This is a fun online professional writing and intercultural communication course. You will improve your resume and cover letter while learning how to communicate in today's multicultural workplace; a skill employers look for today. The course is designed knowing you are busy. It can take 1-2 hours per week and is 5 weeks long. It is instructed through videos so there is not a lot of reading. You will receive expert feedback on your professional writing documents.

Cost: $20; non-refundable after the start of the course

91% of all employers agree that for career success:

"a candidate’s demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly and solve complex problems is more important than his or her undergraduate major."

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JSS is offered every semester. Find registration dates on myexperience.

This opportunity is recognized on the Co-Curricular Record (CCR), an official University document that tracks students’ co-curricular involvement at SFU. Learn more about the Co-Curricular Record.


The Course Is Divided into Four Modules: 

Week 1:

Getting Started

Think Strengths

Why Is This Important?

Breaking Down a Job Description

The STAR Approach   

Skills Graph

Week 2:

Resume Components

Resume: Elements of Design and Format

Resume Content: Accomplishment Statements

Revising Your Resume: An Example of an Evolution of a Resume

Week 3:

Cover Letter Components

Cover Letter: Design and Format

Cover Letter Content: Create Connection

Cover Letter: Clarity in Your Writing

Revising and Proofreading Your Cover Letter

Week 4:

Intercultural Communication in the Workplace

Defining Culture and Communication

Influences on Intercultural Communication

Considering All Sides: A Cultural Scenario

Canadian Work Place Culture

You Matter

Week 5:

Revised Cover Letter

Why it is Important to Revise

Re-submit Your Cover Letter

Student Testimonial

"Being an international student, I’ve personally faced challenges while looking for jobs in Canada. Job Search Success has been really helpful for me in terms of boosting my self-confidence as well as helping me clearly understand requirements of a Canadian resume and cover letter. The visual aspect of the course made it more interesting and easier to finish. There are videos embedded throughout the course which I found very student-friendly.

 I also got detailed personalized feedback from the facilitator and I found it easy to improve from there. The course taught me certain formulas which helped me write other cover letters more confidently. Now, I constantly try to use these approaches in creating my job search documents and it has worked out really well for me!

I would absolutely recommend fellow students to take this course if they’re having some issues with finding jobs in Canada."

- Shared with permission from student