Foley High School Leadership

Life Skills 101, because life can be tough…

Guest Speaker: Kathy Shumate from the Alabama Career Center

Kathy Shumate from the Alabama Career Center System came to talk to Mrs. Major’s Leadership students about job opportunities and interview strategies.

Not to be confused with the un-employment office, the Employment Office is located behind Piggly Wiggly on Michigan Ave., and you can also call 943-1575.

If you are 14-years-old or older, you can use Alabama’s new Internet Job Search System at You will need to log into the website with your username and password. You can

  • register for work
  • create a resume
  • look for job openings
  • apply for jobs
  • contact employers directly about jobs
  • receive e-mails when opening come available that match your skills
  • search for jobs by area, county or statewide
  • get information on jobs in your area

To register, you will create your own username and password, and then you will enter all your personal information. Be sure to write it down the codes you enter for later use.

Mrs. Shumate spoke to students about specific things they needed to do now to stay ahead of the game. As a freshman, she stressed that you need to make good grades, work hard, keep your record clean, and start thinking about what you will do with your life  after high school.

You can volunteer to assist others to learn how to be a leader, practice being a productive follower, and practice assisting other people similar to the kind you may have to deal with in the workplace.

Here’s some other great suggestions she offered students.

  • Fill out job applications in black ink, preferably, and fill out the application at home if possible, so you can correct mistakes and get help if needed.
  • Be 15 minutes early for your interview. Bring your application and copies of any award certificates you may want to show off to an employer.
  • Wear pressed and neat clothes, wear hair neat, and use little or no cologne.
  • Tattoos and piercings are not well received in the work world, so cover them up if possible.
  • Tell the truth on job applications.
  • Watch out for Facebook, because employers will look on Facebook to see what type of person you are.

Minors under the age of 14 can’t work in Alabama.

When public school is in session, students over the age of 14 can work:

  • No more than 3 hours after school
  • No more than 8 hours per non-school day
  • Not before 7 am or after 7 pm each day
  • No more than 6 days in one week
  • No more than 18 hours per week. Not during school hours (8 a.m.-3 p.m.)

During the summer months, you can work the following hours:

  • No more than 8 hours per day
  • No more than 6 days per week.
  • No more than 40 hours per week.
  • Not before 7 am or after 9 pm each day.

Minors 16, 17 and 18 years old, who are enrolled in public or private school, may not work between 10 p.m. and 7 a,m. on any night preceding a school day. There are no restrictions for minors over the age of 16 during summer break.

A big thanks to Mrs. Shumate for her time and her excellent advice for seeking and keeping empolyment.


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This entry was posted on March 13, 2012 by in Leadership Guest Speakers.
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