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A Necktie and Belt, Job Hunting 1924

How to avoid a job and ten ways to land one

How to avoid a job and ten ways to land one

New York State Archives, NYSA_A3045-78_X_25354
Document Description
A page from a 1924 educational publication on job hunting.
In what ways does the man in the picture look like he is unprepared a job interview? Explain.
What could he do to improve his appearance?
Is this advice on how to dress for a job interview still relevant today?
How should a person dress for a job interview today?
What item of clothing is the man wearing that nearly all men wore in the 1920s but most men don't wear today?
What is the man holding in his hand? Should he take it into the interview? Why or why not?
Read the sign on the wall behind the man. If you saw a sign advertising for workers today, what would it probably say instead of "Men Wanted"?  Why?
Why would this type of brochure be necessary?
Historical Challenges
In 1924 Congress passed a constitutional amendment related to jobs. What was that amendment, and why isn't it part of the United States Constitution today?
Interdisciplinary Connections
English Language Arts: Write a list of ten tips on how to get a job in today’s world.
Blocksma, Mary. Ticket to the Twenties: A Time Traveler's Guide. Boston: Little, Brown, 1993. ISBN: 0316099740
Craats, Rennay. History of the 1920s. Mankato, MN: Weigl Publishers, 2001. Vol. 3 of 20th Century USA. ISBN: 1930954093
Feinstein, Stephen. The 1920s: From Prohibition to Charles Lindbergh. Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow, 2001. ISBN: 0766016102
Hanson, Erica. The 1920s. San Diego: Lucent Books, 1999. ISBN: 1560065524
O'Neal, Michael. American in the 1920s. New York: Facts on File, 2006. ISBN: 0816056374
Pietrusza, David. The Roaring Twenties. San Diego: Lucent Books, 1998. ISBN: 0316099740


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Lesson Topic:

Historical Context
The 1920s was a time of prosperity in the United States.  World War I had just ended.  During the war, Americans had been asked to sacrifice for the good of their country.  Now that the war was over, the attitude of self-sacrifice gave way to a quest for individual success.  It was during the economic boom of the "Roaring Twenties" that this document on job hunting was published.  A young person reading this document in 1924 had no idea that only five years later, the stock market would collapse, and jobs would become much more difficult to come by during the Great Depression that followed.
Essential Question
How does industrialization change a society?
Check for Understanding
Describe the scene in the photograph and evaluate the impact of industrialization on workers.