CLJ501 - Composition and Research

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Subject Title
Composition and Research

Subject Description
This subject is designed to develop the skills and qualities needed to communicate effectively and to conduct a successful job search. The student will learn to compose routine business correspondence as well as a personal resume and covering letter. The student will learn how to conduct research on specific corporations, areas of employment and current job market trends. The entire interview process, including preparation, handling of the interview itself and appropriate follow-up steps, will be examined.

Credit Status
CLJ501 is a required credit for Office Administration students enrolled in the accelerated Executive, Legal and Health Services Diploma programs. It is a Vocational General Education subject, and therefore, its successful completion fulfills one of the General Education requirements necessary for graduation from the program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Create a cover letter and resume that link personal, education and work experience to employability skills in relevant industries in order to apply for jobs through traditional job search techniques.

2. Develop a job search strategy that aligns with personal goals and industry requirements in order to lead self-directed career strategies.

3. Apply business communication skills and participate in mock interviews to further enhance student employability.

4. Develop a professional social media strategy in order to build a personal brand presence online.

5. Explain the basic human resources issues related to the interview process.

6. Plan effective career advancement strategies and demonstrate a knowledge of how to apply them.

7. Demonstrate an attitude of professionalism, as evidenced by an ability to meet deadlines, complete assignments and perform tests and in-class assignments as scheduled.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Academic Integrity
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Please visit the Academic Integrity website to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.