Career Readiness

careersWelcome to the Automotive Success Centre”.  Automotive Human Resources Sector Council.  Automotive Human Resource Sector Council of Nova Scotia, 2016,

So what are employers really looking for in today’s job market?  Click here  to find out!

Today, you are going to create your first post on your blog!!! Yay!!! 🙂

Create a  SEVEN SENTENCE  post  entitled “The Career I’m Considering” by following these directions:

Log on to your blog.

Click on Dashboard.

Click on Posts.  (For further instructions on how to post, click here.)

Click on Add New.

Title your Post “The Career I’m Considering” up at the top of the page.

In the blank field, write a post about the career you are considering and tell:

1.  What career do you plan to pursue?  Tell us about it and why.

2.  Which three of the top ten traits from the article are your strongest?   Be honest, but be convincing! Provide evidence of each of your three traits, and explain how these make you a perfect fit for your chosen career choice.

3.  Insert ONE IMAGE of someone working in this field or of something obviously related to this field. To do this, you must first download the image, ONLY USING PICTURES FROM ONE OF THESE SITES:  Pixabay (must create a free account), Openclipart, or  Wikimedia Commons. These sites are all free to use without copyright infringements.  You may not use copyrighted images. Just because it is on Google does not mean that you are legally able to copy and use it. Click here for more information.

4. Beneath your picture, put in parentheses from which of these sites you got your picture. If you do not use a picture from one of these sites, you must create a citation under the image, following the directions as put forth on my page above “Citations.”

5.  Play with the font today and use at least TWO DIFFERENT FONTS  for your text (not including the link color)

6.  Read your writing and correct all spelling and grammar mistakes. Look for incomplete or run on sentences.

7.  Add  TWO CLICKABLE  LINKS  to websites about this career.  To do this, write this sentence on your post:  For more information, click here and here.

Find a website about your career and copy the web address.

On your post, highlight the word here.

Click on the link icon    in the tool bar.

Paste the URL into the field.

Hit enter.

Repeat on the second “here” for the second link to a second website about your career.

IMPORTANT: YOU MUST SAVE!   To save, click either “Save as Pending” in the upper right hand corner (if you are not ready to turn in to me) OR “Publish” if you are ready to turn in!!!

8.  Delete/Trash the sample post, the sample page, and the sample comment from your blog!!! Go to Pages>All Pages, Posts>All Posts, and Comments>All Comments to do this.


Posts are due Sunday, October 1st at 11:59 pm.



Creating Your Theme, About Me Page, and Avatar (Plus the Student Challenge)

1. Go to Appearance > Themes.  Check out all of the colorful, unique themes and pick the one that suits you best. Click activate. You can change your theme at any time. Be sure to look at your theme and see how user friendly it is, especially after you create your About Me page.  If you don’t like it, you can always change it.   For more information on how to do this, click here.


2. Here’s how you create your About page:

1.  Go to Pages > Add new.

2.  Title your page  About Me.

3.  Now just add your About Me information in the provided box.  Please include the name of your high school and which state and country you live in.  After that, share about yourself. REMEMBER IT IS PUBLIC!  Tell the interesting things about yourself. Share your dreams and goals.  What do you want the world to know about you?  REMEMBER:  we are not sharing phone numbers, addresses, emails, or anything like that.  Your pages, posts, and comments ALL must be approved by me.  FIVE SENTENCE MINIMUM. When finished, click Save as Draft (If you are not ready to turn in to me) or Submit.

3.  Click on the Student Challenge Image on my blog.  At the top on the menu, click October 2017 students.  Scroll down until you see students who are 14 or older and select one from a different country. Click on his/her blog and leave a comment.  Your comment must meet the guidelines previously set forth (5 sentences, correct grammar, and school appropriate). If you need a refresher on these rules, please see my page Student Commenting Guidelines at the top of my home page.


4.  Go to Users > Your Avatar.  You will first select a website from the list provided on the click button below to create it. Then you will download it to your computer and upload it to your edublog site. Note:  when creating your avatar, you don’t want to take too long on deciding which eyes, which hair, etc. to choose. You will be given 15 minutes in class for this, and then we will move on!  DO NOT USE DREAM AVATAR CREATOR!!!

Click here for instructions on how to create your avatar!

ou must have your theme changed, your avatar and About Me page created, and be registered for the Student Challenge by 11:59 pm, Sunday, October 1, 2017.  At this time, you should also have created your first post (College Readiness) with four assigned links and an image. You will only have three days (including today) in class to do all of this (plus your first post).  You do not have time to just sit there or goof off! For every minute you are idle, you are creating a minute of online homework for yourself!




Blogging? What’s Stopping You?


(Tolisano-Langwitches, Silvia. “ Learning About Blogs FOR Your Students- Part II-B: Student Writing.” Langwitches Silvia RosenthalTolisano, WordPress, 11 Dec. 2011,

“What is a Blog.” YouTube, Edublogs, 19 May 2014,

Hernandez, Andrea & Silvia Tolisano. “The Possibilities of Blogging.” YouTube, uploaded by Andrea Hernandez, 8 Mar. 2013,

 “Leaving High Quality Blog Comments.” YouTube, uploaded by Nicolas Weiss,  11 Mar. 2014,

Silvia Tolisano-Langwitches has some great things to say on this topic.  Basically, the three biggest reasons people may have an aversion to blogging are:

  1.  They believe they have nothing interesting to say
  2.  They believe they are not good writers or don’t like writing.
  3.  They believe they don’t have time.

She cleverly responds to each of these issues.  Although she is addressing educators, her message applies to you, too.  To read her rebuttals for each of these concerns, read

and watch this video:

Writing Your Resume


                           “Executive Mid-Career Resume Writer.” Linkedin, Linkedin, 2016,                          

Your resume is your personal commercial for a future job or scholarship! It must be error-free, and it must be impressive.

Today we will look at various examples of resumes, analyze which are good and for what reasons, and then use a template to create one for ourselves on Google docs that you can actually use in the future.

Here are  examples of a GOOD  resume:

Example One

Example Two

Example Three

Here are examples of a BAD resume:

Example One

Example Two

Example Three

Click here to access the slideshow we reviewed in class about resume writing.

Please click here to access the template.  After accessing the link, log on to your Google account. Go to file, and select “Make a copy”.  The new copy will open and be saved in your Google Drive.  This is the copy you will edit for your resume.  In the future, after you have the knack of writing a good resume, you should choose to create a more personal resume and not use a template.  However, for now – the template is fine and the option I want you to use for this class.

After you have finished, please share your resume with the email address on the board.  Your final resume is due Thursday, September 21, at the end of class.


                           LaFevere, Allie. “Resume Writing Classes Chicago – Killer Resume: Write One So Good They’Ll Have to Hire You | Dabble.” Dabble, Dabble, 2016,                          

Welcome to the Exciting World of Blogging!


“Step 11: Setting Up Student Blogs.” Edublogs, WordPress, 2016,

I am so excited to have you in my class!!! This year, we will be learning the basics of digital citizenship via blogging!  As world citizens, it is imperative that you feel comfortable and develop a safe online presence.  Blogging is a learning experience for me, too, so we will be learning the ins and outs of this together!  When you submit a comment, I will have to approve it before it is published online.  There are many ways that you might be expected to comment: for example, you may be required to comment  after reading an article, a poem, or a story.  We will eventually get to commenting on peers in the classroom and around the world.  You potentially will be even creating your own blog – but we will begin with baby steps.  My goal is to make you a good writer with a safe, responsible online presence.  Technology has crept into every occupation, every way of life. We can’t avoid it or play ignorant!  Hopefully, this will be a great step into making technology your friend, not your foe.