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Program Overview

Northern Virginia Community College’s (NOVA) Job Readiness training program is a paper-based training resource for instructional delivery in a classroom setting. The Job Readiness program was developed by NOVA primarily for job-seeking adult students at the college to prepare them for new careers.

The Job Readiness training course consists of four modules, which can be used as stand-alone workshops, or in any combination. The materials accompanying each module include an instructor’s guide, participant materials, and PowerPoint presentation slides. Each module has planned delivery time of approximately two to four hours.

  • Module 1: Getting Started: Documenting Your Prior Education, Skills, Experiences, and Qualifications
  • Module 2: Developing Your Resume
  • Module 3: Identifying Job Opportunities (e.g., Networking, the Internet and Job Fairs)
  • Module 4 :Preparing for Interviews

Learning Objectives for Each Job Readiness Module

Module 1: Getting Started: Documenting Your Prior Education, Skills, Experiences, and Qualifications

By the end of this module, students will be able to:

  • Define the type of information that they will need for preparing their job application
  • Identify and collect all basic information required to complete employment applications
  • Articulate the importance of collecting the basic information they need
  • Prepare a “Master Application” packet they can use when they look for a job

Module 2: Developing Your Resume

By the end of this module, students will be able to:

  • Explain parts of a typical resume and their purposes
  • Identify and correct errors in a resume
  • Create a draft resume
  • List five different local resources or reference books

Module 3: Identifying Job Opportunities (e.g., Networking, the Internet and Job Fairs)

By the end of this module, students will be able to:

  • Use the Internet to search for and identify job opportunities
  • Define networking and create a networking list
  • Create a to-do list for a job fair they want to attend

Module 4: Preparing for Interviews

By the end of this module, students will be able to:

  • Summarize main characteristics of good and bad interviews
  • Identify the interviewer’s purposes in interview questions
  • Conduct practice interviews

Acknowledgements

These materials were developed with a special grant from The Virginia Community College System. Northern Virginia Community College expresses its gratitude to David Amoroso as the primary subject matter expert who authored much of the material, and to Dr. Shaoyu Chi of NOVA’s Extended Learning Institute, who provided instructional design expertise. We also acknowledge the project contributions of our team of reviewers for these materials:

  • Janet Shuchmann, Human Resources, Cardinal Bank
  • Shea Jordan, The SkillSource Group
  • Ruthe Brown, Tech Prep Program, NOVA
  • Milan Hayward, Career and Technical Education, NOVA
  • Dennis Sullivan, Career Counseling, NOVA