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					                       Louisiana Team AgEd
            Louisiana Agriscience Education Curriculum
Course:         Agriscience II

Unit:           Personal Career Development

Lesson:         Employment


        Note: This Lesson is divided into two sub-lessons:
              Create a resume
              Organize a job search for a selected agricultural position


LOUISIANA CONTENT STANDARDS AND GRADE LEVEL EXPECTATIONS

Content Standards:
       Students will develop the necessary interpersonal and communication skills to
        obtain a job and work effectively and safely in an interactive work environment.
               c. Personal Development

Grade Level Expectations (GLE)
    Write for various purposes, including:
             o formal and business letters, such as letters of complaint and requests
                for information
             o letters to the editor
             o job applications
             o text-supported interpretations that connect life experiences to works of
                literature (ELA-2-H6)

PERFORMANCE-BASED LEARNING OBJECTIVES. Instruction in this lesson should
result in students being able to:
    1. Create a working resume.

LIST OF RESOURCES. Teachers may find the following resources useful in planning
and teaching this lesson:

Textbooks
     Herren, Ray and Copper, Elmer Agricultural mechanics Fundamentals and
       Applications Delmar Publishers, Inc. Albany New York

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Web Sites
    http://aged.ces.uga.edu/Browseable_Folders/Curriculum/Lesson%20Plans/Agric
       ultural%20Leadership%20&%20Personal%20Development-01012/01012-
       13.1%20Writing%20Resumes.doc

Other Resources. The following resources will be useful to students and teachers:
         Sample Resumes
         Other Resume Texts

TERMS. The following terms are presented in this lesson:
       Cover Letter
       Resume
       References
       Work Experience

LIST OF EQUIPMENT, TOOLS, SUPPLIES, AND FACILITIES
        Internet access
        Overhead projector
        Transparencies 13.1.1 - 13.1.3
        PowerPoint presentation
        Resume paper
        Resume formats
        Computer diskettes

INTEREST APPROACH.
     Introduce the lesson with an example showing the need for a resume in applying
     for a job. A resume is a snapshot of you as a potential employee. If you do not
     have a good resume, you many not ever get to the job interview.


SUMMARY OF CONTENT AND TEACHING STRATEGIES

Objective 1: Create a resume

Anticipated Problem: How will you make a good first impression to a potential
employer? This can be accomplished by how well your work experiences, education,
contact information, and references are displayed on your professional resume.




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Content

     1.   Discuss the purpose of a resume in searching for a job.

          Display and discuss transparency 13.1.1.

     2.   Present the main items that should be included in a resume. Display
          and discuss transparency 13.1.2.

     3.   Discuss the procedures required in good resume writing.

          Display and discuss transparency 13.1.3.

     4.   Explain how a resume may be used to better your chances in job
          searching.

     5.   Demonstrate how to develop a good resume by showing an example
          of one.

     6.   Divide class into groups of two students each and pass out copies of
          good and poor resumes. Have students identify positive and negative
          characteristics in each resume.

     7.   Discuss the importance of students using good writing skills in
          resume preparation.




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Transparency 13.1.1



                   PREPARING A RESUME
     A RESUME IS A PERSONAL DATA SHEET
     THAT PROVIDES A WRITTEN SUMMARY OF
     YOUR EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE,
     ACTIVITIES, AND OTHER PERTINENT
     INFORMATION.


    WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF A RESUME?


     A RESUME PROVIDES DETAILED WRITTEN
     INFORMATION ABOUT A PERSON THAT MAY
     BE ATTACHED TO A LETTER OR
     APPLICATION.




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Transparency 13.1.2

                   WHAT ARE THE MAIN ITEMS
                    NEEDED ON A RESUME?

     *     NAME, ADDRESS, AND TELEPHONE NUMBER

     *     CAREER OBJECTIVE OR GOAL

     *     EDUCATION AND TRAINING THAT
           QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE JOB

     *     WORK EXPERIENCE

     *     SCHOOL OR COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

     *     OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST THAT
           REFLECT POSITIVELY ON YOU

     *     REFERENCES




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Transparency 13.1.3



                  GOOD RESUME WRITING TIPS

*    RESUME SHOULD BE ATTRACTIVE                              AND REPRESENT
     YOU WELL

*    NEATLY TYPED OR WRITTEN

*    WORDS CORRECTLY SPELLED

*    NO GRAMMATICAL ERRORS

*    USE COMPUTER WORD PROCESSING
     IF POSSIBLE

*    USE A TYPEFACE THAT IS EASY TO                           READ

*    DO NOT INCLUDE A PHOTOGRAPH
     WITH A RESUME

*    ALWAYS KEEP AN UPDATED                         RESUME ON FILE AT ALL
     TIME




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CRITICAL THINKING ACTIVITY

Students will analyze each others resumes with their names blacked out. They will then
form an opinion on whether the resume is effective or ineffective based on the material
presented in class to ensure that they understand a well written resume from a poorly
written one.

Students will need to give two positive and two negative critiques minimum.


REVIEW/SUMMARY

      View the power point presentation on preparing cover letters and resumes.

      Review with students the main objective covered in this lesson.

      Ask students questions about proper techniques and procedures used in resume
       writing.

      Ask for volunteers to share with class their resume. Have class critique each one
       for positive reinforcement of correct resume writing procedures.

      End with a question and answer review period, so that all students will have
       opportunity to ask questions.


APPLICATION

      Have students prepare their own resume for a grade as well as for their future
       use.


EVALUATION

      Grade work exercise activity on resume writing.

      Assign group and individual grades on cooperative learning tasks.

      Prepare an exam on resume writing concepts or use the one provided.




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                                   Test: Writing a Resume

Name ____________________

Date _____________________

                  Directions-fill in the blank with the correct answer.

1. A ___________________ is what you mail along with your resume.

2. The goals of a good resume are: convey information, ___________________,
   ____________________, and ___________________.

3. The two types of business letters include Block style and __________________
   style.


                 Short Answer, write at least one sentence explaining
                        your answer to the following question.

4. Why should a letter of application be mailed with an application for a job?

                                             Listing

5. List the 5 goals for a good cover letter.

6. List in order all 6 basic parts of a business letter.


                                         Critical Thinking

You are the director of sales at a local branch of a national fertilizer production
company. One of you salesmen was recently promoted to another division and you are
charged with the responsibility of making a new hire to fill that position. You receive two
applications for the position. Name three parts of their resume` that you would look at
first when reviewing their application. For each part, give a well developed thought to
why you would choose to look at that part.




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After reviewing their applications, you find that each applicant is equally qualified on
paper. You are to formulate a plan of action for how you will go about determining the
best applicant. You are to develop two paragraphs that explain this plant.
The first paragraph should include how you will go about finding the most qualified
person. An example could be that you would interview each of the candidates. Within
you plan; you would include any questions that would help you to make a decision. In
the second paragraph, you are to critique your plan. Find at least three weaknesses
and determine how you could go about fixing the problems.
(Be Original)




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                                       Test Key

1. Cover Letter

2. Show who you are, distinguish yourself, look good.

3. Modified Block

4. Answers may vary but should include information about: telling more about
   yourself.

5. Goals:
     a. Introduce yourself
     b. Get noticed
     c. Convey special information
     d. Highlight accomplishments
     e. Get employers to read your resume

6. Basic Parts of a Business Letter:
      a. The writers address and date letter was written
      b. The name and address of the person whom the letter is being sent
      c. The salutation
      d. The body of the letter
      e. Complimentary close and signature of the sender
      f. Other additions – reference initials, enclosure notations, copy and
         postscript.




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                       Louisiana Team AgEd
            Louisiana Agriscience Education Curriculum
Course:         Agriscience II

Unit:           Employment

Lesson:         Organize a job search for a selected agricultural position


LOUISIANA CONTENT STANDARDS AND GRADE LEVEL EXPECTATIONS

Content Standards:
       Students will develop the necessary interpersonal and communication skills to
        obtain a job and work effectively and safely in an interactive work environment.
               o c. Personal Development

Grade Level Expectations (GLE)

           Explain the skills, knowledge, talents, personal characteristics, and efforts
            likely to enhance prospects of success in finding a job in a particular field
           (E-1A-H3)
           Explain the types of jobs important to meeting the needs of Louisiana
            industries and an information-based society (E-1A-H3)
           Evaluate various careers in terms of availability, educational and skill
            requirements, salary and benefits, and intrinsic sources of job satisfaction(E-
            1A-H3)

PERFORMANCE-BASED LEARNING OBJECTIVES. Instruction in this lesson should
result in students being able to:
    2. Explain the reasons why people work
    3. Differentiate between work, occupation, job and career.
    4. List the factors to consider in selecting a career.
    5. List the steps in choosing a career.
    6. Research possible careers related to interests.




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LIST OF RESOURCES. Teachers may find the following resources useful in planning
and teaching this lesson:

Textbooks
     Ricketts, Cliff. Leadership Personal Development and Career Success. Delmar
       Publishers, Inc. Albany, NY.
     Georgia Ag Ed Curriculum CD, PP_Selecting_a_Career

TERMS. The following terms are presented in this lesson:
    Work
    Occupation
    Job

LIST OF EQUIPMENT, TOOLS, SUPPLIES, AND FACILITIES
     Computers with Internet Access
     LCD Projector

INTEREST APPROACH.

Have students think about what job they would want to do for a living if money were not
an option. Explain that the job they chose could be attained if they set goals, and
worked toward accomplishing those goals. Tell the class that today’s lesson is going to
be about selecting a career.

SUMMARY OF CONTENT AND TEACHING STRATEGIES

Objective 1: Why do people work?

Anticipated Problem: People work for various reasons, depending on the individual.
Common reasons:

Content

             A.     Earning money
             B.     Social satisfaction
             C.     Positive feelings
             D.     Prestige
             E.     Personal development
             F.     Contributions to health
             G.     Self-expression
             H.     Security
             I.     Success
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             J.     Happiness
             K.     Peers and family

             Many people do not follow their dreams of attaining the career they want.
             Their choices are often made by what others want them to do.


Objective 2: What is the difference between work, an occupation, a job, and a
career?

Anticipated Problem: Have students brainstorm the difference between work, an
occupation, and a job.

Content:

       A. Work - an activity that is directed toward a purpose or goal that produces
          something of value to oneself and/or to society. A wage may or may not be
          paid, depending upon the type of work, such as volunteer.

      B. Occupation - the name given to a group of similar tasks that a person
         performs for pay. Examples include things such as carpenter work, legal
         work, truck driving, etc. Most occupations require specific knowledge and
         skills to perform them.

      C. Job - a paid position at a specific place or setting. It could be in an office, a
         store, a factory, a farm, etc. For example, a welder (an occupation) may have
         a job at a mill. Career is closely related to one’s job. However, a career is a
         series of jobs that is pursued in order to achieve the ultimate occupation that
         the individual wants.


Objective 3: What are the factors one should consider in selecting a career?
Content:

      A. Standard of living: will this career allow me to live comfortably or the way I
         desire?
      B. Personal contact: do I want to be around other people a lot or work by
         myself?
      C. Formal education required: almost every career requires a high school
         diploma. Many require degrees from technical school or college.


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      D. Practical experience required: some careers require workers to have
         experience in addition to formal education. Are you willing to put forth time to
         gain that experience?
      E. Locations of employment: are you willing to move to find your dream job, or
         do you want to stay close to home?
      F. Will you enjoy your work: will you be excited about doing this job, or would
         you just be doing it for the money?
      G. Your working conditions: do you want to work indoors, out, or both? Are you
         willing to work around dangerous machinery or chemicals?
      H. The amount of leisure time available: will this career give you the leisure time
         you desire?
      I. Security during retirement: will this career provide a sound financial future?
      J. Your health and happiness: does this job require physical or mental stress
         which could affect your health and happiness?


Objective 4: What are the steps in choosing a career?

Content:

      A.   Step 1: Consider your interests, abilities, and other characteristics.
      B.   Step 2: Narrow the field of jobs.
      C.   Step 3: Study the requirements of the job.
      D.   Step 4: Plan for alternative occupations.
      E.   Step 5: Prepare a plan for career preparation.
      F.   Step 6: Be willing to pay the price for success.
      G.   Step 7: Gain working experience.

CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS

      Students will be asked to write a journal paragraph contrasting a job that earns
      $50,000 a year and a rewarding career that earns $40,000. The “job” is 6 days a
      week 12 hours a day with one week vacation and the “career” is five days a week
      8 hours a day with two weeks vacation per year. Each student will list two
      justifications on each path and choose which one they would prefer for the rest of
      their lives.

REVIEW/SUMMARY

      Selecting a career is one of the most important decisions you will make in your
      life. A career is something a person really wants to do and get paid for it the rest
      of his or her life. Using the FFA Website, have students brainstorm 5 possible
      careers.




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APPLICATION

     Have students narrow their original list of 5 careers into 3 that they would like to
    further research and answer the questions posed in the “factors to consider”
    section of this lesson. After answering the factors to consider questions, have
    students research one of the careers using the “Career Exploration Assignment”
    worksheet. Have some students present their research to the class.


EVALUATION

    Written test (attached).




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Answers To Sample Test

                      See Powerpoint for test key




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                     SAMPLE TEST: Reference Powerpoint for test key

Student Name:___________________

Fill in the Blank:

   1. Five factors that one should consider when selecting a career
      are___________________,____________________,__________________,___
      _______________ and _______________________. (slide 6 and 7)

   2. ____________________ is a series of jobs. (slide 5)


   3. ____________________is a paid position. (slide 5)

   Listing:

   1. List five of the seven steps in choosing a career. (slide 8)

   2. List four of eight major career areas. (slide10)


   Short Answer:

   1. What is the difference between work, an occupation, a job and a career? (slide 4)




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