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3 ways a job-skills workshop can help you

Finding a job is, well, a job in itself. You perform research on companies and check job websites. You refine your resumé and cover letter. You do interviews over the phone and in person. It all takes a lot of time, and none of your work has a guaranteed payday.

The new Student Career Workshop at University of Phoenix aims to help make the process easier. During three one-hour sessions, a facilitator shares job-hunting tips and resources, answers questions, and helps you write a strong resumé and cover letter. You’ll also complete tutorials at Phoenix Career Services, an interactive online career portal.

The sessions are complimentary for University students and run from Wednesday to Friday, according to Marlene Berry, an academic operations staff member. Students and faculty can sign up any time by logging on to eCampus and selecting the Program tab, then Services and then Workshops.

Here are three things the workshop can help you do:

Learn about what Phoenix Career Services can provide.

You’ll become familiar with the primary job-seeking tools the workshop offers. The website’s interactive tools describe how to improve your interview skills and how to write resumés and cover letters that will encourage hiring managers to notice you.

“We introduce all segments of the resumé — summary, objective, work history,” says Berry, who helped develop the training. “Two-thirds of the workshop focuses on the content in Phoenix Career Services. That’s how important this resource is.”

The career services site also provides information about companies interested in hiring University students and graduates, and includes a link to the PhoenixConnect® academic social network, which can put you in touch with thousands of professionals who may be able to help you in your career.


Find out the skills and education you need.

The facilitator will guide you through the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, which provides information about the salary ranges and skills required for all kinds of jobs. The handbook also describes the level of education required for hundreds of occupations, from accountant to editor to private security manager. You’ll learn how to use the guide to focus your resumé and cover letter for specific jobs and how to make sure your job search is on track.

Develop an effective resumé and cover letter.

After learning the tools, you’ll write your resumé and cover letter. Once completed, they’ll be posted to a shared site, where the facilitator and other workshop participants will critique the copy to help you create a polished synopsis of your work history, skills and knowledge — a vital tool for when you’re ready to start applying to jobs.