Resources for Job Readiness
Interested in bringing job readiness skills to the people in your area?
We’ve collected the resources below to support those who want to run learning circles focused on job readiness. Learning circles are free, facilitated study groups for people to meet and learn about a topic together. Learning circle facilitators don’t need to be topic experts, but they should have an idea of what and how the group will learn about the topic. These resources are designed to help you figure out the what and how of job readiness. Learn more about facilitating a learning circle here.
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Defining Job Readiness
Job Readiness (aka “work readiness” or “job preparedness training”) has varying definitions across institutions. We’re defining it as getting the job: skills and strategies to effectively search for employment, build a resume, and improve interview skills. For resources on building baseline digital skills or job upskilling, check out these topic guides: Digital Literacy & Job Upskilling [coming soon]
When planning your programs, asking yourself about your learners’ motivations and skill needs can be a great place to start. How would you answer this question for yourself? Add your thoughts to the word cloud below!
Facilitator Prep Resources
Tips for educating yourself & facilitating this topic
Remote Job Readiness Resources: Tips and Materials for Clients with Online Access
COVID-mindful list of strategies about facilitating learning online, paired with a list of interactive e-Learning resources, short videos, and more
Work Readiness Standards and Benchmarks from ACT.org (PDF)
A 2013 academic report from ACT—a leader in college and career readiness solutions—about factors and skills for measuring K—Career success
Google’s Job Readiness Resources
Google has built a strong library of Job Readiness offerings across multiple platforms:
- Learn Digital with Google: Career Development Courses
- Grow with Google: programs for jobs, careers or businesses.
- Google for Education
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, this site offers a vast range of information to help prepare for or accompany a learning circle. Organized by demographic, these detailed websites include assistance navigating government support systems, job search tips, and resources for job readiness.
Courses & Learning Materials
Free and adaptable online curriculum
Tried-And-True Courses We Like (see Job Skills)
- covers how to create a great CV and cover letter, developing an online presence, interviewing skills, and personal management
- Video tutorials with text transcripts
- quizzes available at the end of sections to reinforce learning
- multiple modules available so the experience can be customized by only choosing relevant sections
- text-based course with some graphics (no videos)
- covers pre-interview prep, interviewing skills, and financial negotiation
- includes a syllabus with outlined learning objectives and timing for completing each section
- graded final exam with free certificate available
More Courses from External Sources
GCFLearnFree Work & Career Resources (English, Spanish, Portuguese)
Free self-paced lessons (tutorials, videos, and games) covering a wide range of topics including career planning, job searching, and interviewing. GCF also offers free Teacher Guides to support effective use of their content.
Skills 2 Succeed Academy
36 bite-sized interactive training modules to guide jobseekers from choosing the right career and finding a job to achieving success in the workplace. Learners can register with the code 04ZZ04 or your organization can set up its own access code to get additional teaching and training resources.
OpenClassrooms: Career Coaching
A range of high-quality free courses (text + video) that cover topics like building a job search strategy, exploring digital jobs, and networking. This may be a good supplemental or planning resource because account registration is required, and free accounts are limited to watching 5 videos per week.
Strategies in Practice
Experienced facilitators’ advice for a successful program
Learning circle case studies
Questions for reflection and planning:
Demographic: Who are the learners you aim to support? What specific needs, strengths, and weaknesses should you consider in creating learning opportunities for them?
- Example: Veterans, recent graduates, seniors
- Context: Where and how will this education take place? What barriers exist to making this accessible to your learners?
Autonomy: How do we engage learners in this process to make sure their unique personal outcomes and goals are being met?
- Sense of urgency: while some patrons may be looking to change an existing job, others may not have a job and may feel less patient with the process depending on their situation.
- Job interests and experience will vary with every group of participants. Make sure to allow some time for individuals to briefly share about their personal interests so that they feel connected to the process, and encourage realistic goal setting (and reevaluation) multiple times throughout the course.
- If possible make sure there are tangible takeaways from each meeting (e.g. a resume, mock interviews with notes).