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Applying for a job. Section 6.2. Read to learn. How to prepare for and complete a job application How to write an effective resume and cover letter. Main Idea. Making a good first impression on potential employers is essential to securing a job. Key concepts. Preparing to apply

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Applying for a job

Applying for a job

Section 6.2

Read to learn

Read to learn

  • How to prepare for and complete a job application

  • How to write an effective resume and cover letter

Main idea

Main Idea

  • Making a good first impression on potential employers is essential to securing a job

Key concepts

Key concepts

  • Preparing to apply

  • Job applications

  • Preparing a Resume

  • Writing Cover Letters

Key terms

Key Terms

  • Social Security Number

  • Work Permit

  • Standard English

  • Job Application

  • Personal Fact Sheet

  • References

  • Resume

  • Cover Letter

Preparing to apply

Preparing to apply

Be confident

Be confident

  • Do your best to project confidence and a positive, professional image every time you communicate with an employer

Be prepared

Be prepared

  • The first step in applying for a job is having a social security number

  • 123-45-6789

  • Key Term:

    Social Security Number-

    A unique nine-digit number issued by the federal government that is required for all workers

Be prepared1

Be prepared

  • If you are not a US citizen or permanent resident, you may need a work permit

  • Some states require work permits is you are under the age of 16 or 18

Key Term:

Work Permit-

A document that shows you are allowed to work in the United States

Communicate effectively

Communicate effectively

  • When you communicate with an employer, use Standard English

  • Avoid using filler words like um, like, and you know.

  • What should you do instead?

Key Term

Standard English

The form of English you are taught in school

Job applications

Job applications

  • The Job application is one way an employer can screen job applicants


Key term:

Job Application

A form that asks questions about a job applicant’s skills, work experience, education and interests

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Job Applications

  • Creating a personal fact sheet will help you complete accurate job applications

  • You already completed this!!!

  • What was some of the information on your personal fact sheet?

  • Keep in your class portfolio

Key Term:

Personal Fact Sheet-

A list of all the information about yourself that you will need for a job application form

Job applications2

Job applications

Job applications3

Job Applications

  • Employers do not have a right to ask about the following:

    • Age

    • Disability status

    • Race

    • National origin

    • Gender



  • Teachers, counselors, and former employers make good references

Key Term:


People who will recommend you to an employer



  • To get practice completing job applications, obtain a real-world application from a local company or find one online

    To do:

  • Complete provided Job Application

  • Have your peer partner check it for neatness and accuracy

Taking tests

Taking tests

  • When you apply for a job, you may have to take one or more of the following tests:

    • Performance or skills test

    • Drug test

    • Polygraph test

Job app exit ticket

Job app. Exit Ticket

  • Give two examples of questions that potential employers do not have the right to ask you on a job application

  • How should you communicate when speaking to a potential employer?

  • Who are some of the most trusted people to use as references?

Preparing a resume

Preparing a resume

  • A Good resume may get you an interview

  • Resumes are submitted by regular mail, email, or fax

Key Term


A brief summary of a job applicant’s personal information, education, skills, work experience, activities, and interests

Preparing a resume1

Preparing a resume

  • If you do not have work experiences on your resume, focus on the skills, education, and training you have.

  • You can list your references or indicate that you will provide them on request

  • Resume Tips:

    • Avoid negative information

    • Keep it brief (one page)

    • It should be typed or word-processed

    • Check spelling, grammar, and usage

    • Evaluate it as though it belonged to someone else

    • Make sure it is well-written and organized

Organizing your resume

Organizing your resume

  • A chronological resume presents your experience in reverse time order

  • This type of resume shows your growth in experience

Applying for a job

Dates of work experience is in reverse order (most recent is listed first)

Organizing your resume1

Organizing your resume

  • A skills resume is organized around skills or strengths

  • This type of resume allows you to highlight your strengths and accomplishments

Applying for a job

In a skills resume, you are highlighting the mastery of certain skills. Mostly used in highly technological areas as seen in this example

Scannable and electronic resumes

Scannable and electronic resumes

  • Some companies only use emailed or electronically submitted resumes

  • Other companies scan paper resumes, copying and storing them electronically.

  • Making your resume easy to scan:

    • Keep the resume clean

    • Use crisp, dark type

    • Avoid italics, underscores, and other formatted type

    • Use white paper

    • Use keywords

Resume exit ticket

Resume exit ticket

  • What is the difference between a chronological and a skills resume? Why would you use one style over the other?

  • When writing your resume, what should you concentrate on if you do not have work experiences to list?

  • List the main components you should include on your resume

Writing cover letters

Writing cover letters

  • When writing a cover letter, emphasize facts that make you especially well qualified for the job

Key Term:

Cover Letter-

A brief letter that introduces you to the employer and explains why you are sending your resume

Applying for a job

Opening Paragraph


Closing Paragraph

Writing cover letters1

Writing Cover Letters

  • Opening Paragraph – Explains why you are writing

  • Body – Persuades someone to hire you

  • Closing Paragraph – Tells how you will follow up

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Writing Cover Letters

  • You Cover Letter should be free of errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

  • “Employer Ready”

  • Ask someone to proofread your cover letter

6 2 exit ticket

6.2 exit ticket

  • Name three documents you may need when you apply for a job

  • Explain why it is important to use standard English on a job application

  • What are the three main parts of a cover letter and what should you include in each?

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