Grade: Senior
Subject: other

#497. Job Searching Unit

other, level: Senior
Posted Fri Jul 3 12:11:40 PDT 1998 by Gayle VanderZee (
South Christian High School, Grand Rapids, MI USA
Materials Required: Teacher produced job listings
Activity Time: 5-7 class periods
Concepts Taught: Letter writing, resume building, interviewing

The unit goes something like this:
1. Make up a "fake" job section from a newspaper. Include jobs that your students would be most likely to actually be qualified for: library clerk, day care, landscaper, pizza deliverer, waitperson, etc. I give each job an
number and have them send their inquiries to the newspaper asking about the job by number.
2. Have them pick a job that they will use for the entire unit.
3. Write a resume that would be appropriate for the job they pick.
4. Introduce and have them write each of the following letters:
a. application letter (actually a request for an application form or for an interview)
b. request for a reference from somebody
c. thank you to the interviewer (before they
know if they got the job) - they can make
up a name and address for the interviewer
at this point
d. reply once the job is offered to them
--if they accept, they must include
details as they understand them
regarding pay, horus, etc.
--if they decline, the must give a good
excuse why. Assume they may want
to do business with this firm or apply
again at a later date

Depending on how much time you have for this unit, I also had them practice answering interview questions. I wrote out the questions on slips of paper and put them in a box. Then I handled the "interview" one of several ways.

1. Have them draw a question and write out the answer as an homework assignment.

2. Put students in pairs. The "Interviewer" draws the question to ask the "Interviewee". This works really well if you have covered basic listening skills in your communications unit. Walk around and observe for the 10
minutes given for the interview. Then they switch roles and draw a new question.

3. Put student in teams of three. The third person is an observer. The interview take place as in #2, but the observer then critiques the interview once it is completed. The evaluation can be a whole class activity.