The Job Search.
It can be intimidating to say the least. Between the economic challenges, mounting debt, and diminishing job opportunities, it can hard to know where to begin, let alone where to find the job of your dreams.
This course, however, can help. You may think that the course's title, "Composing Your Personal History," is a bit oddly matched for a course focusing on job searches, but reviewing your history and then assessing where you'll go is really what searching for a job is all about. Over the next eight units, you'll be crafting pieces of writing, such as resumes and cover letters, that communicate your personal history clearly, concisely, and effectively—especially when it comes to potential employers.
Specifically, you'll learn how to create an engaging and eye-catching resume, a cover letter that highlights your strengths and minimizes your development areas, an effective networking pitch, and a professional portfolio showcasing the tools you need for a successful job search. To draft these "personal history pieces," you'll cover the basics of the job search process and the research required to determine effective job targets, identify potential industries and employers, and personalize your job marketing tools for specific positions. You’ll also have a chance to review the job search process online and study the importance of having a comprehensive, yet professional, social media presence.
Lastly, as you learn more about how to target your job search and draft high-quality resources, you’ll have the chance to review your personal, educational, and professional history through numerous short writing pieces that will help you develop a better sense of who you are and where you are going.