Name(s) of student(s):

Age and grade level:

Goal from IEP connected to lesson:

Objective from IEP connected to lesson:

Purpose of lesson:
Develop a personal data sheet to utilize when completing job applications.

Materials needed: Several standard job applications, the CareerConnect Personal Data Sheet generator, word processing document, laminator


”Last session we talked about preparing for a summer work experience. Today we will gather your personal information to prepare a personal data sheet, which will simplify the process of filling out multiple job applications.”

Discussion: Casting a Wide Net

Facilitate lesson with a motivating discussion such as, “Tell me more about a job you hope to have this summer. What tasks do you hope to perform? What type of people do you hope to work alongside? What do you hope to learn?” Discuss why it’s important to apply for many jobs, even those that might not be ideal or the perfect fit. Talk about how when you are starting out in the working world, any work experience is valuable and important for resume building and making important connections to people who can help you move on or up. Explain how gaining positive work experience—regardless of field—often leads to more desirable occupations. Discuss how for any job opening there are many applicants, so it’s never a guarantee that a student will be hired for their ideal job. It’s best to cast a wide net and hope that you’ll be able to choose from more than one job offer.

Discussion: The Application Process

Explain the standard job application process: Fill out application, return completed application to place of business, wait for a call or contact, interview, job training, employment.

Have students read several typical job applications. Discuss how there is a large quantity of information that is asked on nearly every job application. Explain that the Personal Data Sheet is a way to keep this information organized and ready for whenever its time to fill out an application.

Exercise: Personal Data Sheet

Using an application as a guide, gather student’s personal information. Have the student log in to My CareerConnect and navigate to the Personal Data Sheet generator. Have the students input their information and save the Personal Data Sheet and explain that the information can be updated and changed at any time. Print and laminate the personal data sheet and have the students store their sheets in a discreet location. The student now has the freedom to bring the laminated personal data sheet to worksites and to fill out applications with the assistance of a sighted individual. Consider embossing the personal data sheet or saving it to a Braille Note for a braille reader so students can access the information at a worksite when applying for a position.

Discussion: Benefits of a Personal Data Sheet

Ask students why the personal data sheet is beneficial. (Student will have access to information at home or at worksite, filling out applications will be faster and easier, information is visually accessible to sighted individual who is transferring information to application which decreases misspellings or other errors, etc.)


“Today we generated a personal data sheet so that you have all the information you need to complete basic job applications. Next time we will talk about proper etiquette for work experiences.”

Progress notes, data collection, comments, modifications:

Next steps/lesson:
Proper etiquette for work experiences.