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Putting Your Best Foot Forward
Volume 116, Program 37
7/16/2013

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How should your teen list job experience on a résumé 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!

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Mike Smith:
A résumé 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 résumé?

Becky Cooke:
Well, Mike, teens should not think that jobs such as babysitting or mowing yards are too menial to include on the résumé. 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.

Mike:
Becky, a résumé also communicates a personal brand. In addition to experience and education, what else can a homeschooler list on a résumé to promote him- or herself? 

Becky:
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 résumé. And also foreign travel experiences and hobbies can set the teen apart from others.

Mike:

Becky, thanks for this good insight. Until next time, I’m Mike Smith.


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