This teaching module was carefully assembled to teach essential job search skills to students with special needs.
The package includes:
• 20 copies of Job Smarts
• 1 copy of Job Smarts Instructor’s Manual
• 1 copy of Make a Good First Impression DVD
• 1 pkg (25 copies) of Job Search Knowledge Scale
Job Smarts: 12 Steps to Job Success
All essential job search and job retention topics are covered, and the material is presented in a simplified and visual way.
• Text is written at a fifth-grade reading level.
• For instructional settings that include more advanced students, optional worksheets are included for both basic and advanced students.
• Most activities can be completed in 15 to 30 minutes.
Job Smarts Instructor’s Manual
The curriculum has one chapter for each of the 12 steps. Save hundreds of hours preparing for classes.
• Objectives and overview notes help the teacher prepare for each unit.
• Review the rules of the worksite, the previous unit, the objective for the day, and “power words.”
• Several activities include suggested comments for the teacher to introduce and conduct the activity.
• Case Studies give examples of situations in typical jobs.
Job Smarts: 12 Steps to Job Success teaches students how to find, get, and keep a job, but with this unique focus: It is written for adults and students with low reading levels and other special needs.
All essential job search and job retention topics are covered, and the material is presented in a simplified and visual way, with text written at a fifth-grade reading level. The result? The content is accessible for youth and adults with special needs, especially people with lower-level reading skills.
For instructional settings that include more advanced students, optional worksheets are included for both basic and advanced students.
A new chapter makes the connection between doing a job and playing a game, a concept that works well for young people. Scenarios also have been added at the beginning of each of the 12 steps to set the tone for worksheets and lessons.
Make a Good First Impression DVD
Most employers form an impression of a job seeker in the first seconds of the interviewâ€”if it isn’t good, very few job seekers can overcome it.
• Presents the traits that create a positive impression during interviews, traits that are within the control of the job seeker.
• Partial list of traits covered: enthusiasm, maturity, confidence, appearance, verbal and body language, initiative, and more.
Most employers form an impression of a job seeker in the first few seconds of the interview. If that impression is negative, few job seekers are able to change the employer’s mind.
Armed with the guidance in this DVD, job seekers won’t have to worry about recovering from a bad first impression. They’ll know just what it takes to make a great impression right from the get-go.
This DVD teaches viewers about the importance of appearance, confidence, maturity, emotional stability, and enthusiasm, and reveals how to improve upon these areas before an interview. The video also covers interview taboos, such as being late, answering cell phones, and revealing tattoos. Group interviews, bad interviewers, and phone interviews will also be covered.
The program offers scenarios of interviews in action and includes the insights of job search experts and employers. Convenient pause points let instructors stop the program for discussion.
Job Search Knowledge Scale
Self-scoring, self-interpreting, assesses job search knowledge in five areasâ€”all in one eight-panel folder, no other components needed.
• Test takers respond to 60 true/false statements.
• A simple self-scoring grid provides an immediate graphic picture of relative strengths and weaknesses in the five areas.
• The inside panels include a four-panel chart with information about the five job search areas, including proven tips and additional information sources.
• Use as a pre- and post-test.
The Job Search Knowledge Scale (JSKS) helps determine how much an individual knows about looking for work. Test takers respond to 60 true/false statements to discover the job search skills they need to develop to find work faster.
The JSKS offers guidance on the job search methods that work best and provides journaling space to establish job search goals. The assessment saves time and resources by helping people focus on key areas of the job search as needed and land a job more quickly.
It also allows counselors and other professionals to match individual needs with specific job search training. The JSKS works well as an intake assessment and as a pre-test and post-test for educators, workforce development professionals, and counselors who need to prove their results and effectiveness. It also serves as an ideal complement to most of JIST’s job search books, workbooks, and videos.
The JSKS assesses an individual’s knowledge in five areas:
• Identifying job leads
• Applying directly to employers
• Writing resumes and cover letters
• Following up