Planning 10: Job Application

Part A: Job Search

  • List at least 5 reputable websites that are dedicated to job search. Include the URLs.
  • List at least 5 company websites that have online applications. Include the URLs.
  • List at least 3 offline methods to find work.

Part B: Resume

  • Search online for high school resume examples and tips.
  • Create a general resume using MS-Word (not Google Docs) because it has better features and functions. Highlight the skills for a particular job sector of your choice (e.g. entry-level position at a fast-food restaurant).
  • Make sure the resume is accurate, spelled checked and formatted nicely (easy to read, balance of white space, consistent fonts, etc.)
  • Publish a final copy as a PDF and rename the resume to contain your name (e.g. John Smith – Resume.pdf). Your name is important because other applicants will likely send a file called resume.pdf.

Part C: Cover Letter

  • Search online for cover letter tips and examples.
  • Write a cover letter for a job you wish to apply using MS-Word. Use the same header as your resume so that your reviewer know the cover letter and resume is from the same person. Again, make sure the cover letter is accurate, spell checked, and formatted nicely.
  • Publish a final copy as a PDF and rename the cover letter to contain your name (e.g. John Smith – Cover Letter for McDonalds.pdf). Just like the resume, your name should go first because the reviewer can find both your cover letter and resume by looking up your name (as most people sort their files alphabetically).

Part D: Interview

  • Search online for common interview questions.
  • On a Google Drive document, select 10 common questions and respond in point form.
  • Ask a friend to select three common interview questions. These questions should be related to the job that you applied to. Record the mock interview. While there is no minimum or maximum response length, make sure your questions are fully answered with examples and/or evidence but also make sure to exclude information that is irrelevant and/or incriminating against you. While you may record and redo the interview as many times as you wish, do NOT edit your video to cut out parts of your interview. Other considerations: dress appropriately, speak naturally (don’t read), record in a quiet setting (no background noise), bring a copy of your resume and refer if necessary, and provide eye contact to the interviewer (you don’t need to stare into the camera but don’t stare into blank space either).