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  1. 1. ID job planner A guide to locating instructional design positions in private industry By Kayla Orton University of Houston Clear Lake1
  2. 2. 21 INTRODUCTION Congratulations! You are about to complete your coursework requirements of the Instructional Design and Technology Master of Science program at the “The most prevalent University of Houston in Clear Lake. applications of instructional Now the real fun begins! This simple design now occur in corporate guide was created to assist you in locating open instructional design settings” positions in private industry. (Reiser and Dempsey, 2012, p. 184). According to Reiser and Dempsey (2012) “the most prevalent applications of instructional design now occur in corporate settings” (p. 184). Good luck in your efforts, and let the journey begin! 2
  3. 3. COACH FORMAT 10 great ways to locate open instructional design positions in private industry 1. Utilize job boards, but start 6. Create a professional website searching early. You are competing that features your professional product with many other potential employees samples and resume (Summerville and and the process may take some time to Bolliger, 2007). Forward the link to achieve results (Price, 2007). your influential network of contacts. 2. Get in touch with influential 7. Frequently visit the career contacts, and let them know you are postings section in websites of searching for a position. Ask if they potential employers. (Reiser and know of any opportunities (Price, 2007). Dempsey, 2012). 3. Search for new opportunities 8. Attend professional within your current place of employment conferences and industry (Price, 2007). conventions, checking for job placement booths (Summerville and 4. Become active in a Bolliger, 2007). professional organization to cultivate a network of contacts and hear 9. Check the university listserv about new opportunities (Mims, 2007). for open positions. (Reiser and Dempsey, 2012). 5. Post your resume to job boards and receive email notifications of 10. Use the professional social matching open positions (Summerville networking site LinkedIn to maintain and Bolliger, 2007). a current profile, make professional connections and search for open positions (Reiser and Dempsey, 2012). Frequently visit the career postings section in websites of potential employers. (Reiser and Dempsey, 2012).3
  4. 4. Where are the instructional design job boards? LIST FORMAT You can find open Instructional Design positions listed on the job boards of many professional organization, private industry and social networking websites. Visit the websites often, as postings tend to change frequently. Here are some suggestions to get you started. Professional Organizations: Private employers: International Society for Performance Improvement American Society for Training and Development Association for Educational Communications and Technology Social networking sites: ID Related Job Boards: http://www.instructionaldesign jobs.html Instructional-Designer-jobs.html q-instructional-designer-jobs.aspx4
  5. 5. GRAPHIC FORMAT Determining your ID role Instructional Design roles in private industry vary according to the structure of the organization and project scope. Use the chart below to consider whether you might enjoy becoming a sole instructional designer, team member or external consultant. Figure 1. Instructional Design Roles in Private Industry (Larson and Lockee, 2004; Reiser and Dempsey, 2012).5
  6. 6. GRAPHIC FORMAT Tracking your progress 1. Submit searches 2. Browse jobs 3. Review potential matches 4. Record date, employer, location, ID role, and how found 5. Compare results of top picks Date Employer Location ID Role How Found6
  7. 7. References Larson, M. B. & Lockee, B. B. (2004). Instructional design practice: Career environments, job roles, and a climate of change. Performance Improvement Quarterly. 17(1), 22–40. doi: 10.1111/j.1937-8327.2004.tb00300.x Mims, C. (2007). Reflecting on a golden opportunity. Techtrends: Linking Research & Practice To Improve Learning, 51(1), 18-19. doi:10.1007/s11528-007-0006-z Price, J. R. (2007). Multiple job offers in 10 days: A road map to finding a great job, whether its your 1st or 21st. Women In Business, 59(2), 35-37. Reiser, R. A., & Dempsey, J. V. (2012). Trends and issues in instructional design and technology. Boston: Pearson. Summerville, J. , & Bolliger, D. U. (2007). Job-seeking advice for recent or soon-to-be graduates in the field of instructional technology and design. TechTrends: Linking Research & Practice to Improve Learning, 51(3), 49-54. doi:10.1007/ s11528-007-0042-8 What is Instructional Design Central? (n.d.). Retrieved July 15, 2012 from http://www.instructionaldesigncentral. com/index.html7