Marion Sterling- Keys to Getting Any Job- Struggling Parents
Keys to Getting Any Job
School: Marion Sterling
Tutor: Megan Hobart
Students: Tenesna Jones, Michelle Kirkland, Devin Pink, Takayla Chatman
Teacher: Tessa Scott
Our story: Every day we see our parents, family members, family friends, and neighbors
struggle to get jobs and provide for themselves and their families. Many people are hungry,
do not have proper clothing, and are homeless because of this. When parents struggle to
get a job, the children and the entire family suffer and we do not want to see people
struggling like this anymore. Part of the problem may be that adults are looking for jobs,
but they do not know the right places to look, how to write a great resume, or how to
correctly act during an interview.
As you can see on our board, the unemployment rate in the U.S. is 5.5% and in
Cleveland, it is 6.4%.
Some reasons that the unemployment rates remain as high as they are is because many
unemployed people do not know how to answer problem interview skills, how to
describe their job skills, or maintain proper personal appearance.
We also did some research to find the information that we put into our flyer.
Before we chose our action plan, we thought about a few other solutions to this issue.
Our first option was to have a college fair for parents in order to encourage parents to
go back to school so they could get a better job. However, there was not enough time to
organize this college fair.
The second possibility was to distribute the flyer that we made at the Marion Sterling
Food Pantry. The information would be given directly to people who could use it, but it
was challenging to get our group there after school. In the end, a representative from
JCU came to our school with our flyer and put it out during one of the monthly food
pantries so that residents who were coming in to the school for food could pick up a
The last option was to have a food or clothing drive. A food or clothing drive would have
provided struggling parents with the things they need, but it would not have been a
long lasting solution.
Our plan was to teach adults how to successfully search for a job was to distribute
information about how to write a good resume, where to look for a job, and how to act
during an interview.
We made a flyer with all of this information, so that we presented it in a way that is
quick and easy to read.
In order to distribute this information, we made copies of the flyer and passed them out
to our classmates and the seventh grade class so they could take them home to their
The flyers were also distributed at the April 24th food pantry at Marion Sterling to all
participants who came in for food.
We hope that our parents will use this information if they are looking for a job so that
they can get a good job and will not be struggling anymore.
A note from one of the judges:
I am excited to see that 2nd and 3rd place went to the projects I was able to judge. I
was truly moved by the girls who presented the “Keys to Getting Any Job” project. One
girl explained to me that she went with her mother to the library and helped her make
a resume using the research they had done for this project. I was blown away by every
student I talked to and every project I saw. – Alyssa Giannirakis, Cleveland Food
Pictures from the Youth for Justice Summit at JCU, May 1, 2015
(Third place finish)
Keys to Getting Any Job
1. Look for Job Openings
2. Write or Update a
3. Have a Great Interview
What Do Employers Look for In a
They wantto know what
you can do for them.
A resumeshould be reader
It should be easy to find
company names, titles held,
and dates employed.
spend 15-20 seconds
Tips for Finding a Job
Revise your resumébefore
you start job hunting
Preparefor the job
Makea list of work-related
skills that you would like to
Practice good nonverbal
Dressfor the job or company.
Answer the questions.
Arrivein the office 10-15 minutes
before your appointmenttime.
Look great, arrive prepared, and have
Do prior research on the company.
Bringcopies of your resumé.
Follow up a week after the interview.