Whole Group Activity
Write the following mnemonic on the board:
Scan the entire application.
Emphasize important key words.
Locate specific areas that need to be filled in.
Enter the necessary information.
Check over the completed application.
Turn in to the appropriate person.
Explain that the mnemonic SELECT can be helpful for remembering the steps to filling out a job application successfully. Discuss each step briefly before passing out a copy of a sample job description to each student. Have a volunteer read the job description aloud and then elicit student responses to help you write a list of attributes the mock employer is likely seeking in a job candidate for this position.
For example, an employer seeking someone to fill an office position may place a high value on attributes like organizational skills, attention to detail, accuracy and timeliness. A position in the child care field may require enthusiasm, patience, creativity and reliability. Discuss the importance of learning how to determine how past work and volunteer experiences can relate to potential job descriptions. Have the students help to come up with a list of action verbs to use when describing work experiences. Post these verbs on the board.