Tips for Parents
It's not just for seniors! Getting Resume-Ready
No matter what year your student is, there's no need to put off the creation of a resume! Developing and then tweaking a resume annually, if not more frequently, is a smart task because it allows students to explore their accomplishments and their goals. Plus, they'll be ready to apply as soon as that desirable job, leadership position or internship comes along!
You can help your student consider his resume by posing questions such as:
- What is your objective? (i.e. to gain an internship within a particular field, to gain a summer job, etc.)
- What jobs have you held thus far?
- What leadership positions or involvements would you like to highlight to show various skills? (i.e. played soccer, publicity coordinator for hall government, volunteered with local arts council, etc.)
- What special skills might you spotlight? (i.e. speaking another language, knowing how to create a webpage, etc.)
- Do you have samples of your work to get a portfolio started? (i.e. publications, lesson plans, flyers for events, etc.)
- Who would you trust to serve as a reference, should you be asked for one? (consider supervisors, coaches, advisors, teachers, etc.)
Putting all of this info, along with any samples for a possible portfolio and contact details, in one place — such as a hanging file box — can help your student stay organized, too.
Then, for help putting his resume together in a concise, professional manner, your student can visit the career services center. He doesn't have to be a senior to get help! Matter of fact, the career center welcomes students who want to get a jump on their career exploration process. While he's there, he can take career inventories, talk with a well-informed counselor and get valuable guidance.
Getting resume-ready ... it's not just for seniors anymore!
Rounding Up Details
Half the battle when creating a resume is remembering specifics. Encourage your student to jot down details now about:
- jobs/leadership positions held
- time frames
- employer/advisor contacts
Digging up this info years after the fact can be frustrating. Having it all in one place makes the whole resume process much, much simpler.
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