Crafting a High School Resume
- Thursday, February 04, 2010
If your teen excels academically, he or she may be eligible for honors. Although homeschoolers are excluded from membership in the National Honor Society, there are two honor societies that welcome homeschoolers: Eta Sigma Alpha National Home School Honor Society (http://esa.homeeducationpartnership.com/) and the National Society of High School Scholars (http://nshss.org/).
On the resume, list the award, honor, or scholarship received, and furnish the name of the granting organization, the date received, and a brief recap of why the award was given.
Community Service and Volunteer Opportunities
Many homeschooled teens are active in church, neighborhood, and individual community service. Hours spent volunteering often sharpen leadership abilities, develop new skills, and provide caring support to individuals. Don't forget to include service in the church nursery, helping with the sound system, or teaching Sunday school. Other possible community service hours include time spent volunteering at an animal shelter, a food pantry, the local library, or a nursing home, among many others. Your teen could also be creative and organize a neighborhood cleanup day, coordinate a talent show for nursing-home residents to enjoy, or teach computer skills to single moms who need to brush up on work-related skills.
Your teens may have a proclivity for politics. Volunteer work on political campaigns, whether at the local, state, or national levels, can also be added to the resume.
In listing all of these activities, include the name of the organization, dates of service, a brief description of the work performed, and skills acquired.
Proficiency in computer skills is important in today's marketplace. Be sure that your teens know basic applications such as Word, Excel, and Power Point. Knowledge of computer terminology will aid in understanding applications and operations such as saving important documents, sending and receiving e-mails, and performing Internet research. These skills are becoming essential no matter what path your teen takes after high school. For free computer applications, see www.internet4classrooms.com/on-line.htm.
In addition, if your teens are computer savvy, learning a computer language or two will further aid them in the marketplace and in basic computer programming courses. There are many books available, both from stores and libraries, that will allow your students to learn such languages on their own.
Be sure to list all areas of computer proficiency, languages, and any certification earned on the resume.
Foreign Language Proficiency
If your teens are fluent in a foreign language, include this information on the resume. They will want to briefly state how this fluency was achieved—living abroad, immersion experience, years of study, SAT subject test score, etc.
Your teens may be certified in first aid, CPR, lifesaving, or even babysitting. Information on certification, included in the resume, will be helpful when applying for employment in these areas or for entry into a field of study. Again, the dates and levels of certification are important to add.
This section includes your teen's hobbies, such as reading, gardening, chess, and so forth. Extracurricular activities (sports, music, theatre, dance, debate, Scouts, and more) also fall under this heading. These activities will provide those reading with a clearer picture of your teen.
Most often, these activities are merely listed on the resume. If special recognition was received in any of these areas, it should be listed under the awards section.
Club or Association Memberships
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