Weekly Calendar (FALL)

This page lists the learning objectives for each week during the Fall 2013 semester. 
  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

2

Research the job market

4, 5

 3

 Networking   

 5

4

Resumes

6, 7

5

Cover letters

8

6

Job interviews

Prep = 7-14; Interviews = 14-17

7

Follow-up after an interview

14

8

Filing

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 (starts Mon, Sept 14) - JH Unit 1
  • Talk about software abilities: JH 17
  • Discuss networking strategies & techniques
  • 14 Steps to a Better LinkedIn Profile
  • Networking via email (see examples on Networking page)
  • Create LinkedIn accounts & profiles
  • Use LinkedIn to extend network & research companies
  • Prepare to attend a Job/Career Fair (postpone if actual Job Fair later in semester)
  • Analyze video about  job fairs: what should you do and not do? (postpone if actual Job Fair later in semester)
  • Discuss what to say at a job fair (postpone if actual Job Fair later in semester)
  • Business English - Language of talking about software, networking small talk, useful phrases
  • LAB: Create LinkedIn account, find jobs, research companies (find industry, # of employees, location of HQ, available jobs, contacts who are connected to that company or job)
  • Speaking practice (Fri.) - Talk about software skills & experience, practice networking
Week 6: Resumes (starts Mon, Sept 21) - JH Unit 2
  • Explain purpose of resumes, types of resume and difference with CV
  • Discuss tips on resume writing (see our Resumes webpage)
  • Analyze organization of one page resume
  • Analyze 2-page resume style
  • Compare 2 sample resumes (one page) & decide which most appropriate for specific job
  • Write concisely about work experience: JH 26-28
  • Analyze resume summary statement of resumes: JH 23-24
  • Business English - Useful Language Appendix JH 106
  • Read sample resume summary statements & how to write them (our Resumes webpage, About Career's How to Write a Resume Summary Statement)
  • Use a template to create a one page resume
  • Look at Sample Duties from resumes
  • LAB: Create a draft of a one page resume (2 page only if appropriate)
Week 7: Resumes & Interviews (starts Mon, Sept 28) - JH Unit 2, 4
  • Complete any resume activities from previous week
  • Discuss how to send your resume electronically
  • Examine & discuss sample references: (Robert's example)
  • Create your list of references
  • Pre-employment test (online situational questions) (develop w/ Jill's Socratic)
  • Watch & discuss sample videos of interviews (find videos)
  • Interview tips
  • Prepare for an interview & make a good 1st impression - JH 48-9
  • Introduce yourself & make small talk: JH 48-49; list of common interview questions
  • 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"
  • Submit final resume & references (grade = 25%)
  • Lab: Finish resume & references
Week 8: Cover Letters & Interviews (starts Mon, Oct 5) - JH Unit 3, 4
  • Identify features of a cover letter: AY 149-151; JH 34-36
  • Analyze special cover letter style w/ table to match job qualifications w/ your skills & experience
  • Write an effective cover letter JH 36-44
  • Write a cover letter relevant to the job you want: AY 151; JH 45-46
  • Business English - Useful Language Appendix JH 107 (esp. about Opening & Final Paragraph)
  • Analyze samples of cover letters: AY 150
  • More details about "Tell me about yourself" (find resources)
  • Answer common interview questions (from our list of questions or from p. 110)
  • Speaking practice (Fri.) - Beginning of interview (handshake, smile, greeting), Tell me about yourself
  • Submit final cover letter (grade = 10%)
  • LAB: Finish cover letter
Week 9: Interviews (starts Mon, Oct 13 - Monday is Faculty Day) - JH Unit 4
  • Avoid common mistakes - JH 53-4
  • Prove you've done your research - JH 55-6
  • Demonstrate you've got what it takes & are a good fit for the job - JH 56-8
  • Answer common interview questions
  • Watch video samples of interview answers:
  • Business English - Useful Language Appendix JH 108
  • Record answer to question, "Tell my about yourself"
  • LAB: Record "Tell my about yourself" (1 hour only?)
Week 10: Interviews (starts Mon, Oct 19) - JH Unit 4
  • Handle competency-based questions JH 59-60
  • Demonstrate your skills JH 60-3
  • Use the STAR method to demonstrate your ability to handle situations JH 61-2
  • Business English - Useful Language Appendix JH 108
  • Watch videos of good interview answers:
    • Tell me about a time you had a problem with a colleague. (find videos)
    • Tell me about a time you dealt with a difficult issue with a customer. (find videos)
    • Tell me about a time you had a difficult or challenging situation at work. (find videos)
    • Tell me about a time when you had to make a difficult decision. (find videos)
    • Tell me about a time when you had to deal with a great deal of pressure. (find videos)
  • Answer common interview questions 
  • Speaking practice (Fri.) - What are your strengths? Why do you want to work here? Why should we hire you?
  • LAB: Re-record "Tell my about yourself" & improve pronunciation (grade = 10%) (1 hour only?)
Week 11: Interviews (starts Mon Oct 26) - JH Unit 5
  • Talk about your weaknesses (turn negatives into positives) JH 63-6
  • What videos of good interview answers:
    • What's your greatest weakness? (find videos)
    • What is your greatest accomplishment (or achievement)? (find videos)
    • How would your former (or current) boss describe you? (find videos)
    • How would your colleagues describe you? (find videos)
    • What did you think of your previous boss? (find videos)
  • Answer common interview questions 
  • Business English - Useful Language Appendix JH 108
  • Speaking practice (Fri.) - Answer competency-based questions
Week 12: Interviews (starts Mon Nov 2) - JH Unit 5
  • Finish common interview questions 
  • Ask questions of your own JH 67-8
  • Additional common interview questions - JH 110
  • Close the interview effectively AY 202
  • How to dress & prepare for interviews
  • Review Interview Rubric to understand how graded on interviews
  • Deal with telephone interviews: JH 68-71
  • Speaking practice (Fri.) - Tell me about an accomplishment (& other questions from previous week)
  • LAB: Type up interview answers & teacher reviews
Week 13: Interviews & follow-up after an interview (starts Mon Nov 9 - Wed is Veteran's Day) - Interviews
  • Finish any remaining common interview questions
  • Keep in touch: JH 72-75
  • Write a thank-you letter: AY 204-205; JH 73-74
  • Make a follow-up phone call: AY 206-207
  • Handle rejection: JH 75-77
  • Deal with job offers: JH 77-81
  • Negotiate terms & condition: JH 81-83
  • Speaking practice (Fri.) - Interview answers
  • PRACTICE INTERVIEWS (each student will get a brief practice session w/ feedback in front of group)
  • LAB: Type up interview answers & teacher reviews
  • Submit final answers to interview questions (grade = 20%)

Week 14: Interviews (starts Tues Nov 16 - Monday is Veterans' Day) - Interviews, job fair?

  • Prepare for job fair (see Week 5 for content)
  • Job fair??? (depends on date of Job Fair
  • Group interviews (more than one interviewer OR more than one candidate)
  • PRACTICE INTERVIEWS
  • Start Job interviews (grade = 25%) (if necessary - depends on # students & interviewer availability)
Week 15: Interviews (starts Mon Nov 23 - Wed, Thurs, Fri off for Thanksgiving) - Interviews
  • Job interviews (grade = 25%)
Week 16: Interviews (starts Mon Nov 30) - JH Unit 6 - Interviews
  • Job interviews (grade = 25%)
Week 17: Filing (starts Mon Dec 7) - Interviews, Filing
  • Job interviews (grade = 25%) (if necessary - depends on # students & interviewer availability)
  • Transfer resume info into LinkedIn
  • Interpret indexing & filing rules
  • Practice filing, using Indexing software in computer lab
Week 18: Filing (starts Mon Dec 14) - Filing
  • Interpret indexing & filing rules
  • Practice filing, using Indexing software in computer lab
  • Successfully pass 10 filing tests with a score of 100%
  • Graduation & party (last day is Wed, Dec 18)
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