Who Will Get the Job?

Contributor: Shannon Malkovsky. Lesson ID: 10100

Competition for jobs is fierce. You cannot afford to make any mistakes in any part of the job search. Learn how to read and fill out a job application, and practice by reviewing sample applications!


Finding a Career

College and Career
learning style
personality style
Lion, Otter
Grade Level
Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!


You've decided it's time to get a job, and you have applied to five different places, but haven't received a call for an interview. Did you lose the job opportunity before you even had an interview? How can this happen?

How can you lose a job opportunity before you even get an interview?

One sure way is by incorrectly completing the application or failing to complete the entire application!

What is a job application?

A job application is typically your first step in applying for a job. An application will ask for personal information, job history, experience, education, awards, and references. It includes many things that you might have on a résumé, but most employers ask for both.

Why are job applications important?

An application is the first impression an employer has of you. It can determine whether or not you make it to the interview. It is important to complete quality applications if you want to get to the next step. Just like résumés, employers review lots of applications to determine who they would like to call for an interview. You will want to make sure your application stands out among the others!

Following directions is an important aspect of completing a job application. You should always read the directions carefully, and if you don't understand what is being asked, ask for clarification.

The next activity is going to test your ability to follow directions.

Take three minutes to complete the How Well Can You Follow Directions? sheet in the Downloadable Resources section of the right-hand sidebar.

  • Did you follow the directions on the sheet?
  • Did you complete Steps 3 through 9 on the direction sheet?
  • The only way you would have known to skip Steps 3 through 9 is to have read all the directions before you began the activity!

When completing a job application, you should always read all the directions before beginning the application to make sure you understand exactly what is being asked of you!

  1. Review the How to Fill Out a Job Application  handout (Downloadable Resources). As you can see from the handout, there are many things to think about when completing a job application.
  2. Once you have reviewed the handout, complete your first draft of the Practice Job Application (Downloadable Resources). Fill out as much of the application as you can. Circle questions you cannot answer on your own.

Once you complete your draft, review some of the questions you couldn't answer with your parent or teacher.

Brainstorm some ways that you can find the answers to these questions, then continue on to the Got It? section to take on the role of employer!

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