This activity will introduce students to the process of applying for a job. In addition, your students will be provided with an introduction into resume building by highlighting common mistakes people during this process. Through this, they will understand that to put their best foot forward professionally requires honesty and attention to detail when creating their resume.
To introduce this activity, write the following prompts on the board and have students discuss with each other. Ask for volunteers to share out
What are the “major” events that take place when applying for a professional job?
What are you most fearful about and why?
What is the most important thing to do when applying for a job?
What do you think are the most common mistakes people make when applying for a job?
Have students access the article, “Career Experts Say This 1 Huge Mistake Makes You Unhirable” to your students. After reading the article, assign your students the Resume Mistakes activity. Ask them to get into groups of 4-5 to discuss what mistakes were made and key points that stood out to them. Have them document their findings in the activity.
Once each group has completed this task, have them share what they discovered with the rest of the class, adding to their activity if things were missed by their group. From here you should emphasize to your students that it is fun to point out and enjoy the comedy of other’s mistakes; however, it is harder and not as fun to notice our own. It is easy to overlook a typo on a resume or embellish the truth about ourselves when we want a particular job really badly. It is also easy to assume we are doing a good job at selling ourselves the right way when in reality we are marking ourselves off a potential employer’s list without even knowing it. When building a resume it is important to remain honest and demonstrate attention to detail as little mistakes could stand between them and the career they want.