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Build Your Resume 50 min

  • Level 1
  • Level 2

Additional Materials: Article

Level 1 Option
If your students are not as familiar with job applications, they could “apply” for school-related opportunities (Class officer, Student Council, Team Captain, etc.) that you have created.

In this activity, your students will begin to build a professional resume that will highlight the things they would want a potential employer to know about them. They will utilize their personal brand statement, their newly created reference list, as well as their knowledge of their skills and talents to begin to build this document. If your students have not completed Activity 2 – Resume Required, have them first compile a list of references with contact information before they begin to construct their resume. Make sure your students are getting permission from each of their references before they use them! 

Begin the class by reexamining the components of a resume with your students. With this knowledge fresh in their memory, tell your students that they will now get to start a rough draft of their resume! Have students read the article  Resume Pointers and in small groups, identify key information they want to share out to the class.  Reinforce to your students that although creating a resume seems like a daunting task, they have already begun to compile a lot of the information they need through their work in previous stages. Encourage your students to reference their SWOT Analysis, their skills and talents, and their personal brand to inform what they put within their resume. This information will not only help them outline the KSA (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities) portion of their resume, but their personal brand statement and knowledge of who they are will help them inject their personality into this document. 

Assign your students the Build My Resume activity to help them organize the components of their resume and input their information. This will help them build the final draft of their resume. 

Offline Option:
If your students do not have access to a computer, get them to create a rough paper draft of their resume. They can manually input this information into the activity later or pull from this to create their final draft. 

Once your students have completed their rough draft of their resume, ask them to print off their rough draft and find two classmates that can proofread and edit their resume.  After two people have looked over their work, ask them to make the necessary changes to their rough draft and submit for your review. When you have given them a completed mark for their work, your students can now create the final draft of their resume to submit to you! If students are struggling with the design of their resumes, encourage them to explore templates and examples to help guide them. 

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The Find Your Grind Curriculum helps students prepare for life outside of the classroom, with meaningful lessons on topics like finding your identity, responsible social media use, digital citizenship, fincial literacy, and the job application process.

Focuses on social emotional learning and student agency

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