LESSON TWO: The Job Application
Students review a completed job application, identify mistakes, and make needed corrections.
GRADE-LEVEL EXPECTATIONS ADDRESSED
R3C: Use details from the text(s) to: analyze and evaluate the author’s use of information
W3E: Compose texts for various audiences and purposes, selecting and applying appropriate format, style, tone and point of view
o Overhead projector
o Guest speaker: human resource officer or employment agency owner, or business owner
§ Handouts provided
o Job Application Form. Students complete a job application in a career field they are considering. Many applications are available on-line through corporation web sites.
1. Invite a human resource officer, owner of an employment agency, or business owner to speak to the class about what he or she looks for or considers appropriate when reviewing applications. Often videos are available through career counseling services if a person is unable to visit your classroom or times are inconvenient for scheduling.
2. Question students about the job application process.
a. What information could you include on a job application to help you obtain a better job?
b. Is there anything in particular that employers do or don’t want on a job application?
c. When completing a job application, what might create a good impression on the employer?
3. Using whole group instruction, teacher provides guided practice to identify mistakes and make corrections on the Job Application with Mistakes. Teacher models scoring of this handout using the Job Application Checklist. Discuss the checklist and explain it will be used to grade student completed applications during the formative assessment. The checklist assesses student responses in the following categories:
a. Readability – Is the response neat and easy to read?
b. Clarity – Does the response clearly provide the information requested?
c. Follow Directions – Is the response provided exactly as requested?
d. Accuracy - Is the response factual and truthful?
Students complete job application in a career field of their choice. On-line, generic job applications can be downloaded from http://jobsearch.about.com/od/salesjobs/l/blsample1.htm. Generic job applications can also be obtained from local companies or employment agencies. Evaluation criteria: Job Application Checklist. Students need two copies of job applications. Students save the job application for the summative assessment (student job portfolio).