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Duplicate and distribute these activities. Students may work independently or cooperatively.

Online Job Hunt
Find out how you can use the Internet to locate a job or company that's just right for you:

• Write a brief paragraph describing the kind of work you want to do.

• Write a brief paragraph describing the kind of company or organization you'd like to work for. Include details such as ideal size, location, salary, benefits, and work environment.

• Go to online job search tips on the Livelyhood Web site. Use the information there to make a search plan.

• Visit at least three Web sites that list jobs of the kind you're interested in. Make notes on what you find. (You may want to use these notes as the beginning of a database for storing job information.)

• Visit at least three Web sites of companies that you think might have the characteristics you're looking for. Aside from finding a company's own Web site, if you are looking up a large company you can try the business directory Hoover's Online (http://www.hoovers.com), or WetFeet.com (http://www.wetfeet.com), to get more "inside information." Again, make notes on what you find.

Now compare your results with those of a partner. Evaluate the various sites you've visited. Discuss what you each would need to do to make your job search a success. You might also share what you've learned with your school's career center.

Look Back/Look Ahead
Hit the streets and the stacks. Learn about the past, present, and future of work.

• Do research to find out what changes in businesses and industries have happened in your area in the past generation. (If you need ideas on how to get information on workplaces in your local area, Livelyhood can help!) Write down the dates when major employers opened or closed facilities, and times when other changes occurred.

• Organize this information by creating a timeline.

• Now play futurist. Try to predict what changes will happen in the workplace in the next ten years. There are some cool sites on "Predicting the Future of Work" listed on the Livelyhood Resource section with information on trends affecting the changing workplace.

• Add your predictions to your timeline.

Present your timeline to the class. Ask whether anyone has facts to add to it. Then ask whether they agree with your predictions.

You might post your finished timeline in a local employment development center or other community facility.

Sell Yourself
Try putting together a resume to present yourself as an outstanding candidate for employment today -- and then as an even greater candidate tomorrow.

• Write a résumé highlighting your talents and experiences. For help writing a résumé, check out Yahoo! Careers (http://careers.yahoo.com/), or any of the job sites in the resource section of the Livelyhood site.

• Exchange résumés with a partner. Ask her or him to give you feedback.

• Use the feedback to make changes.


• Think about what you'd like your résumé to look like five years from now.

• Make changes to your résumé to reflect your hopes. Show your future resume to a parent or counselor. Discuss with them what you could do to make your hopes for the future into a reality.

Create a New Segment of "Shift Change"
Test your talent as a media producer. The Livelyhood production team has come up with a special inside guide to "Being a Media Producer"

• Find someone in your community who has adapted to a big change in the workplace in an interesting way.

• Make an appointment to interview the person.

• Draft questions in advance.

• Conduct the interview. If possible, capture it on video or audiotape. (You may need to work with a partner to do this.)

• Now for the tough part: Edit your interview down to the equivalent of five minutes running time. Write an intro and a wrap-up.

Present your segment to the class. Encourage viewers (or listeners) to compare it to the segments presented in "Shift Change." You might also offer your interview to your local historical society.

Afterward, think back on how you created your segment. How did you decide what to include and what not to include? What would you do differently if you were to create another segment?

Write a Guidebook
Wouldn't it be great if there were a manual on how to handle workplace changes? Use your ideas and experiences as well as those in the show to create one.

• Describe common kinds of changes that can happen to someone's job or place of employment.

• List things people can do before, during, and after these changes happen to help themselves succeed.

• Organize this information. Give a title to each section and then word-process your manuscript. Finally, create a title page and a table of contents, and put your manual together.

Give your manual to someone who has gone through several workplace changes. Ask her or him to read it and evaluate your advice.




Finding Information on Workplaces in Your Area

There are number of investigative avenues one can take when trying to unearth the history of work in your community. Check out some of the following to get started:

• local chamber of commerce

• town hall or city/county planning department for permits or zoning records

• local police department

• union halls

• economic development agency

• county-wide resources (i.e. county economic development agency)

• local library

• town historical society if it exists

• your local newspaper is always a good source of information

• find out if there are any local television stations that could be helpful

• get in touch with the public relations person at your county executive's office

• visitors and conventions bureaus

• surf the Web and compile a list of sites that you find helpful

• it may seem obvious, but don't forget to ask family members