Job Search Skills

Applied Community Studies
Career and Employment Preparation
Course Code
CAEP 0204
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This course is designed to provide students with learning difficulties or barriers to education and employment with a comprehensive overview of job seeking strategies including interview skills. It covers the basic tenets of job search recognizing the different approaches to successfully applying to a job.
Course Content
  1. Composing cover letters, resumes and thank you letters
  2. Completing online and written job applications
  3. Participating in full job search process
  4. Identifying personal and community job search networks
  5. Preparing and responding to interview questions
  6. Grooming and hygiene
  7. Basic computer skills including formatting Word documents and emailing
  8. Rights and responsibilities around disclosing a disability 


Methods Of Instruction
  • Lecture
  • Lab
  • Role-plays
  • Audiovisual media
Means of Assessment

Evaluation will take place in accordance with the Douglas College Evaluation Policy. A mastery model of ongoing evaluation will be used.  A student will have completed the course when they have demonstrated through satisfactory completion of exercises and assignments that the course objectives have been achieved.  Where formal tests are used mastery will be defined as a score of 80% or more.

Progress will be monitored on a regular basis by the instructor in consultation with each student.  The student will be expected to maintain regular attendance in accordance to CFCS attendance policy and demonstrate progress, to participate in classroom activities, and to complete assignments as directed.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the successful student will be able to:

1.     Collect all related information to prepare a resume. 

2.     Identify their personal job search network. 

3.     Prepare and practice responses to communication skills for interviews. 

4.     Prepare for an interview. 

5.     Participate in role plays. 

6.     Present at job interviews in a professional manner. 

7.     Respond to interview questions by representing their strengths. 

8.     Ask relevant questions of potential employers.  

9.     Conduct a local job market analysis. 

10.   Identify and outline individual employment support and training needs. 

11.   Demonstrate effective goal setting and time management skills. 

12.   Demonstrate an understanding of the strategies needed to start and maintain a job search. 

13.   Develop appropriate job-targeting cover letters. 

14.   Develop effective job search techniques. 

15.   Identify the pros and cons of when and how to disclose one’s disability. 

16.   Access a computer for word processing. 

17.   Demonstrate a basic level of skill in using digital resources. 

18.   Access an email account, compose and reply to messages. 

19.   Understand and use safe internet protocols. 

20.   Construct resumes, cover letters and thank you letters. 

21.   Upload resumes to submit a job application online. 

Textbook Materials

Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students:


Topic-relevant material will be provided in handout form throughout the course.




CAEP 0201, 0202, 0203, 0205.


No equivalent courses.

Requisite for

This course is not required for any other course.

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
There are no applicable transfer credits for this course.

Course Offerings

Summer 2021

There aren't any scheduled upcoming offerings for this course.