New River Community and Technical College offers a career exploration and job seeking skills course called BUSN 272 Career and Professional Development. The three-credit- hour course is being offered at two locations during the spring semester 2014.
Topics of interest include using the internet to obtain current information about career opportunities and job search skills; completing self-exploration to summarize educational background, working experience, capabilities and accomplishments, skills, interests, values and personal qualities; preparing job applications, resumes, cover letters that help you get interviews; developing and applying effective interview strategies that help you get the job you want; identifying techniques for adjusting to and succeeding in a new job and for earning a promotion; identifying techniques for making a job change successfully; and identifying techniques for dealing with being laid off or terminated from a position.
Students practice skills in group settings and in mock interviews with their instructors. They prepare portfolios, resumes, cover letters, and job applications using winning strategies. Internet research is emphasized along with building networks among colleagues and associates. Other topics include negotiation of salary, getting deserved promotions and how to successfully adapt to a job change.
The course meets on the Greenbrier Valley Campus in Lewisburg, W. Va., in a traditional format with web exploration on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., or on the Mercer County Campus in Princeton on Tuesdays, 5:30 to 6:45 p.m., in a web enhanced format. Both classes extend from Jan.14 until May 9, 2014.
For additional information, contact Lizabeth L. Rogers, professor of business, (304) 647-6579. Registration for spring semester ends Jan. 3, 2014. Students are encouraged to register before December 20, as all college offices will be closed from Dec. 23-Jan.1 for the holidays.