A YOUNG ADULT'S GUIDE TO THE MYSTERIES AND ETIQUETTE OF APPLYING FOR WORK
This program has been developed to build the confidence of young adults who want a job but do not have much, if any, experience in applying for a job.
This program is free to any group of five or more participants and will be made available at their location for their convenience. Participants must be at least 14 years of age. This program is intended to address the concerns of the following types of young adults:
1. Those from upper income families,
2. Those from lower income families,
3. Those participating in gang prevention programs,
4. Those with physical or mental disabilities,
5. Those with prison records or about to be released,
6. Members of athletic teams, youth groups,
7. Members of church or community groups.
The topics that will be presented in this program include:
1. How to prepare for the interview,
2. How to dress appropriately for the interview,
3. What to bring to the interview,
4. How to fill out the job application and other common employment forms,
5. What kinds of questions will be asked and how to respond to them,
6. What is a "winning" attitude,
7. What to expect of an interview and questions the applicant should ask.
INTRODUCTION TO FACILITATOR
While this program has areas, which are common to all groups of young adults, there are specialized areas as well, depending upon the type of group who is attending this program. These areas will be identified and highlighted in each section.
This program is divided into three sessions. Each session takes about 45 minutes.
Purpose: Building self-esteem and the confidence to fill out a job application. Discussing the importance of honesty on the job application and how to be prepared for the job interview and the job.
Schedule: Introduction, How to Fill Out the Job Application and Other Important Forms, Questions, and Evaluation Forms.
Purpose: Building self-esteem, identifying one's strong points, and determining career options.
Schedule: Review of Session 1, How to Write a Resume, Questions, and Evaluation Forms.
Purpose: Building self-esteem through the understanding of what kind of jobs they are interested in, how to interview for them and getting experience through practice.
Schedule: How to Dress for the Interview, Interview Questions and How to Answer Them, Mock Interviews, Available Resources, Questions, and Evaluation Forms.
Introduction to Facilitator:
The sessions in this manual are presented as if you are speaking to the participants. For the most effective presentation, you should become familiar with the material, but talk in your own words rather than as if you are reading from a script. This presentation has been divided into three sessions. The three sessions are set up so the participants can get actual practice in showing up on time, get all of the information they need, and gain the feeling of accomplishment when they have completed the program. It is therefore important that this schedule not be changed.
It is important in the introduction to explain to young adults the difference between job satisfaction and getting a paycheck. Sometimes a paycheck is the most important thing in a job, but in life, it is better to look around, see what jobs are available, understand what you enjoy doing and look for a job that is fulfilling - a job that provides satisfaction and builds self-esteem.
They need to understand that there are a wide variety of jobs they have the skills to do depending on their interests, time schedules, and education. If they are interested in interacting with other people, there are jobs in sales, in health care, in taking care of children or older adults, etc... If they are interested in working outside, there are jobs in gardening, landscaping or yard work, building highways, construction, etc... If they like working on engines, they can work fixing cars, appliances, heavy equipment, etc... If they like driving, they can become bus drivers, truck drivers, taxi drivers, etc... If they like computers, there are many jobs in the computing world available to them from using computer programs to building them.
It also is important to make the point to these young adults that one very important part of every job is showing up every day (no matter what their schedule is) and actually doing the job. A dependable employee really impresses employers, and he/she is a real asset.