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Job Advertisement Terminology

This activity helps students make connections between a want ad and the information provided in a job application.

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You already know about the power of excellent communication skills to make a good impression on others. Now, as you make plans for college and a future job, it’s also important to know how to present yourself on applications and in interviews. Much of the information and advice in this reading will apply to college admissions. But our main focus is on the job application process.

Read over the job ad in the worksheet and write down any terms you don’t recognize. Then work together with your teacher and classmates to define the terms in your own words. An example will be provided.

Teacher Notes

Explain that one of the most common ways to find a job nowadays is to search on the Internet. Explain a little bit about the website you are going to use for job hunting practice. For example: “Craigslist is an excellent site for local and part-time work in the San Francisco Bay Area. During this class period, we are going to look at what it’s like to hunt for a job on Craigslist.”

Have students turn to the Job Terminology worksheet. Explain that job ads frequently use terms that students may not have heard before. When they see a new term during this exercise, they should write it down on their list.

Project the Craigslist Bay Area homepage ( Ask students: if you’re looking for a job, where would you click on this page? Obviously, students will identify the “jobs” section, but push them for more specifics. Point out that there are two ways students could job hunt on Craigslist. They could select a specific type of job—for example, “food/bev/hosp” if they want to be a waiter/waitress—or they could simply go to the “part-time” listing at the bottom of the jobs section. Click on the part-time listing.

Now the screen should display all part-time jobs. Point out the tabs along the top of the page and explain that students can use these tabs to narrow down which part of the Bay Area they are searching. If necessary, explain what each location (East Bay, South Bay, etc.) refers to. Then click on the “San Francisco” tab to restrict your search to the City.

Next, guide students through the process of reading the job listings as they show up. Ask students to identify the date the ad was posted, the job title, the neighborhood, and the job category. For example: Sept 19—Sales Associate—(downtown/civic/van ness)—retail/wholesale. This is a good time to ask students to look over the information they can see and identify any new/unfamiliar terms. Many job titles may be unfamiliar to students and can be added to their lists—for example, barista, busser, administrative assistant, data entry person. Remind students to write down a definition for each term.

Then ask students: what jobs can you rule out just by looking at this information? Guide students to recognize that they should be able to rule out some jobs based on the job title. For example, if the job specifies driving or delivery and they can’t drive yet, that rules out that job. If the job specifies a skill set they do not have or haven’t done on a professional level (such as cooking or doing people’s hair or nails), they can rule out that job. They should also be able to rule out some jobs based on the neighborhood, since they should look for neighborhoods that they can easily reach.

Ask students to identify a potential job they might be able to apply for and click on it. Read through the ad as a class. Point out common elements of a job posting, such as responsibilities, requirements, schedule/number of hours, how to apply, etc. Guide students to where Craigslist commonly lists compensation (at the bottom of the page in the bullet points).

Have students scan the ad for any new terms and add the terms to their lists. Then review these terms as a class and have students complete the definition part of their worksheet.

Assessment Notes

Complete worksheet

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