This event recognizes FBLA members who demonstrate proficiency in applying for employment in business.

This event consists of two parts:  letter of application and resume, and interviews.



Participants must have paid state and national dues postmarked by December 15 of the current school year.

District    Number of participants governed by local FBLA District policy.
State        Each district may be represented by participant(s) based on the Florida FBLA scaled quota system.
National  See national guidelines:


District    Each district determines its own procedures for event registration.
State        When it has been determined that a student will represent the district at state competition, the student's local adviser must send the appropriate entry form and materials to the state adviser by first-class mail.  The entry form and the required receipt deadline are included in the SLC registration packet.
National  See national guidelines:
•    Participants must be selected in accordance with the regulations of the FBLA district and state chapters and the national association.
•    Participants must not have entered this event at a previous National Leadership Conference or placed 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th in this event at a previous State Leadership Conference.
•    Participants failing to report on time may be disqualified.  
•    Participants must furnish their own pens or pencils.  
•    Participants must adhere to the dress code established by the Board of Directors or they will not be permitted to participate in the competitive event.
•    Each participant must apply for a business or business-related job with the Merit Corporation.  The job must be one for which he/she is now qualified or for which he/she will be qualified at the completion of the current school year.  It may be a part-time, internship or full-time job.
•    Each participant must submit three copies of  the following items:
a.    A one-page letter of application from the participant addressed to:
Dr. Terry E. Johnson, Director
Human Resources
Merit Corporation
1640 Franklin Place
Washington, DC 20041

b.    A brief resume not to exceed two pages.  Photographs are not allowed.

•    All copies of the above materials must be submitted in three (3) standard file folders.  The tab of the folders must be labeled with the event title, participant’s name, state, and school.  Include the participant’s name on all pages submitted.  The materials must be received in the state office by the date specified in the State Leadership Conference Registration packet.  Participants failing to submit materials by the stated deadline may be disqualified.

•    Participants must bring an additional copy of their application materials to the interview.

•    Administrators will deduct up to five (5) points from the score of participants who submit materials by the stated receipt deadline but do not adhere to the event guidelines for the submission of proper materials.  
•    The letters of application and resumes must be prepared by student members, not advisers.  Local advisers should serve as consultants to ensure that the letters of application and resumes are well organized, contain substantiated statements, and are written in a business style.


A letter of application and resume must be submitted as previously listed under REGULATIONS.  These items must not be stapled together.


Participants will apply for a position at Merit Corporation, which is a large fictional national corporation headquartered in Washington, DC.  Company benefits include paid holidays, vacations, sick leave, a retirement plan, and health insurance.  Salary will be commensurate with experience and education.  Merit Corporation is an equal opportunity employer.

Participants will be divided into groups for the initial interview.

Participants will be scheduled for a ten (10) minute initial interview.  Based upon the initial interview, letter of application and resume finalists will be selected.  The interviews will be conducted by professionals from business and industry.

Participants must bring a copy of their application materials to the interview.  No other items may be brought to the interview. 

Finalists will be assigned times at random for their final performance.  Final interviews will be 15 minutes in length. 



Participants will be judged by a panel of judges serving as personnel professionals.  All decisions of the judges are final.  



District    The number of awards presented at the District Leadership Conference is determined by local FBLA District policy.

State        State awards for the top five places are presented at the State Leadership Conference.

National    The number of awards presented at the National Leadership Conference is determined by judges and/or number of entries.  The maximum number will be ten.