Rio Salado College Students and graduates currently in the market for a new job may want to consider taking Creative Job Hunting (CPD102AC). The two-credit elective offers a comprehensive approach that teaches the strategic elements of a job search and addresses the psychological strain of prolonged unemployment.
The creative job hunting class is best suited for recent graduates or job seekers who have an immediate desire to start working.
"This is not a career planning course,” said instructor Kamela Craig. “This class is for recent graduates or other community members who already know what kind of work they want to do."
According to Craig, the course teaches students to be better communicators so that they can not only write better resumes and cover letters, but they can also perform better in an interview. Students gain confidence and become more comfortable with the interview process through simulated interviews. Craig said she believes this helps students identify their strengths and weaknesses in an interview setting.
"As with anything, practice makes perfect," Craig said. "For the final, students set up a mock interview with an employer to practice their answers and receive feedback in a pressure-free environment." She added, “I think the mock interview can be an 'ah-ha' moment for many students."
With an online delivery format and flexible Monday starts, attending the creative job hunting classes does not have to interfere with the actual job hunt. Participants can expect to learn how to create a job search plan, write a compelling resume and cover letter, use social networking to find job leads, deal with stress to stay motivated, and stay calm during an interview.