More Than a Job
Your Chance  |  Your Choice  |  Your Future

More Than a Job
Your Chance  |  Your Choice  |  Your Future


Preparing for Your Application
and Job Interview

A step-by-step guide

Preparing for Your Application and Job Interview

A step-by-step guide

Preparing for Your Application and Job Interview

A step-by-step guide


STEP 1 | Email

Create a work ready email.

Creating a professional email address is the first step in your job process. Your email is often the first introduction to you by the employer so you want to make sure that you make a good impression.


STEP 2 | Documents

Make sure you have all of the necessary documents, if you are invited for an interview.

When you apply for jobs, you will be asked to present certain documents like your birth certificate or social security card / ITIN number. Below are some useful links to help you get the documentation you will need.

Social Security Number

If you don't have one, you can apply for one here http://www.ssa.gov/ssnumber/; or search for a Chicago-area SSA office near you using https://secure.ssa.gov/ICON/main.jsp.

To apply for a Social Security card:

If you are not eligible to receive a SSN, you'll need an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number for tax purposes only.

You can apply for an ITIN by completing a Form W-7 here: http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/General-ITIN-Information

Government Issued ID

Examples: State ID | Driver’s License | Passport

If you don't have one already, go to www.CyberDriveIllinois.com for instructions on how to obtain one.

You may also provide your birth certificate as proof of age if you do not have a photo ID.

Work Permit

If you are 16 or over, you do not need a work permit in order to participate.

If you will be under the age of 16 at the start of your summer employment, you'll need a work permit, which involves permission from your parents, your school, and your employer. For additional information, click here.

Obtaining a Work Permit involves several steps, including:

The following items are needed for verification before a Work Permit can be issued:


STEP 3 | Attire

Make sure you have work appropriate attire.

Clothes say a lot about the type of employee you are and first impressions are lasting impressions. If you’re not sure what attire is expected it is a good idea to ask.