Dream Résumé – Step 6

STEP 6: Prepare and deliver oral and visual presentation of the Dream Résumé

The final step in the Dream Résumé project is to have learners prepare and present the Dream Resume to their peers.

Classroom Activity Theme:  Preparing for the Dream Résumé Presentation

Using How to Say it at Work (Griffin, 1998) as a resource, assist learners in formatting and preparing for their presentation.  In Chapter 5:  Putting Yourself Across…To Get a Job, there is a wealth of advice about how to prepare and present yourself during a job interview.

The Dream Résumé presentation can be formatted like a job interview by following this format:

  1. Ask the learners to find a job posting for the career they are interested in.  This job posting will be distributed to the audience before the presentation.  During the presentation, the learner will respond to the ad and the audience as if on a job interview.
  2. In Chapter 5, there are Ten Basic Questions Interviewers Ask.  a resource that offers many sample interview questions found at: http://www.cdmcareerzone.com/jobseekertools/limited/commonly_asked_questions.jsp
    Before presentations are held, review these questions with the learners.  Each learner will have to come to the presentation prepared to answer these questions.  The audience members and/or the presentation facilitator should take turns asking the questions.  For instance, “What do you know about our company?” It is up to the learner to come prepared having researched the company who has posted the position.  Other questions such as, “How much experience do you have?” are perfect for helping the learner present the elements of their Dream Résumé.  This chapter does not ask about education, so other questions should be developed to inquire about related education and certifications/licenses.
  3. Learners should begin their presentation by introducing themselves using their elevator speech.  See below for more information.
  4. Learners must come to the presentation appropriately dressed.  A classroom exercise can be developed around dressing for success. It is important to be cautious about the varying capabilities of learners when it comes to dressing for success.  Some learners may be able to afford better clothes than others.  You can always discuss being clean and neat as the number one priority and utilize other resources such as purchasing clothes for the learner or accessing community resources to obtain appropriate clothing – all confidentially, of course.
  5. Learners should have additional copies of their Dream Résumé on hand and references if requested (even if fabricated).
  6. The learner should ask if the “interviewer” (the audience) has any further questions for them before completing the presentation.

HINT: Preparing for the Dream Résumé presentation is an opportunity to invite a human resources professional in to talk to the class.  Many will be able and willing to speak on the topics of 1) what s/he looks for in a potential employee, 2) how to present yourself well during a job interview, 3) communicating effectively – including verbal and non-verbal communication…and so on.

Classroom Activity Theme:  Prepare to Overcome Your Fears

Using Chapter 14 of The Confident Speaker:  Beat Your Nerves and Communicate at Your Best in Any Situation (Monarth and Kase 2007), plan lessons and assign practice exercises to be reported back to the group.  The practice exercises in this chapter ask the learner to practice communicating in various ways, particularly to strangers.

For the classroom, use conversation starters – with supporting information in the chapter – like:

  1. Why would anyone want to talk to new people?
  2. In what situations would you need to approach new people, particularly without being introduced by someone else?  (promote examples of job seeking and networking)
  3. Discuss any situations in which you had to approach someone you didn’t know.
  4. What fears do you have about speaking to new people?  To groups?  During a job interview?
  5. What have you historically done to overcome these fears?
  6. What fears or reservations do you have about presenting your Dream Resume?

Once the discussion has run its course, ask learners to break into groups for the following exercise:

  1. Post the following quote or hand out: “Best way to conquer stage fright is to know what you’re talking about.” – Michael H Mescon.
  2. Ask learners what they think the author meant by this?
  3. Ask for input on how they think they can be better prepared in order to overcome their fears, especially in a job interview or networking setting.
  4. Explain that in order to overcome fears of meeting new people or speaking to groups, it is important to be prepared.  The Confident Speaker offers many such tools, but one in particular that is good for a classroom exercise is to develop an “elevator speech.”The idea of an “elevator speech” is to have a prepared presentation that grabs attention and says a lot in a few words. By telling your core message, you will be marketing yourself and/or your business, but in a way that rather than putting people off will make them want to know more about you.Examples of elevator speech development can be found at:  http://www.quintcareers.com/elevator_speech_dos-donts.html.  There are also many sample video elevator speeches on YouTube.
  5. Ask learners to develop their own elevator speech to be used as the introduction of their Dream Resume presentation.