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Submitting a résumé online leads to little results in job search, as most jobs are filled by personal recommendation, often referred to as the “hidden” job market. Personal networking has always been crucial for job search, and recently social networking is becoming important as well, although it cannot replace networks created by building personal and professional relationships. This course is built on previous, basic training on communication skills and networking tips that students have received in their previous studies and practical work. Students gain advanced knowledge and skills in improving their cover letter, résumé, business card, and portfolio, in email writing skills and specific soft skills required in their program-specific area. Moving beyond online job search tools, students take a further step in their plans to obtain professional designations and strategic networking with leaders and experts in their industry. With intensive participation in networking events, students have the opportunity to build and improve their professional networks for future employment.
In this course, learners develop and enhance their job search and networking skills to identify and exploit career opportunities in their chosen fields. The importance of soft skills, social media, job interview strategies, effective résumés, business etiquettes and best practices in the work place will also be discussed.
This course is a prerequisite for the optional Co-op component of the program.