Employability


Introduction | Choosing a Career Field | Job Search | Application for Employment | Entry-Level Jobs | Resume | Review


Introduction

employabilityEmployability skills are the winning traits for many successful professionals all around the world. They refer to the traits and talents that make you attractive for your job of interest. To get an edge in the job market, it is prudent you master your employability skills through education, training, and practical applications. What is your employability IQ? Take the Employability Skills Quiz to see what it reveals about you. In the present times, employers are much keener in finding someone who is passionate about success. Now is not the time employers hire applicants to foster only the productivity of their companies. With the growth of their professional experience, their perspectives have changed. In simpler words, organizations now look for individuals who have the zeal to stay on top, despite the stiff competition.

Hard skills vs. Soft Skills

When it comes to work skills, they can be broken down into two types: hard skills and soft skills. They're pretty different from one another, but both are necessary to be successful on the job. Employers are looking for both your technical skills (aka hard stills) and your employability skills (aka soft skills). The hard skills will often get you the job but it will be the soft skills that help you keep the job.


Choosing a Career Field

Choosing a career is not the same as getting a job. Whether you're entering the workforce for the first time or are looking to change careers, choosing a career can be a fairly intimidating task. It's a pretty big decision that can affect your life in a variety of ways. Luckily, there are a number of steps you can take to improve your chances of finding a career that's a good match for you.


Job Search

Whether you're looking for your very first job, a different position in your field, or planning to switch to a new career, searching for a job can be a big challenge. While there's no easy way to find a job, the right combination of job search strategies can make the process more manageable.

Assignment: Question Thought 11.1

Directions: What type of career are you interested in pursuing after you graduate from high school. Prepare a short summary of your career hopes and dreams. Include why you chose this career field and how to plan to get there. Place your summary in the itsLearning textbox.


Entry-Level Jobs

If you've been looking for an entry-level job recently, you've probably run into a frustrating issue: A listing is labeled as entry level, but it also requires its applicants to have anywhere between one and five years of experience. So how do you gain work experience if you don't have enough experience for an entry-level job? This dilemma is sometimes referred to as the entry-level catch-22 and it can be very frustrating


Application for Employment

An application for employment is a standard business document which is prepared with questions deemed relevant by an employer in order for the employer to determine the best candidate to be given the responsibility of fulfilling the work needs of the company. When you complete a job application, regardless of whether it is a paper application or an online job application, there is information you will need to provide to apply for the job and be considered for the position.

Personal Branding

What do I want to do with my life? How do I want others to see me? What makes me unique? Personal branding is the process of determining who you are, what you want to accomplish, and how you want to market yourself to others. Personal branding is the practice of marketing people and their careers as brands. It is an ongoing process of developing and maintaining a reputation and impression of an individual, group, or organization. Creating a personal brand can be a daunting, mythical task. And one of the easiest ways to get lost in the process is to not know where to start.

Assignment: Job Application

Directions: Read the article Information Required to Complete a Job Application by Alison Doyle. Select a job application of your choice (you can find a lot on the Internet) or use the sample application included with the itsLearning assignment and complete it with accurate information about yourself. Please omit your social security number and place an "N/A" on the first line of any section of that does not apply to you like military experience. Submit the completed application or a screenshot from an electronic application to the assignment in itsLearning.


Resume

Finding employment can be challenging for anyone, but the job market can be especially tough for recent college graduates, people re-entering the workforce after time away, or someone who has been in a position for a long time. Competition is stiff; the market is filled with other strong job candidates, too. So how can you increase your chances for getting a great job in the field you love? For almost everyone, it starts with a resume.

Choosing the Right Format for Your Resume

Resume Tips and Strategies

Contact Information on your Resume

Qualification Statement on your Resume

Employment History on your Resume

Education on your Resume

Additional Information on your Resume

Preparing your resume for the Internet

Assignment: Resume

Directions: Create a resume for yourself. It must be a resume that reflects your current self with actual education and experience. You can use an online resume creator or a resume template in Word. Your resume may not exceed 1 page. Submit the completed resume (or a screenshot if using an online creator that won't let you download for free) to the assignment in itsLearning.

Assignment: Vision Board

Directions: A dream board or vision board is a collage of images, pictures, and affirmations of one's dreams and desires, designed to serve as a source of inspiration and motivation, and to use the law of attraction to attain goals. Visualization is one of the most powerful mind exercises you can do. According to the popular book The Secret, "The law of attraction is forming your entire life experience and it is doing that through your thoughts. When you are visualizing, you are emitting a powerful frequency out into the Universe." Read the blog article The Reason Vision Boards Work and How to Make One by Elizabeth Rider. Create your own vision board. Vision boards are personal so I am not giving you a list of requirements. Take a clear picture of the vision board and submit the picture to the itsLearning assignment.


Review

Resources

If you are having problems viewing this page, opening videos, or accessing the URLs, the direct links are posted below. All assignments are submitted in itsLearning. If you have having problems, contact Mrs. Rush through the itsLearning email client.

The Reason Vision Boards Work and How to Make One: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/the-scientific-reason-why_b_6392274

Employability Skills Quiz: https://www.proprofs.com/quiz-school/story.php?title=employability-skills-quiz


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