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First Semester Work Experience Student Assignments:

Assignment #1 Due March 1, 2010
Type a Draft Resume in the Career Center and hand it in to Mrs. Bertein.

Assignment #2 Due March 15, 2010
Make corrections to draft and turn in the Final Resume to Mrs. Bertein.

Assignment #3 Due March 29, 2010
Complete Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 in Getting the Job You Really Want 5th Edition and turn in book to Mrs.
Bertein. Put paper tabs at the beginning of each assigned chapter.

Late assignments will result in a grade reduction for each week that it is late.

Thank you for your participation in the Work Experience Program.
Revised 1/2010
                                     Class Assignments for Work Experience


Second Semester Work Experience Student Assignments:

Assignment #1 Due March 1, 2010
Complete Chapters 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 in Getting the Job You Really Want 5th Edition and turn in book to
Mrs. Bertein.

Assignment #2 Due March 15, 2010
Research culinary careers and their job descriptions. The culinary careers can be in
                               Restaurants
                               Hotels
                               Cruise Lines
                               Clubs
                               Catering
                               Supermarkets
Select 10 culinary positions and type (Times New Roman, 12 Font, and Single-Spaced) the following for each
position:
                              1. Introduction
                              2. Earnings & Outlook
                              3. Professional Organization
                              4. Job Description
                              5. Site your source

Assignment #3 Due March 29, 2010
Type (Times New Roman, 12 Font, and Single-Spaced) and then briefly answer each one of the following
interview questions:
                          Why don’t you tell me about yourself?
                          Why should I hire you?
                          What are your major strengths?
                          What are your major weaknesses?
                          What sort of pay do you expect to receive?
                          How does your previous experience relate to the jobs we have here?
                          What are your plans for the future?
                          What will your former employers (or references) say about you?
                          Why are you looking for this sort of position and why here?
                          Why don’t you tell me about your personal situation?
                         This assignment is due October 19, 2009.
                         50% of your grade will be the supervisor grading you on-the-jobsite.
Late assignments will result in a grade reduction for each week that it is late.

Thank you for your participation in the Work Experience Program.

Revised 1/2010
                                   Class Assignments for Work Experience

Third Semester Work Experience Student Assignments:
Assignment #1 Due March 15, 2010
       Schedule and complete a “Mock Interview” with the Career Center. Go online to http://careers.lbcc.edu
and go to the section labeled Workshops. Schedule your mock interview and complete it with a counselor.
Type a summary of the entire experience.

Assignment #2 Due March 22, 2010
Develop Your Personal Portfolio
     The portfolio is defined as a portable case for holding loose papers, drawings, documents and similar
materials. Furthering this definition, a portfolio is a bound document that discloses much about who you are and
how you work.
     Developing your personal portfolio will demonstrate to a potential employer the skills you possess such as
critical thinking, analyzing, planning and preparation.
     The following is an outline of a chronological checklist to develop a professional portfolio.

      Introduction
      Table of Content
      Updated Resume
      Reference Letters
      Photographs of Professional Work
      Recipes, Samples of Work, Assignments, Menu, Internships, Clubs, Community Activities, Volunteer
       Work, Awards, Performance Evaluations, Etc.
      Student Leadership Certificates Degrees from prior educational experience
      Professional Certificates
      Continuing Education Certificate
      Educational Transcripts
      Dividers for each section
      Professional Binder, 3-Ring, Portfolio Folder Case
      Plastic Slip Covers to protect all Original Work.

Introduction
       The introduction should be a short typed description of you, containing no more than two or three
paragraphs. It should mirror your academic and professional highlights in such a manner that the reader will
want to read further about you and your accomplishments. In essence, the introduction tells the reader
something about the author and gives a brief overview highlighting for the reader the most important things to
be found in the portfolio.

Table of Contents
        The table of contents must reflect some kind of organizational scheme. Many people simply organize
items chronologically. Others will prefer to group the samples by type of skill or experience. Still others will
organize items by common threads of experience or themes in their life. Keep in mind, however, the table of
contacts is for easy access to information. You do not want the reader to spend time searching for something
that should be readily apparent.




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Resume
       Your resume should follow directly behind the table of contents. A one-page resume is the ideal length
and should be updated regularly. This is the most important document of your professional life and should
contain an accurate accounting of your career and education.

Reference Letters
        Reference letters can be both personal and professional that support your ability and skills necessary to
do the job. It is an excellent practice to obtain letters of recommendation from your employers while still at that
particular place of employment.

Photographs
        You can never take too many photographs of your work while in school or outside in the “real world.”
Take a number of different photographs of the same dish in different positions. This provides you with a wide
variety of options to choose from when making the final cut on which picture to use in your portfolio.

Recipes, etc
       These would be recipes that you have developed. They can be recipes that you have created for contests,
student projects or competitions.

Student Leadership Certificates
       These documents will pertain to student’s leadership through clubs at your school and/or the American
Culinary Federation. They can be in the form of certificates of participation, letters or merit or contribution or
community involvement certification.

Degrees, Licenses, Certifications
        This section will contain all degrees including prior educational degrees, your Occupational Associates
Degree in Culinary Arts, course certificates along with any certificates of continuing education you have
received throughout your career. In addition, any certificates of participation from seminars ranging from wine-
tasting to charity events should be placed in this section.

Educational Transcripts
       You may obtain a copy of your transcripts from the Registrar’s office of any university, college or
technical school.

Pulling It All Together.
         Using easily legible binder dividers to divide and define each section that you create. This will make it
easier for the reader to flip through your accomplishments. Each page should include a title, the actual sample
or artifact, and some commentary or caption that gives additional detail. If you don’t have room on each page
for all of this, just print a title by each sample. Then place a title page and background or introductory material
before each group of similar samples. The next step is choosing the right container for your portfolio. It can be
as simple or elaborate as you want. Anything from a basic binder to a leather bound book can be utilized,
although any that you choose should fit standard 8 1/2 x 11 papers. Any oversized documents should be
reduced to fit in the portfolio. Once you have gathered all you all your documentation for the portfolio, make a
copy. Any certificates or documentation that you have that are in color, have copied in color for consistency.




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Assignment #3 Due March 29, 2010
Read Organizing from the Inside Out by Julie Morgenstern and organize an area in your office, work location,
garage, or home taking a before and after photo with an explanation of the organization process, what you
learned and how you benefited from this process.

50% of your grade will be the supervisor grading you on-the-jobsite.
Late assignments will result in a grade reduction for each week that it is late.

Thank you for your participation in the Work Experience Program.

Revised 1/2010

				
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