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Basic Teaching Skills for Career Education Instructors. Chapter 14 Career and Employment Preparation. Critical Concept. Educators are not born, they are made through study, learning, and growth. Desired Performance Goals. Explain the importance of preparing for employment.

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Basic teaching skills for career education instructors

Basic Teaching Skills for Career Education Instructors

Chapter 14

Career and Employment Preparation

Critical concept

Critical Concept

  • Educators are not born, they are made through study, learning, and growth.

Desired performance goals

Desired Performance Goals

  • Explain the importance of preparing for employment.

  • Write an achievement-oriented resume and prepare an employment portfolio.

  • Complete a typical employment application and be prepared to complete an effective employment interview.

  • Explain strategies to maintain employment once it is obtained.


Desired performance goals1

Desired Performance Goals

  • Explain the importance of keeping accurate school records.

  • Explain the importance of the reception area to a school’s success.

  • Demonstrate good school telephone techniques.

The master educator

The Master Educator

  • Prepares an achievement-oriented resume that sizzles with excitement.

  • Prepares a thorough and appealing performance portfolio.

  • Thoroughly prepares for each employment interview.

Preparing for employment

Preparing for Employment

  • Your primary goal is to obtain gainful employment as a teacher or some other related position for which your training has prepared you.

Personal inventory of skills

Personal Inventory of Skills

Characteristics for getting the job

Characteristics for Getting the Job

  • Motivation

  • Integrity

  • Good technical and communication skills

  • Strong work ethic

  • Enthusiasm

Resume basics

Resume Basics

  • Keep it simple.

  • Print on quality paper.

  • Include name, address, phone, email.

  • Present recent, relevant work experience.

  • Present relevant education.

  • Present abilities and accomplishments.

  • Focus on relevant information.

  • Include required personal information.

Accomplishment statements

Accomplishment Statements

  • Quantify information.

  • Use numbers and percentages.

Resume development

Resume Development

  • Make it easy to read.

  • Know your audience.

  • Keep it short.

  • Stress accomplishments.

  • Center on career goals.

  • Emphasize transferable skills.

  • Use action verbs.


Resume development1

Resume Development

  • Make it neat.

  • Avoid salary references.

  • No photos.

  • Don’t stretch the truth.

  • Don’t include personal references.

  • Avoid the personal.

  • Do not expect too much.


Resume development2

Resume Development

Employment portfolio contents

Employment Portfolio Contents

  • Diplomas

  • Awards and achievements

  • Current resume

  • Letters of reference

  • Synopsis of continuing education

  • List of professional affiliations


Employment portfolio contents1

Employment Portfolio Contents

  • List of relevant civic affiliations/activities

  • Before-and-after photos of technical skills

  • Performance evaluations

  • Personal philosophy of teaching

  • Other relevant information

Job hunting considerations

Job Hunting Considerations

  • Accept that you may not begin where you want to be.

  • Do not wait until graduation to begin.

  • Obtain a list of area schools.

  • Locate a school that serves the type of students and clients you wish to help.


Job hunting considerations1

Job Hunting Considerations

  • Watch school advertisements.

  • Watch for consistency; evaluate ad quality; consider what market the school’s ads are targeting.

  • Check out websites and social networking sites.

  • Keep the institution’s culture in mind.

Targeting the school

Targeting the School

  • Observe the target

  • The school visit

  • Arranging the employment interview

Interview preparation

Interview Preparation

  • Make a list.

  • Select wardrobe.

  • Gather needed items.

  • Prepare answers.

The interview

The Interview

  • Be on time.

  • Smile.

  • Use good posture.

  • Be polite and courteous.

  • Don’t sit until asked.

  • Don’t smoke or chew gum.

  • Don’t lean on or touch interviewer’s desk.


The interview1

The Interview

  • Don’t fidget.

  • Speak clearly.

  • Answer questions honestly.

  • Acknowledge interview with thanks.

  • Never criticize former employers.

Success on the job

Success on the Job

  • The institution

    • Published policies; regulatory oversight; compensation packages; payroll deductions

  • The curriculum

    • Grading policies, schedules, lesson plans

  • Stay in balance

    • Exercise, eat well, get plenty of rest, balance work with relaxation.


Success on the job1

Success on the Job

  • Hire a consultant.

  • Location

Fundamentals of business management

Fundamentals of Business Management

  • Written agreements

  • Business plan

    • General description

    • Area demographics

    • Salaries and benefits

    • Operations and pricing structure

    • Projected income and expenses


Fundamentals of business management1

Fundamentals of Business Management

  • Business regulations and laws

    • Local, state, federal, and income tax laws

  • Insurance

  • School operation

  • Record-keeping

Types of school ownership

Types of School Ownership

  • Individual

    • Proprietor is owner/manager, determines policy, receives profits, and bears losses.


Types of school ownership1

Types of School Ownership

  • Partnership

    • Privately owned by two or more parties; more capital is available; profits and liabilities are shared


Types of school ownership2

Types of School Ownership

  • Corporation

    • Saves money in taxes.

    • Can raise money by issuing stock.

    • Stockholders own interest.

    • Corporate formalities are required.

    • Income tax is limited to salary.

    • Unemployment insurance is required.

Business management factors

Business Management Factors

  • Sufficient investment capital

  • Management efficiency

  • Good business procedures

  • Cooperation between management and staff


Business management factors1

Business Management Factors

  • Trained and experienced personnel

  • Excellent customer service

  • Proper pricing of services

Importance of record keeping

Importance of Record-Keeping

  • Income and expenses

  • Purchase and inventory

  • Service records

School operations

School Operations

  • School’s Layout


School operations1

School Operations

  • Personnel

    • Skill level, personal grooming and image, overall attitude, communication skills

  • Payroll and employee benefits

    • Meet payroll obligations, offer benefits, perform evaluations, create incentives, put plans in writing.

  • Managing personnel

The front desk

The Front Desk

  • The reception area: the “nerve center” of the school

  • The receptionist: the quarterback of the school

  • Booking appointments: done efficiently

  • Use of telephone: good habits increase business and improve relationships


The front desk1

The Front Desk

Business calls

Business Calls

  • Use pleasant voice.

  • Speak clearly.

  • Use correct grammar.

  • Put a smile in your voice.

  • Show interest and concern.

  • Be polite, respectful, and courteous.

  • Be tactful.

Incoming phone calls

Incoming Phone Calls

  • Use proper greeting.

  • Answer promptly within 3 rings.

  • Use hold button effectively.

  • Focus on call only (no side conversations).

Booking appointments by phone

Booking Appointments by Phone

  • Get requisite information.

  • Be familiar with services and products.

  • Be fair when making assignments.

  • Accommodate client requests if possible.

Handling complaints by phone

Handling Complaints by Phone

  • Use self-control, tact, and courtesy.

  • Be sympathetic and reassuring.

  • Do not interrupt caller.

  • Try to resolve quickly and effectively.

Selling in the school

Selling in the School

  • Additional services

  • Take home or maintenance products

Promoting in the community

Promoting in the Community

  • Offer to speak at community events or local colleges and universities.

  • Instructors should always act as ambassadors of goodwill for any institution they represent.

Wrapping it up

Wrapping It Up

  • Create a sizzling resume.

  • Organize materials and information for interview.

  • Develop a dynamic portfolio.

  • Continue your education as the doors of opportunity. continue to open.

In retrospect

In Retrospect

  • Explain the importance of preparing for employment.

  • List the key elements of an achievement-oriented resume and an employment portfolio.

  • Explain strategies to maintain employment once it is obtained.


In retrospect1

In Retrospect

  • List key records that must be kept for the institution.

  • Explain the importance of the reception area to a school’s success.

  • Explain why good school telephone techniques are important.

Basic teaching skills for career education instructors


You have completed fourteen units of study toward completion of your instructor training program.

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