SS 190 - Work Search  


Work Search 

Spring 2013


Instructor: Jennifer Payne                      586-7711 x126

Required Tools: Flash drive/thumb drive or laptop to store your career tools electronically

 Format:  Lecture, discussion, in class activities, peer review and critique


Course Objectives:  Building Professional Skills for Your Career Development

  • To learn and practice life-long career planning skills.
  • Create tools to support life-long career journeys such resumes, bios, portfolios, etc.
  • To become comfortable conducting a job search. 
  • To discover new resources and career prospects for internship and employment opportunities
  • To support the Work Program curriculum and the mission of the Work Colleges Consortium. 



Assignment                                                                             % of Final Grade

Attendance and Participation                                                             25%

(Participation includes assignments not listed below such as drafts.)

Networking Resources / Check-In                                                      15%

Resume – Final Copy                                                                               20%

Cover Letter – Final Letter                                                                     15%

Reference List                                                                                             5%

Work Search Resources and Portfolio**                                            20%

**Please note:  Some of your work will be kept for your permanent file in the CRC.


Course Content:

Students in this course will focus on building life skills for the job search process.  The course will emphasize professional habits of the job search process to include networking, interviewing, etiquette, salary negotiations as well as the creation of numerous career development tools to include resumes, cover letters, reference lists, statement of work philosophy, etc.  This course also serves as the first course in the Internship Program; students apply the job search process to finding an internship opportunity to match their learning and career goals.  


Your attendance and participation affect the success of this course, as well as your grade. I expect you to attend ALL classes, be on time, and participate in the Career Fair on March 21. If a scheduling conflict arises, see me BEFORE hand.


All coursework is due at the beginning of the class specified in the syllabus. Life happens, so plan ahead; have your work completed ahead of time so when life decides to throw you a curve ball you are not knocked out of the game.  You still have a deadline! 


If you have a learning challenge or documented disability, please check in with Leland Peterson, Sterling College’s Learning Support Specialist.  Leland can help you determine what accommodations you will need in this course.  I can meet with you and Leland, or you can simply let me know what you and he decide.