NEW HAVEN – JAG students at Hillhouse High School got a personalized introduction to the professional world, with job search tips, instruction on how to dress for success and help with mock interviews, as Men’s Wearhouse made a recent visit to JAG at Hillhouse High School.
The interactive presentation, by Richard Dorval and Lillian Pearson, included mock interviews and instruction in a proper handshake and appropriate eye contact. Students also practiced responses to sample interview questions from Pearson, who then offered feedback on what she liked and what could be improved. Additionally, Dorval showcased various suit coats on male students while Pearson displayed what skirts young women should and should not wear in an interview setting.
But in addition to looking the part, successful candidates need to also be properly prepared for an interview. Dorval and Pearson emphasized the importance of doing your homework on a company and making an appropriate list of questions. “If you don’t do your homework, it doesn’t matter how good you look,” Dorval reminded students.
Many thanks to Men’s Wearhouse, which has also visited JAG classes at Manchester High and New Horizons this year.
Photo Caption: Winter Salazar shakes hands with Lillian Pearson after her mock interview.
Owen White, a senior and JAG student at MHS, proudly displays his job offer from Six Flags.
Our JAG class has been discussing leadership styles, teamwork, interest inventories and career paths and conducing mock interviews.
Owen and his class are also looking at after-graduation plans and career options.
Two other MHS JAG students also got jobs last weekend. Congratulations!
Deacon Art Miller, whose work on social justice and civil rights stretches over much of the country and several decades, addressed students in the East Hartford High School JAG program last month.
Deacon Miller is a friend to the JAG CT program, having helped with the new Specialist training by providing a talk and framework on earned and unearned advantage and disadvantage. His presentation at East Hartford High was attended by both JAG and other students.
EHHS JAG Specialist Patty Damiani invited Deacon Miller to address her students on the importance of education, attitude and motivation.
“Deacon Miller spoke about his experiences growing up during the civil rights movement — of everyone’s worth and how you could come from nothing and build yourself into something great through education and hard work,” Ms. Damiani recalled. “He spoke a lot about kindness and sticking up for people who need it. Basically, he made the students realize that they can make a difference in the world by being kind, educated and driven.
“My students were very interested in all he had to say,” she added. “I could see the look in some of my students’ faces and knew he got through to them. Also, he helped one student in particular after by helping him get into Capital. He was a great inspiration to my students and to myself!”
Deacon Miller works as the Director of African American Affairs at the Archdiocese of Hartford, and has worked for many years on voting rights, ant-violence efforts in Hartford and elsewhere, and other social justice causes. He is also the author of a book about his experience as a childhood friend of Emmett Till.