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Participants in the  Employment Skills Leadership Development Event (LDE) get a leg up on their future careers by developing the skills needed to seek employment in the industry of agriculture.

This LDE simulates real-world activities used by employers and tests students’ ability to perform effectively throughout the employment process. Students submit a cover letter and resume; complete an application and a telephone interview; and participate in two face–to–face interviews.  

In this LDE, students will use many leadership skills including active listening, problem–solving and decision making as well as improve their written and oral communication skills. This event also helps students in their current search for jobs, internships, and part-time and full-time employment in any career field.

2022-2023 Rule modification

General instructions prior to LDE. Contestants will submit the following materials by the April 1. The five items must be sent as a single PDF (Print off all materials and copy into a PDF). The PDF should be sent with Student Name and Chapter as its title to the LDE Coordinator.

Expectations at Convention for Employment Skills
  • Official Dress is required.

  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to the scheduled interview time.

  • Ask before leaving the event.

  • Check in and make sure your name is called prior to competing

What SHOULD students bring? (Tools/equipment/materials)
  • A copy of their resume.

  • Water

What can students NOT BRING for themselves? 
  • Only a resume should be brought it

What will get an individual disqualified? 
  • Disruptive behavior

  • Plagiarism of application materials

  • Use of their phone or smart watch.

What will be provided by the event?
  • A place to sit while waiting for competition


State Qualifier Submissions due April 1

For your specific questions contact:


Natasha Mortenson

Minnesota FFA LDE Coordinator

146 Ruttan Hall   

1984 Buford Ave.    

St Paul, MN 55108



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