How should your teen list job experience on a resume if he’s never held a job other than babysitting or mowing the neighbor’s lawn? Join host Mike Smith and HSLDA High School Coordinator Becky Cooke on today’s Home School Heartbeat to find out!
A resume is a document highlighting professional accomplishments. Becky, if a high school student has never worked a regular, paid job, what do you suggest he or she put in the “Experience” section of a resume?
Well, Mike, teens should not think that jobs such as babysitting or mowing yards are too menial to include on the resume. However, I’d recommend giving them more professional sounding titles. And, in addition to work experience, it’s important to include volunteer and community service. Don’t forget to include the dates worked, including average number of hours per week or month, position held, responsibilities, and skills acquired.
Becky, a resume also communicates a personal brand. In addition to experience and education, what else can a homeschooler list on a resume to promote him- or herself?
The leadership positions in training are highly regarded by colleges and employers. Honors and awards are other areas worthy of mention. If the teen has proficiency in a foreign language, or computer skills, or certifications, or licenses, be sure to include these on the resume. And also foreign travel experiences and hobbies can set the teen apart from others.
Becky, thanks for this good insight. Until next time, I’m Mike Smith.