JA You’re Hired

JA You’re Hired is a Junior Achievement of Arizona program designed to promote work readiness in young people comprised of two parts: a preparatory in-class curriculum and the JA You’re Hired Challenge. Participating teachers and volunteers deliver 5-7 work readiness lessons. These lessons prepare students to participate in the JA You’re Hired Challenge. This tiered approach helps students further develop their professional and leadership skills.

Session One: Resumes – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Students learn how the skills they are currently developing in school can be used to create a professional entry level resume that emphasizes their personal experience and goals.

Students will be able to:

  • Identify transferable skills and skills that are in demand in the workplace
  • Evaluate their personal skills
  • Analyze identified skills, characteristics and experiences
  • Use identified skills on a resume

Session Two: Preparing for Interview Success

Students learn how to use research to prepare for an interview, and explore the impact of first impressions.

Students will be able to:

  • Research potential employers
  • Prepare for the interview by anticipating questions
  • Determine appropriate dress for an interview
  • Make a strong first impression at the interview

Session Three: Be an Interview Star

Students will learn how to use the STAR technique to answer questions in a behavior-based interview, to provide clear and concise responses. Students will learn how to successfully close an interview, leaving a positive impression.

Students will be able to:

  • Identify common interviewing mistakes
  • Use the STAR technique to respond to behavior-based questions
  • Communicate their skills and strengths effectively in an interview
  • Follow up in a professional manner

Session Four: 60 Seconds to Success

Students will learn how to prepare a 60 second personal Elevator Pitch that can be used in networking situations such as mixers, social events and job interviews.

Students will be able to:

  • Understand the basics of creating a professional “fast pitch” or elevator pitch
  • Build an effective elevator pitch
  • Make a strong first impression

Session Five: Business Networking

Students will learn effective networking behaviors to connect with others, and how putting the interests of others first, they can build a strong business network quickly.

Students will be able to:

  • Explain the benefits of business networking
  • Identify different ways to network online and through professional groups
  • Engage in business networking

Session Six: Stop! Collaborate! And Listen! (Optional)

Students will explore how communication and innovation are used by teams to solve problems in a work environment.

Students will be able to:

  • Identify personal, predominant personality traits and how it effects communication
  • Recognize how to communicate with different personalities
  • Practice using problem solving to create solutions to existing challenges
  • Practice public speaking
  • Work as part of a team to resolve a challenge using individual strengths and communication skills

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