Work Search Essentials 1: Resumes, Cover Letters, and Career Portfolios

Start Date

April 17, 2024

Career Management Professionals must be able to effectively guide clients through searching for and securing work opportunities. This includes developing and maintaining resumes, cover letters, and portfolios. With increasing competition from local and global markets, clients must have work search documents that stand out and get noticed. This course will take an in-depth look into the world of resumes, cover letters, and career portfolio, helping career professionals create documents that better support clientswork-search activities.

“I just know how important cover letters and resumes are to finding a job and as CDPs it is one of the most requested things clients need assistance with. So getting the specific training in this area is crucial and will arm you with the tools and knowledge to better assist your clients in their job search.”       – Anonymous, CMPP Student


Additional Information

Required Texts:

Neault, R. (2012). Time to prepare: Developing portfolios, resumes, and interview skills. Life Strategies (PDF).

  • Note: We recommend purchasing Neault, R. (2012). Career strategies for a lifetime of success (3rd ed). Life Strategies (PDF or print) if you’re completing a full certificate as it includes all “Time to” chapters.

Shepard, B. C., & Mani, P. S. (Eds.) (2014). Career development practice in Canada. CERIC. (eBook or Print available from CERIC).

  • Note: The Shepard & Mani (2014) textbook is a required reading throughout the Career Management Professional Program. Students taking individual courses, therefore, may only refer to a chapter or two; however, this resource is a wonderful addition to your professional toolkit.

For this course, students will be able to choose one of the additional texts. Choose Career Flow and Development for more general educational and career planning tips, strategies, and supports. Choose Career Recovery for more targeted supports for those navigating career transitions within a post-pandemic world. The content of both books is very similar; the vignettes and activities are customized to resonate with the different purposes for each book. Course readings will be mapped to the appropriate chapter numbers for each book.

   Select one of:

        Niles, S., Amundson, N., Neault, R., & Hyung, J. Y. (2021). Career flow and development: Hope in action (2nd ed.). Cognella.

        Niles, S., Amundson, N., Neault, R., & Hyung, J. Y. (2021). Career recovery: Creating hopeful careers in difficult times. Cognella.