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1. Purpose
To prepare graduating community college students with effective job search documents and skills.
2. Rationale
This is an important project because students can graduate Portland Community College with a
traditional associate's degree, but also with Career Pathway certificates that are three terms or
less of class time. My aim is to get them hired in to entry level roles in their career field.
3. Learning outcomes
I have identified three distinct modules:
Written Documents
Students will be able to write tailored resumes and cover letters for specific job postings. By using
words and phrases pulled directly from job postings, students have a much higher chance of
having their documents pass Applicant Tracking Systems and viewed by human hiring managers.
Job Searching and Networking
Students will be able to use various websites to find job postings related to their degree and longterm career goals. Also, these jobs should be ones that they care about (in relation to Fink's
Networking includes connecting students with experts in the field for informational interviews, as
well as finding volunteer opportunities related to their degree field to help build their resume.
Students will be able to research companies they are interviewing with in order to best prepare
Students will also conduct mock interviews with questions tailored to their specific field (if
applicable). Reflection questions and feedback will help strengthen interviewing skills.
4. Audience and pre-requisites knowledge
My learners will usually be younger people around the age of 21. Since they would be earning
their first degrees/certificates, I am assuming that their prior knowledge and skills will be basic.
While interviewing at Portland Community College for the Career Coach position, the interview
said that 50% of students in the Career Pathway Certificates program are non-white.
The attitudes, I expect, will be mostly positive since students will care deeply about finding a job
to start their career path related to their degree/certificate. This is what I will tap in to to stoke
motivation and keep students focused on finding the right job for them.
5. Description and organization of subject matter
This module's organization follows the Universal Design for Learning organization of identifying
objectives first, then developing activities to meet the objectives, creating materials for the
activities, and finally developing assessment tools to measure if the learning objective is met.
6. Instructional Plan (including materials and assessment)
See following page

Document or Skill


Finding Job Postings

Learning Objective


Using online job
boards, find three job
E-mail me links to three
postings the student is
job postings before
interested in and are
showing up to a career
applicable to their
advising session
career path

Various websites. I will
suggest students use and
before using websites
they find on their own

Print off the three job
descriptions and I
would model with the
first description, ask
them to help with the
Highlight job
second, and have them
descriptions' desired highlight the third on
The three job postings
2 Assessing Job Descriptions skills and abilities that their own. Then,
they e-mailed to me in
match the student's
compare what
the previous activity
keywords and phrases
are common amongst
the three to compile a
list of words to use in
their written





Yes or No: Are the job
descriptions related to
their degree/certificate
field? Do they have
sufficient education for
each posting?

Is the student able to
highlight keyword and
phrases from a job
description that
matches their own
experience on their

Using the highlighted
words from a job
Using a template,
description, write a
Job description, resume
write a resume
resume. Compare their
template, and
tailored for a specific match rate between
job posting
their resume and the
job description by using

Has a match rate of
60% or higher on

Using the highlighted
words from a job
Using a template,
description, complete a
write a cover letter
cover letter planner
tailored for a specific worksheet and then
job posting
write a cover letter
using the template to
guide them

Job description, cover
letter template, and a
cover letter planner

Are the three
strengths discussed in
the cover letter named
directly in the job
description as desired

On their own, complete
as much of a
Complete a
“researching the
“researching the
company” worksheet
company” worksheet for a job interview
before coming to an
advising session

Researching the
company worksheet.
Various websites to find

Was the student able
to find most of the
information to
complete the

Mock interview directly
related to a job posting
in their specific
degree/certificate field
(or one they are about
to interview for).
Complete a written
reflection and have a
feedback discussion
with me about their

10 to 15 interview
questions tailored to the
“researching the
company” worksheet
completed in the previous

Using a rubric, was
the student able to
pass in all areas

Volunteer Opportunities

Find a volunteer
Explore volunteer
opportunity that the
opportunities posted
student is interested in online. This can be
and is related to their done either on their
own or with me as their
career path
career coach,
other websites, and
networked organizations
with Portland Community

Was the student able
to find a volunteer
opportunity related to
their career path? Did
they apply or sign up
for it?

Informational Interview

After reading about the
purpose of an
informational interview,
Complete an
write their own
informational interview questions to ask an
with an expert in their expert from the
desired career field
network of
organizations at
Portland Community

Quick article about the
purpose of informational
Did the student write
interviews. Also, find an
relevant questions and
expert in the field willing
interview the expert?
to either meet, call, or email with the student

Writing a Resume

Writing a Cover Letter

5 Preparing for an Interview



Mock Interview

Conduct a passing
mock interview
tailored to a specific
job posting

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