ABS 201W - Employability Skills for SuccessCredits: 1
Develops skills in identifying students' job-related abilities and attitudes; locating leads in the job market; writing resumes and cover letters; completing applications, and interviewing. Encourages writing, as a reflective practice, to enhance learning. Credit may be earned in ABS 201W or ABS 102, but not both.
Prerequisite(s): READING LEVEL 2 and WRITING LEVEL 2
Lecture Hours: 15 Lab Hours: 0
Meets MTA Requirement: None
Outcomes and Objectives
- Identify and classify personal job-related skills, abilities, and attitudes and how they fit into the world of work.
- Describe three categories of job skills: transferable, job specific, and personal/adaptive.
- Analyze and classify one’s own experiences and skills relative to the three categories.
- Compare one’s own qualifications with requirements of job objective(s).
- Identify and demonstrate ability to deal with barriers to employment.
- Discuss and describe barriers including, but not limited to, attitude/self-sabotage, possible discrimination factors, and work and personal history.
- Identify one’s own barriers in the job search including, but not limited to, geographic, transportation, and computer skills.
- Devise a positive plan to counteract these barriers.
- Describe and demonstrate the ability to use the process/methods available for getting job leads.
- Identify agencies and organizations (including, but not limited to, temporary, employment, and government agencies and college placement office) that could be used for job leads.
- Use resources such as newspaper ads, journals, job fairs, personal contacts, business directories, and social media/social networking sites.
- Use the following methods for job leads: networking, occupational interviewing, telephone techniques, cold calling, researching of employers,and other methods as appropriate.
- Research targeted job(s) requirements, expectations, and benefits.
- Demonstrate successful use of resources (such as the Career Center resources), including computer systems and various written materials, as well as other appropriate resources.
- Demonstrate successful use of methods, such as networking and informational interviewing.
- Demonstrate the ability to research career and/or employer-specific requirements such as licensing, background checks, physical demands, etc.
- Complete an employment application, resume, cover letter, and follow-up.
- Gather information for properly completing an employment application.
- Recognize the types of resumes including, chronological, functional, combination, online, and targeted.
- Determine when to appropriately use each type of resume.
- Produce an acceptable, professional-looking resume.
- Discuss the purpose of a cover letter.
- Describe the proper format of a cover letter.
- Produce an appropriate cover letter.
- Discuss when and how to do a proper follow-up.
- Discuss, describe, and demonstrate knowledge about the interview process (preparation, participation, follow-up, etc.)
- Describe different kinds of interviews such as telephone, screening, individual, group, lunch, behavioral, and series interviews.
- Describe the different parts of an interview.
- Identify different types of questions and questioning formats, such as legal and illegal, skeleton, demonstrations, and case studies; demonstrate how to respond effectively.
- Discuss most frequently asked questions.
- Identify proper questions you may ask in an interview.
- Develop your own personal list of appropriate questions.
- Discuss appropriate interview etiquette such as dress, mannerisms, and language.
- Demonstrate interview skills by completing a mock interview.
- Demonstrate knowledge of proper follow-up techniques.
- Write an apropriate follow-up letter.
- Evaluate the importance of proper job acceptance and denial.
- Discuss negotiated items such as salary and benefits, obligations made prior to employment, etc.
- Discuss proper notification to current employer.
- Analyze long-term benefits to multiple jobs.
- Develop a comprehensive employability plan.
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