Prepare a job application.
Preparation should include both paper and electronic formats, and
- a résumé containing
- educational background
- work history
- honors and awards
- membership in clubs and/or community activities
- leadership positions held
- community service
- cover letter containing a(n)
- statement of interest in the job
- explanation of the relationship between résumé items and job requirements
- statement of knowledge about the company/organization
- statement explaining why the applicant is looking for a job
- statement clarifying whether the job search is confidential
- request for an interview
- complete employment application form reflecting attention to completeness, accuracy, legibility, and neatness
- a list of references who have granted permission for their names and contact information to be used.
- What factors influence self-representation on a résumé?
- What criteria should be used to evaluate a résumé?
- What are some of the legal and ethical issues surrounding the job application process?
- Why must references grant permission for their names and contact information to be used?
- What are the most important points for a résumé or application letter to communicate to a prospective employer?
- How are web-based résumés different from printed résumés?
- How are they alike?
- How can a job seeker ensure that his or her résumé is effective?
- How can a résumé be improved?
- What are strategies for dealing with negative factors that must be included in an application?
- What models are available to job seekers wishing to develop an effective résumé?
- How can a job seeker adjust his/her résumé to pursue a specific job opportunity?
Related Standards of Learning
The student will read, interpret, analyze, and evaluate a variety of nonfiction texts.
- Use critical thinking to generate and respond logically to literal, inferential, and evaluative questions about the text(s).
- Identify and synthesize resources to make decisions, complete tasks, and solve specific problems.
- Analyze multiple texts addressing the same topic to determine how authors reach similar or different conclusions.
- Recognize and analyze use of ambiguity, contradiction, paradox, irony, overstatement, and understatement in text.
- Analyze false premises claims, counterclaims, and other evidence in persuasive writing.
The student will write in a variety of forms to include persuasive/argumentative reflective, interpretive, and analytic with an emphasis on persuasion/argumentation.
- Apply components of a recursive writing process for multiple purposes to create a focused, organized, and coherent piece of writing to address a specific audience and purpose.
- Produce arguments in writing that develop a thesis to demonstrate knowledgeable judgments, address counterclaims, and provide effective conclusions.
- Use a variety of rhetorical strategies to clarify and defend a position organizing claims, counterclaims, and evidence in a sustained and logical sequence.
- Blend multiple forms of writing including embedding a narrative to produce effective essays.
- Adapt evidence, vocabulary, voice, and tone to audience, purpose, and situation.
- Use words, phrases, clauses, and varied syntax to connect all parts of the argument creating cohesion from the information presented.
- Revise writing for clarity of content, depth of information, and technique of presentation.
- Write and revise to a standard acceptable both in the workplace and in postsecondary education.
- Write to clearly describe personal qualifications for potential occupational or educational opportunities.
The student will self- and peer-edit writing for Standard English.
- Use complex sentence structure to infuse sentence variety in writing.
- Edit, proofread, and prepare writing for intended audience and purpose.
- Use a style manual, such as that of the Modern Language Association (MLA) or the American Psychological Association (APA), to apply rules for punctuation and formatting of direct quotations.