Job Applications

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  • Lesson Identification and TEKS Addressed

    Cluster : Career Development

    Course : Career Portals: Middle School

  • TEKS Student Expectations

    • (8) The student creates professional documents required for employment. The student is expected to:
      • (C) accurately complete sample job applications
      • (D) explain protocol for use of references
  • Basic Direct Teach Lesson

    Instructional Objectives

    Students will:

    • demonstrate skills to complete a job application
    • identify common mistakes in filling out job applications
    • evaluate the differences between good and bad application samples
    • practice correctly filling out a job application
  • Rationale


    Throughout this course we have looked extensively and potential careers that will allow you to achieve the lifestyle you desire, but does anyone know how to go about actually searching for a job?

    In this lesson will we explore job searching skills and focus accurately filling out job applications.

    What is the purpose of a job application? Do you know what kind of information is included on a job application? Do you think you would be able to correctly fill out an application today? What do you think are some of the common mistakes people make when filling out an application? You will know the answers to all of these questions at the conclusion of this lesson.

  • Duration of Lesson

    Two 45 minute class periods

  • Word Wall

    Application: A form used to apply for a job

    Career: A profession for which one trains: a job or series of jobs that you do during your working life

    Resume: A written list and description of your education and previous jobs

    Credentials: Someone’s education, experience, etc. that prove s/he has the ability to do a job

    References: A person who knows you well and writes a letter containing information about you, usually to a new employer

    Interview: A formal meeting in which someone is asked questions, usually to find out if s/he is good enough for a job

    Hire: To employ someone to work for you

  • Materials/Specialized Equipment Needed


    • computer with internet for multimedia presentation
    • light projector (Elmo)


    • blank job applications – two are attached to this lesson, others are available for download online free
    • samples of incorrectly filled out job applications
    • samples of correctly filled out job applications

    • copies of handouts

    Have students complete a Personal Data Sheet or Pocket Resume three days before the Job Application Lesson.

  • Anticipatory Set

    Before class begins:

    Copy two sets of Job Seeking Cards (see All Lesson Attachments tab) and cut them apart.

    Set the chairs or desks in a “conversation circle” setting so that all students are facing each other.


    As student walk into the classroom hand them each a Job Seeking Card. Instruct them to think about how the information on their card could assist them with securing a job.

    Once settled, have students take turns sharing what is on their Job Seeking Card and how they think this information could assist them with securing a job. Allow time for class discussion.

    Inform students that the remainder of this lesson will focus on creating a reference list and learning how to accurately fill out a job application.

    If time permits, allow students to personalize their Job Application Word Cloud (see all Lessons Attachments tab) and place in their class folder/binder as a cover sheet for any other documents related to this lesson.

  • Direct Instruction with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Introduce lesson objectives, terms and definitions.

    Introduce Job Applications slide presentation (see All Lesson Attachments tab). Focus on the contents of each slide. Allow for questions and discussion.

    Refer to the application that is on the projector. Allow students to point our specific errors. After discussion, display the corrected copy so they can see the difference.

    Option: Distribute Mini Data Sheet (see All Lesson Attachments tab) and allow students to complete as much information as possible. Stress that they must be careful with this document because it contains important personal information. Allow students to take for homework and fill in remaining information. If applicable, students may be allowed to place this information directly in their personal phones.

    Inform students that they must “ask permission” before listing them as a reference.

    Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for all special education students must be followed. Examples of accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

    • highlight materials for emphasis
    • provide students with vocabulary list with definitions prior to lesson
    • work with a peer tutor
    • use study guides

  • Guided Practice with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    On light projector, display a blank application that students will be completing Allow students to assist YOU in filling out each section correctly. Discuss each section of application. Focus on the importance of references.

    Ensure that each student contributes to the filling out of the application.

    Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for all special education students must be followed. Examples of accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

    • encourage participation
    • check for understanding

  • Independent Practice/Laboratory Experience with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Distribute a blank job applications to each student. Provide a rubric so that students understand how their application will be assessed. Students will independently complete an application to the best of their ability, using their personal information. Monitor and assist students as needed.

    Not all students will be able to provide accurate information for all sections of the job application. They may not recall the starting date of a job or volunteer activity. Explain that it is best not to leave information out of an application.

    Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for all special education students must be followed. Examples of accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

    • assisting student in gathering information
    • providing praise and encouragment
    • allowing extra time to complete writing assignment

  • Lesson Closure

    Review lesson objectives, terms and definitions.

    Have students exchange their completed applications with a partner. Encourage students to proofread and edit each others applications before submitting for assessment.

  • Summative/End of Lesson Assessment with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Students will be assessed according to rubric, focusing on accuracy, neatness, legibility, and completeness.

    Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for all special education students must be followed. Examples of accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

    • assisting student in gathering information
    • providing praise and encouragment
    • allowing extra time to complete writing assignment

  • References/Resources


    *Application for Employment


  • Recommended Strategies

    Reading Strategies
    Article: How to FiIll out an Online Job Application

    • Encourage students to connect reading to their life experiences or prior knowledge.
    • Highlight any words they are unfamiliar with.
  • Quotes

    Success in life is a matter not so much of talent or opportunity as of concentration and perseverance.
    -C.W. Wendte

    Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.

  • Multimedia/Visual Strategies


    • Job Application

    Free iPad App:


    Files for downloading:

  • Graphic Organizers/Handout

    Graphic Organizers:

    • 90 Second Speech Planner
    • KWL Chart Job Application
    • Notes: Filling Out a Job Application
    • Word Cloud Job Application


    • Blank Joe’s Juice Bar Job Application
    • Blank Shelby’s Snow Cones Job Application
    • Job Application Rubric
    • Job Seeking Cards
    • Mini Data Sheet

    Files for downloading:

  • Writing Strategies

    Journal Entries:

    • If I could pick the perfect job for myself right now it would be ________________ because ……..
    • After I graduate from high school, I can really see myself doing ________________________.
    • It is always good to have a back up plan because ___________________________
  • Communication 90 Second Speech Topics

    • Why is it important to fill out a job application correctly?
    • What message does it send to the employer when you do not answer all of the questions on an application?
  • Other Essential Lesson Components

    Enrichment activity

    Students may work on a bulletin board (outside the classroom) highlighting the main parts of a job application. Allow them to be creative with graphics, lettering, and samples.

    Other students will be able to learn from the information posted as they pass by the classroom.

  • Family/Community Connection

    Guest Speaker:

    Business person from the community to speak on the importance of filling out an application correctly and what they look for when reading over all the applications. Have them note some of the worst mistakes they have seen or have a list of “What Not to Do When Filling Out an Application”.

  • CTSO connection

    Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)

  • Service Learning Projects

    Successful service learning project ideas originate from student concerns and needs. Allow students to brainstorm about service projects pertaining to lesson. For additional information on service learning see:

    Possible idea:

    Students could hold a workshop and teach other students in the school how to correctly fill out an application.

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