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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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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
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

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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

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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

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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
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Organizing your resume
  • A skills resume is organized around skills or strengths
  • This type of resume allows you to highlight your strengths and accomplishments

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


Opening Paragraph


Closing Paragraph

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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?