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Employability Skills for Success

ABS 201W

Employability Skills for Success

ABS 201W

Course Description

Prerequisite: READING LEVEL 2 and WRITING LEVEL 2. 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 201 or ABS 102, but not both. (15-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Identify and classify personal job-related skills, abilities, and attitudes and how they fit into the world of work.

Objectives:

  • 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.

Objectives:

  • 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.

Objectives:

  • 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.

Objectives:

  • 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.

Objectives:

  • 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.)

Objectives:

  • 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.

Objectives:

  • 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.