Design outline: Job hunting course

Learning objectives

People who complete the course should:

  • Identify skills and actions taken in professional life and translate them into job skills
  • Develop interview strategies for a variety of styles
  • Distinguish the various stages of getting a job
  • Access additional resources

Strategy

Two sessions would be held. Access to a computer and projector would be ideal. Pre-work would be requested post-registration to have students come prepared and feel invested in the learning. Participants should bring their resume to class.

Session one

The first session would involve several stages:

  • Lecture-style overview about the job hunting process
  • Questions and answers
  • Workshop on resume design
  • Homework to prepare for the next class

Session two

The second session would have several stages, too:

  • Lecture-style overview about interviewing techniques
  • Round-robin mock-interviews
  • Questions and answers
  • Critique of resumes

Approach

Pre-work

The pre-work before session one will mainly cover their past employment positions, the kinds of work they did, special honors they had, other information they wanted to share. It’ll also focus on their passions, priorities, and job-related values. The participant will be ready to actively apply the knowledge right away. Those with same-day registration will be provided a blank copy for them to work on later. It’ll aid those who started it early, but it won’t inhibit the others that much, as most of the information is easy enough to recall.

Lecture

During the lecture, I’ll provide pre-printed notes with key points so that participants can focus on the details most important to them from the additional content they hear. Lectures will focus on practical application of skills and real-life scenarios. I’ll ask for the class to share their own experiences. There will be a corresponding presentation visualizing key points.

Questions and answers

As class starts, I’m going to provide the class a stack of note cards with a question mark on it. It’ll be their chance to write down any question they don’t feel comfortable asking in person. I’ll collect the cards before beginning the open floor questions and answers sessions. After hearing the questions, I’ll start by asking the group to share any experiences they have had, and then I’ll offer my own opinion. I’ll try to focus on providing resources and tools to participants, so that the learning doesn’t have to stop after class.

Workshop on resume design

This will start with a technology demonstration of various resume templates and how to use them. We’ll discuss the elements of each and how they function in the overall design of the document. We’ll talk about presentation style: experience focused, education focused, skills focused. Then, I demonstrate how to build a simple, elegant template using colors and fonts of their choosing. I’ll provide a few different template files for them to experiment with if they have access to a computer. I’ll also collect any printed resumes for review between classes from participants who brought them to class.

Homework

The homework between sessions one and two is for the participant to complete their resume and finalize the document. They’ll also prepare answers to difficult interview questions, and think about their best (and worst, if needed) moments and work. We’ll use those examples in the following class to practice interview skills.

Round-robin mock-interviews

This activity is designed to apply knowledge gained in the second session lecture. During this part of the session, the class will move around in pairs, asking pre-written interview questions and critiquing their partner’s answer. After a certain number of minutes, the pairs will move around, until all parties have worked together twice, once in each role. Enough questions will be provided to keep this from being stale. During this time, I would observe the various groups and provide any kind of real-time feedback.

Timing

Session one

Lecture 45 minutes
Question and answer 15 minutes Break 5 minutes
Resume workshop 1 hour 15 minutes
Homework overview 10 minutes Session length 2 hours 30 minutes

Session two

Lecture 45 minutes
Round-robin 30 minutes Break 5 minutes
Question and Answer 15 minutes
Resume critique 55 minutes Session length 2 hours 30 minutes
Total time 5 hours