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Career Development and Social Media Converge

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New Mission, Vision, & Web Sites

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Digital learning and media technology are impacting the delivery of career development resources. There must be a convergence and synchronization of career development principles with today’s electronic media.

The Holland Codes Resource Center has developed a new mission, vision, and web sites.

  • New Mission – Provide career development and social media resources engaging, connecting with digital learners utilizing printed, web-based tools and technology
  • New Vision – Motivate, inspire, and empower people to have an awareness of their full potential
  • New Web Sites – Promote the convergence of career development and social media concepts

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Career-social-media.com Career-social-media.com – Our Career and Social Media Resource Center provides information about career, college major, job search, and social media resources.

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Members get access to –

Here are videos that provide an overview of the resource center –

New Store

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Navigate the Explore Careers & College Majors store.  Here is our list of resources –

Visit our new web sites to see how career development and social media converge.

Job Search Made Simple!

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There are three steps in achieving career goals and searching for a job.

Step One: Get a Clear Career Goal

The first step in search for a job is setting a career goal.

In order to set a career goal, you have to take inventory of yourself to determine what you can offer an employer.

You need to –

  • Build awareness, knowledge and understanding of our strengths, interests, abilities, and skills
  • List your ambitions, values, education, and experiences
  • Determine your job preferences –job duties, salary, geographic location, and work conditions

Step Two: Explore Career Options

In order to identify potential careers, you may use career exploration and social media resources to gather the following occupational information –

  • Labor market
  • Work industries
  • Companies, organizations, or agencies
  • Specific careers

Use online career exploration resources to identify potential careers.

Step Three: Overcome Career Roadblocks

When you are trying to reach a career goal, there will always be obstacles.  You solve career problems by completing the following steps –

  • Identify educational and career planning obstacles
  • Create solutions or courses of action
  • Set achievable goals
  • Resolve conflicts
  • Commit to reach our goals

Problem solving should take into consideration personal interests, skills, values, and financial resources. Big problems are broken down into smaller, more manageable steps. Achievable goals result in the production of new competencies, attitudes, and solutions.

As an individual, you:

  • Set, formulate, prioritize, and rank goals
  • Clearly state our vocational interests, abilities, and values
  • Derive plans or strategies to implement the solutions
  • Make a commitment to complete the plans
  • Understand decision-making processes
  • Evaluate the primary choice
  • Consider a secondary occupational choice, if necessary

Decision-making processes include:

  • Develop a career plan
  • Identify a potential occupations
  • Selecting appropriate educational programs
  • Figuring the costs of educational training
  • Considering the impact of career decisions.

Step Four: Execution

You execute your career plans when you use different strategies –

  • Reality testing
  • Social Media
  • Job Search Strategies – Resume Writing and Interview Preparation

Reality Testing

While implementing and, you translate vocational interests, abilities, and skills into job opportunities. You do reality testing by implementing the following strategies –

Informational interviewing

  • Networking
  • Job shadowing
  • Internships
  • Part-time employment
  • Full-time employment
  • Volunteer work

Social Media and Networking Tools

Networking can help you complete targeted job searches.  You can use a variety of social media tools to learn and connect with professional associations and potential employers. Three major networking social media tools are –

  • Twitter
  • Linkedin
  • Facebook

Resume Writing and Interviewing Strategies

Resume writing and interview preparation are essential skills needed to land a potential job.

Resumes

Your resume is your sales tool that lets employers know your strengths, interests, experience, and educational background.
The appearance of your resume is extremely important.  Check the appearance of your resume – your font, spelling, spacing, margins.  In a resume, you will highlight your skills that make you unique and set you apart from others.  Common areas covered in a resume are –

  • Objective (optional)
  • Skills
  • Education
  • Honors/ Awards
  • Experience
  • Volunteer Experience (if relevant to the potential job)

Types of resumes are –

  • Chronological – listing experiences in reverse chronological order
  • Functional – emphasizing specific skills

Interviewing

There are steps to prepare for a successful interview

  • Review common interview questions
  • Prepare for behavior or STAR interviews
  • Practice – Practice is essential for a successful interview.
  • Dress for success

Interested in more comprehensive career inventories.  The Job Search Made Simple course is used in conjunction with Holland Codes career tests –

 Use the following tools to select the right career assessment.  The selection process includes:

To access the course, join the Holland Codes Resource Center network.

Join the Career Explorers Network!

Collaborating with Teachers, Counselors, Career Professionals, Parents, and Students

 

The Career Explorers Network is a meeting place for teachers, counselors, career professionals, parents, and students that use social media and MOOCs.  The network will create a collaborative environment to exchange educational and career development ideas and resources.

To connect and communicate with the Career Explorers Network, use your favorite social media tool.

****Please use the hashtag #careerexplorer.  A hash tag is simply a way to help us view your messages.

Blogger – http://hollandcodes.blogspot.com/2013/12/what-are-moocs.html

Igroops – http://bit.ly/1kXGBtX

WordPress – https://hollandcodes.wordpress.com/2013/12/26/mooc/

****Please use hashtag #careerexplorer.

****Please use hashtag #careerexplorer.

  • Google

Web site – https://sites.google.com/site/careerexplorernetwork/homeGroup – https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/career-explorers-network

  • Linkedin –

http://ww.linkedin.com/in/drmaryaskew/
Career Explorers Network – http://linkd.in/1dQCjPQ

****Please use hashtag #careerexplorer.

Using career awareness, digital learning, and social resources, students and adults will –

  • Know and value self
  • Build self-esteem and confidence
  • Identify interests, abilities, and skills
  • Build relationships between the school environment and the work force
  • Build academic, communication, problem solving, and social skills
  • Increase awareness of the need for future jobs skills
  • See the connections between learning in school, academic skills, job related skills, and careers
  • See career possibilities
  • See themselves as a future contributor to the job force
  • Build a connection between interests and potential careers

Teachers, counselors, career professionals, and parents –

  • Share career awareness, career education, and career development resources
  • Help prepare students to compete in global, knowledge based, innovation centered economy
  • Get answers to career topics

Teachers, counselors, career professionals, and parents –

  • Share career awareness, career education, and career development resources
  • Help prepare students to compete in global, knowledge based, innovation centered economy
  • Ask questions about career topics

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Social Media and MOOCs

Implications for Teachers, Counselors and Career Professionals

The World of Massive Online Courses

Source: OnlineColleges.net

Social Media and MOOCs – Tools to Engage Students

Current media trends are demanding the adoption of new educational and career technological shifts adopting the use of social media and MOOCs.  Social media and MOOCs are available for everyone –

  • Those inclined to use various types of media technology
  • Watch online videos
  • Visit social networking/blog sites
  • Own tablets
  • Use smartphones

MOOCs are newly developed resources and techniques will revolutionize career advising programs.

MOOCs –

  • Adopt innovative, creative, and effective technological strategies to engage encourage, support, and empower students
  • Promote social media, collaboration, group learning, problem solving, interactive learning, and other inventive techniques (D. Roberts, 2012 and S. Gonvalves, 2006)
  • Address independent learning, diversity training, and critical thinking

MOOCs are excellent resources to meet the needs of ethnically diverse, achieving, expressive, liberal, technological, community-oriented, connected, optimistic, yet pressured and impatient students.

Watch the Youtube video about MOOCs…

Next, learn more about MOOCs?

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Digital Career Decision Making Course

The Career Decision Making Course has career exploration and college major exploration tools. 

The Career exploration tools provide the following information –

  • Overview
  • Skills
  • Values
  • Outlook
  • Earning
  • Interest Profile
  • Working Conditions
  • Contact Info
  • Areas of Study

The College exploration resources lists the following facts –

  • Location of School
  • Majors Areas of Study
  • Name of School
  • Size and Cost
  • Region in the USA
  • Type of School

View Career Decision Making Video.

For a limited time only, the course is only $5.

Click here to place your order.

Then, get your link to enroll in the Career Decision Making  course.

Digital Kid Career Tests

Hollandcodes.com has launched three Holland Codes for Kids (HCK) –  an online, digital Career Awareness courses.

  

 Career Awareness Kid Zone

Three versions of Career Decision Making (CDM) are –

 

 English Chinese Kid Career Posters

The Holland Codes for Kids or Paint Careers With Colors Program has the following items –

  • Career Posters
  • Career Awareness Activity
  • Color Key
  • Starter Kit
  • Curriculum
  • Guidebooks
  • Training Manual
  • Flash Cards and Bingo Cards
  • Power Point presentations
  • Videos
  • Web sites
  • Books

Career Exploration Resources for African American

Take a tour of our videos, Power Points, and other resources to get a snapshot of this new program.

Here are the different parts of the Holland Codes For Kids Program

  • Free Trial – Holland 91
  • Program With Samples – Holland 101
  • Teacher Tools (Program Resources for Teachers, Counselors, and Parents) –  Holland 102 (Registration Form required)
  • Kids Zone (Student Activities) – Holland 103 (Registration Form required)

The program is developed for the following groups –

  • Single Users
  • Groups
  • Organizations
  • Schools

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