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. 
  3. A detailed list of all course learning objectives can be downloaded as a Word document. 
Core topics: 

 

Core Topic

Weeks

1

Research yourself  & your professional potential

1, 2, 3

2

Research the job market & apply for jobs

4, 5, 6, 7

3

The resume

4, 5, 6, 7

4

The cover letter

8, 9

5

The job interview

9, 10, 11, 12 (prep), 13, 14, 15 (interviews)

6

Follow-up after an interview

16, 17

7

Filing

17,18, 19



Specific learning objectives: 

Course text books: Job Hunting (JH), required; Apply Yourself (AY), optional

Week 1: (starts Wed, 8/14) - 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
  • Describe personal qualities
  • Identify your personal qualities: AY 6-9; JH 8-9
  • Describe your qualities, giving clear examples
Week 2: (starts Mon, 8/19) - JH Unit 1
  • Identify your strengths, weaknesses, personal qualities: AY 6-9; JH 8-9
  • Describe qualities, strengths & weaknesses with clear examples
  • Describe educational background (qualifications): JH 10
  • Describe skills, using correct grammatical forms: JH 11
Week 3: (starts Mon, 8/26) - JH Unit 1
  • Describe job duties
  • Identify & write in succinct English, in correct verb tense, past & present job duties: AY 10-17; JH 12-13
  • Correctly pronounce simple past forms ("ed" ending) of regular verbs, using knowledge of pronunciation rules
  • Understand & use good action verbs to describe work experience
  • HOMEWORK: Email teacher 2 strengths (with examples), 1 weakness (with example) & description of at least 3 duties (using good actions verbs with correct simple past form) for 1 past job (present also possible)
Week 4: (starts Tues, Sept 3 - Monday is Labor Day) - JH Unit 1 & 2
  • NOTE for 2014: Do online job search here (earlier than before), so that students will find the REAL job they want & can start answering the questions for the real job
  • Identify methods of finding jobs: JH 13-14
  • Walk in and ask about jobs
  • Cold Calling: JH 14-15; AY 72-100 (use selectively, as needed)
  • Analyze sample job ad (our entry-level office assistant position) to better focus our resume, cover letter
  • Abbreviations in job announcements
  • Interpret job advertisements: AY 41-51; JH 15-18
Week 5: (starts Mon, Sept 9) - JH Unit 1 & 2Week 6: (starts Mon, Sept 16 - Tues is FLEX Day) - JH Unit 2
  • Analyze video about  job fairs: what should you do and not do?
  • Discuss what to say at a job fair
  • Compare 2 resumes & decide which most appropriate for office job
  • Write concisely about work experience: JH 26-28
  • Analyze 2-page resume style
  • Analyze personal statement (professional summary statement) of resume: JH 23-24
  • Submit 1st draft of resume for review (by teacher and/or volunteer)
Week 7: (starts Mon, Sept 23) - JH Unit 2
Week 8: (starts Mon, Sept 30) - JH Unit 3
  • Analyze how to use references: JH 32-33
  • More details about "Tell me about yourself"
  • Answer common interview questions (Q's #3-7)
  • Match YOUR skills & experience to the position: JH 39-41
Week 9: (starts Mon, Oct 7 - Friday is Faculty Day) - JH Unit 3, 4
Week 10: (starts Mon, Oct 14) - JH Unit 4, 5
  • Analyze special cover letter style w/ table to match job qualifications w/ your skills & experience
  • Write the main body of the letter: JH 37-38
  • Write an effective final paragraph for cover letter: JH 42-43
  • Use appropriate language in your letter: JH 43-44
  • Write a cover letter
  • Write a cover letter relevant to the job you want: AY 151; JH 45-46
  • Answer common interview questions (Q's #11-15)
  • Re-record "Tell my about yourself" & improve pronunciation (grade = 10%)
Week 11: (starts Mon Oct 21) - JH Unit 5
  • Prepare for an interview: AY 157-159; JH 47
  • Make a good 1st impression: AY 160-162; JH 48
  • Answer common interview questions (#16-27)
  • Review Interview Rubric to understand how graded on interviews
  • Submit final cover letter (grade = 10%)
Week 12: (starts Mon Oct 28) - JH Unit 5
  • Introduce yourself & make small talk: AY 163; JH 48-49
  • How to handle the topic of money: AY 164
  • Deal effectively with interview questions: JH 50-52
  • Talk about yourself appropriately: JH 52-53
  • Talk about work experience: AY 183-186
  • Avoid common mistakes: JH 53-54
  • Talk about career goals: AY 194-196
  • Prove you’ve done your research: JH 55-56
  • Demonstrate that you are a good fit for a job: JH 56-58
  • Handle competency-based questions: JH 59-60
  • Demonstrate your skills: JH 60-63
  • Talk about your weaknesses: AY 191-193; JH 63-66
  • Handle personal questions effectively: AY 199-200
  • Answer 25+ common interview questions effectively
  • Ask your own questions: AY 200-201; JH 67-68
  • Close the interview effectively AY 202
  • Deal with telephone interviews: JH 68-71
  • Answer common interview questions (#23-27)
  • How to dress for interviews
  • Submit final answers to interview questions (grade = 20%)
Week 13: (starts Mon Nov 4) - Interviews
  • Finish any interview preparation before first interview
  • Job interviews (unless we don't need to start until following week) (grade = 25%)

Week 14: (starts Tues Nov 12 - Monday is Veterans' Day) - Interviews

  • Job Fair, Wednesday, Nov 13
  • Job interviews (grade = 25%)
Week 15: (starts Mon Nov 18 ) - Interviews
  • Job interviews (grade = 25%)
Week 16: (starts Mon Nov 25 - Wed, Thurs, Fri off for Thanksgiving) - JH Unit 6
  • 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
Week 17: (starts Mon Dec 2 ) - Filing
  • Transfer resume info into LinkedIn
  • Interpret indexing & filing rules
  • Practice filing, using Indexing software in computer lab
Week 18: (starts Mon Dec 9 ) - Filing
  • Interpret indexing & filing rules
  • Practice filing, using Indexing software in computer lab
  • Successfully pass 10 filing tests with a score of 100%
Week 19: (starts Mon Dec 16 ) - Filing, Graduation
  • Practice filing, using Indexing software in computer lab
  • Successfully pass 10 filing tests with a score of 90% or higher (grade = 10%)
  • Graduation & party (last day is Wed, Dec 18)
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