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This is a resume writing for teens lesson


Language Arts  


9, 10, 11, 12  

Title – Resume Writing for Teens
By – Jennie Withers
Primary Subject –¬†Language Arts
Secondary Subjects –¬†
Grade Level – 9-12

Optional Resources:


    2 50- minute class periods

Day 1:


  • 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 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.

Day 2:


      Students will

create professional resume using a template

      . (Free templates that were designed for teens with little to no work experience are at Materials:

    . 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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