Your teen may take advantage of belonging to a club or association, such as 4-H, Key Club, Toastmasters, Civil Air Patrol, or others. Membership not only provides an occasion to improve teamwork skills, but it may also supply wonderful networking opportunities and leadership training. Listing membership affiliations on a resume may be a conversation starter with a prospective employer or college admissions officer. In other instances, they may open a door of opportunity with the interviewer who may also be a fellow club or association member.

Travel 

Keep track of your teens' travel experiences during the high-school years. These may be trips in conjunction with academic studies, short-term mission projects, or simply pleasure trips. If any of these merit additional explanation, be brief; otherwise, just list the countries or regions of the world traveled.

References Provided Upon Request 

It is appropriate to end the resume with the notation "References provided upon request." Keep a list of suitable people and their contact information. One or two people who can attest to your teen's overall character are good choices. It is also wise for your teens to have references who know them well in the areas pertinent to the position sought. For example, if your teen is applying for a computer position, one who is acquainted with his computer abilities would be preferable. If the references are for college applications, seek out those who know her academic abilities.

Wrapping It Up 

We've tried to comprehensively itemize the categories of information a teen can show on a resume. However, we don't expect teens to have information in every section we've covered. Please don't fret and attempt to involve your teen in too many activities.  Narrow down the number of areas in which your teen is involved to just a few, and have him or her participate wholeheartedly in these endeavors.

In fact, if possible, it is preferable to keep the resume to one page. Choose items your teen believes will best showcase his experience and abilities. You can also tailor the resume to include the skills and experiences that represent your teen's qualifications for the position being sought.

If he starts a resume in the ninth grade, your teen can add to it each year as he progresses through high school. When a resume is needed, it will be readily accessible.

If additional help or sample resumes would be beneficial, HSLDA's Homeschooling Thru High School Web site provides links to practical information for creating a resume: http://www.hslda.org/highschool/beyondacademics.asp#resume

*This article published February 5, 2010.


Becky Cooke and Diane Kummer currently serve as High School Coordinators for Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), and helped develoop HSLDA's Homeschooling Thru Highschool web site four years ago. As former homeschool moms of now-grown children who have graduated from college, Becky and Diane can relate to your good times and bad! Their desire is to help you homeschool high school with excellence. Most of all, they pray that your homeschooling years are full of joy and the delight of knowing that your investment in your teens is seen and rewarded by the Lord.

This article was originally published in the Jan/Feb '10 issue of Home School Enrichment Magazine. Now, get a FREE subscription to the HSE Digital Edition! Visit www.HSEmagazine.com/digital today to get immediate access to the latest edition!