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What is the best format for teaching resume writing to high school students?

I am trying to get high school students to prepare a resume since many of them are looking for summer jobs, but some have never had a job others have and so forth. What categories and what order should they follow? Where can I find examples to give them, to help better explain what they should have?

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4 Responses to “What is the best format for teaching resume writing to high school students?”

  1. gvillecreative says:

    Where do they plan on applying?

    If your students are looking for summer jobs at the local YMCA as a lifeguard (for an example) consider calling the director directly and asking for resumes of previous candidates. You can anonymize the resume and show them real work.

    You might also consider contacting:
    Your local library
    Publix or other local grocery chain

  2. Kirsty says:

    You could get various different types of resume’s from office and other employment website (ie monster). Even thouhg some may have not jobs in past they may have done extracurricular activities through the school or groups outside of the school that they could use as well as any volunteer experience they may have.

  3. shanna says:

    Key areas that need to be emphasized are:
    academic achievements (high gpa, honor societies, awards, certificates)

    organizations they belong to –they don’t need to just list them, but they need to put any experience or accomplishments that comes along with it. (when I was a high schooler, I was a member of the beta club–I helped out with different activities such as writing and collecting cards from students to send to troops, buying presents for a child who was on the angel tree list, and I also volunteered at a blood drive)

    Volunteer exerience–and list their duties and skills they may have developed that could be used for the job they’re applying for

    And any skills they may possess: public speaking, computer skills (list the actual programs-Word, Excel, etc.), foreign languages, fundraising, etc.

    Example headings that could be used for their resume: Education, Honors and Awards, Leadership, Skills and Abilities, Community Service (or Volunteer Experience), Extracurricular Activities, Achievements

    As far as what order to put the information in: it really doesn’t matter as long as the information they see as really important is placed somewhere that really stands out

    Here’s the link to a handout about Resume Guidelines. It was composed primarily for college students, but I think some of the information could also be helpful to high schoolers.

    Good luck!

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