English Unit for Construction SHSM

1. Looking at Careers in Construction

You will watch this episode of DIY (do it yourself) program. Vanilla Ice was a Hip Hop rapper in the 90's, who has found a new career in construction. Please make notes of what the team are doing correctly and incorrectly. Is this a field of construction you might be interested in?

Watch the attached Episode of "The Vanilla Ice Project": Questions to think about when watching this episode and thinking about construction as a career.

1. Do you take time to think about what you like to do; dream and imagine ideal careers? Example: Take the time for some career assessment and career exploration to expand your vision of potential majors and career paths.



2. Do you challenge yourself in high school, (remember not to overwhelm yourself? Example: If you have a passion for something, such as photography, find a way to schedule a photography course along with your other tougher college-prep courses.



3. Have you worked, volunteered, or otherwise gain some experience?

Example: If you’re interested in a career in journalism, start writing for your school newspaper and look into a part-time job at a local newspaper.


4. Have you talked with as many adults as possible about careers and colleges?

Example: If you have a passion for history and are considering a career as a college history professor, contact a local college and ask one or more of the history professors if you can shadow them or conduct an informational interview.


5. It’s never too early nor too late to get organized and begin making plans.

Example: Many teachers get swamped with last-minute requests for letters of recommendation for college admission, so the earlier you approach the teachers who can write the best recommendations for you, the better off you’ll be. Read more in our article, Four Steps To Getting Perfect College Recommendations.

2. You have accomplished a lot here at Fletcher's Secondary, now you must highlight your accomplishments both in your resume and your description of your furniture piece in under 100 words. Are you ready to do this? Let's practice by completing the assignments below.

Looking at your My BluePrint cover letter (in under 100 words)- try to write your using the template below:

Your Name
Home address
City, Province, Postal code
Telephone
e-mail address

Date

Contact name
Job title
Company name
Address

Dear Ms./Mrs./Mr. Employer:

(Be sure to determine the formal designation (Ms./Mrs./Mr.) of the person you are contacting. If you’re not sure, call the organization to confirm.)

Paragraph 1 – Introduction
Use this paragraph to introduce yourself and to get the attention of the employer. Be professional and polite in language and tone. Mention the position you are applying for, why you are applying for the job, and how you found out about it. Show interest in the organization, and explain why you would like to be part of it.

Paragraph 2 and 3 – Description
This is the main body of your letter, which is usually one or two paragraphs long. Explain your qualifications and why you should be considered for the position. Don’t just repeat the content of your résumé; give specific examples and explain how your individual skills will help you in the position you’re applying for. Feel free to talk about any special workplace recognition or awards you received in the past. This part of the letter is meant to convince the employer that you would be a valuable addition to the team.

Paragraph 4 – Closing
It’s important to end your letter in a courteous way. Reinforce your desire to be part of the organization, and politely request an interview. End with an action statement, informing the employer about when you plan to contact him or her to follow up on your application. Provide your personal contact information and an appropriate time to call, in case the employer would like to reach you before you contact him or her. It’s important to follow instructions, so if the job advertisement says not to call or e-mail, respect their wishes.

Thank you,/Yours sincerely,/Yours truly, etc.

[sign your name]

Your name

Enclosure (your résumé)

Here is a template for your résumé:

[Your Name]

[Telephone]

[Street Address], [City, ST ZIP Code]

[Email]

[Website]

Professional
Profile

[Summarize your professional background and education, as relevant to this position]

§ [Get any text formatting you see in this document with just a click, on the Home tab, in the Styles group. For example, this style is named List Bullet.]

§ [Relevant skill]

§ [Relevant skill]

§ [Relevant skill]

Professional
Accomplishments

[Field or area of accomplishment]

§ [To replace placeholder text (such as this), just select it and begin typing. Don’t include space to the left or right of the characters in your selection.]

§ [Achievement]

§ [Achievement]

§ [Achievement]

[Field or area of accomplishment]

§ [Achievement]

§ [Achievement]

§ [Achievement]

Work History

[Dates of employment]

[Job Title], [Company Name], [City, ST]

[Dates of employment]

[Job Title], [Company Name], [City, ST]

[Dates of employment]

[Job Title], [Company Name], [City, ST]

[Dates of employment]

[Job Title], [Company Name], [City, ST]

Education

[Degree]
[School Name]
[City, ST]
[Date of graduation]

References

Available upon request.

3. Working with your classmates:

  1. Please take the time to proofread your cover letter and résumé and then hand it over to your classmate for he/she to peer edit.
  2. Now after watching the video on careers in construction, write a summary of it. Then edit it to be under 100 words. Have your classmate peer edit your work. Read the link called the 100 word challenge and try one of the assignments.
The Vanilla Ice Project | Season 5 Episode 10 | Master of the House
Rethink Careers in Construction: For Students
How to Write a Resumé (...Like a Wizard)!