Job Search and Interview Strategies
  I: Administrative Information   II: Course Details   III: Topical Outline(s)  Printable Version
Section I: Administrative Information
  Total hours: 18.0
Credit Value: 0.0
Credit Value Notes: N/A
Effective: Spring/Summer 2021
Prerequisites: N/A
Corequisites: N/A
Equivalents: N/A
Pre/Co/Equiv Notes: N/A

Program(s): Build Your Way to Success
Program Coordinator(s): N/A
Course Leader or Contact: N/A
Version: 20210517_00
Status: Approved (APPR)

Section I Notes: This course is offered entirely online. The course consists of 6 hours of live online learning and 14 hours of self-paced online learning with an available instructor for questions and feedback throughout the course. The sessions engage students in a variety of interactive learning activities including discussions, case studies and presentations. The grade is pass/fail. Readings, videos, and instructor-created files are provided online on Sheridan's Learning and Teaching Environment (SLATE). Assignment details will be provided on SLATE. Students will need reliable access to the internet.

Section II: Course Details

Detailed Description
Students learn how to use effective job-search strategies to market themselves, and how to prepare for job interviews. The course explores job requirements in Canada, how to research companies in the students' respective fields, how to use job search engines and websites, tips on how to find jobs through personal contacts and referrals (networking), as well as how to create an online presence using social media in the job search. Finally, the course offers interview preparation, including pre-interview and post-interview steps. Through independent research, discussions, mock virtual interviews, analysis of resume and cover letters, and elevator speech samples, students learn how to create successful self-marketing tools, make a good first impression, and communicate assertively in an interview.

Program Context

Build Your Way to Success Program Coordinator(s): N/A
This program is in partnership with FHASS.

Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes

  Critical Performance:
By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability to create self-marketing tools, and participate in a virtual interview.
Learning Outcomes:

To achieve the critical performance, students will have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Create a list of personal traits, and technical and transferable skills, by using self-assessment tools.
  2. Identify effective job search strategies, including the effective use of social media tools.
  3. Apply verbal and non-verbal techniques to prepare for and participate in a virtual mock interview.
  4. Apply gained knowledge and skills to improve their job search.

Evaluation Plan
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:

 Evaluation Plan: ONLINE
 Assignment #1: Create a professional resume & cover letter50.0%
 Assignment #2: Virtual mock interview50.0%

Evaluation Notes and Academic Missed Work Procedure:
TEST AND ASSIGNMENT PROTOCOL The following protocol applies to every course offered by Continuing and Professional Studies. 1. Students are responsible for staying abreast of test dates and times, as well as due dates and any special instructions for submitting assignments and projects as supplied to the class by the instructor. 2. Students must write all tests at the specified date and time. Missed tests, in-class/online activities, assignments and presentations are awarded a mark of zero. The penalty for late submission of written assignments is a loss of 10% per day for up to five business days (excluding Sundays and statutory holidays), after which, a grade of zero is assigned. Business days include any day that the college is open for business, whether the student has scheduled classes that day or not. An extension or make-up opportunity may be approved by the instructor at his or her discretion.

Provincial Context
The course meets the following Ministry of Colleges and Universities requirements:


Essential Employability Skills
Essential Employability Skills emphasized in the course:

  • Communication Skills - Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Skills - Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.
  • Information Management Skills - Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.
  • Information Management - Locate, select, organize and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.
  • Personal Skills - Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.
  • Personal Skills - Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
PLAR Contact (if course is PLAR-eligible) - Office of the Registrar

  • Not Eligible for PLAR

Section III: Topical Outline
Some details of this outline may change as a result of circumstances such as weather cancellations, College and student activities, and class timetabling.
Instruction Mode: Online
Professor: Multiple Professors
RequiredTextbookRecruiting, retaining, and promoting culturally different employees ( available at Sheridan Library), Laroche, Lionel; Rutherford, Don, Routledge, 1st, ISBN 978-0750682404, 2011

Applicable student group(s): Continuing Education Students
Course Details:

Week One

Welcome and Introduction 

  • Welcome message and introduction of the course 3 goals
  • Student and Teacher Expectations (How to achieve success in this course)
  • Needs Assessment
  • What to keep in mind when I am in the market for a job?

Job Search Strategies

  • Understanding job requirements in Canada – National Occupation Classification and Job Bank
  • Company research
  • Job search engines and websites
  • Personal contacts and referrals (networking)
  • Online presence and social media


Week 2

Marketing Yourself 

  • Skills – Personality assessment

                  - What are your strengths and weaknesses?

                  - What are your technical and transferable skills?

  • Identifying skills in job ads
  • Self-marketing tools: cover letter, resume, “elevator speech”, professional online presence
  • Assignment: Create a professional resume and cover letter

Preparation for Job Interview

  • Interview questions and how to ace them (STAR)
  • Anticipate interview questions and prepare your own questions
  • Virtual Interview preparation (testing your device and technological glitches; professional backdrop and distractions)


Week 3

The Interview

  • Non-verbal behavior

Dress for success

Body Language

Communicating assertively/ positively

Troubleshooting and staying calm

  • After the interview

Thank you email

Decision making- is this the job you want?

Handling rejection


Virtual Mock Interviews

  • Assignment: Participate in a mock interview


Course Summary and Reflections

  • Group discussions: Post-interview reflection; what have you learned in this module? How will this help you find a job and succeed at work?
  • Q&A session
  • Final reflections and feedback


Sheridan Policies

All Sheridan policies can be viewed on the Sheridan policy website.

Academic Integrity: The principle of academic integrity requires that all work submitted for evaluation and course credit be the original, unassisted work of the student. Cheating or plagiarism including borrowing, copying, purchasing or collaborating on work, except for group projects arranged and approved by the professor, or otherwise submitting work that is not the student's own, violates this principle and will not be tolerated. Students who have any questions regarding whether or not specific circumstances involve a breach of academic integrity are advised to review the Academic Integrity Policy and procedure and/or discuss them with the professor.

Copyright: A majority of the course lectures and materials provided in class and posted in SLATE are protected by copyright. Use of these materials must comply with the Acceptable Use Policy, Use of Copyright Protected Work Policy and Student Code of Conduct. Students may use, copy and share these materials for learning and/or research purposes provided that the use complies with fair dealing or an exception in the Copyright Act. Permission from the rights holder would be necessary otherwise. Please note that it is prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote. It is also prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own or your own work with the intent to assist others in cheating on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote.

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