions to their jobless dilemma. On the most basic level, they wantto know how to find a job. In this changing economy, the job search process has changed. Nolonger does one crank out resumes and send them to any potential employer. The search processhas become more strategic, more intentional. Add to that the pervading influence of technology.Many job seekers today are at a disadvantage if they are not technologically competent, as manycompanies and organizations have taken to the Internet to advertise and accept applications foropenings. Additionally, job seekers are disadvantaged if they are not proficient (or at leastmarginally competent) at Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, etc.). To improve jobseekers’ skills and abilities for finding that elusive opportunity, a course in job searching isnecessary. The course, entitled 21st Century Job Search, will focus on the techniques andtechnologies job seekers will need to know in order to be successful. The goal for this course isto obtain gainful employment. The learning objectives for this course are as follows: jobseekers will know how to prepare a professional resume and cover letter, utilize social media inthe job search, and improve interviewing skills. However, as predictable as these learningobjectives look and sound, they will offer the learners the opportunity to use their experiencesand perspectives to direct the coursework. The constructivist learning theory, the most current educational theory in use, states that“learning is a search for meaning. Therefore, learning must start with the issues around whichstudents are actively trying to construct meaning” (Askew, 2011). With regard to the job search,learners want to know why they do not have a job, how they can get a job, and what they can doto improve their job search skills. This course seeks to help in addressing those issues and assistthe learner in securing employment that matches up with their skill and ability levels. To that
  3. 3. Job Seeker 3end, the course will be designed in a way that helps the learner come to terms with their currentsituation and what they can do to change it, rather than a list of how-to’s. The style of instruction for this course will be interactive. The pedagogical model will bemore project-based, where the participants are actually being asked to complete a series ofprojects to demonstrate their mastery of learning outcomes. Utilizing graphic organizers, videos,word processing software, social media tools, online job boards, and simulation, learners willgain the experience needed to search for and obtain employment. The graphic organizers willassist the learner in assessing his or her own skills, abilities, and talents, in preparation forconstructing the resume, analyzing his or her own feelings about the job market and what skillsemployers are looking for, and constructing a summary of skills and qualifications for theresume. Videos and slide presentations will be used to help learners understand interviewetiquette, social media usage, and proper resume formats, and how to use them to enhance one’seffectiveness in searching for employment. Word processing software is useful for preparingprofessional-looking resumes and cover letters, and students will work in groups to prepare theirdocuments for critique and analysis to assure that they represent the candidate well.Additionally, because social media is such a pervasive influence, learners will use it to look forjobs. They will create a LinkedIn account to post their resumes, find connections, and requestrecommendations. Along with utilizing social media to find a job, they will learn how tomaintain a positive online image, with the reminder that potential employers are able to accessprofiles. Students will also learn how to respond to job openings on online job boards, usingtheir word-processed resume and cover letters. All of this preparation will require job seekers tohave a working email address; therefore, the first lesson in the course is assisting those who donot have email in getting a working email address to use for responding to potential employers.
  4. 4. Job Seeker 4The aim is to get the learner more acclimated to new job search methods as well as increasingtheir technological competence. As for assessment procedures, a grading rubric will assess thelearner’s interviewing techniques, as well as the quality of the resume and cover letter. Beforethe learners are allowed to mock interview, they will complete at least three practice runs.Additionally, the learner will get an opportunity to self-assess at the beginning, middle, and endof the course. The rationale for this style of teaching is to support the constructivist approach and isconsistent with how adults learn. This learner was previously employed in a non-profitinstitution that provided a job search curriculum. Although the curriculum provided the learnersan opportunity to create a resume and a cover letter, and to search for openings, it was focusedmore on cognitive and behavioral approaches. The instructors for the course fed information,such as what a job was, what a resume and a cover letter were, and how to search the newspaperfor openings-a bunch of how-to’s. The learner was not the focus of the instruction; the instructorand the material were. The only assessment was of the learner’s ability to complete theinterview. Most of the time, the interviews were not as professionally done as what would beexpected, and there was no stated consequence for learners having failed to complete a properinterview. As a result, many of the learners did not successfully complete the course and werenot able to find employment. This course will not focus on how-to’s; it will focus on the learnerand what he or she brings to the table, and making it work for the job search. Learners willimmediately compile their job search documents and practice how to search for a job. As was stated before, the job search has become more strategic and more intentional.This course will help the learner devise a strategy in job searching and an intention. To that end,everything the learner will do will guide him or her toward gainful employment. The exhaustive
  5. 5. Job Seeker 5list of how-to’s will, at the very least, bore the learner and, at the most, lead to unproductiveresults. The course objectives and the learning outcomes will assure a more successful result-gainful employment.
  6. 6. Job Seeker 6 ReferencesAskew, J. (2011). Educational Theories. Retrieved from http://crescentok.com/staff/jaskew/isr/education/theories.htm.

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