First Job Survival Skills 1: Surviving 1st 90 Days

First Job Survival Skills 1: Surviving 1st 90 Days

Most widely used Job skills program in America. Teach your students the must-have employee attributes for job success.
The First Job Survival Series illustrates the social and emotional skills and personal qualities employees must have to survive and grow in the workplace. These skills and attributes can be more important to employability than technical skills or even hard work! The U.S. Department of Labor’s SCANS 2000 report referred to these as Soft Skills and included them in a list of competencies that translate to “relevant workplace know-how.”

Soft skills have been defined in the literature as the non-technical skills, abilities, and traits required to function in a specific employment environment. These include personal or character qualities, and being able to: deliver information or services to customers and co-workers; work effectively as a member of a team; and understand and adapt to the cultural norms of the workplace. Surveys of employers in large metropolitan areas reveal that soft SEL skills are crucial for workplace productivity. When polled, employers in Canada and England replied with nearly the identical viewpoint as in the US- employees with strong soft skills are in demand! They are the ones more likely to get hired, be retained and be considered for promotion.

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First Job Survival Skills 1: Surviving 1st 90 Days

17 Videos

  • FJSS1 - Mod 1 - Ep 1: Giving 100%

    This segment provides a look at contrasting work ethics, one positive and one negative. Your students will learn proper work ethics by watching two employees at the same work site. Elias has a positive attitude and is ready to go, while Joel puts no effort into his appearance or performance. Stud...

  • FJSS1 - Mod 1 - Ep 2: Personal Habits That Mean a Lot

    This vignette also shows two contrasting styles. Students will be introduced to two roommates who take different views on how to best prepare for the workday. Your students will see Hector wake up refreshed at the alarm’s first ring, put on the clothes he set out the night before, eat a good and ...

  • FJSS1 - Mod 1 - Ep 3: You're Not in School Anymore

    Students will see the positive impression Hector’s preparedness makes on his boss and the negative impression Ron makes arriving late with yesterday’s wrinkled clothes, too tired to make any worthwhile contributions. They will learn that while showing up late to school could have some minor conse...

  • FJSS1 - Mod 2 - Ep 1: Crossing the Line

    In this vignette, students will learn how developing a friendly camaraderie and a strong sense of professionalism enhances work performance. In particular, nuances of tone of voice, body language and respect for personal space (both physical and psychological) are examined. With both co-workers a...

  • FJSS1 - Mod 2 - Ep 2: Workplace Conduct

    Over-socializing, clowning around, losing one’s temper and showing disrespect toward older co-workers are each examined in detail in four separate vignettes. The implications of using company time for one’s social life or as rehearsals for a stand-up routine are shown to be reflections of not tak...

  • FJSS1 - Mod 2 - Ep 3: Workplace Disposition

    A worker’s ability to show respect, enthusiasm, maturity, and professionalism is crucial to success in the first 90 days. The three vignettes in this part focus once again on those crucial nonverbal cues that convey enthusiasm and respect. The first deals with general eagerness to do the job well...

  • FJSS1 - Mod 3 - Ep 2: Doing It the Boss's Way

    The first vignette focuses on one of the most essential qualities of a good employee; dependability. The second vignette looks at how a new worker can deal with the frustration brought on by a boss who appears to arbitrarily change her mind repeatedly. The third vignette shows how important it is...

  • FJSS1 - Mod 3 - Ep 3: Going the Extra Mile

    In this segment, your students will learn that few things frustrate a boss more than not paying attention and lack of communication and initiative. If you want to get promoted in any position, you will have to show your boss that you can think on your own! Students will also learn the importance ...

  • FJSS1 - Mod 4 - Ep 1: I Would Have, Except...

    In this part, the implications and consequences of common excuses are examined. You’ll teach your students that the excuse “It’s not my job” communicates that you are not a team player, the statement “you didn’t tell me to” says you have no initiative, the comment “I thought it was good enough” m...

  • FJSS1 - Mod 4 - Ep 2: But...

    Your students will learn that excuses like “I didn’t have enough time” and “don’t blame me, it’s their fault” communicate that you don’t know when to ask for help and that you are not a team player. They will also learn that keeping a messy, unorganized workspace communicates a sloppy work attitude.

  • FJSS1 - Mod 4 - Ep 3: Being a Team Player

    In this segment, students will see why being a team player is so important, why complainers don’t last long and why it’s always best to help when asked, whether it’s a co-worker or the boss doing the asking. The Stanfield Comedy Players really had fun with this. Your students will see a sampling ...

  • FJSS1 - Mod 5 - Ep 1: No Second Chance

    In this segment, we reveal in detail the consequences of stealing money, stealing supplies, lying, “borrowing” items from the workplace, using company phones for personal use and surfing the Internet on company time. Detailed discussion points include surveillance cameras in the workplace, videot...

  • FJSS1 - Mod 5 - Ep 2: An Honest Day's Work

    In this part, the notion of giving your employer his or due is explored. Slacking off, being moody, doing a job unenthusiastically because you don’t like it, breaking promises, avoiding work and repeatedly calling in sick are explored as examples of a lack of integrity at work. Students will lear...

  • FJSS1 - Mod 5 - Ep 3: Review

    In this part, students will see a hilarious review of the worst employees on the planet paraded before a room of horrified bosses, complete with commentary from the biggest boss of all, Bosszilla. In these humorous vignettes, students will see an example of seven types of problem workers and iden...

  • FJSS1 - Mod 6 - Ep 1: The Interview Starts in the Front Office

    This part emphasizes how the interview begins before most applicants ever set eyes on the boss—in the front office. How a prospective employee treats staff during the waiting period definitely influences hiring decisions. Teach your students that being overly personal, superior, agitated, fidgety...

  • FJSS1 - Mod 6 - Ep 2: Winning the Interview

    Body language, presenting a positive attitude and expressing enthusiasm and respect are the most important things you can communicate to a boss in the initial job interview. In this segment, your students will see several of the most common mistakes nervous interviewees can make during an intervi...

  • FJSS1 - Mod 6 - Ep 3: Appearance Really Counts

    A job interview should be considered a special occasion. Students will understand that appropriate clothing, grooming, and makeup are essential. This segment outlines for students the basics of coordinating conservative clothing that will signal to a prospective boss that they are serious, mature...