Employment Skills LDE

FFA members who participate in the Employment Skills LDE (formerly Job Interview) develop, practice, and demonstrate skills needed in seeking employment in the agriculture industry, while examining career interests and opportunities in their local communities. The event is designed to recognize outstanding FFA members for their ability to prepare and interview for real-world employment opportunities. Part of the preparation includes creating a cover letter, résumé and completing a job application. Participants also show their ability to think on their feet through a networking activity. 



Update from Coordinators (3/20/18):

Hello Job Interview/Employment Skills coaches,

Once again, our team of CDE Coordinators have offered to volunteer for this great event!  This year as in the past, myself (Kristin Collins), Theresa Ellsworth and Angie Senter will be the coordinators for the Job Interview CDE.  We are excited to see all of you in May at WSU.

Here is some housekeeping items on this CDE.  You may also review the Handbook (above) for information.

Prior to the May Competition - you need to send in by April 15, 2018:

  1. Copy of the Job Announcement that your student is using to apply for.  (This is not judged)
  2. Application – Please use this application.  It was created this year in hopes that it is easier for the students to fill in electronically.  Let me know if you have concerns.
  3. Letter of Interest – Create on your own.
  4. Resume – Create on your own – You do NOT have to use the Resume Generator this year.

When you submit your items to Theresa Ellsworth.  Please use a cover sheet with your student’s Job Interview CDE package that includes the school name and student name and district name.  Job Interview CDE packages need to be at OSPI for pre-screen by, April 15th.  Theresa Ellsworth will be coordinating the pre-screen out of the OSPI HR Office.   Electronic packages are required.  Please scan (pdf) your student’s package and email it to the HROffice@k12.wa.us.  

You can address your letters of interest to:

Ms. Theresa Ellsworth, FFA Job Interview CDE, PO Box 47200, Olympia, Washington 98504-7200

Use schools address and schools/teachers phone numbers on Applications, Letters of Interest and Resumes NOT the student’s personal information. 

At the competition day in May at WSU:

If you have a student competing, you must provide a volunteer to judge in the morning from 8:00 to approximately 1pm. Please submit this information through Abbie's form (to be emailed to advisors).

The morning will consist of an interview and then the writing of a follow up letter. The follow up letter will be a handwritten assignment this year. 

If a reasonable accommodation is needed please contact Kristin or Theresa prior to the conference so arrangements can be made.

Top eight (8) students will compete in the final interviews, networking and phone competitions after the lunch break (starting at approximately 1:30). LDE should be completed by 5pm.

If I have not answered all your questions, or you need to reach me, please contact me directly at:

Kristin Collins @ 360-789-4205 Cell Phone or at (360) 455-5402 Home Phone; Email:  RKKACollins@comcast.net

Thank you for choosing to coach this event. -- Kristin, Theresa and Angie


2018 note from NFFA:

From: Meyer, Ben  Date: Tue, Feb 13, 2018 at 1:54 PM  Subject: RE: Follow up

I’m hoping I have good news to share related to the concerns you documented on behalf of WAAE related to the resume in the Employment Skills LDE.

Late last month, the Employment Skills LDE met and reviewed the 2017 event. In this process, the took into consideration feedback from a number of sources include the document you sent me.  Based on your feedback, the committee voted to relax the “requirement” that the student resume must be created using the Resume Generator in ffa.org.  Now the rule reads that the student may use the Resume Generator in ffa.org.  They also verified that there is no place in the resume rubric to deduct points for a resume that is not generated in the Resume Generator in ffa.org.  The changes are now live in the handbook at: https://www.ffa.org/SiteCollectionDocuments/cde_jobinterview.pdf

I’m hoping this satisfactorily addresses your concerns as this change should now allow students to create a resume in any template, format, or design as they wish (including more modern formats as your judges in Washington have requested).  All resumes are subject to the same scoring rubric and should not exceed two pages.

Please let me know if you have any questions and please share this change with those who you fielded concerns from as well as your CDE committee within WAAE.

Have a great day, Ben Meyer - Local Program Success Specialist


2018 State Winning Individual: Trevor Schmitt, Chiawana (Johnson, Coulsey, Carr, Alford)

2018.WA FFA Employment Skills Results

2017 State Winning Individual: Jordan Hummel, Yelm, coached by Matt Mounts

2017.WA FFA Employment Skills Results

2016 State Winning Individual: Morgan Rockey (Elma), coached by Kershaw/Wamsley/Renz

2016.WA FFA Job Interview CDE Results

2015 State Individual: Cameron Church (Longview), coached by John Gross