Aspiring teachers of Chinese had the opportunity to learn Career Strategies: Resume and Interview Techniques on June 24, 2017 in a workshop presented by Calvin Kam. Mr. Kam teaches as an adjunct instructor for Seattle Pacific University, Seattle University, Gonzaga University and Pacific Lutheran University on topics such as Professional Communications, Multi-Cultural Awareness, Classroom Management, Action Research, and Educational Methods in science and math.

The goals of the workshop were:

  1. Participants will be able to explain what information should go on resumes.
  2. Participants will be able to identify and explain inappropriate information on resumes.
  3. Participants will be able to explain what can be asked in interviews
  4. Participants will be able to list and explain appropriate clothing for interviews.
  5. Participants will role play in an observed mock interview with feedback in break out rooms.

Mr. Kam introduced the topic with why resumes are necessary and led a discussion of what should and should not go on a resume. The participants asked about format and personal information. Next, he transitioned into interview techniques about what to wear for both men and women, what accessories to carry, how to sit, shake hands, and how to answer questions. Then participants broke up into mock interview groups in the other classrooms. Mock interviews were conducted by veteran certificated teachers. Finally, the group came back together for a final Q and A. The most common comment was “We need more time on this!”

This type of practical workshop is very helpful to new teachers because the job application and interview process is very different in America than in China or other countries. CIWA was pleased to sponsor the workshop and we wish the new teachers much success in their future job applications!