Career Planning: A Pathway to Employment

About this course: This course is designed to foster creative approaches to launching a new career. You will articulate best ways to make a first impression and analyze your strengths by creating a personal statement. You will identify appropriate elements to make your resume stand out from the crowd. You will also identify the most effective ways a cover letter can answer a job description, and how to best leverage social media in your job search. In short, this course will help you to prepare for a new job. You will learn how to apply, network, leverage social media, interview, follow-up, and evaluate options through research and with the help of experienced faculty and talented professional. Launching Your Career provides insight from industry leaders on job search, networking and interviewing. You will receive guidance and best practice tips on how to master the interview and professionally close the loop. You will also compose a thank you note and clearly relate your ideal career to existing job titles and offers.

Who is this class for: People who are employment ready, interested in learning what to do to increase their chances of landing that job. Learners in this class will already have a career objective in mind. They will have a clear sense of who they are, what skills and/or education they possess, and what career path they want to pursue. This course will help you to prepare for a new job. You will learn how to best apply, network, leverage social media, interview, follow-up, and evaluate options.

Created by:   University System of Georgia
  • Dan Stotz
    Taught by:    Dan Stotz, Director, Online Executive Education
    Michael J. Coles College of Business, Kennesaw State University
  • Elke M Leeds, Ph.D.
    Taught by:    Elke M Leeds, Ph.D., Associate Vice President of Technology Enhanced Learning
    Academic Affairs
  • Ana T. Baida, Ed.D.
    Taught by:    Ana T. Baida, Ed.D., Executive Director
    Department of Career Planning and Development

  • Wes Rhea, J.D.
    Taught by:    Wes Rhea, J.D., Senior Lecturer
    Information Systems
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Getting Creative: First Impressions
Welcome! You are beginning a very important journey on your path to a meaningful and successful career. This course is designed to help you launch a new career or jump start an existing career. This course, and your team of instructors, will guide you from making that first impression, to networking your way to an interview, through the stages of interview preparation, mastering the interview, and following up with the perfect Thank You note. We will work with you on generating a social media strategy and guide you through evaluating job offers when they are received. We will ask you to work with us as you move through the course, job searching and preparing as you go. We'll ask you to share your experiences and your success stories, as we offer you our best guidance in launching your career. Let's begin with making a first impression! By the end of this module, you will be able to: (1) Identify ways to make a great first impression, (2) Distinguish between best and worst practice when first meeting a new professional contact, (3) Differentiate between promoting yourself and promoting what you believe in, (4) Practice tasteful self-promotion, & (5) Create self promotional opportunities through an Elevator Pitch.

2 videos10 readings1 reading
  1. Reading: Instructions for beta test
  2. Reading: Link to Course Evaluation Form
  3. Video: Meet the Team
  4. Reading: Learning Objectives
  5. Discussion Prompt: What Makes a Great First Impression?
  6. Reading: Snap judgments - The Princeton Study
  7. Reading: Personality Trumps Skill
  8. Reading: The 5-7-9 Ways to Make a Great First Impression
  9. Video: What Are Some of our First Impression Mistakes?
  10. Practice Quiz: First Impressions Quiz
  11. Reading: Test Your First Impression Skills - Just for Fun
  12. Reading: Promote Yourself without Selling Out
  13. Reading: The Elevator Speech
  14. Reading: Elevator Pitch - Professional Examples
Graded: Elevator Speech Quiz
Graded: Script Your Elevator Speech
Writing My Resume
By the end of this module, you will be able to identify appropriate elements of and formatting choices in a resume document. You will also be able to articulate the importance of audience, and translating experiences into new industry-specific languages. 

2 videos2 readings1 reading
  1. Reading: Learning Objectives
  2. Video: Overview of Writing My Resume
  3. Reading: What should my resume look like?
  4. Practice Quiz: Writing My Resume Practice Quiz
  5. Discussion Prompt: Resume Writing and Knowing your Audience
  6. Video: Making Your Resume Stand Out
  7. Discussion Prompt: What Makes Your Resume Stand Out?
Graded: Your Current Resume
Graded: Writing my Resume
My Cover Letter
By the end of this module, you will be able to describe the components of a successful cover letter. You will also be able to compare your resume with a given job description, and identify points of connection 

1 video5 readings1 reading
  1. Reading: Learning Objectives
  2. Video: Overview of Creating Your Cover Letter
  3. Reading: Are cover letters important?
  4. Reading: Becoming a more Customized Candidate
  5. Reading: Your Cover Letter vs. Your Job Description
  6. Practice Quiz: Cover Letter Practice Quiz
  7. Reading: Connecting the Puzzle Pieces
  8. Discussion Prompt: How do you match up with your field of choice?
Graded: Peer Review of an Uploaded Job Description / Cover Letter
Graded: My Cover Letter
My Social Media Strategy
By the end of this module, you will understand the best practices for conducting a social media audit, and developing a social media strategy, that is designed to help you, not hurt you, during every phase of your career. You will better understand why and how employers use social media before making hiring decisions, and what employers are looking for when they review your social media presence. The reading titled "Practical LinkedIn 4.0" written by Randy Hain, CEO of Serviam Partners, will help you understand the best practices for developing your LinkedIn profile, and how to use LinkedIn to develop professional business relationships. You will also learn about methods for using social media to become a thought leader in your industry or specialty area.

2 videos7 readings1 reading
  1. Reading: The Learning Objectives
  2. Video: Introduction to My Social Media Strategy
  3. Video: How To Use LinkedIn
  4. Reading: The Job Seeker's Social Media Survival Kit
  5. Discussion Prompt: Social Media Strategy: New Insights?
  6. Reading: Practical LinkedIn 4.0
  7. Reading: How To Use Twitter
  8. Reading: How To Use Facebook
  9. Reading: Should You Use Facebook as a Job-Seeking Tool?
  10. Reading: 11 Steps to Become a Social Leader
  11. Discussion Prompt: The Growing Popularity of LinkedIn
  12. Practice Quiz: My Social Media Strategy, Practice Quiz
Graded: My Social Media Strategy, Graded Quiz
Graded: Create or Update Your LinkedIn Profile
Mastering the Interview
Welcome to the 5th module of this course! In Mastering the Interview, our teaching team has accumulated some fantastic resources for you. We've reached out to colleagues, dusted off the books from our shelves, and argued over which were the best of the best resources we could share. We think we found many of them and hope they are helpful to you, as you begin to think about the interview process!

3 videos6 readings1 reading
  1. Reading: Learning Objectives
  2. Video: Overview of Interviewing Best Practices
  3. Reading: Steps to a Successful Interview
  4. Reading: The Path to Interview Success
  5. Discussion Prompt: Share your Best and Worst Interview Experiences
  6. Video: Networking and Interviewing - The Why's & Why Nots
  7. Video: Best and Worst Interview Questions
  8. Reading: Mastering the Interview - Comprehensive Overview
  9. Practice Quiz: The Path to Interview Success Practice Quiz
  10. Reading: Top Mistakes People Make in an Interview
  11. Reading: TEDTalk "Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are"
  12. Discussion Prompt: How can your body language transform your interview?
Graded: Mastering the Interview Quiz
Writing Thank You Notes
By the end of this module, you will be able to compose an effective thank you note. You will also be able to articulate commonly accepted timelines and methods for thanking interviewers.  

1 video8 readings1 reading
  1. Reading: Learning Objectives
  2. Video: Overview of Writing Thank You Notes
  3. Reading: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.
  4. Discussion Prompt: Your Thank You Note
  5. Reading: Thank You Dos and Don'ts
  6. Practice Quiz: Practice What You Have Learned!
  7. Reading: You're Welcome!
  8. Reading: How to Compose an Interview Thank You Letter
  9. Reading: Thank You Note - Important Part of the Interview Proces
  10. Reading: The One Thing To Do After The Interview
  11. Discussion Prompt: Components in a Thank You Note
  12. Reading: 1 Thing You MUST Do After Any Job Interview
Graded: Quiz - Writing Thank You Notes
Evaluating Job Offers
By the end of this module, you will understand the components of doing good research relative to job titles and industries. You will be able to make informed decisions about job offers, and describe commonly accepted timelines and negotiation points.  

2 videos5 readings1 reading
  1. Reading: Learning Objectives
  2. Video: Overview of Evaluating Job Offers
  3. Reading: How to Evaluate a Job Offer
  4. Reading: Your Industry & You
  5. Reading: Negotiating On Your Terms
  6. Practice Quiz: Job Offer Practice Quiz
  7. Video: Evaluating Job Offers
  8. Discussion Prompt: Job Offer Discussion
  9. Reading: Eight Crucial Considerations
Graded: Evaluating Industry Standards
Graded: Evaluating Job Offers
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