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4/4/2013 3:31:02 PM
Becky Cooke and Diane Kummer--HSLDA
Homeschooling High School--Your Teen's Resume: A Work in Process

HSLDA's Homeschooling Thru High School Newsletter
April 2013--Your Teen's Resume: A Work in Process

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Dear Friends,

Spring is upon us and summer is sneaking up on the horizon. Will your
teens soon be looking for employment or filling out college
applications? If so, they will want to present themselves
professionally with correct documentation in hand. One such document
will be the resume (also known as a curriculum vitae or CV). What is a
resume? What should it include? Why does my teen need one?


Webster defines a resume as "a brief written account of personal,
educational, and professional qualifications and experience." This
type of information necessitates compiling a continuing record of your
teen's activities, volunteer or community service, and talents or
skills as they occur in her life. Keeping these records up-to-date
will save you and your teen much time and angst when organizing the
information into data to include on the resume.

Reasons for Resumes

You may think that resumes should be created when a person is ready to
look for a full-time job. However, we suggest that your high school
students craft one to proffer for part-time jobs or when interviewing
for college admissions. The information included will show why and how
your teen qualifies for the position he is seeking and that he has the
competency to do the work. A college applicant can use a resume to
provide the admission counselor a well-rounded view of himself as a
person, demonstrating that he would be an asset to his chosen school.

A resume also shows that your teen cares about the position she's
interviewing for and is motivated to present her achievements in a
professional manner. The resume can be a conversation starter and give
her talking points to use during the interview. One of our sons had a
lawn and landscaping business during high school, which he noted on
his resume even when interviewing for full-time positions. He said it
often interested the employer and broke the ice at the beginning of
the interview!

In today's employment market, a resume is expected for job
procurement. Employers use it as a quick way to judge an applicant's
merits and capabilities. It includes references for the employer to
contact in order to verify the applicant's qualifications. In
addition, the resume is useful in selling your teen to a college or an
employer, so use it effectively. Encourage your teen to create it well
and be engaging in order to catch and hold the interviewer's attention
long enough to discover more about the applicant.

Information to Include

Who are you targeting with your resume? What is its objective? These
questions will help you determine the information you wish to include
and give you the flexibility to craft the document to fit each
specific situation.

Resumes typically include personal information, job experience,
education background, and a listing of skills. Involve your teen in
keeping track of his participation in various activities and have him
make note of an instructor's, coach's, and supervisor's contact
information that may one day be needed for personal and professional

Some general principles to keep in mind:

> List the most recent information or experience first whether its
employment or education
> List the most important to least important, especially when
including extracurricular activities, awards/honors, etc.
> List qualifications and skills in order of importance or most recent
(such as certifications or licensing)
> Keep the information concise
> Try to keep the resume to one or two pages

Resources for Creating Resumes

You'll find a wide variety of resume formats. Some are quite formal
while others are more conversational in tone. In either case, your
teen should format the resume so that it is well-organized and
visually appealing. You'll find sample resumes, tips, and resume
templates on HSLDA's high school webpage.

The College Board, , expands
on the points we are making and includes links to additional resume
formats. An internet search will reveal additional sites with helpful
tips and suggestions.

A Record of Progress

Your teen's resume will not only be useful to others, but it can also
serve to encourage your teen as he gains experience, develops skills,
and achieves success in his high school endeavors. As he adds to his
resume each year, your teen can see areas he's grown in and also get
an idea of other areas in which he may want to gain more education,
training, or expertise. Creating a resume makes a great English
assignment for your teen. Remind him to pay close attention to
spelling, punctuation, and word choice.

It may even be a good experience for parents to take this opportunity
to add to and revise your resume! Your teen may want to help by
editing it and making suggestions. You never know when it might be

Join us next month as we talk about the importance of and sources for
reading lists.

Watching new life spring forth,

Becky Cooke & Diane Kummer
HSLDA High School Consultants

Join Becky and Diane at an HSLDA High School Teacher Training Session
High School at Home: Turning Possibility into Reality!
October 18, 2013 - Purcellville, VA
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HSLDA's 9th annual poetry contest is underway for students ages 7-19!
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Becky & Diane's Speaking Engagements:

April 6, 2013 Belvoir Home Educators, VA (Diane),

April 18, 2013 Capital Baptist Homeschool Co-op, Annandale, VA (Becky)

April 18, 2013 STARS (Springfield Teaching & Resource Services),
Springfield Church of Christ, Springfield, VA (Becky)

April 20, 2013 Vestal LEAH, NY (Diane)
April 26-27, 2013 MassHOPE, Worcester, MA (Becky)

May 16-18, 2013 Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators, Des Moines,
IA (NICHE) (Becky)
June 6-8, 2013 Illinois Christian Home Educators, Naperville, IL
(ICHE) (Becky)
June 6-8, 2013 HEAV - Richmond, VA (Diane)
June 14-15, 2013, Arizona Families for Home Education (AFHE), Phoenix,
AZ (Becky & Diane)

August 3, 2013, CHAP - High School at Home Event, Jonestown, PA (Becky
& Diane)
August 10, 2013 CHAP - High School at Home Event, Butler, PA (Diane)

September 21, 2013 CHAP - Getting Started Homeschooling and High
School at Home Event, Dallas, PA (Becky)

MAP Your Future, Indianapolis, IN (Becky & Diane)

October 18, 2013, HSLDA High School Teacher Training Day,
Purcellville, VA (Becky)
March 20-22, 2014, Homeschoolers of Maine, Rockport, ME (Diane)

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