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Unit: Job Readiness

Section #2: Employability Skills


Time: 1 double period
Expectations:
Students will be expected to:
J5 demonstrate an understanding of self-assessment skills
Assessment and Evaluation Strategies:
Self-Assessment of Employability Skills (formative; checklist)
Employability Skills Section Table of Contents
1. Job Readiness Skills
2. Build your Learning Skills in School
3. Personal highlights and qualities - checklist
4. Employability Skills 2000+, (same as B3 & B4 as in Pre-placement Student Manual)
5. Reflection of My Employability Skills 2000+
6. Employability Skills Assessment (activity revised from B14 17 in Pre-placement
Student Manual)
7. Transferable Skills (activity)
8. Evaluation
Note: similar Employability 2000+ activity available in B5 B7 and B9 of Pre-placement
Student Manual

Additional Resources:
1. Tips for Success (B10 Pre-placement Student Manual)
Planning Notes:
1. Some activities may be completed for homework.
Teaching/Learning Strategies:
Introduce employability skills through use of overheads.
Handout Employability Skills Checklist
Distribute copies of Employability Skills Profile 2000+. Using this chart, review its
structure and organization of employability skills. Discuss the background and
rationale for this resource, authored by The Conference Board of Canada.
Hand out copies of Employability Skills Profile in Classroom Language and ask
students to complete it.
Distribute the Employability Skills Quiz activity sheets and the score sheet Identifying
Your Skills - What Do I Do Now? Ask students to work individually to complete and
score the questionnaires on Personal Management Skills, Teamwork Skills and
Fundamental Skills/Academic Skills.
After students have completed the questionnaires and recorded their scores, they
review their employability skills profile in order to help them complete the activity
sheet Assessing Your Skills, or Employability Skills Profile, or Reflection of My
Employability Skills, or Employability Skills: Gaps and Goals.
Lead a discussion on how students may describe these skills effectively on a rsum.
Accommodations:
Students work in pairs to help each other.

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Job Readiness Skills


Class Discussion/Activity:
Before sharing this list with your class, organize students into groups of 3 or 4.
Then, ask them to come up with the top 10 skills or characteristics they believe
employers are looking for. Record their lists on chart paper which will be posted at
the front of the room and shared. Once everyone has had a chance to present,
compare their lists to the list below.

1. Good Communication Skills


2. Positive Attitude
3. Flexibility and Adaptability
4. High Standards of
Performance
5. Good Work Ethic
6. Acceptance of Responsibility
7. Productivity
8. Honesty and Reliability
9. Willingness to Keep Learning
10. Ability to Analyse and
Evaluate

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A - Build Your Learning Skills in School


Examples of ways that help you build skills in school and can be used
while at work:

Needs Excelle
Learning Skill Improvem Good
ent nt

Communication:
giving presentations
reading articles and books
writing essays, short stories and reports
Teamwork:
getting along with your classmates or co-workers
working with others on projects
Time Management:
doing assigned tasks (e.g. homework)
attending regularly (e.g. your classes)
arriving on time (e.g. class)
meeting project deadlines
using a planner to schedule your day
Problem-Solving:
analyzing information
understanding the problem
defining the problem
solving the problem
applying the results
Organizational:
taking notes
following written and oral instructions
keeping binders of information

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following a schedule
setting priorities and goals
Learning:
asking questions in new situations
using the library to do research or sign out books
researching information on the internet
reading newspapers, magazines and manuals
reading novels or e-readers
Computer:
building keyboarding speed and accuracy
using word processing programs for an
assignment (e.g. essay)
using presentation software (e.g. Powerpoint)
using a computer to design a poster, newsletter or
booklet
Listening:
attending classes
going to lectures
taking notes
visualizing what you hear
comprehending information
Creativity:
learning how others have been creative
using your imagination
trying new ways to do things
looking at issues from a different point of view
Leadership:
leading projects
joining activities, teams or clubs
helping classmates or volunteering as a peer
helper

And Remember, Every Time You . . .


work on a class project you are learning to communicate with others, work
with a team, be a leader, use your creativity and help solve problems.
make a class presentation you are learning to organize your ideas and

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information, speak effectively and persuade others.


work on an essay you are learning about a new subject, doing research,
managing your time, setting priorities, being creative and expressing your
own point of view.
participate in a school activity you are learning to be a team member and
achieve objectives
volunteer at a dance or fund-raiser you are learning how to work with others,
organize a project/event and get things done on time.

B - Personal Highlights and Qualities


Below is a list of qualities that prospective employers may be looking for. Place a
check mark in the column that best describes you. Be honest in how you assess
yourself.

Needs Excelle
Highlights and Qualities Improvem Good
ent nt

Resourceful and self-confident; get the job done,


and do it well.
A born leader; inspire others to work at their
highest level.
Highly creative and innovative, not afraid to take
risks.
Good eye for detail; well organized, skilled in
setting priorities.
Able to set and achieve goals and work well under
pressure.
Very good communication skills; able to put people
at ease.
Outstanding presentation skills, both written and
spoken.
Positive professional attitude; committed to
excellence.
Dependable and hard working; get along well with
others.
Skilled in public speaking and written
communication.
Proven record of excellence and dependability.
Exceptionally well organized and highly motivated.
Reputation for taking the initiative and seeing a
task through to completion.
Excellent written, verbal, and listening skills.

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Enthusiastic, committed, resourceful, can be


counted on to get the job done.
Resourceful and self-confident.
Professional in front of large groups, able to
introduce speakers.
Skill in public speaking and written communication.
Proven record of excellence and dependability.
Confident and decisive under stressful conditions.
Exceptional communication and interpersonal
skills.
Talent for getting diverse groups to work together
well.
Excellent writing, communication and
organizational skills.
Enthusiastic and quick learner.
Conscientious and creative; willing to assume
responsibility.

Needs Excelle
Highlights and Qualities Improvem Good
ent nt

Self motivated and creative.


Able to work independently and as a team member.
Acquired over hours at previous Co-op
placement.
Mechanically inclined: (e.g. Grade 11 Automotive
Technology Award)
Competent in the use of MS Office software.
Fluent in written and spoken English and
Enrolled in SHSM (Specialist High School Major)

From the list, select your top 5 qualities and place them in the chart below.

Qualities

1.

2.
3.

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4.
5.
6.

From the list are there any qualities that you feel need to be improved in order to
help you obtain your co-op placement? List 3 of these qualities below and 1 action
for each indicating what you can do to improve that quality.

Quality Action

1.

2.

3.

C - Employability Skills 2000+


The skills you need to get, keep, and progress in the world of work whether you
work on your own or in a team. These skills can also be applied and used beyond
the workplace in a range of daily activities.

Fundamental Skills Personal Management Teamwork Skills


Skills
The skills needed as a The personal skills and The skills and
basis for further attitudes, and attributes needed to
development behaviours that drive contribute
ones potential for productively
growth

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You will be ready for growth You will be able to offer You will be better prepared to
when you can: yourself greater possibilities add value to the outcomes of
for achievement when you a task, project, or team when
can: you can:
Communicate
Read and understand Be Positive Work with Others
information presented in a Feel good about yourself Understand and work
variety of forms (e.g., and be confident within the dynamics of a
words, graphs, diagrams) Deal with people, group
Write and speak so others problems, and situations
Ensure that a teams
pay attention and with honesty and integrity
understand Recognize good effort purpose and objectives
Listen and ask questions are clear
Take care of your personal
Be flexible: respect, be
to understand and health
appreciate others points open to and supportive of
Show interest, initiative,
of view the thoughts, opinions,
and effort
Share information using a and contributions of
Be socially responsible
others in the group
range of information and and contribute to your Recognize and respect
communications community
technologies (e.g., voice, peoples diversity,
e-mail, computers) individual differences, and
Be Responsible perspectives
Use relevant scientific, Set goals and priorities, Accept and provide
technological, and balancing work and
mathematical knowledge feedback in a constructive
personal life and considerate manner
and skills to explain or Plan and manage time,
clarify ideas Contribute to a team by
money, and other sharing information and
resources to achieve goals expertise
Manage Information Assess, weigh, and Lead or support when
Locate, gather, and manage risk appropriate, motivating a
organize information Be accountable for your group for high
using appropriate actions and the actions of performance
technology and your group Understand the role of
information systems
Access, analyze, and conflict in a group to
reach solutions
apply knowledge and
Manage and resolve
skills from various
disciplines (e.g., the arts, conflict when appropriate
languages, science,
technology, mathematics,
social sciences, and the
humanities)

Fundamental Skills Personal Management Teamwork Skills


Skills
The skills needed as a The personal skills and The skills and
basis for further attitudes, and attributes needed to
development behaviours that drive contribute
ones potential for productively
growth

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You will be ready for growth You will be able to offer You will be better prepared to
when you can: yourself greater possibilities add value to the outcomes of
for achievement when you a task, project, or team when
can: you can:
Use Numbers Be Adaptable Participate in Projects
Decide what needs to be Be able to work and Tasks
measured or calculated independently or as part Plan, design, or carry out
Observe and record data of a team a project or task from
using appropriate Carry out multiple tasks or start to finish with well-
methods, tools, and projects defined objectives and
technology Be innovative and outcomes
Make estimates and verify resourceful: identify and Develop a plan, seek
calculations suggest alternative ways feedback, test, revise, and
to achieve goals and get implement
Think and Solve the job done Work to agreed quality
Problems Be open and respond standards and
Assess situations and constructively to change specifications
identify problems Learn from your Select and use
Seek different points of mistakes and accept appropriate technology
view and evaluate them feedback for a task or project
based on facts Cope with uncertainty Adapt to changing
Recognize the human, requirements and
interpersonal, technical, Learn Continuously information
scientific, and Be willing to Continuously monitor the
mathematical continuously learn and success of a project or
dimensions of a problem grow task and identify ways to
Identify the root cause of Assess personal improve
a problem strengths and areas for
Be creative and development
innovative in exploring Set your own learning
possible solutions goals
Readily use science, Identify and access
technology, and learning sources and
mathematics as ways to opportunities
think, gain, and share Plan for and achieve
knowledge, solve your learning goals
problems, and make
decisions Work Safely
Evaluate solutions to Be aware of personal
make recommendations and group health and
or decisions safety practices and
Implement solutions. procedures, and act in
Check to see if a solution accordance with these
works, and act on
opportunities for
improvement

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Reflection of My Employability Skills 2000+


INSTRUCTIONS: Using the Employability Skills 2000+ chart, fill in the chart
below:

Fundamental Skills Personal Teamwork Skills


The skills needed for Management Skills The skills and
further development The personal skills, attributes needed to
and to prepare you to attitudes and contribute to the
progress in the world behaviours that drive outcomes of team,
of work your potential for task or project
growth and
achievement

4
Skills
you
are
good
at:

2
Skills
to
improv
e:

Reflection: (to be completed at the end of the semester after your placement
has been completed)
What could you do to improve your skills during your time at the Cooperative
Education placement?

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What skills can you add to your resume, through your learning at the Cooperative
Education placement?

Employability Skills Assessment


For each of the following 3 parts (Fundamental, Personal Management and
Teamwork), highlight the response that best represents you. Then, identify your
skills by scoring your results on the provided Scoring Sheet.

PART 1 FUNDAMENTAL SKILLS


1. Can you understand and speak English and/or a. English only
another language? b. English with some
fluency in a 2nd language
c. English and fluent
(including reading/writing)
in a 2nd language
2. I am told that I am a good listener a. Sometimes
b. Never
c. often
3. Do you enjoy reading? a. I read only when I have
to
b. I love reading
c. I dont like to read
4. Can you read, understand and use written a. Yes
material? (e.g. reading a map, following a b. No
recipe or a set of instructions to assemble a c. It depends
toy or piece of furniture)?
5. Do you write well in English and/or French? a. It depends
(e.g. letters to friends, memos, instructions or b. Writing is a challenge
lists) c. Yes, always
6. Do you like making decisions? a. Never
b. All the time
c. Sometimes
7. Do people come to you to help them solve a. Never
problems at school or at home? b. All the same
c. Sometimes
8. Can you solve problems that require basic a. No problem
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math skills? b. Math scares me


c. I can with effort
9. Can you use technology like computers or fax a. Im trying to learn
machines? b. Never used
c. I use them all the time
10. Do you have special knowledge or training a. Certificates or training
that you have completed? CPR, First Aid
b. Computer skills
c. No special training

PART 2 Personal Management Skills


People who demonstrate: positive attitudes and behavior responsibility and
adaptability are demonstrating Personal Management Skills
1. I take on projects with confidence and know that a. Always
I can do a good job. b. Sometimes
c. Never
2. I tell the truth at work no matter what the a. Sometimes
consequences are. b. Most of the time
c. Never
3. I volunteer for training and look for opportunities a. Always
to learn new things. b. Only if it interest me
c. I dont like courses
4. I find it difficult to continue to continue with a. Most of the time
tasks, at home and at work, when problems b. Sometimes
arise. c. Never
5. I look for new challenges at work and in my a. Most of the time
spare time. b. Mainly at work
c. Mainly in my spare
time
6. I like to set goals and objectives for myself. a. Never, it scares me
b. Always, it helps me to
measure my success
c. I only do it at work
7. People tell me I am well organized a. Most of the time
b. Sometimes
c. Never
8. I get upset when things change. a. Always
b. Sometimes
c. Never

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9. I like it when people do things differently than I a. Usually, I learn from


do. them
b. Never, they dont do
it properly
c. It depends
10. Do you like to think up new and better ways a. I dont get paid for
to get your work done? that
b. Sometimes
c. Always, it keeps life
interesting and
improves my
productivity

PART 3 TEAMWORK SKILLS


The skills and abilities needed to contribute productively are Teamwork
Skills.
1. I make an effort to understand and contribute to a. Always
the goals of the group. b. Sometimes
c. Never
2. Working in a group. a. Makes me nervous
b. Helps me to get the job
done
c. Takes too much time
3. When you work with a group, do you find it hard a. Always
when you cant do things your own way? b. Sometimes
c. Never
4. Can you plan and make decisions with others? a. Most of the time
b. Sometimes
c. Not usually
5. Do you respect the thoughts and opinions of a. It depends
others? b. Always
c. Usually
6. Do you mind if other people offer their ideas on a. No, I like it
how to solve a problem or take on a task? b. It depends
c. I would rather figure it out
myself
7. Are you comfortable asking others for help and a. Most of the time
advice? b. If I know them
c. Never
8. Would you like to take charge of a group of a. Id rather not, but will
people, if they are working on something you b. I couldnt

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know a lot about? c. Absolutely


9. Do you think others see you as someone they a. I dont know
can turn to for help or advice? b. Yes
c. No
10. If I have a problem at school or at work place a. Always
I seek help from others. b. Never
c. Sometimes

Look for opportunities Set goals to further develop specific skills


at school, home or Join a club or team, volunteer or find a part-time job
during your Acquire training (e.g. Specialist High Skills Major,
Cooperative Education CPR, First Aid)
placement. You can Computer Skills and technology
include these skills on
Languages
your resume.

IDENTIFY YOUR SKILLS WHAT DO I DO NOW?


Use your responses from the 3 charts above to score your results.
My Employability Skills Profile - Whats Your Score?
Fundamental Skills Personal Management Teamwork Skills
Skills
1. a-3 b-3 c-5 a-5 b-3 c-0 a-5 b-3 c-0
2. a-0 b-5 c-3 a-3 b-5 c-0 a-0 b-3 c-5
3. a-3 b-5 c-0 a-5 b-3 c-0 a-0 b-3 c-5
4. a-5 b-0 c-3 a-0 b-3 c-5 a-5 b-3 c-0
5. a-5 b-3 c-0 a-5 b-3 c-2 a-0 b-3 c-3
6. a-0 b-5 c-3 a-0 b-5 c-3 a-5 b-3 c-0
7. a-0 b-5 c-3 a-5 b-3 c-0 a-5 b-3 c-0
8. a-5 b-0 c-3 a-0 b-3 c-5 a-3 b-0 c-5
9. a-3 b-0 c-5 a-5 b-0 c-3 a-3 b-0 c-5
10. a-5 b-3 a-0 b-3 c-5 a-5 b-0 c-3
c-0
Total: Total: Total:
Whats Your Score?
If you have scored 30 or If you have scored 40 or If you have scored 40 or
more: more: more:
You have skills and You have good personal You are a good team
talents that are valuable management skills that player! You understand
transferable skills. The should be highlighted and appreciate the
needs of the work place are on your rsum. Positive differences of others. Those
constantly changing; attitude and a willingness who feel comfortable
continue to upgrade your to learn will help you be working both alone and in a
skills. Set goals for yourself successful. group will be a valuable
based on lifelong learning. asset to the work

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Employers are looking for If you have between 25 environment.


people who are adaptable. and 40:
Youre half way there! If you have between 25
If you have scored less Look for opportunities to and 40:
than 30: practice. Youre a team player some
Your fundamental skills of the time.
may need a tune-up! Find If you have scored less
out what skills are in than 25: If you have scored less
demand and apply for a Get organized! Set than 25:
course to get them. personal goals; decide You have to learn how to
Employers need people where you want to be in 5 work well with others; two
who have specific skills years. If you know you can heads are better than one.
(e.g. computers or more do the job, others will too. Listen to what other people
than one language.) Employers are looking for have to say. Offer to help
people who have a positive others.
outlook.
Learn by doing. A lot of employers like to hire people with experience. Cooperative
Education is one way to have experience for your resume. There are hundreds of
volunteer organizations that could use your help. Offer your services and get the
experience you need to revise your resume and build a solid base of fundamental skills.
Be open to new challenges! The work place is always changing and you have to
keep pace with it. You can expect any job you do to involve many changes over time
and you will probably have several jobs over the course of your lifetime. Think of
challenges as opportunities - the more flexible you are, the better your chances for
success in a changing work place.

D - TRANSFERABLE SKILLS
Now that you have a better idea of what your overall skills are, how can you use
these to help secure the co-op position that you are applying for?

Transferable skills are skills that you have acquired through everyday living. You
have acquired these skills in school, at home or in extra- curricular activities. They
can be transferred to the type of employment you are seeking. They may be
classified as Fundamental, Personal Management or Teamwork.

Use the following chart to rank each transferable skill according to your own ability.
Personal
Ability
Skill Description Needs Improvement -
Excellent
1= Lowest to 5 =
Highest
Communicatio Excellent communication and interpersonal
n skills
Communicate with a wide range of people
Bilingual in
Ability to interpret instructions and requests
Comprehend/understand written material

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(e.g. MSDS sheets, case notes, and


diagrams)
Customer Ability to work in a fast paced environment
Enjoy working and interacting with
customers/children
Professional attitude towards customers
Service satisfaction
Ability to deal with public in high pressure
situations
Values Willing to assume responsibility
Motivated to work cooperatively in a team
environment
Respect people and their differences
Honest and trustworthy
Problem Creative and resourceful in generating new
ideas and solving problems
Ability to recognize clients needs and meet
them
Anticipate problems and solutions before
Solving they arise
Ability to effectively contribute to the
resolutions of problems
Organizational Organized and able to prioritize tasks
Strong organizational skills
Planning and sequence a number of overlapping
activities
Ability to handle a wide variety of tasks

Personal
Ability
Skill Description Needs Improvement -
Excellent
1= Lowest to 5 =
Highest
Money Familiar with operating a cash register
Management Proficient with handling cash
Excellent personal budgeting skills
Previous fundraising experience
Proficient with Accounting Policies and
Computer programs
Teamwork Work cooperatively with a wide range of
people

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Work equally well as a team member or


independently
Respect the thoughts and opinions of others
Contribute to common goals
Know how to accept instructions and learn
from others

Skills to Consider Including on Your Resume


Consider the job you are planning to apply for and create a list of skills that you
would have to offer for the position. Consider the skills you identified when
completing the Personal Highlights and Qualities Checklist as well as your
Transferable Skills from your Employability Skills section.

Co-op Placement:
Skills You have to
Offer:

Personal
Highlights

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Evaluation

Group: Share Job Readiness Skills with class


Save Employability Skills 2000+ for your Co-op Portfolio (or
to be marked by your teacher using rubric below)
Email Employability Skills Profile Score to your teacher
Save Personal Highlights for Resume

EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS 2000+ Rubric


Name Date
: Recd:

Criteria LEVEL 1 LEVEL 2 LEVEL 3 LEVEL 4


Thinking/Inqu
iry
Selection of Selection of Selection of Selection of
Selected information for information for information for information for
appropriate each section each section each section each section
information to shows limited shows some shows shows a degree
be included in thoughtfulness thoughtfulness considerable of
each of the and insight. and insight. thoughtfulness thoughtfulness
sections. and insight. and insight.

Provided an
example for
each
employability
skill.
Communicati
on
Ideas are listed Ideas are Ideas are Ideas are
Ideas are in point form presented in presented in presented in
presented in and are unclear. sentences and sentences and sentences and
complete
are somewhat are clear. are very clear.
sentences.
clear.
Ideas are not
Ideas are presented in an
Ideas are Ideas are Ideas are very
listed under organized way.
somewhat organized. well organized.
appropriate
headings in organized.
chart form, or
organized Many grammar
under and spelling
Some grammar Few grammar No grammar or
headings. errors.
and spelling and spelling spelling errors.
Grammar/spell errors. errors.
ing
Level of Achievement: T/I C

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Comments:

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