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Job Search Skills

Course Code: CAEP 0320
Faculty: Child, Family & Community Studies
Credits: 1.0
Semester: 15 Weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Seminar
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course is designed to provide students with learning difficulties or barriers to education and employment with an overview of job seeking techniques. It focuses on a variety of topics that allow students to build competencies toward further training and future employment, including understanding of the job search process, preparing cover letters and resumes, typical interview questions and techniques. The course prepares students on how to target jobs that are desirable and realistic and fill a need for employers in today’s challenging job market.

Course Content

Topics to be explored include:

  • The career planning process
  • Workplace communication
  • Personal and community job search networks
  • Cover letters and resumes

Methods of Instruction

  • Lectures

Means of Assessment

This course uses the mastery grading system and will conform to Douglas College policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations. Typical means of evaluation would include a combination of:

  • Mid-point and final self-assessments
  • Demonstration of skills
  • Regular attendance and participation in class activities

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the successful sutdent will be able to:

  1. Complete various inventories/assessments related to education and employment, and develop and participate in personal, education and career planning
  2. Identify and assess personal skills, abilities, work skills, habits, performance and compatibility with the type of work chosen
  3. Access a computer for word processing
  4. Construct resumes, cover letters, and thank-you letters
  5. Collect all related information to prepare a resume
  6. Identify his/her personal job search network
  7.  Prepare and practice responses to communication skills for interviews
  8. Respond to interview questions by representing his / her strengths
  9. Identify local public and private employment agencies
  10. Demonstrate effective job search techniques

course prerequisites

Instructor permission


No corequisite courses


No equivalency courses

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.