Believe it or not, your teen needs a resumé. What? But she’s just a kid. Kids don’t need resumés. Not so! Every kid needs a resumé, and I am going to show you how and why you should help your teen put one together. Preparing a resumé helps you keep track of involvements and important activities that your child does all throughout his or her school time.
Why is this important, and how do I do it?
If you haven’t already, you will soon begin the process of filling out many applications for programs, honors, jobs, or anything else that could help your teen earn something to take him to the next level.
It will be a huge help if you have a Word document or an Excel spreadsheet with all of his information about activities and involvements already stored and ready to draw from.
I learned the importance of this when my oldest child, Jacquelyn, started high school. That child did a lot, so much so that I began to feel overwhelmed at the idea of trying to remember it all.
At one point, she was filling out an application for something, and we sat down together to remember and list out all the things she had done. We wracked our brains to think of all of it, year by year. We were pretty sure we got most of it, but sometimes things can fall through the cracks of our faulty memories.
From that point on, I decided to keep close, written track of all my kids’ activities, involvements, honors and awards.
When Jacquelyn was a junior, it came time for her to apply for the Kentucky Governor’s Scholar Program, a wonderful 5 week program for rising seniors to attend during the summer. Being chosen for this program is a huge honor, and the application process is extensive. You must enter everything you have done and won since middle school, an exhausting process, especially if you do not have the information somewhere you can readily access it.
Fortunately, by the time that application rolled around, I had learned my lesson. We pulled up our Excel spreadsheet with all of her activities and achievements listed, and we were able to successfully fill out all the information on the application. Incidentally, our methods paid off. She was chosen for the program.
We did the same thing for Graham. Having already started the tracking process with him when he was in middle school, it was clear sailing for us any time he needed to fill out an application for anything. We just pulled up our saved information we had been tracking and there it all was. It was very comforting. He was also chosen for the KY Governor’s Scholar Program.
Now, of course, we are doing the same for Andrea.
Further advantages of having a resumé include:
- It is easier to fill out college and scholarship applications.
It is critically important to have all your teen’s information and credentials easily accessible when you are filling out those applications. You never know what piece of information might make the difference in getting accepted to a school or being chosen to receive scholarship money.
- It helps your teen find and secure a job for the summer or after school time.
Having your credentials all written down in one place for a prospective employer to see puts your best foot forward, shows initiative, and may just make you stand out from everyone else.
- It teaches your teen how to think about job hunting as an adult.
Going through the process of making a resumé can prepare your teen later for the task of hunting a job in the adult world. Knowing how to make yourself look as impressive as possible on paper (while still remaining completely truthful) is a skill everyone needs to learn.
- It gives them a self-esteem boost and a real sense of accomplishment to see all their credentials listed out.
When you are keeping track of your kids’ laundry list of activities, be sure to list everything you can think of and how long they did it, even if it seems trivial. Clubs, organizations, sports teams, music lessons and instruments played, choir, drama, speech, church youth involvement, mission trips, any leadership positions, and absolutely anything else you can think of that your child has done. When you get it all written down in one place, you will be amazed at the volume of line items you will have. They do even more than we realize.
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