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Filling out an application

  • Do your best to have correct spelling on your application – double-check your spelling and, if possible, have someone else proofread it before you turn it in
  • Don’t use text language (no “LOL”, “2” instead of “to”, or “thanx” instead of “thanks”)
  • Have your phone numbers and references readily available
  • Honesty is key: Describe yourself confidently, but don’t overdo it
  • If the application is online, fill it out at home or someplace where you’ll have plenty of time to finish it
  • Use an appropriate e-mail address: Don’t use any unprofessional words or names (if your email is something like, sign up for a new email address!) – it’s best to have an email address that includes your name (for example,

Finalizing your resume

  • Get noticed!  Make sure your name is in a larger type than the rest of the information on the resume, and make sure the formatting is consistent
  • Double check your spelling
  • Make all corrections before you print your resume – do not scribble corrections on the resume
  • Match your resume to the description for the job you’re applying for – use their key words in your resume
  • Get help with your resume – ask your family members or teachers to help you review it, or visit an agency which can help (such as a One-Stop Career Center - 
  • Check out the “resume writing” section in the Youth Transition Toolkit for more tips on how to create a good resume: 

Interviewing tips

  • Interviews are short – Be prepared to impress
    • Dress appropriately – wear a suit or nice outfit (no jeans!)
    • No backpacks
    • No cell phones
    • No drinks
    • Meet with your interviewer alone – No friends

    *Information from Shasta 21st Century Career Connections

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