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ERIC Number: ED252146
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Improving Job Seeking Skills: A Training Program for Liberal Arts Graduates.
Burke, Janet; Cannon, Joan B.
The effectiveness of a two-day workshop on job-searching skills and interview techniques for students graduating from a college of liberal arts was evaluated. The training program was designed and implemented at the University of Lowell with a pilot group of liberal arts graduates in spring 1983. Students learned to prepare a professional resume, cover letter, and followup letter. Individual and group discussions of participants' resumes and cover letters were conducted. Materials were distributed to students on the topics of resumes and correspondence, job listings, and interviews. Students also developed resumes and cover letters for five actual jobs. In addition, students were helped to recognize their skills and talents that were relevant to job performance. To help improve students' interviewing skills and appearance, simulations and videotaping were used. Followup interviews demonstrated that students can be trained in job-searching skills in a relatively short time period and that such workshops are helpful to finding employment. Responses to followup interviews from three participants are provided that cover background employment information, search processes and strategies, and overall program evaluation. (Author/SW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Students; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: University of Lowell MA
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Educational Research Association (7th, West Palm Beach, FL, November 1984).