Weekly Calendar (FALL)

This page lists the topics, learning objectives & activities for each week during the Fall semester of the VOTP program. (make the following changes for Fall 2016: move more quickly through Research Yourself, especially the book for that part, spend more time on the interview section of the book, have speaking practice EVERY Friday before interviews, include discussion topics that students can both prepare for and handle on the spot, add a small segment on going directly to businesses and asking about jobs, and see survey results from F15 for more ideas; check out sample interview Q's & A's). Virginia Tech Division of Students Services has a great Career Services website (link to videos on networking, interviews, etc)
  1. The core topics are listed in the table below. 
  2. The specific learning objectives are listed, week by week below the table. 
Core topics: 

 

Core Topic

Weeks

1

Research yourself  & your professional potential

1, 2, 3, 4

2

Research the job market

4, 5

 3

 Networking & LinkedIn

 5, 14

4

Resumes

5, 6, 7

5

Cover letters

8

6

Job interviews

Prep = 8-14; Interviews = 14-17

7

Follow-up after an interview

14, 15

8

Filing

16, 17,18



Specific learning objectives: 

Course text books: Job Hunting (JH), required; Apply Yourself (AY), optional; Let's Speak Business English! (LSBE), optional

Week 1: Research yourself & your professional potential (starts Wed, 8/17) - Job Hunting (JH) Unit 1
  • Understand class syllabus
  • Identify stages of the job search process: JH 6-8
  • Determine short & long term goals: AY 1-5
  • Discuss an individual's qualifications for a specific job: JH 7-8
  • Discuss strengths & weaknesses: JH 8-9
  • Discuss, then practice, how to answer questions about qualities that you do or do not have (e.g. "Are you persuasive?" "Not really, but when I was at my last job, ...")
  • Create a mind map to identify your strengths & weaknesses: JH 10
  • Describe your qualities, giving clear examples
  • Speaking practice (Fri.) - In a circle, answer questions about certain personal qualities (e.g. "Are you decisive?")
Week 2: Research yourself & your professional potential (starts Mon, 8/24) - JH Unit 1
  • Show your mind map to show your strengths & weaknesses that you have identified: JH 10
  • Talk effectively about your strengths & weaknesses, giving clear examples
  • Match personal qualities to examples of those qualities: AY 6, 8, 9
  • Describe personal qualities
  • Identify your personal qualities
  • Describe your qualities, giving clear examples
  • Describe educational background (qualifications): JH 10
  • Speaking practice (Fri.) - Education, experience, strengths & weaknesses (Use list of skills, Useful language Appendix, JH 105-6)
Week 3: Research yourself & your professional potential (starts Mon, 8/31) - JH Unit 1
Week 4: Research the job market (starts Tues, Sept 8 - Monday is Labor Day) - JH Unit 1
Week 5: Research the job market, Networking & LinkedIn, Resumes (starts Mon, Sept 14) - JH Unit 1, 2
Week 6: Resumes (starts Mon, Sept 21) - JH Unit 2
Week 7: Resumes (starts Mon, Sept 28) - JH Unit 2
Week 8: Cover Letters & Interviews (starts Mon, Oct 5) - JH Unit 3
Week 9: Interviews, Job Fair (starts Mon, Oct 12) - JH Unit 5 (phone interviews)
Week 10: Interviews (starts Mon, Oct 19, Tuesday Oct 20 is FLEX day) - JH Unit 4
Week 11: Interviews (starts Mon Oct 26) - JH Unit 4
  • Deal effectively with interview questions - JH 50-2
  • Talk about yourself appropriately - JH 52-3
  • Watch sample videos of how to answer question, "Tell me about yourself"
  • Answer the question, "Tell me about yourself" (See VOTP & ESL Pod's interview questions lists)
  • Avoid common mistakes - JH 53-4
  • Answer the question: What are your strengths? (See VOTP & ESL Pod's interview questions lists)
  • Prove you've done your research - JH 55-6
  • Answer the question: Why do you want to work here? (See VOTP & ESL Pod's interview questions lists)
  • Demonstrate you've got what it takes & are a good fit for the job - JH 56-8
  • Answer the question: Why should we hire you? (See VOTP & ESL Pod's interview questions lists)
  • Watch video samples of interview answers:
  • Speaking practice (Fri.) - Beginning of interview (handshake, smile, greeting). Tell us about yourself. What are your strengths? Why do you want to work here? Why should we hire you?
Week 12: Interviews (starts Mon Nov 2) - JH Unit 5
  • Handle competency-based questions JH 59-60
  • Use the STAR method to demonstrate your ability to handle situations JH 61-2
  • Talk about your weaknesses (turn negatives into positives) JH 63-6
  • Answer common interview questions (VOTP questions #6-20)
  • Ask questions of your own JH 67-8
  • Additional common interview questions - JH 110
  • Speaking practice (Fri.) - Answer competency-based questions and other interview questions
  • LAB: Record answer to question, "Tell my about yourself" (1 hour)
Week 13: Interviews & follow-up after an interview (starts Mon Nov 9 - Wed is Veteran's Day) - Interviews

Week 14: Interviews (starts Mon Nov 16) - Interviews

  • Job interviews (3 per day, 5 days)
Week 15: Interviews (starts Mon Nov 23 - Thurs, Fri off for Thanksgiving) - Interviews
Week 16: Interviews (starts Mon Nov 30) - JH Unit 6 - Interviews, Filing
Week 17: Filing (starts Mon Dec 7) - Filing
  • Interpret indexing & filing rules
  • Practice filing, using Indexing software in computer lab
  • Update student data base with "permanent" emails
  • Invite all students to Facebook & LinkedIn
  • Transfer resume info into LinkedIn
  • Distribute end-of-semester survey (email & paper) to students to begin to fill out
  • Successfully pass 10 filing tests with a score of 100%
Week 18: Filing (starts Mon Dec 14) - Filing, course evaluation, graduation


Other possible topics:
  • Business English - Useful Language Appendix JH 108
  • Business English - Socializing LSBE 3-8 (see compilation of exercises, Small Talk)
  • Business English - Socializing LSBE 9-13; Useful Language Appendix JH 105-6
  • Business English - Useful Language Appendix JH 106
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