Job Club


Week 8 ( Feb 26th)

Reminder of the calendar. Only 2 more weeks including today. Today is a trial run and next week we’ll invite guests to do the mock interview. 


Here is an example of some good interview tips.


What do you think? Can you do it? –YES YOU CAN!!

  •  Let’s practice the interview – top 10 questions. I suggest you open up a separate window to have access to the old lessons and select answers  from those classes. 

Your cheat sheet could look like this: 


10 most common job interview questions

  • Tell me about yourself….

Week 4….plug in your answer

  • Why do you want to work here? 
Week 4….plug in your answer
  • What are your strengths? 
Week 6 & 7….plug in your answer...
  • What are your weaknesses? …
Week 6 & 7….plug in your answer
  • Why should we hire you? …
Week 7….plug in your answer
  • Why do you want to work here? …
Week 7….plug in your answer
  • What are your goals? …
  • Why did you leave (or why are you leaving) your job? …
  • When were you most satisfied in your job? …
  • What can you do for us that other candidates can’t? …
  • What are three positive things your last boss would say about you?
We have not really practiced this yet but think of what answers like” what would that someone say about you”. My former teachers would say ……….. (it’s OK to brag and assume people will say GOOD things about you – because WE WILL). ….plug in your answer...


We will split up and go into breakout rooms and just practice the answers you want to to give.  Next week we’ll have community members invited to ask questions. 🙂 


Week 7  (Feb 19th)


We may not have as many classes left of the term…. Possibly Winter social with Springfield program on March 12th, and then March 19th is a no school day, this leaves us with only 2 more Fridays!

– However, the Winter party; think of this as a fun learning opportunity that relates to work. You may need to step out of your comfort zone to participate. It’s like going to an interview or the first few days at a new job. Or, it can be like being in the break room and making small talk with co-workers. They may not be your best friends, but the more you share/participate/interact/stay positive the more you’ll get back. You may also meet friends with similar interests, and it’s not uncommon that people find a partner at their worksite. This is a great opportunity for finding a Healthy Relationship. 

Next Wednesday Feb 24th: presentation from:

 Human Prosthesis Technician, is part of the medical field that replaces missing body parts with artificial devises, see flyer. I’m registered and will post link on the website (you can also register by signing in yourself)


Review: Last week we worked on the interview questions: what are your strengths and weaknesses.

 Keep adding to these: If you haven’t started the Google doc – please do this now. 


Here are some strengths and weaknesses words you can pick n choose from…


Strength Weakness (remember – this should be something you are actually “tweaking into a positive)
Honest, reliable, hard working, organized, team player….

Patient, consistent, pay attention to detail, calm…

Self starter, ambitious, energetic, physically strong

Polite, well mannered, kind, good listener, good with children, good with animals…

Computer/tech  savvy, 

Perfectionist: I’m still working on this and I’m now able to work in teams and accept other peoples opinion.

Stubborn: I wont stop till I solved…

Impulsive….I’m flexible wouldl often take on what was asked of me but ive now realized that I also must focus on completing all my own tasks…

Time management: I used to have a hard time arriving to class in time, or move from one task to next,  but with help of alarms and reminders this is no longer…..

Distracted: I used to be  easily distracted by freinds/cell phone – but with checklists and placing cellphone in backpack when working this is no longer an issue…

Immature: I like to have fun, and to make people around me to laugh and be happy. I’ve realized that at times this can be distracting and being aware of this I’ve deliberately decided to show this side of me more on breaks rather than working. 

Here is a link to 50 words (with explanation) that can help you guide this.


Why should we hire you? 

No Experience”

“Some experience”


Pre-interview Practice Exercise

  1. When I am hired by [insert Employer’s name] for a position as a [insert type of job], my daily work responsibilities and tasks will include: __________________________.
  2. In order to do these tasks, I will need to be able to: [insert the physical, psychological, and emotional qualities that you feel would be important for someone doing the job. Examples: “Get along well with people,” “Meet deadlines,” “Show proactive empathy in forecasting a client’s needs,” “Stand on my feet for eight hours”]: _______________.
  3. For each of the qualities you listed under #2, write down an example of how you yourself have demonstrated this quality in the past. Example: “I demonstrated that I could get along well with people when I volunteered at our local soup kitchen last Thanksgiving.”
  4. I am confident that I can balance this job around my school responsibilities and other activities because: ____________________________________________________.
  5. I am excited about being trained by this company because I am eager to learn how to advance my skills in these areas [insert the job skills that you think you would be taught by the employer in order to do your job well]: ________________________________.
  6. An example of when I completed a difficult project by a deadline is: ______________.
  7. An example of my collaboration and teamwork is: _____________________________.
  8. An example of my dedication and commitment to any project I undertake is: ________.
  9. An example of my ability to show up on time every day is: ______________________.
  10. An example of an occasion where I worked late to get a job done is: _______________.

Suggested Answers

  • I am eager to be one of your best employees, and I hope to work for you for a long period of time. The experience I will gain here is invaluable and once the summer is over, I hope we can arrange a schedule that allows me to continue working throughout the school year.
  • I appreciate the investment your company is preparing to make in me, and I look forward to learning what your company can teach me, and how I can make an impact. My achievements in school and my after-school activities show that I am responsible, trustworthy, and a quick learner. I know that I can put these skills to good use working for you at your company.
  • The investment your company will be making in me will not be going to waste. I am already familiar with this market and feel training will not take the amount of time anticipated. I am ready to start as soon as you need me and I look forward to working with a team who shares the same goals as me.


Written examples: for more experience


Why do you want to work here? (at times similar to above) 

Fun video example:


Video – research the company – but a sleeping pill! We can do better!!

Are you awake..?? I think the Connections-Productions has a void to fill. We should start creating videos to help with the interview skills. 

Video….Caught up in details video (UK).


End of class: 

  •   Were going to do MOCK INTERVIEWS , what is this?

We will practice and then be assigned into breakout groups to do this. It is the best way to learn. 


  • Some jobs to look into for the summer: HIGH PAYING TEEN JOBS!! 

We’re hopeful that vaccinations will allow for this summer to come back to “somewhat normal”. When this happens there are jobs out there. Check out this list of ides of high paying summer jobs….

Check out this video on your own time – Life guard, care giver, landscaper, waitress, petsitter/dog-walker…babysitter, referee for a sport……


Week 6  – (Feb 12)

** extra – snow shoveling!! How to go about it. Volunteer or let neighbors know.. You may get paid, you WILL get appreciated, you will increase your network: REMEMBER it’s not what you know it’s who you know!! Grow that “Networking-tree”!!!

Video on snow shoveling :


  • Presentation – opportunity to learn: The next one is on FEBRUARY 24th at 10:00-11:30, registration will be via this Flyer , presentation via zoom and I will post link on the website. 



I recommend that you start a google doc that you save (and share with your advocate) to have all your interview questions and answers ready to practice. You can cut and paste from this website.  – We will do Mock interviews later on in the term. 🙂 It’ll be FUN!. 

Review last week; we started with interview questions: 

Tell me about yourself….& Why do you want to work here? 

We had some good discussions following these hard questions. 

Here is another video on how to answer this qstn if having “little/no experience” ….


idea on “what to say, – tell me about yourself”

I’ve been taking classes with Connections, I’ve signed up for OVRS, I’ve helped babysit my younger siblings, I play in a soccer rec-league, I help coach a kids soccer team, I volunteer at a community garden, I’m active in boys&girls club, ….. What can you plug in here…

Why do you want to work here………… Flattering the business is smart: I like your product, Ilike being around people, I think i’ll be a good fit because….. My cousin worked here and she had nothing but good things to say about it. I like to ….


Today we’ll continue: with the questions……


What are your strengths:



Think Personality: 

reliable, trustworthy…. Social & communication (I feel comfortable talking to people of all ages and backgrounds) , I gave a speech at my grandmothers 75th birthday in front of a lot of people. I have also been interviewed for a podcast. I’ve been house sitting for my friends while they were travelling abroad, I have been managing the money for the highschool  

attention to detail & check-lists (I love following the assembly directions for LEGO and IKEA), going over and balancing “the books” for the highschool coffee cart business. 

Team player; . In high-school I really enjoyed working in group projects. I’m involved with a yoga group and participate in a ASL-friday night social

Organization: I set up the work stations for science lab in highschool. Each week I organized the art supply cubbys. Sanitation/Cleanliness: I take pride in having clean work spaces and enjoy following lists of how to make sure all surfaces are cleaned to Covid-guidline standards….

Learning new things: I play guitar – it takes a lot of practice and patience to learn to play an instrument. 

Technology: I love learning new things relating to software or tech-gadgets. I’ve installed Alexa synced light fixtures in both my house and my uncle’s house. I really enjoy this kind of work.  

Writing: I’m currently taking a LCC writing class and I’ve gotten excellent grades so far. In highschool I liked creative writing and I often helped my friends with giving feedback/improving their writing. 

Let’s add your examples: 

More typical – hard working and have follow through, (good to back up with a quick example) as when I have helped at my uncle’s car-mechanics shop where I go in and clean the office every Sunday morning. 


What are your weaknesses:


(think about something that you’ve been able to work on and improve on…) 

Receive feedback used to be a challenge – I have worked a lot on this and I’m more comfortable and have identified some techniques that help me….(written down, time to process …)

Change in routines: I like it when things are the same from day to day , ( I’ve found though that if I get a pre-notice I do much better on this and this is something I’ve learned to communicate)

Public speaking: I never liked to give presentations at school, and I still feel shy talking infront of a lot of people, (though I have worked on this and I do better if I have time to prepare) 

Talking too much: I can at times get carried away in conversations. (I love get to know people and at times I lose track of time, but I found that having assigned break times when I can engage in conversations is really beneficial)

Time-management: I had a hard time with arriving on time, but with the smart technology of cellphones and reminders I have improved greatly. Actually my last year of highschool I had only 4 “tardys” throughout the year. And in my last job i did even better (i have put down former boss as a reference so you can check)

Lets add:  

If time: open a google doc. in a separate window

Lets call it “My interview prep” .

Go through the past 2 week of classes and cut and paste question and answers that fit YOU. We have a few more classes to over questions before we start to practice with MOCK INTERVIEWS. 

You can also get suggestions from this website:
Good link –


WEEK 4 (Feb 5th)

Happy Friday! Has anyone been able to look for jobs, or sign up with a temp agency…meet with a job developer…or maybe landed a JOB? 

Please share with class: 

The near future: Lets get prepared. 

Covid numbers are still high, but more people get vaccinated, and hopefully you will too!!

So,  it’s time to make some plans for once this pandemic is “under control”. What do you want to do? Are you ready to work, maybe a summer job? 


Prequiz:  KAHOOT  Anders provide the link. 


Interview skills: – do you have an ELEVATOR  PITCH ? (first 2 min)

Do you have this prepared? We will continue to work on this throughout the term. (We may even have a separate class set up specifically for this). 


Help JimBob (below) when/if he run into a person working at Dutch bros; 

JOB-  Barista at Dutch Bros: Think about: Attitude and enthusiasm.

Speech: ACTION:       Hi I’m JimBob, I’m currently enrolled in a transition program called Connections and do volunteer work at ReStore. Last summer I worked at a Window Cleaning business. I really liked it because I got to be outside, meet people and work in a small team. When I was in highschool I worked at the coffee cart at Churchill High school, I really enjoyed it , but given it’s been about 2 years I realize I really miss it. I really enjoyed making my costumers happy with making coffee treats .   

How can we help JimBob to add more / change it / improve it …..


Answers to 10 most common job interview questions

  • Tell me about yourself….
  • Why do you want to work here? 
  • What are your strengths? 
  • What are your weaknesses? …
  • Why should we hire you? …
  • Why do you want to work here? …
  • What are your goals? …
  • Why did you leave (or why are you leaving) your job? …
  • When were you most satisfied in your job? …
  • What can you do for us that other candidates can’t? …
  • What are three positive things your last boss would say about you?

We will later create some answers for various jobs: 






(what are things that interviewer want to know about you – TEAM PLAYER? Can work independently? Attention to detail? …….



I like your product…..

I like working in small team…I like working independently….

I met someone at a party that works for you and they said they really like….

Being outdoors and working with my hands…..

I always been curious about…..

Lets think of others….


Next week strengths and weaknesses questions….


Week 3 (Jan 22nd) 

  • Schedule: No school next Friday. 
  • Covid & Vaccines. (see 4J website and info metrics chart). 





  • *****JobClub Opportunity:

    Mark your calendar!

    Panda Express: Klick on link below

  • Stateswide Job Club


How to GET a job and KEEP a job!!

WHEN:  Date: Wednesday January 27 Time: 10:00am—11:30am

Zoom link will be posted on our Connections- website. 



When applying to Panda express, what shall we know about the company? 

See the basics here on Wikipedia:

  • Don’t forget to check your LinkedIn account or check with temp agencies: I found some jobs in landscaping and the previous “insta-shopper” (see last class+ video on how it works here):
  •  There are jobs out there. Click on link below and select Eugene area, within 20miles, hit search…’ll most likely find something you’re interested in.


Answers to 10 most common job interview questions

  • What are your weaknesses? …
  • Why should we hire you? …
  • Why do you want to work here? …
  • What are your goals? …
  • Why did you leave (or why are you leaving) your job? …
  • When were you most satisfied in your job? …
  • What can you do for us that other candidates can’t? …
  • What are three positive things your last boss would say about you?


Lowe’s videos – team and working your way up 🙂


Week 2 (Jan 15th)

Review last class: resumes – did you update with info from Fall term and Winter break? 

Car mechanic: Jiffy Lube (Quick Lube), who would want to work there? Why / why not?


Kahoot quiz: Anders will share the link. (


  • Job-shadow at a store like Safeway & Costco 

(Costco – old 2010)


All day


Stocking shelf:

Anders job shadow: A job I thought would be cool – private investigator : surveillance – watch outside an apartment for 4 hours…. Not what I had hoped…. pros/cons to all jobs….


 Review: Look for jobs in 2021. What can you do? What are you willing to do given the Covid situation? See joblistings on indeed/monster or other jobserach engine.


I want to be an insta-shopper! What do they do?

 I want to be a store protection specialist! What do they do?;jobs&q=job+search+eugene+oregon&hl=en-US&kgs=3641d8148284f710&shndl=-1&source=sh/x/im/textlists/detail&entrypoint=sh/x/im/textlists/detail&safe=active&ssui=on#fpstate=tldetail&htivrt=jobs&htiq=job+search+eugene+oregon&htidocid=IuNkbARvwHR2Xv5iAAAAAA%3D%3D


  • What we’ve found when making the tours and visits to various companies in Eugene several use the “TEMP AGENCIES” for their initial hire.


Week 1 (Jan 8th) 

NEW YEAR – Welcome BACK!!

Resume – revisited; Have you added anything to your resume? I’m sure you did something over the break…. Can it go into any part of your resume.?  Cleaning, organizing, walking dog, babysitting, working on art, writing….

These are all skills that fit in your resume. If you didn’t – no biggie – it’s a new year and we’ll start adding to this list. 


 Let’s look at

follow these steps and at the end – do not put in your credit/debit card info when you get to this step,   but rather take a screenshot of the site with all your awesome info (see Anders example) . You can also save it as a text (the format will change, but the info is still there). 

This is a good activity to do on your own or together with your advocate/ team-member. 


Job Shadow: 

Quick lube – car mechanic (Youtube).

This video focus on all tasks involved. This is not including the steps prior to arriving to work, checking in, safety equipment…nor does it include end of day routines. And receiving feedback from the supervisor etc. 

Would you be interested in this job? Why or why not?


Please work on your resume and send updated version to Anders, or your advocate.  









Year  2020 below.  

Dec 18th

You did it!! Last class of the year!!! 

Let’s review of the term. What was good? What was not working?

We covered: resume , soft skills, Networking, Accommodations, professionalism / followthrough, communication, team-work. 



For next term: What do you want to focus on next term?  Vote by writing the top 5 categories in the chat. (or the number order):

1 resume

2 letter of recommendations

3 asking to use someone as a reference

4 job searching

5 job application

6 interviewing 

7 prep for interview (dress, act…). 

8 Other (write the specific topic). 

Look for for jobs over Winter Break. What can you do? What are you willing to do given the Covid situation? See joblistings on indeed/monster or other jobserach engine.


Request an informal interview

Writing an email requesting services/informational interview templates . (Also, do you have a “professional” email address?)

Help Jim Bob adjust his email requesting informational interview, or support from OVRS.  


Old Way New Professional Way
Hey Vet Dr. lady 

So, I graduated Highschool last year, I’m bored and just wanna get a job. I like animals, kinda. Can you tell me what to do? I need you to call me and tell me everything about it. Oh, and also I have the right to a job at your Vet place job because I have a learning disability. 

Thanks man

JB ‘DaMan’!!!

My email:

Some guidelines: 

How to ask for an informational interview by email
  1. Keep it short. Everyone is busy. …
  2. Be clear about why you are reaching out. The beginning of the email should describe why you are reaching out. …
  3. Be up front about you. …
  4. Be specific and flexible in your ask. …
  5. And don’t forget the subject line. …
  6. ps- some bad email etiquette habits to try and avoid.

Dec. 4th. 

  • Reminder: NEW SCHEDULE is posted on website!! Register for classes in your advocate meeting. 
  • No school next Friday. 
  • Last class of the term (Dec 18th). Any activity requests for last class?

Guest speaker OVRS – Chelsea Miller. 

  1. Introductions; Say your name and years in program and if you feel ready to apply for jobs. 
  2. Take notes….

After Presentation. How would you invite Chelsea to a meeting ? 

Writing an email requesting services.


Help Jim Bob adjust his email requesting informational interview, or support from OVRS.  


Old Way New Professional Way
Hey Vet Dr. lady

So, I graduated Highschool last year, I’m bored and just wanna get a job. I like animals. Can you tell me what to do? I need you to call me and tell me everything about it. Oh, and also I have the right to this job because I have a learning disability. 

Thanks man

JB ‘DaMan’!!!



Do you need help with getting a Thanksgiving meal? Please email to Anders or Jasmin (  or )

Label the email Thanksgiving and make sure you give us your current address

No Class next week. Thanksgiving. 


You want a JOB? I saw that Fred Meyers is hiring, see application and info below.


  • Review last week. Solution finding….. How did it go with your NETWORKING? Did you complete your Networking tree?? 


First impression – showing interest, and the WH-questions…smile, ask questions….


****Active listening****** 

Fake it till ya make it 🙂


  • NEXT CLASS (Dec 4th), Chelsea from OVRS will be our guest speaker and we should prepare some questions for her.  If you are a 3rd year student, or just feel ready to work. (She will be invited to your 3rd year IEP). What questions shall we ask her? 
  • Are YOU ready for OVRS? Have you tried  applying for jobs – have you been in an interview? How do you share your disability and your needs?
  •  Work on how to share your disability and needs and accommodations

Consider sharing a letter from website see below. What do you share and how… if you provide the SOLUTION it is more likely to be a good outcome. Think about the solution in the video from the daycare setting that we watched last week…. 


In you words problem identified Accommodation

solution – (Can all use it?)

I can’t read these instructions/manuals with lots of text  text , reading is hard visuals/photos, video or text to speech program.  (all can use it)
I must move around a lot and can’t focus when sitting still for long periods of time sitting for too long -frequent breaks

-change job task after every 30 min

I get annoyed when people are talking loud or there are noise in the background loud noises -headphones, earplugs

-separate workspace

-”white noise machine”

Would you consider doing this? 

Sample Accommodation Request Letter

The following is an example of what can be included in an accommodation request letter and is not intended to be legal advice.

Date of Letter

Your name

Your address

Employer’s name

Employer’s address

Dear (e.g., Supervisor, Manager, Human Resources, Personnel):

Content to consider in body of letter:

    • Identify yourself as a person with a disability
    • State that you are requesting accommodations under the ADA (or the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 if you are a federal employee)
  • Identify your specific problematic job tasks
  • Identify your accommodation ideas
  • Request your employer’s accommodation ideas
  • Refer to attached medical documentation if appropriate*
  • Ask that your employer respond to your request in a reasonable amount of time

Sincerely, Your signature

Your printed name

Cc: to appropriate individuals



Week 4 (Nov 13th)

Review of last week; Who has created their Linkedin account ? Do you want to connect with me? Remember it’s important to have a “good digital footprint” and Linkedin will be on of the first things employers check in on…. 

We also discussed NETWORKING…how does this look when in Covid times?

What can the “Networking tree” via Connections look like?  Concept map. 



Professionalism and follow through. This can be worked on and if you have this skill. First impression:

Problem solving skills / solution finding

Here is a blank “Net working Map” who will you put in the boxes? 

Think about: How do you meet people and how do you make the FIRST IMPRESSION a good one.? This is looking a bit different when in Covid times. Some remain the same …. As a group, lets discuss what is the same and what is different.





Nov 6th (Week 3)

Finally we’re having a Friday again- welcome back to JobClub!!!

I’ve gotten several Resumes sent to me – THANK YOU!!! If you want to continue working on them please let me or your advocate know. Is there anyone willing to share their resume with the class today?  

Today we’re going to work on ……….  NETWORKING: 

What is networking?? Share your ideas…….

Watch the video and think about:

  1. How did he find the info about the company?  How did he reach out to the business?  
  2. How many % of the jobs are NOT advertised according to this video? 

Networking through LinkedIn:

Here is a link to signing up for LinkedIN.

Are you ready to sign up? Please follow the steps and plug in the basics. 

If you’re stuck on career field and would like to explore more – please check out this link to get some career ideas:

If time…. think about….. what is the difference between Linkedin vs a resume…



OCT. 23rd – NO SCHOOL!!


Week 2 (Oct 16th)

1. Continue with resume building. 

Have you had someone look at your resume and give you feedback? It is important to work on your resume often and make updates to it.

Also , do you have at least 2 letters of rec, and at least 2 references? (These should ideally NOT be a family member). Why do you think this is important? 

Send to :


2. We’re now starting to work on SOFT SKILLS.

Why is it called SOFT skills? Why are they important? Can you think of another word/terminology to explain “soft skills”?

Watch videos 1, 2 , 3 and while watching think of the following questions: how we can improve on these scenarios? Have you experienced being in a similar situation?

Video #1. Communication

Video #2. Enthusiasm and attitude

Video #3. Team work

Hint – these are all qualities that will fit well into your resume. Do you have these “SOFT” skills in your resume?

Please keep sending drafts of your resume to Anders and remember there is no class next Friday. (But please keep working on your resume). 


Job Club Class

Week 1

 What do you hope to get out of the class? What do you want to work on? Some topics that we’ll cover:

Student Answers:

talking and not talking to much on who ever is asking me

How to work with other people.

how to talk to your employer about the accommodations you need to be successful at whatever job you’ll have.
Workplace behavior for maybe someone applying for a job or is just starting out in a job and doesn’t know the best behavior needed in a job place.?
What is important information to put on a job application and share with the employer and isn’t important.

interview expectations would be good to go over 

To cover: resume, assessment (what do I like), reality check (are there likely jobs), job search, apply for job, prepare for job, job interview, connect with OVRS,


Qstns: Do you have a resume? When was the last time you worked on it/updated it? Have you had anyone give you feedback on your resume? Is it in a google doc or some format that you can easily edit/ share with other people.? 

Examples: “The traditional”, “The video resume”, “The anime”, 



Jim-Bob Anderson

123 Angel Blvd    




●      Dependable

●      On time

●      Hard working

●      Efficient

●      Team player

●      Willing to learn new things


Hult Center / Food Service set –up, volunteer


School Grounds, School Based Coffee Shop, Barista/Customer Service

2018 – 2019

●      Preparing hot and cold beverages

●      Delivery of beverages

●      Merchandising, handling cash transactions

●      Taking inventory

NextStep Recycling, Volunteer

2018 – 2019

●      Dismantling electronics

●      Organizing/ categorizing donations

Food For Lane County, Warehouse Volunteer


●      Processed food donations

●      Organizing/ categorizing donations

Materials Exchange Center for Community Arts, Volunteer


●      Customer service

●      Merchandising

●      Pricing

●      Organizing/ categorizing donations


Churchill High School, Eugene, OR

●      Student of the Month, December 2018

●      Golf Team Member, Spring 2016

●      Graduating Spring 2019


Anders Pettersson – Teacher 4j       541-912-3618


anime resume



Video resume



  • Homework:

* Create a resume or update your already existing one (you can copy the “Jim Bob Anderson” if you don’t have a template already.)

* Make sure it’s in a google doc. so you can share with teacher / future employer.

* Share the google doc. with Anders   ( 

* HINT: Do you have anything listed from March – September 2020?  Please add something you’ve worked on during this time period. Remember “big time gaps” in a resume is not a good thing.

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