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Films on Demand
Films on Demand is an educational streaming video service, with thousands of videos available on demand from anywhere. See just a few of the relevant videos below.
Getting The Job: Cover Letters, Interviews, and Job Offers
Learn about the structure of an effective cover letter and encounter real-world examples of cover-letter strategies. Tips on preparing for an interview (from dressing properly to overcoming nervousness) are followed by a dramatization of how a typical interview might play out, as well as several challenging questions an applicant can expect—and ask. The final section covers guidelines for smart salary negotiations and other helpful criteria for accepting or declining an offer of employment.
207 Interview Techniques
Appropriate for either first-time job applicants or seasoned interviewees, this fast-paced program gives tips gleaned from thousands of employers who were asked the same two questions about candidates: “What impressed you most?” and “What mistakes did they make?” Divided into seven sections that each end with a bulleted summary, the video also covers topics such as what to wear and when to arrive, along with the fundamentals of crafting a resume.
The Job Seeker: Interview Dos and Don'ts with Sue Morem
College students take part in mock interviews so viewers can learn from what they’re doing right—and wrong. What trips them up? Tightly focused post-interview critiques and general tips on interview preparation and follow-up will help students make their pitch with poise and self-confidence when it’s their turn to sit in the job seeker’s hot seat.
First Impressions: Winning Over Your Boss and Coworkers
Explores the crucial skills every new employee should develop in order to become a valued part of the team. Topics include logistical issues like punctuality and planning the best route to work as well as proper dress, orientation and training, asking questions, active listening, and how to deal with difficult coworkers or supervisors. Real-world advice comes from James Masini, a young Australian business owner whose company specializes in helping entry-level workers.
First Impressions: Etiquette and Work Habits for New Employees
A bad first impression is hard to shake—something Jason, Marita, and Chris are about to find out on their first day at work. This video will save your students from common workplace blunders by showing them how to present a polished appearance, use positive body language, and demonstrate a can-do work ethic. A viewable/printable instructor’s guide is available online.
Business Etiquette: Professionalism 101
How should you balance social media and your job? What’s the best way to ask for a raise? Who should pick up the tab for a business lunch? In this program, both business experts and a focus group of young professionals advise viewers on the proper way to conduct oneself in different types of work-related situations. A viewable/printable instructor’s guide is available online.
Doing The Job: Basic Job Skills
Brings different aspects of job success into focus, exploring professional behavior, ethics, communication, leadership, teamwork, problem solving, organization, and information management. Discussions focus on collaboration, taking initiative, and office etiquette; the hazards of procrastination, dishonesty, and unethical actions; the ability to take and give constructive criticism; the four C’s of good writing (be clear, concise, compelling, and correct); effective uses for technology in completing projects and presenting work; and much more.
Workplace Relationships: Playing Your Part
Using dramatized scenarios, this program investigates the workplace relationships among coworkers who are collaborating on a project. Topics covered include the role of communication in getting along with others, contributing to activities such as projects and meetings, and dealing effectively with conflict.
Job Survival Kit
A lot of people think the best way to keep a job is to just do what you are told. That is part of it, but not all of it, by far. Today’s employers are looking for people who can truly contribute to the company—someone who can handle responsibility, be flexible, and adapt!
Career Information on the Web
Here are several websites that might be useful when researching different careers.
Career OneStop: Explore Careers
Get national and state-specific statistics about hundreds of jobs over a number of different categories. Information given is often taken from the Occupational Outlook Handbook, but many of the links are to other sources on information. Site is sponsored by U.S. Department of Labor.
CAREEREALISM, a career advice and job search magazine, was founded in 2009 on the belief that “every job is temporary.” Our purpose with this online career magazine is to help people solve their career and job search problems.
College Foundation of North Carolina: Plan for a career
This section of the CFNC website offers ways to explore career options. The "Learn About Yourself" section has different quizzes to help you identify characteristics or interests that can help you choose a career. "Explore Careers" has the usual job information, but can include interviews and other supplementary material.
GCF LearnFree has over 125 tutorials on various topics, such as technology, Microsoft Office, and Work & Career. The Work & Career tutorials will help to plan your career, take on the job search, keep track of money and learn workplace skills needed to succeed.
A site from the NC Department of Commerce that offers ways to explore careers, find jobs, and see labor statistics.
The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) includes a searchable database of hundreds of jobs. Each entry lists various characteristics of the job, such as tasks performed in the occupation, physical requirements, and other skills needed.
Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH)
This is the career resource to rule them all. Compiled and presented by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, it covers most of the jobs and careers you can think of. Each job entry covers the essential information: work duties, needed education, expected salary, prospects, etc.
Quintessential Careers is a comprehensive career site with Job-Hunting Tools, Career Tools, and Career Categories to help you develop the right job search and preparation methods.
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