Valley Stream Memorial Junior High School’s Home and Career Skills classes learned useful skills pertaining to job goals and interviews, thanks to a visit from guest speaker Bob Wolf. Mr. Wolf has more than four decades of experience in the business world and founded the HOPE program, which help to prepare students for a competitive job market.
The presentations at Memorial focused on three skill sets that can be integral components of a person’s success: First impression skills, interpersonal skills and communication skills. Mr. Wolf discussed ways to make a good first impression and advised students to ask others about themselves. He explained interpersonal skills as having good manners, demonstrating courtesy and being respectful and polite. As for communication skills, Mr. Wolf noted that in addition to speaking, listening and writing, there are physical and emotional ways to communicate.
Throughout the presentation, Mr. Wolf shared anecdotes from his own life and career that offered inspiration. He engaged students in conversations about their part-time and summer jobs, which can help them in their future endeavors.
When it comes to standing out to an interviewer or prospective employer, Mr. Wolf stressed the value of a handwritten thank you note as a follow up that will help an individual shine among his/her competition. He also noted that “good manners and common courtesy play big time in business, and in college as well.” He reviewed words and phrases that matter and make a positive impact, such as “please,” “I appreciate,” “thank you” and “excuse me.”
“You all have a unique voice,” Mr. Wolf told the students. “Learn how to use it properly, with tone, grammar and clarity.”