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12/05/2014 09:38 am ET Updated Feb 04, 2015

Why Students Must Use Online Job Search Courses and Tools

Are your students feeling lost in their job search?

According to the AfterCollege Career Insights survey, 83 percent of college seniors don't have a job lined up before graduation. Although 35 percent of Millennials are more optimistic about their job search, they're still struggling to find opportunities to get them ahead.

How can you give them a huge advantage in their job search? Introduce students to online classes. These free resources can teach college students valuable lessons on writing resumes, building a brand, and interviewing for jobs. Most of these courses are free, not to mention convenient since they can be completed any time.

If you're searching for resources to share with your students, here are some free online career classes to check out:

Resume and cover letter writing

One of the hardest parts of the job search process college students encounter is writing their resumes and cover letters. As you know, these documents are extremely important to perfect because they will make or break a job search.

For students struggling with writer's block with either document, here are two classes to teach them how to organize their skills and experience:

Finding the right career path

The hardest decision most college students face is making the best choice for their career path. Especially students are in the early stages of their education, it can seem like there are a dozen opportunities -- or no opportunities at all. To help your students figure out what career path is the best one, here are two courses for finding a dream job:

Personal branding advice

Don't overlook personal branding when helping students with their job search. If you're not exactly sure how to teach personal branding to your students, these courses can do the trick:

Applying for jobs

Let's face it, applying for jobs isn't the most enjoyable activity in the world. In fact, spending weeks and even months on end looking for jobs and internships can be dreadful. Here are some classes for students that need guidance when applying for jobs:

Interview preparation

Once a student scores an interview, it's likely they become lost when figuring out what to do next. If your students need a little extra help preparing for an interview, check out these classes:

College students who take advantage of online career courses will find much more success in their internship or job search -- and these are just a few of the available job search courses you can find online.

What online classes would you suggest to students?

Val Matta is the vice president of business development at CareerShift, a comprehensive job hunting and career management solution for companies, outplacement firms, job seekers and university career centers. Connect with Val and CareerShift on LinkedIn.