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Course Outcomes

As you successfully complete this course, you will be able to:

Course Materials

To complete this course successfully, you will use the following materials.

Thousands of job seekers have used Michael Farr’s books. He describes this book as one that encourages you to learn more about yourself and your skills, and to develop career planning and job-search methods that get results. His proven strategies help reduce the time it takes to find a job. I hope this book helps you make better decisions and teaches you techniques to help you to be far more effective in your career preparation and job exploration.

This DVD focuses on understanding and applying basic job-search principles and strategies. Several career specialists are interviewed in this series and they offer effective strategies throughout all the stages of a job search.

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Course Organization

This course is divided into four lessons, each with its own objectives and procedural instructions. If you follow all of the instructions carefully and completely, you will meet the lesson objectives, which will lead you to meet the course objectives. You will complete assignments for each lesson. All of the lessons are designed for you to produce effective documents and experience for your job search. The final exam covers the concepts you learn in the course, so pay careful attention to the learning outcomes and reading/viewing materials for each lesson.


This course provides the document forms for each assignment. You’ll download these forms, save them on your own computer, fill them out, and save your own copy. You will complete and submit these assignments by the time you finish the course.

Formatting Your Written Work

You will submit written assignments to Independent Study electronically through your course. To make sure I can open and read your papers, please save them as a .RTF (rich text format) files. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Type your paper in a word-processing program (such as Microsoft Word).
  2. When you save the file, click the Save as type: drop-down list.
  3. Select Rich Text Format (*.rtf).
  4. Use the course number, your first and last name, and the assignment name for the filename. For example, “STDEV317_KimJones_Lesson1JobChoiceMentorInterview.rtf.”
  5. Click Save.

Submitting Audio and Visual Files

The method is basically the same as above except the file types will be different. The following audio and video files will be the only acceptable files for your assignment:

If you submit your recording in another format, it will not be accepted. Likewise, any other forms of recordings will not be reviewed and you will be asked to resubmit your assignment.

Submitting Your Portfolio Assignments

It’s very important that you submit all of the assignments for a portfolio at the same time. Here’s how to submit your completed portfolio assignments:

  1. Click the appropriate Portfolio Submission link in your course.
  2. Click Open.
  3. Attach all of the relevant assignments by clicking the Choose File button, then locating the file you wish to submit.
  4. To attach additional files, click Add Attachment and use the Choose File button to locate and upload the next file. Make sure you attach every file you need to include in the portfolio assignment.
  5. When you are finished, click Submit.
  6. You will be asked if you are sure you want to submit this assignment. Click Yes.
  7. You will receive a message that tells you that you have successfully submitted your assignment. Click OK.

Remember: Do not submit any assignment until you have completed all of the assignments for the portfolio!

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The final exam consists of 20 multiple-choice questions covering important concepts. It is worth 10% of your course grade.

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Lesson Percent
Lesson 1: Introduction to the Job Search
Job Choice Research Paper and Mentor Interview (20)
Personal Skills Paper (5)
Lesson 2: Effective Job Search Methods
Networking Contacts Worksheet (5)
Job Search Strategies Paper (10)
Lesson 3: Write Excellent Resumes, Letters, JIST Cards
Cover letter, Thank-you letter (10)
References (5)
Resume (10)
JIST card or Phone Script (5)
Lesson 4: Winning Interviewing Strategies
Mock Professional Interview (15)
Success Paper (5)
Final Exam 10%
Total 100%
A 100–95% C 76–73%
A− 95–90% C− 72–70%
B+ 89–87% D+ 69–67%
B 86–83% D 68–63%
B− 82–80% D− 62–60%
C+ 79–77% E (fail) 59% and below

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Copyright Notice

The materials used in connection with this online course are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated. Any copying or further dissemination of these materials may be subject to applicable U.S. Copyright Laws. For questions or more information, please visit the BYU Copyright Licensing Office website.

“Members of the BYU community who willfully disregard this Copyright Policy or the BYU Copyright Guidelines place themselves individually at risk of legal action and may incur personal liability for their conduct. The unauthorized use or distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject individuals to civil and criminal liabilities, including actual and statutory damages, costs and fees of litigation, fines, and imprisonment

Violations of the Copyright Policy may result in university disciplinary action including termination of university enrollment or employment.” (Emphasis added. Excerpt taken from the BYU Copyright Policy)

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University Policy - Title IX Statement

Preventing & Responding to Sexual Misconduct

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Brigham Young University prohibits unlawful sex discrimination against any participant in its education programs or activities. The university also prohibits sexual harassment—including sexual violence—committed by or against students, university employees, and visitors to campus. As outlined in university policy, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are considered forms of "Sexual Misconduct" prohibited by the university.

University policy requires all university employees in a teaching, managerial, or supervisory role to report all incidents of Sexual Misconduct that come to their attention in any way, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, a written class assignment or paper, class discussion, email, text, or social media post. Incidents of Sexual Misconduct should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator at or (801) 422-8692. Reports may also be submitted through EthicsPoint at or 1-888-238-1062 (24-hours a day).

BYU offers confidential resources for those affected by Sexual Misconduct, including the university’s Victim Advocate, as well as a number of non-confidential resources and services that may be helpful. Additional information about Title IX, the university’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, reporting requirements, and resources can be found at or by contacting the university’s Title IX Coordinator.

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Accessibility Notice

BYU is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere which reasonably accommodates persons with disabilities who are otherwise qualified to participate in BYU's programs and activities. In this spirit, BYU Independent Study aspires to improve web accessibility for users. While not required by law, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Levels A and AA provide a wide range of helpful recommendations to make Web content more accessible. BYU Independent Study strives to apply WCAG 2.0 recommendations where feasible, but may deviate from any recommendations that would result in an undue hardship to BYU Independent Study or alterations to program and course content and objectives. If you have questions about accessibility, or if you need to report problems with any accessibility features please see our Accessibilities and Accommodations Web Page.

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Course Policies

These policies are specific to this course. For additional information about general policies, please refer to Independent Study Course Policies page.


3 instructor-graded portfolio assignments, may be resubmitted once for a fee.

Resubmit an assignment for a fee.


1 proctored, computer-graded exam, may retake once for a fee, must pass to earn credit for the course.

Retake an exam for a fee.

Getting Help

Please use the help menu in this course to contact Independent Study or your instructor. You can find a list of free tutors available to BYU Independent Study students on the Free Tutoring Services website.

Note: The Harold B. Lee Library website provides a number of online resources and librarians are available via phone, chat, and email to answer questions about library-related issues.

Inappropriate Use of Course Content

All course materials (e.g., outlines, handouts, syllabi, exams, quizzes, media, lecture content, audio and video recordings, etc.) are proprietary. Students are prohibited from posting or selling any such course materials without the express written permission of BYU Independent Study. To do so is a violation of the Brigham Young University Honor Code.

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