1Preparing Resumes & Student Activity Charts The Academy at CentralHigh Point, NCZ.Bahta, Fall 2013
2What is a Resume? A resume is your key to a job Piece of paper that describes your skills and experienceFirst thing an employer will see about you
35 Components of a Good Resume Contact InformationNameAddressPhone NumberObjectiveThis 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.”EducationList any education you have attained
45 Components of a Good Resume con’t Skills and StrengthsList 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.ExperienceList 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.
5Address City, State ZIP Phone Email SampleYour NameAddress City, State ZIP PhoneObjectivePart-time position detailing cars for growing local car dealership.EducationHigh School• course of study• special projectsCommunity College• courses takenSpecial training• Red Cross CPR class• babysitting certificationExperienceSummer Job TitleCompany Name City State Dates of employment• Job responsibility/achievementAfter School Job TitleSignificant Volunteer WorkCompany Name City State Dates of volunteeringSkillsSkillset 1• descriptionSkillset 2
6Sample (no work experience) [ FIRST NAME ] [ LAST NAME ][ ADDRESS ][ CITY ], [ STATE ] [ ZIP ][ ][ PHONE ]OBJECTIVE[ OBJECTIVE ]EDUCATIONCompleted [ 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 ]
7Activity 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)EmploymentLeadership (including roles assumed within other activities and employment)Other significant or noteworthy obligations that do not fit in the above categories such as parenting.
8Things 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 wordsWhere 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
9SamplesMore than one way to organize a chartActivityAcademic year
10Activity Type Chart Activity Type Activity Dates Hours ResponsibilitiesSchoolPresident - Honor SocietySept June 201410 hoursLed meetings, established vision, liaison to school admin, help start club’s Adopt-A-Grandparent at nursing home, participated in volunteer activitiesAthleticsVarsity BasketballOct March 201410 hrs/weekStarting forward, participated in daily practice and scrimmagesTreasurer - Honor SocietySept June 20128 hrs/moBudgeted and tracked club resources and fundraisers, worked with school secretary to purchase event and fundraiser suppliesHonor Society MemberFeb June 20115 hrs/moParticipated in annual food drive, biannual road clean up, set up annual banquet, Adopt-A-Grandparent, other volunteer activitiesTutorSecondary Language TutorJan May 20114 hrs/moMet weekly with middle school student to assist with Spanish comprehension and serve as speaking partnerVolunteerLibrary book sorterJune August 201130 hoursShelved and sorted books, helped patrons find items on charts, helped set up weekly guest lectures
11ACTIVITY RECORD - GRADES 8-12 Academic Year ChartACTIVITY RECORD - GRADES 8-12Name of Student:Grade and YearCareer ExperiencesSchool, Community, Employment, and Summer ActivitiesOffices Held and Honors WonGrade: 8Year:Grade: 9Grade: 10Grade: 11Grade: 12
13Secondary Language Tutor ExampleActivities ChartActivity Codes:A. School/Family/Community ActivitiesB. Volunteer ServiceC. Work for PayName: Zebib BahtaActivity CodeActivity TitleDates From-ToHours per wk/moTotal HoursDescription of position, responsibilities, and/or accomplishments. (limit to 3 lines please)AHonor SocietySept June 201410/mo100Served as President, led meetings, established vision, liaison to school admin, help start club’s Adopt-A-Grandparent at nursing home, participated in volunteer activitiesVarsity BasketballOct March 201410/wkStarting forward, participated in daily practice and scrimmagesBSecondary Language TutorJan May 20114 hrs/moMet weekly with middle school student to assist with Spanish comprehension and serve as speaking partnerLibrary book sorterJune August 20115 hrs/wk40Shelved and sorted books, helped patrons find items on charts, helped set up weekly guest lectures