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1 Preparing Resumes & Student Activity Charts
The Academy at Central High Point, NC Z.Bahta, Fall 2013

2 What is a Resume? A resume is your key to a job
Piece of paper that describes your skills and experience First thing an employer will see about you

3 5 Components of a Good Resume
Contact Information Name Address Phone Number Objective This is a short statement, usually just one sentence, that explains why you want (and would be perfect for) the job. Example: “I am seeking a position that will allow me to serve the community.” Education List any education you have attained

4 5 Components of a Good Resume con’t
Skills and Strengths List your skills and strengths. Even if you’ve never held a paid job before, you have skills. What are they? When you write about your skills and strengths: Use short bullet points rather than complete sentences. Use action words. Use numbers and percentages to quantify your accomplishments. Mention your technical or computer skills. Experience List any paid or volunteer jobs you’ve held. Describe each position briefly using bullet points. You can also list extracurricular activities or community service, particularly if these activities highlight a skill or show a level of responsibility or dedication. You can also list academic or community awards you’ve received.

5 Address City, State ZIP Phone Email
Sample Your Name Address City, State ZIP Phone Objective Part-time position detailing cars for growing local car dealership. Education High School • course of study • special projects Community College • courses taken Special training • Red Cross CPR class • babysitting certification Experience Summer Job Title Company Name City State Dates of employment • Job responsibility/achievement After School Job Title Significant Volunteer Work Company Name City State Dates of volunteering Skills Skillset 1 • description Skillset 2

6 Sample (no work experience)
[ FIRST NAME ] [ LAST NAME ] [ ADDRESS ] [ CITY ], [ STATE ] [ ZIP ] [ ] [ PHONE ] OBJECTIVE [ OBJECTIVE ] EDUCATION Completed [ NUMBER ] years at [ HIGH SCHOOL ]. Graduation date: [ DATE ]. [ OTHER DETAILS OF NOTE ] EXPERIENCE [ TITLE/ROLE ], [ LOCATION ] • [ DATE RANGE ]. [ DUTIES ] RELEVANT HIGH SCHOOL STUDIES [ LIST OF CLASSES AND/OR SKILLS ] HONORS, AWARDS, AND MEMBERSHIPS • [ HONOR/AWARD/ORGANIZATION ] [ DESCRIPTION ]

7 Activity Chart (for college applications)
What are readers looking for? Extra-curricular activities within school or community (such as clubs and sports) Community service (through school, clubs, or independent) Employment Leadership (including roles assumed within other activities and employment) Other significant or noteworthy obligations that do not fit in the above categories such as parenting.

8 Things To Remember Treat the activities chart like a resume.
Highlight your accomplishments and/or most impressive responsibilities. Fully detail you responsibilities for each activity. Just because you worked in an office doesn’t mean the reader knows what you did. Do not make the readers guess! Use action verbs and key words Where appropriate break big commitments into multiple activities. Example: If you played basketball all four years in high school but your senior year you were team captain, list the first three years as basketball and the last year as basketball team captain. Example: If you were involved in an Honor Society and had a couple volunteer projects that were a substantial time commitment and/or you had a leadership role, then make those activities separate entries. One reader might assume you filed all day while another might think you assisted with special projects, answered phones, and filed. IF YOU DID ANYTHING OF NOTE IN 8TH GRADE - ADD IT TO THE LIST! think about high school level course you may have taken, clubs, volunteering, after school activities you participated in

9 Samples More than one way to organize a chart Activity Academic year

10 Activity Type Chart Activity Type Activity Dates Hours
Responsibilities School President - Honor Society Sept June 2014 10 hours Led meetings, established vision, liaison to school admin, help start club’s Adopt-A-Grandparent at nursing home, participated in volunteer activities Athletics Varsity Basketball Oct March 2014 10 hrs/week Starting forward, participated in daily practice and scrimmages Treasurer - Honor Society Sept June 2012 8 hrs/mo Budgeted and tracked club resources and fundraisers, worked with school secretary to purchase event and fundraiser supplies Honor Society Member Feb June 2011 5 hrs/mo Participated in annual food drive, biannual road clean up, set up annual banquet, Adopt-A-Grandparent, other volunteer activities Tutor Secondary Language Tutor Jan May 2011 4 hrs/mo Met weekly with middle school student to assist with Spanish comprehension and serve as speaking partner Volunteer Library book sorter June August 2011 30 hours Shelved and sorted books, helped patrons find items on charts, helped set up weekly guest lectures

11 ACTIVITY RECORD - GRADES 8-12
Academic Year Chart ACTIVITY RECORD - GRADES 8-12 Name of Student: Grade and Year Career Experiences School, Community, Employment, and Summer Activities Offices Held and Honors Won Grade: 8 Year: Grade: 9 Grade: 10 Grade: 11 Grade: 12

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13 Secondary Language Tutor
Example Activities Chart Activity Codes: A. School/Family/Community Activities B. Volunteer Service C. Work for Pay Name: Zebib Bahta Activity Code Activity Title Dates From-To Hours per wk/mo Total Hours Description of position, responsibilities, and/or accomplishments. (limit to 3 lines please) A Honor Society Sept June 2014 10/mo 100 Served as President, led meetings, established vision, liaison to school admin, help start club’s Adopt-A-Grandparent at nursing home, participated in volunteer activities Varsity Basketball Oct March 2014 10/wk Starting forward, participated in daily practice and scrimmages B Secondary Language Tutor Jan May 2011 4 hrs/mo Met weekly with middle school student to assist with Spanish comprehension and serve as speaking partner Library book sorter June August 2011 5 hrs/wk 40 Shelved and sorted books, helped patrons find items on charts, helped set up weekly guest lectures

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