Chapter 3: Pursuing Employment Opportunities

Jordan Smith

Today, both job seekers and recruiters have more ways than ever to connect with one another. Though the traditional means of in-person networking are still necessary, online networking has also become the norm. As in the world of dating, technology can certainly help connect people according to compatible interests and preferences; from there, however, the relationship depends entirely on how things go in person. This chapter examines the spectrum of job search tools and techniques available to the modern job seeker. It provides guidance on how you can prepare a résumé and cover letter that will increase your chances of getting an interview and hence a job.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Identify and assess individual skills, strengths, and experiences to identify career and professional development goals
  • Research the job market to identify career opportunities and requirements
  • Prepare a targeted resume and cover letter

This chapter is adapted from two open educational resources:

Professional Communications: A Common Approach to Work-place Writing by Jordan Smith, Melissa Ashman, eCampusOntario, Brian Dunphy, and Andrew Stracuzzi.

Be the Boss of Your Career: A Complete Guide for Students & Grads by Lindsay Bortot and Employment Support Centre, Algonquin College is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License

Adaptations included editing tone, images, removing content to align the chapter with BCOM210 course learning objectives, and revising examples for an FHSU student population, and adding some original exercises to align with course objectives.


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