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This is a resume writing for teens lesson
9, 10, 11, 12
Title – Resume Writing for Teens
By – Jennie Withers
Primary Subject – Language Arts
Secondary Subjects –
Grade Level – 9-12
- Hey, Get a Job! available at http://www.heygetajob.com (optional, but very helpful)
- Free resume template s for teens at http://www.heygetajob.com (if unavailable, try MS Word or Publisher resume templates)
- 2 50- minute class periods
- Students learn the purpose of a resume and the basic rules for writing a resume . They will then begin to create a resume of their own. (Section 3 – Hey, Get a Job!)
- Language Arts teachers may choose to have students write a resume for a character in a novel or story instead or as a warm-up for students writing their own resume. For example, what if Beowulf had to apply for a job? What would his resume look like?
- Social Studies teachers might assign students the task of creating a resume for an historical figure at a certain time in their life. They could compare resumes of presidents before they were elected. What famous person was a haberdasher and who was a house painter before they stepped on the world stage?
- examples (both good and bad)
- a worksheet or questionnaire to get them started on their own resumes
- List what a resume is used for:
- getting a job
- college applications
- scholarship applications
- to give to those you would like to write letter of recommendations for you
- Hand out or project resume examples:
- Discuss which are good and which are not.
- There are some good ones from teens on www.heygetajob.com on the resume templates link. This should lead into a discussion of the basics of resume writing .
- Resumes must be typed
- Print resumes on high quality paper – office supply stores call it resume paper
- Keep your resume to one page
- Use a proper format – use a template
- Write in the active voice
- No: I have written
- Yes: I wrote
- Focus on these three skills – point out to students that even if they have no work experience, they should have skills to put in a resume
- communication skills
- problem solving skills
- technical skills
- Pay attention to words
- Brainstorm a list of words with students to use on resumes.
- They should come up with 25-50 to get the idea of work-oriented action words.
- Some examples:
- assisted, implemented, contributed, organized, planned, trained, supervised, selected, earned, presented, mediated, taught, represented
- Tell the truth – that includes exaggeration
- References – this is often times not on a resume, but they need to understand they will need to have contact information for the standard three references
- Customize the resume for the purpose – a job resume is going to be different from a resume for a college application.
- Check, check and double check and then have someone else proof it
- Create a worksheet or some questions that include things teens can put on a resume. It’s a way to get them writing and it is a lot less intimidating than giving them a template and telling them to plug it in. Things to be included:
- Objective – one sentence that states why you’re sending the resume to them and it’s a worthwhile place to plug some positive characteristics.
- Challenging or relevant workplace oriented classes they’ve taken in school. Their GPA , if it’s good.
- Work experience if they have any. Most recent job, what they did and for whom, list of duties (remind them of the words you brainstormed earlier).
- Volunteer or community service .
- Stress the importance of this, particularly if they have little to no work experience.
- List their title or roll, what they did and for whom, list of duties.
- Talents or skills they have that would be relevant.
- Honors and awards (academic, athletic, community)
- Extra-curricular activities – clubs, associations, activities outside of school, hobbies and interests.
- Students will
create professional resume using a template
- . (Free templates that were designed for teens with little to no work experience are at
- . If this resource is unavailable, MS Word and Publisher have basic templates that could be adapted.)
- computer and printer
- resume template
- Show students the templates available to them.
- They need to choose the template that works best for them.
- For example, if they don’t have any work experience, they don’t want to choose one that highlights work experience.
- Students need to copy and paste the chosen template into a word document. They can make changes on a web template, but they can’t save it.
- Input the information they wrote in the previous class, print and turn it in.
Notes and Suggestions:
- I go through my students’ resumes and then they revise and turn back in.
- The second time I have volunteers from the business community look at them and write on the resume whether they would interview the teen or not.
- My students love this because it makes the experience more real and more meaningful to them.
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