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Searching for a Job

The student will identify at least five ways to begin searching for a job.

For many students, it may seem overwhelming at first to enter the world of work after the structure and safety of high school life. Some may already have jobs lined up, but many probably must go in cold -- beginning that search for the first real job. Students are given examples of ways to begin looking for a job in this lesson.

Introductory Activities:

  1. Have students raise their hands if they are planning to inherit the family fortune after they finish high school and never work another day in their life again.
  2. Have students raise their hands if they are already working somewhere and plan to continue to work there after high school.
  3. Have students raise their hands if they have a good idea of what they will may be doing right after high school.
  4. Have students raise their hands if they think they could benefit from some help getting a job after high school.

Answers: (examples) 1. find out if there is an opening at a business in your area for which you are qualified; 2. list your skills and have employers contact you; 3. your friend/relative may know the person who does the hiring and put in a good word for you; 4. this lets the employer know you are available; 5. a counselor can help match you with a job; 6. there may be a job placement service after training is completed; 7. a social worker may be able to find you a position; 8. this can help someone get a foot in the door, sometimes businesses will hire temporary helpers
Discussion: Have students share their ideas and/or experiences with getting a job. They may have additional suggestions as well.

  1. How much time do you think is involved in job-hunting? (could be a lot!)
  2. What are some ways you can may be systematic about looking for a job? (keep a list of places you have tried or want to try)
  3. Who are you probably competing with to find a job? (other recent graduates, unemployed adults in the community, other skilled workers, people who have been laid-off in your area, etc.)
  4. Do you think the job will come to you or will you have to do some work to find a job? (unless they are in a family business, they will probably have to do some work)
  5. How could job-hunting be a discouraging experience? (getting turned down, being told you don't have enough experience)
  6. If the place you are interested in working at requires experience, how could you go about getting experience if they won't hire you? (find something somewhat related)

Extension Activities:

  1. Have students interview five adults to find out how they got their first job.
  2. Go through your local paper s classified ads for employment. Have students systematically go through them to find what types of jobs are available, the range of salaries, which are entry- level positions, how many require specific experience, and if some will provide training. For how many of the jobs are students qualified right now?
  3. Contact an employment agency to find out the terms for finding a job through this means. Is a fee involved? How much? What types of jobs are listed?


  1. List two possible jobs in which you are interested.
  2. List three ways you could begin a search for finding one of those jobs listed in (1).

Teacher Notes:

Uploaded by: Jessica Soltesz/Kent State University/Deaf Education Major