Preparing a Resume as a High School Student.

A WebQuest for Teenagers. (Career Research Class)

Designed by

Ronald L. Ross, Technology Instructor
ron.ross@tigertown.com

 hand and pen

Introduction | Task | Process | Evaluation | Conclusion | Credits


Introduction

Preparing a useful resume can be a daunting task for anyone. Teenagers and young adults have special challenges when preparing a resume. "I don't have much work experience!" Students might wonder, "How am I supposed to get positive attention from my resume when I am competing against experienced people?" "How am I supposed to get experience, if I don't get a job?!" These questions and more can be answered in this lesson!

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The Task

After completing this exercise, the student should be able to:

  • prepare an effective resume;
  • create a personal/professional references page;/
  • understand how to find and express positive attributes;
  • and understand what employers are looking for.

This project requires the use of Microsoft Word and the associated new documents templates.

Man at typewriter



The Process

Students will use Microsoft Word and the sample resume from the instructor to prepare a resume and references.

  1. Open the sample resume (Word) or the Sample (Html)
  2. Open new file and choose the "other documents" tab..
  3. We will be comparing the sample resume supplied and make revisions as needed.
  4. Read each category identified in the sample resume (for example "Skills Summary") and prepare your own resume accordingly. Take your time on this and think it through. Remember, a lie or misrepresentation on your resume often leads to job termination.

Compare your resume to other students. Remember to make this as professional looking as possible. Triple check your spelling and grammar. Companies have been known to disqualify applicants simply because the resume itself demonstrated lack of attention to detail.

Try and imagine a white frame around your text. is the frame even on each opposite pair? If not, you need to adjust your margins.

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Evaluation

Describe to the learners how their performance will be evaluated. Specify whether there will be a common grade for group work vs. individual grades.

Beginning

1

Developing

2

Accomplished

3

Exemplary

4

Score

 

Content

 

The resume contains little of the information required.

All information is easily understood

 

The resume contains some of the information required.

All information is easily understood

 

The resume contains most of the information required.

All information is easily understood

The resume contains all information required.

All information is easily understood


 

Spelling and Grammar

 

 

The resume contains more than 4 total errors in spelling and/or vocabulary.
The resume contains 3-4 total errors in spelling and/or vocabulary.

The resume contains 1-2 total errors in spelling and/or vocabulary.

The resume contains no errors in spelling or vocabulary.


 

Margins

 

 

Resume is uneven for all 4 margins.
Resume is unevenly centered within the margins of the page.
Resume is almost perfectly centered within the margins of the page.
Resume is perfectly centered within the margins of the page.

 

Overall Esthetic Value

 

Resume is difficult to read or use because of design flaws.
Resume looks pretty much "cookie-cutter"
Resume is professional looking but could use an artistic element.
Resume is unique and professional looking.

 

References
Reference page contains 5 or more errors in style, content, aesthetics, etc.
Reference page contains only 3-4 errors in style, content, aesthetics, etc.
Reference page contains only 1-2 errors in style, content, aesthetics, etc.
Reference page contains 3 personal and 3 professional references created to compliment the resume.



Conclusion

Remember, you have many advantages over people who have "experience" and nothing else. You have developed some very marketable skills in your studies here. Remember the most important things employers look for:

  1. Attitude: How will you fit in and work with others?
  2. Aptitude: How qualified are you to do your job well?
  3. Attendance: Can you be counted on to come to work?

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Credits & References

interview

Word is a registered Microsoft product.

Clipart and photo from from http://office.microsoft.com.

Special thanks to Ohio University and Dr. Turner.

Last updated on September 19, 2017 . Based on a template from The WebQuest Page