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Job Search Vocabulary
Students research specific jobs and markets using opens in a new window Virginia Workforce Connection; they identify and define unknown words and use them in resumé building, cover letter writing, and mock interviewing.
L6: Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Estimated timeframe: 1-2 hours
- Have students research opens in a new window Virginia Workforce Connection (https://www.vawc.virginia.gov/vosnet/Default.aspx) for industry-specific resources.
- Have them read website information and create a list of unknown/new words as they search for job markets and career interests.
- Then, have students utilize online resources (i.e., opens in a new window www.dictionary.com) to look up new and unknown words.
- Ask students to find one job listing that interests them and is relevant to their location in Virginia. (They can use a job search website such as opens in a new window Indeed: www.indeed.com.)
- Have students write a resumé and cover letter for the job.
- Then, have students hold a mock interviews (they can work in pairs or small groups or as a class). One student presents themselves as a job candidate while the other students ask questions about their qualifications and interests for a job opportunity.
- How can you use technology tools to help discover and learn new vocabulary words or market-specific vocabulary?
- What kinds of vocabulary are helpful in the interviewing process?
- What tools can you use to find job listings specific to a market in your area of Virginia?
- How does market-specific vocabulary influence the resumé building, cover letter writing, and interviewing process?
Other skillsConnections and extensions can be made to GED® Social Studies Assessment Targets (Fundamental Economic Concepts):
- E.c.1 Markets
- E.c.4 Labor and Capital
Workforce readiness skills
Integrity: apply workplace-specific ethics and behavior
Teamwork: hold mock interviews
Self-representation: practice job readiness and job search skills specific to a market
Speaking and Listening: prepare for panel job interview with market-specific vocabulary and responses
Reading and Writing: write a resumé and cover letter; read job listings; learn vocabulary words
Lifelong Learning: learn vocabulary related to a specific job search
Job Acquisition and Advancement: search for jobs in area; practice job interview and preparation; build resumé
Internet Use and Security: search Internet for job postings and area-specific needs
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