Class 007:
MCOE Culinary Essentials

MCOE Culinary Essentials Schedule

Self Discovery: Where do I go from here? 

Using my abilities to move forward 

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Self Discovery Handouts (5) FILLABLE

Assessments: Who am I?

Getting to know my professional self

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Values, Interests, and Skills Worksheet

Developed by Yale’s Office of Career Strategy Advisors, this worksheet will guide you through the identification of your values, interests, and skills and how they relate to sectors, industries, and job functions.  Sample language is also provided to help students as they prepare to speak with others about their interests and career-related plans. After you identify your values, interests, and skills, the worksheet then offers next steps you can take in the career exploration process.

Job Searching: What opportunities are available?

The key to researching and navigating the job market

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Resume Building: Why is important?

Resume Building: Why is it important?

Creating the best portrait for employers to see your abilities

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Interviewing Tips

Female Woman Sitting At Interview


Interview Basics:

Interview Prep:

Acing the Interview:

Follow Up:

The Ultimate Guide to Job Interview Questions

Written by Pamela Skillings


Big Interview Short Videos

Tell Me About Yourself

Tell Me About Yourself

Behavioral Questions

Behavioral Questions

Answering Weakness Questions

Answering Weakness Questions

Additional Resources


What Not To Do - Interview

What Not To Do

6 Interview Tips

6 Tips for Interviewing

Elevator Pitch

Elevator Pitch

Who are you

Who are you?

Vanessa Van Edwards 10 Best Interviewing Questions

10 Best Interview Questions to Reveal Behavioral Quirks

What are Employability Skills

They go by many names:

  • Applied Skills
  • Cross-disciplinary Skills
  • Competencies
  • Transferable Skills
  • Soft Skills

What Are They?

  • Knowledge
  • Work Habits
  • Character Traits

The Good News

Just like any other subject, 21st Century Skills can be taught, practiced, and incorporated into everyone’s life.

21st Century Employability Skills

  1. Adaptability
  2. Self-Awareness
  3. Digital Fluency
  4. Communication
  5. Collaboration
  6. Empathy
  7. Analysis / Solution Mindset
  8. Resilience
  9. Entrepreneurial Mindset
  10. Social Diversity Awareness

1. Adaptability

  • Rapid changes in technology bring about social change in many ways.
  • Companies need to remain agile to be competitive
  • By 2020, it’s projected that nearly half the U.S. Workforce will be independent contractors or freelancers.
  • Traditional “jobs” are being replaced with stint-work (shorter jobs or contracts)
  • Workers who embrace these changes can shape their lifestyles.
  1. View changes as opportunities.
  2. Be open to new experiences by trying out different work environments, roles, and tasks.
  3. Skills will be gained through a combination of awareness, practice in the workplace, and reflection.
  4. Consider a variety of viewpoints and suggestions to get the job done.
  5. You are in control of your own journey. Ask for feedback, RESEARCH on your own and apply what you learn every single day.

2. Self-Awareness

  • Know yourself. Have an accurate understanding of your own core traits and transferable skills; as well as areas of growth.
  • Start your skill list, use self-assessments to build on this list.
  • Look for work opportunities that would be a good match for your skillsinterestspersonality and values.
  • What will happen at work if you don’t know yourself?
  • What does your career or work “road map” look like if you do not identify your abilities?
  1. Find the right fit with locationcompanyculture, and tasks.
  2. Go through the checklist and rank the most important elements of work based on your personal goals & preferences.
  3. Do career assessments, research companies and organizations, and types of work (positions).
  4. Work on your resumes/cover letters and digital profiles with your skills and goals in mind.
  5. Develop yourself. Think about goals you have for work-life balance: salary, your “mission”, training/education needed, etc.

3. Digital Fluency 

  • Achieve an understanding of how social media is used in job searching and identify the steps to create a positive and professional online presence.
  • Understand the right and wrong, both morally and legally, in using and sharing any documents, pictures, programs, or access to personal or private information.
  • Use online tools like Google and Youtube to find date, information, answer a question, or help solve a problem. Determine the “usefulness” and “truthfulness of sources.
  1. Check your online presence. Have you recently done a Google search of your name?
  2. Utilize social media to your benefit. Be strategic with different platforms. How can you promote your unique skills, experience, or services/products?
  3. Understand the importance of different technological tools in the workforce (collaborating, storage or cloud services, freelance services, etc.)
  4. Digital Badges are the new micro-credentials. They showcase your acquired skills and record your achievements in a digital way.

4. Communication

  • Speak in a professional manner, use appropriate content, and say things in a way others will understand.
  • Know how to choose words wisely and use non-verbal communication to make meaning clear. When writing, use correct spelling and grammar to make meaning clear.
  • Be an active listener and asks questions or repeat back what was heard to make sure everything was understood correctly.
  1. Emails: Use a professional email. Use the same sentence structure and paragraphs as in a letter, but you do not need to indent. Stay short and to the point.
  2. Non-verbal Communication: Body language and attire.
  3. Active listening: Be observant of visual clues. Pay attention to information and the way it is delivered.
  4. Passive Aggressive Communication: Don’t take it personal, the speaker is projecting his/her frustrations onto you. Stay calm and use a neutral voice. Check for understanding, “it seems you are frustrated by…”

5. Collaboration

  • An understanding that a diverse team, benefits everyone. A respect for people’s difference while at the same time finding what they have in common that allows the team to work together.
  • Sharing leadership by gathering ideas and using the skills of all team members. Offering help and encouraging everyone to share responsibilities.
  • Find positive ways to deal with conflict amongst team members and seeing failure as a way to learn.
  • What makes someone a leader? Who do you personally admire as a leader? What are the qualities and behaviors that you think make this person a good leader?
  • Effective leaders have a considerable impact on the performance outcomes of individuals, teams and organizations. They have an influence of job satisfaction and motivation. They help reduce the stress levels of individuals.
  • Transformational Leaders: focus on team building and collaboration.

Transformational Leaders Traits:

  1. Leading and Developing – Shows concern, are accessible, encourage change.
  2. Personal Qualities & Values – Being honest & consistent, acting with integrity.
  3. Leading & Developing – Supporting a developmental culture, inspiring others, building shared vision, resolve complex problems.

6.  Empathy

  • Know the difference between empathy (putting yourself in someone else’s shoes) versus sympathy (feeling sorry for/understanding what someone is going through) and know when to use one approach or the other.
  • Connect with others by being a good listener, ask questions to help understand what the other person is feeling, be honest, and mirror positive nonverbal communication to build trust.
  • You can build rapport and common ground quickly with coworkers and clients by using empathy.
  • Takers: Take from others, often without reciprocating. Look to advance their own interests/goals.
  • Givers: Empathetic & generous. Givers are the worst & best performers. Depends on how they manage their giving.
  • Matchers: Try to go for an even Give and Take. If they ask for a favor, they plan to reciprocate. If you ask for a favor, you should plan to reciprocate.

Which one are you most like? Develop a plan when interacting with different individuals in the workplace.

7.  Analysis / Solution Mindset

  • Consider different viewpoints and putting efforts into understanding why information may be presented in a certain way.
  • Look at the bigger picture of the work situation, community, or society when solving problems.
  • Examine information and data using critical thinking skills.
  • Take time to think about different ways of solving problems and testing out ideas to see which one is best.
  1. Reframing helps you ask new questions (big picture, other perspectives, breaking down a large project into smaller parts).
  2. Collect information so you can make an informed decision.
  3. Analyze the information you receive. Is there bias? What is the target audience? What is your overall objective? Do you need to do more research?
  4. Identify the problems and seek solutions. Problems and solutions can impact your life and the lives of others, especially at work.

*Use Design Thinking

8.  Resilience

  • Believe in personal growth and change by seeing new knowledge and skills as a way of life, not just a one-time thing.
  • Set priorities and goals, anticipate possible consequences, and have back-up plans.
  • Fixed mindset: avoids challenges, gives up easily, see effort as not worth it, ignores useful criticism, and feels threatened by the success of others.
  • Growth mindset: embraces challenges, persists after setbacks, see effort as a means to mastery of skills, learns for criticism and finds lessons and inspiration in the success of others.

Remember the core qualities of resilience:

  1. Prioritize
  2. Make plans
  3. Manage your time
  4. Identify and try to reduce stress
  5. Put in effort
  6. Re-evaluate: what workedwhat didn’thow do you move forward?

9. Entrepreneurial Mindset

  • Individuals are self-motivated and seek new knowledge, skills, and greater work responsibilities.
  • Achieve an understanding of the entrepreneurial nature of the modern workforce and the means for work attainment.
  • Create a value proposition based on your strengthsskills, and career interests.
  • Develop an action plan to continue your entrepreneurial efforts and succeeding in employment. This helps show self-motivation & innovation brainstorming.
  1. To obtain work, think like an entrepreneur: Look for opportunities, be self-motivated, be resourceful, develop a network, be adaptable, think of ways to add value, be a problem solver.
  2. Create an elevator pitch. List your skills and strengths. Identify what problem you can solve for an employer/client using your skills and strengths.
  3. Intrapreneurial: Understands how changes in the workplace are requiring workers to embrace an entrepreneurial mindset, even while working within an organization.

10. Social / Diversity Awareness

  • Respectful of differences in others’ backgrounds and beliefs in local communities and the world at large.
  • Uses social or cultural differences to help expand the concept of what is “normal” and uses this to generate new ideas.
  • Values diversity in the workplace, including genderethnicityindividuals with disabilitiessexual orientation, and age. Understands these differences can actually improve products, services, or work processes.


  1. How would you define the future workplace?
  2. Focus on each person’s greatest strengths in the workforce.
  3. In what ways can individuals contribute to projects and achieve outcomes based on their core traits?
  4. Getting to know everyone’s unique characteristics and utilize their talents as assets.

Develop and improve relationships with people of different backgrounds and beliefs by improving self-awareness, sensitivity to others’ feelings, and professionalism.

**Information is a broad overview of the New World of Work curriculum** 

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Resume / Letter Tips





The more effectively you can tailor your resume for a specific job, the better your chances are. Generic resumes are a dime a dozen and unlikely to do well in an applicant tracking system (also known as an ATS). Using Jobscan, you can easily optimize your resume against any job description and make yourself a top candidate.


  • Emsi –  You can use this tool to optimize your resume for the type of job that you would like to apply for.
  • TagCrowd – Great tool to quickly see “keywords” in a job description.