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Old 08-21-2013, 06:46 AM
 
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I taught life skills classes back when I was working for a workforce training center. Many of the students had read books on resume writing and how to interview for a job in ADVANCE OF THE CLASS and thought they had it all down and thought my class was a waste of time, but they did not understand or respect the information that was provided them in the books they had read, because they knew little and their resumes were terrible! You can read all the job hunting books in the world but actually putting the information into perspective requires an effective teacher and a student who wants to work hard.

Writing a resume for a professional position that will stand out in an era of 500 applicants for most positions is not as simple as reading a book or looking online for sixty minutes. If writing a great resume was so easy, there would not be so many terrible resumes and other job hunting correspondence submitted to employers.

A class on Practical Living Skills 101 (which included job hunting and financial and budgeting skills for young adults) was offered as an elective in my son's High School. The peer pressure to not take that class was intense, and they took advanced Calculus instead.

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Old 08-21-2013, 08:52 AM
 
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I wish basic accounting was required, let people understand interest on a loan, difference between loan and a lease, importance of investing ASAP. Possibly a tax return, credit cards, some job searching skills, etc.... Stuff that no matter what you do, you will need.

My favorite thing I read on application. "High School Gradute"

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44 years after the Moon landing and economists can't suggest something that obvious. The game depends on the majority of people being losers that can be used.

The Screwing of the Average Man (1974) by David Hapgood
The screwing of the average man: David Hapgood: Amazon.com: Books

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Old 10-15-2013, 07:27 PM
 
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44 years after the Moon landing and economists can't suggest something that obvious. The game depends on the majority of people being losers that can be used.

The Screwing of the Average Man (1974) by David Hapgood
The screwing of the average man: David Hapgood: Amazon.com: Books

psik
Would be good if they had the kids read something like "Rich Dad Poor Dad" so they could have a chance to consider not being an employee - maybe being an emploYER :-). I think judging from the title of the book quoted here that we're thinking along the same lines... Rich Dad Poor Dad blew me away and I was 44 before I read it... and found out I was being used :-( all my life. That would have been the "life skill" I'd like to have learned back in high-school.
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