About this Course
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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....
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Approx. 17 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 hours/week...
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English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
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4 hours to complete

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...
Reading
2 videos (Total 5 min), 8 readings, 3 quizzes
Video2 videos
What Are Some of our First Impression Mistakes?3m
Reading8 readings
Learning Objectives2m
Snap judgments - The Princeton Study10m
Personality Trumps Skill10m
The 5-7-9 Ways to Make a Great First Impression10m
Test Your First Impression Skills - Just for Fun10m
Promote Yourself without Selling Out10m
The Elevator Speech10m
Elevator Pitch - Professional Examples10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
First Impressions Quiz20m
Elevator Speech Quiz10m
Week
2
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3 hours to complete

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....
Reading
2 videos (Total 11 min), 2 readings, 3 quizzes
Video2 videos
Making Your Resume Stand Out6m
Reading2 readings
Learning Objectives2m
What should my resume look like?20m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Writing My Resume Practice Quiz20m
Writing my Resume12m
Week
3
Clock
3 hours to complete

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...
Reading
1 video (Total 6 min), 5 readings, 3 quizzes
Reading5 readings
Learning Objectives2m
Are cover letters important?10m
Becoming a more Customized Candidate10m
Your Cover Letter vs. Your Job Description10m
Connecting the Puzzle Pieces10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Cover Letter Practice Quiz20m
My Cover Letter10m
Week
4
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4 hours to complete

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....
Reading
2 videos (Total 10 min), 7 readings, 3 quizzes
Video2 videos
How To Use LinkedIn6m
Reading7 readings
The Learning Objectives2m
The Job Seeker's Social Media Survival Kit10m
Practical LinkedIn 4.010m
How To Use Twitter10m
How To Use Facebook10m
Should You Use Facebook as a Job-Seeking Tool?10m
11 Steps to Become a Social Leader10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
My Social Media Strategy, Practice Quiz20m
My Social Media Strategy, Graded Quiz10m

Instructors

Dan Stotz

Director, Online Executive Education
Michael J. Coles College of Business, Kennesaw State University

Elke M Leeds, Ph.D.

Associate Vice President of Technology Enhanced Learning
Academic Affairs

Ana T. Baida, Ed.D.

Executive Director
Department of Career Planning and Development

Wes Rhea, J.D.

Senior Lecturer
Information Systems

About University System of Georgia

The University System of Georgia is composed of 28 higher education institutions including 4 research universities, 2 regional universities, 12 state universities, 13 state colleges and the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography. The Georgia Public Library System, encompassing 61 library systems throughout Georgia, is also part of the University System....

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