Welcome to CAREER JUMP START !
Exploring Long Island’s Corporations
Local Job Opportunities
Career Jump Start Class
In School Student and Office Aide
Long Island employers are
looking for you to validate your
academic achievements and
Use 8-1/2 x 11inch white or off-white paper.
Print on one side of the paper.
A resume of a high school student should NOT BE more
than one page.
Use a font size of 10 to 14 points.
Use non-decorative typefaces and choose only one font.
Avoid italics, script, and underlined words.
Do not fold or staple your resume
If you are going to mail your resume, choose a large
What skills Do Long Island Employers Want?
Your resume should be tailored to each
job you wish to apply for.
Therefore it is important that
you are aware of the job skills
necessary for the job
you wish to get.
appear in your
will scan your
resume into a
looking for these
skills as well as
necessary for the
Creating your resume is comparable to
drawing a picture of your life.
A good resume brings together your
education, skills, personality traits, classroom
experiences, and out-of-classroom
experiences and offers them to an
The employer makes a decision to interview
you based upon your resume.
Your resume helps you "get your foot in the
door" for that very special career
You will find that you will continually be
called upon to produce a resume
throughout your life time. It is not
uncommon to be updating your resume
every six months.
Creating your resume is a simple six
Before you begin open the blank
template in a second window.
This will allow you to create your
resume as you proceed through each
Your résumé's heading should contain the
Your full, complete name with middle
initial. Use at least 14 pt. for your name. Avoid
Your full address. Do not abbreviate words
such as road, avenue, boulevard, etc.
Your city, state and zip code. The
state may be abbreviated with two
capital letters - no periods or spaces.
Your telephone number with area
code. If you have an answering
machine, record a neutral greeting.
Add your e-mail address.Note:
Choose an e-mail address that sounds
"What do you have to offer an employer?"
The new LI Resume has changed the former bland job
objective to a more dynamic response:
What I have to offer your corporation for a(n) _________
Answer this question by summarizing your three most
important skills you have to offer a company.
Make sure you offer some form of the following
skills: Computer knowledge, workplace terminology and
operation of equipment, and personal work characteristics.
Marketable computer skills.
Vocabulary and knowledge of business systems.
Organizational and communication skills, which
would be an asset to your company.
Strong analytical and organizational skills.
Computer skills to input data and handle
Operation of cash register and handling money.
Customer service skills.
Strong work ethic; perfect attendance record.
Legal vocabulary and knowledge of office systems.
Sales and persuasive skills.
Initiative and perseverance.
Honesty and loyalty.
Dependability and a problem solver.
In this section indicate the name of your school from
which you are graduating and the year of graduation.
Your most recent educational information is listed first.
Include your degree (A.S., B.S., B.A., etc.), major,
institution attended, minor/concentration.
Add your grade point average (GPA) if it is higher than
Mention academic honors.
June 2003, Smithtown High School, Smithtown, NY with a
Will graduate in June 2003 from Smithtown High School,
Smithtown, NY. I have developed the following workplace
Will graduate in June 2005. Would like to continue to
work with corporation throughout summer and school
If you are a senior in the last quarter of your school
year, you should include your plans for post
graduation. For example:
Will attend Bucknell University, PA in the fall to major in
Business Management. Would consider returning to
corporation during school breaks.
Will attend SUNY Stony Brook in the fall to major in
Science. would like to continue working part-time while
Seeking full time employment after graduation.
All employers are looking for validation that you have
mastered the basic skills of:
Reading Writing History
To validate your mastery of these subjects you may use examples from
your high school education.
In addition, if you have taken the SAT's or the ACT's, you may include
your final scores.
If you have been achieving grades of 80 (B) or better and SAT scores of
1000+, ACT 25+, grade point average of 3.00+, you would want to
include these statistics on your resume. If your achievement is less, you
should not include your results.
National and State Standards:
SAT Scores: Verbal 515; Math 490
English 11 State Exam – 89
Math A Exam – 80
Biology Regents – 92
U.S. and American History Regents 80
Achieved an A on my ten-page, term paper for English
on the topic of "Comparison of American Authors.―
Average in Math courses for two years.
Completed all science experiments in Biology with a
grade of B or better.
Prepared a PowerPoint presentation for Social
Studies on the topic of the American
Revolution. Presented material to class of 30
See Special Skills Sheet
Your work experience can come in the form of:
A class field trip.
Childcare, babysitting, mother’s helper.
Lawn maintenance, housekeeping, newspaper
•Briefly give the employer an overview of work that has
taught you skills.
•Use action words to describe your job duties.
•Include your work experience in reverse chronological
order—that is, put your last job first and work backward to
your first, relevant job. Include:
•Title of position,
•Name of organization
•Location of work (town, state)
•Dates of employment
•Describe your work responsibilities with emphasis on
specific skills and achievements. Check the Job Description
web page for ideas. 23
Research Detective Assistant, AAA Business Information
Network, Smithtown, NY. 10/01 to present. Duties include:
Faxing, filing, phones and computers.
Counter person, Bagel Chalet, Commack, NY 1/99 to
10/00. Duties included: Helping customers, handling
money, and cleaning.
Explored the field of accounting through a fifty-hour
internship at A & W Accounting, Smithtown, NY 11787.
Sales Associate, The Gap, Smith Haven Mall, Lake
Grove, NY 11755. 1/97 – 10/97. Duties included
assisting customers, stocking shelves, operating cash
Computer Technician, Smithtown Central School
District, Smithtown, NY 11787. 7/2/01 to 8/28/01
Duties include: Upgrading processors, RAM, video
and sound cards, and installing new computers.
Childcare Attendant for Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Brown
family of Nesconset. Supervised three children, ages
4, 6 and 8. Provided entertainment and nurturing for
Page, Smithtown Central Library, Smithtown, NY
11787. 3/2/01 to present. Duties include: Replacing
books onto shelves, monitoring computers. 25
Run a spell check on your computer before anyone sees
Have a friend look at your resume.
Ask another friend to proofread.
Is it one page?
Does it sell your abilities to an employer?
1. On the Internet, go to careerjumpstart.org
2. Choose ―Resume.‖
3. Choose ―Resume Steps‖
4. Open ―Resume Template‖ and save
Microsoft Word – Smith LI Resume
5. Begin with Step #1.
What is a Resume? What Should Your
Resume ―Scream Out?‖
A resume is a portrait of • ―This is what I can do
your: for you Mr. Employer!‖
• Education • ―This is how I am going
• Work Experience to make you money!‖