Applying and Interviewing for Jobs

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When applying for a job, you might be asked to provide your resume. A resume should include your full name and address, a phone number, a summary of your education and a brief description of any previous work experience. You can start by looking at resume templates and build from there.

Create a cover letter to attach to your job application.  You can include how your experience fits the criteria for the position. In these documents, you should summarize the reasons why you think you are the best person for the job.

Job interviews. Job interviews can be stressful and tense experiences. During the interview process, you might have to talk to one or more people.  You will be asked questions about yourself, as well as your work experience. Prepare for an interview by making sure you can easily recite your resume and answer in-depth questions about your skills and experience.

Think about your strengths and your weaknesses—these are common interview questions. When thinking about your weaknesses, try to be honest and use something about yourself that you can continue to improve.

You might also want to prepare answers to competency-based questions. For example, an interviewer might ask you to describe a time when you felt you couldn’t meet a deadline, and how you resolved the situation.

Most importantly, try to remain calm and focused during your interview.

Acknowledgement: This fact sheet was originally developed by youth and staff at, a website that helps teens get through tough times. 


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