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How to Stand Out to Get eLearning Jobs January 26, 2011

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Photo of Business Lady with LaptopOne of eLearningWeekly.com’s most popular posts is eLearning Jobs. It is even far more popular than the follow-up that B.J. posted called More eLearning Job Resources. Both posts offer links to sites that show elearning job listings galore.

But what do you do once you’ve found a job you want?

We’re here to help with that. In addition to continuing to find the best sites for job searches in our field, we thought we’d forge ahead and write more articles about landing those jobs, preparing for the interviews, and developing a portfolio.

In the meantime, I want to use this editor’s note to solicit contributors. (It’s related!)

I learned from conducting interviews and from sitting in meetings trying to reduce the candidate pools that it’s the little extras that make people stand out. In particular, the people who stand out most are those who have participated in professional groups, done research, or written articles about industry topics.

Contributors can be writers who post once, post more than once, or post regularly. Perhaps you’d like to start a recurring column? Don’t worry about ideas…we’ve got more than we can write about! Let us know your interest by emailing editor@ericmatas.com.

I hope to hear from you soon.


Eric Matas
Managing Editor


Are You a Learning Guru? April 18, 2009

Posted by B.J. Schone in eLearning.
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I recently had the pleasure of meeting Karen Boyle, the founder of LearningGurus.com. Learning Gurus is essentially a staffing agency for professionals in the learning and technology field. Karen has over 15 years experience in corporate, government, and education settings, and she specializes in the learning and development/training industry. She started Learning Gurus to help place people in jobs, and at a time like this her services are even more critical.

I heard about Learning Gurus a few weeks ago, and I was surprised to learn that Karen was based just a few miles away from my office in San Diego. Karen and I met for lunch, and she filled me in on her philosophy and reasoning for starting Learning Gurus a few years ago. I was very impressed; Karen is in this to help match great people with great jobs, not to get rich. And Karen’s background in training and development plays a huge role: She’s able to match the right people with the right jobs. That’s a key difference when comparing Learning Gurus to other staffing agencies.

I would highly recommend that you submit your information to Learning Gurus to be considered for jobs (it’s free). I’m very happily employed right now, but in this economy, it’s always smart to be aware of great services like this. And if you have a need for learning/technology talent at your organization, you should also get in touch with Karen.

Here’s a more thorough description of the services offered by Learning Gurus, from their web site:

Learning Gurus provides top-notch Workplace Learning Professionals for your learning and development initiatives. Our staffing and employment agency provides contract, contract-to-hire, and direct hire services. Our nationwide network of Learning Gurus design and develop training and performance solutions for corporate, government, and educational institutions. Whether you need a instructional designer for a 1-month project or you’re searching for a new Chief Learning Officer, we’ve got the guru for you! Our gurus specialize in the following areas:

  • Instructional Design & Development
  • Facilitation & Instructor Led Training (ILT)
  • Performance Analysis & Needs Assessment
  • Project Management
  • eLearning, Web-Based Training (WBT)
  • Multimedia/CBT Development
  • Technical Writing & Documentation
  • Quality Assurance & Evaluation

Visit LearningGurus.com for more information.

More eLearning Job Resources November 4, 2008

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Building upon a previous blog post, I’ve listed a bunch more great resources to help you find a job in the field of learning and technology (a.k.a. eLearning). Happy hunting!

Do you have other resources to share? If so, please add a comment!

Wanted: An eLearning All-Star February 22, 2008

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An opportunity has opened up for an eLearning Specialist at Ferrellgas in Kansas City. It’s a great position and Ferrellgas is an excellent company; if you’ve got the skills and you’re in the Midwest, you should take a look.

From the Ferrellgas Career Connection web site:

eLearning Specialist

Key Accountabilities:
This position is responsible for creation of e-learning courses. The incumbent will produce highly complex training initiatives to be delivered online, through CD or in the classroom. This position requires a minimum of a 4-year degree, 5+ years of experience in training and development and 1+ year experience of e-learning development.

Essential Functions:

  • Maintain LMS and other online tools.
  • Research and recommend appropriate e-learning development software.
  • Design engaging, interactive and effective instructional materials that can be used in a web-based, computer-based and/or distance learning format.
  • Ensure the instructional integrity of course development projects through defined standards, systematic design and clear, concise writing of scripts, narratives and storyboards to ensure continued quality and speed of delivery.
  • Produce highly complex training initiatives to be delivered both online, through CD or in the classroom. These programs will prepare employees to provide exceptional customer service, promote Ferrellgas products and services and operate company systems and software applications.
  • Plan projects and establish schedules for projects with aggressive deadlines.
  • Create and execute test plans.
  • Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the curriculum by creating and implementing measures to track outcomes and to ensure alignment with business objectives.
  • Communicate frequently and effectively with Manager to ensure that goals and objectives are being achieved.
  • Partner with and maintain strong interaction with subject matter experts and other team members.
  • Other job related duties and projects as required.

Ideal candidate will have:

  • Minimum 4 year degree, preferably in Graphics, Interactive Media Design, Instructional Design, Communications, or Organizational Development.
  • 5+ years experience in training and curriculum development.
  • Minimum of 1 year of e-learning development experience required.
  • Experience in project management, training, and curriculum development preferred.
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills required.
  • Applicant must be energetic, reliable, creative, deadline-driven and able to multi-task in a fast-paced team environment.

We offer an excellent compensation and benefits package, Employee Stock Ownership Plan, and bonus program.

To learn more, go to the Ferrellgas Career Connection site and click Corporate Opportunities.

eLearning Jobs November 29, 2007

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Note: There is a newer post related to eLearning jobs, with more links and resources.

eLW moved to eLWmag.comIt’s always a good idea to keep an eye on what types of jobs are available, no matter what your field or specialty. Here are some of the best resources I’ve found for eLearning jobs. Take a look – you may find something that grabs your interest. And please feel free to comment if you can suggest other resources.

Happy hunting!