Class Information



Preparing for Work



PREPARING FOR WORK is a class that is offered free to the ESL community living in Bellevue.  Students will find a warm welcome from the instructor, who invites students to attend, learn and develop their knowledge of the job search process.



This class would be good for students who are:

  • Interested in working in a paid or volunteer job, in the U.S., now or in the near future.
  • ESL level 5/6 (high intermediate to advanced level).
  • Ready to attend all classes and complete all assignments.



  1. Write a one or two page resume for a job they would like to apply for now or in the near future.
  2. Write a cover letter using correct layout, spelling, punctuation and phrases for the job application.
  3. Record experience, education, skills and strengths.
  4. Set goals and create a plan of action.


  1. Read job applications identifying job requirements and qualifications.
  2. Research websites to help with job searching, vocabulary, job search techniques and other resources.
  3. Find a job in the U.S., including networking, applying online, talking to recruiters, volunteering, targeting employers and attending job fairs.


  1. Make a good impression at every stage of the job search process including applying, interviewing and following up.
  2. Answer interview questions for an entry level job.
  3. Identify and demonstrate strengths needed for the job.
  4. Conduct an interview in a professional manner including appearance, body language and formal language.  Each student will have a mock interview with a volunteer interviewer from the business community.

Last Updated May 23, 2018