Homeroom Advisement Lesson
Counseling Program Advisement Lesson
Purpose High School Portfolios and Resumes
Level High School 9, 10, 11, 12
ASCA Domain Academic, Career, and Personal Social
ASCA Standards C:A2.2; C:B2.5;
Audience Homeroom Students
Amount of Time 20 minutes
Questions Always see counselor(s) ahead of lesson, if questions.
Advisor's a. Read the information and ask questions, if you do not understand.
(prior to the b. Familiarize yourself with the entire lesson.
Detailed DISTRIBUTE THE FOLLOWING TO EACH STUDENT:
Lesson/Activities Handout # 1--Distribute the screen representing the student planner from
Question: Handout #2--Distribute the sample resume
Simply write on board:
How is a high Portfolios and Resumes
and resume FOLLOW THIS SCRIPT:
helpful to me in
my future? Advisors say:
Activating Strategies - Discussion Question:
What is a high school portfolio?
A high school portfolio organizes all of your high school history from courses to
activities to community service beginning in the ninth grade year. It is beneficial
for you to organize this information to fill out applications. This information will
also help you build your resume for the world of work.
What is a resume?
A resume is a brief description of your previous education, work experience,
and additional relevant information. You will use this document to get an
interview for a job.
The High School Portfolio
High School Planner from
GAcollege411 is a powerful web based site that will help you organize and research your
future career decisions. One important part of this website is the GAcollege411.org High
School Planner. It is a powerful, easy to use tool to help you track your progress
throughout your high school career. The Planner Comparison allows you to compare
your high school coursework against the admissions requirements of Georgia's colleges,
universities, and technical schools. The Planner Summary provides a printable version of
your high school coursework along with any additional activities you've undertaken.
Inputting and updating your coursework is easy to do, so you may start building your
High School Planner today. Let’s take a look at the handout that you have been given.
This handout is what the high school planner screen looks like. To get started, link to the
High School Planner by choosing a grade level on the left (note your handout of the
planner screen), and follow these easy steps:
Step 1: Enter your High School(s)
Follow the directions on the screen to add the high school(s) you have attended. Most are
available through pull down menus that link schools with states. Use the alphabet blocks
or the search fields to locate schools. If you don't see the schools you have attended, you
may also add names by clicking on the "Not on the List" button.
Step 2: Add Courses to Your Portfolio
By entering your courses each term, you are building a portfolio that can be compared
electronically to the admissions requirements of any Georgia institution. This will help
you plan what courses you should take to meet the admissions requirements of schools
you are interested in attending. You can add courses by grade level (Grade Level View)
or by subject area (Subject View). Follow the directions on the screen to select the high
school offering the course, the title of the course, block scheduling, and the grade you
Step 3: Update your My 411 Student Portfolio
The Student Portfolio section of My411 provides an easy way to input and keep track of
all your high school activities including tests, sports, awards, and jobs. You can then use
this information via the Planner Summary for letters of recommendation during your
seniors year or to help you complete your admissions applications during your senior
year. Maintaining this information is helpful to eventually prepare a resume for the
world of work.
Step 4: Maintain your Academic Portfolio
Maintaining your academic portfolio is easy. Your planner should be updated
continuously throughout high school on the My411 portion of the GAcollege411 web
site. Each time you complete a course and receive a grade for that course, you should
report it to the Planner. A "unit" of coursework is deemed complete when you have
completed a full year course with a 70 or higher. For semester courses, you would record
an earned grade of 70 or higher and a ½ credit.
Step 5: Track your Progress
The Planner Comparison screen provides a comprehensive view of your planned and
actual academic progress along with the requirements of the future schools that you may
look at. Anytime you want to add or remove post secondary schools from your profile,
you can click on the My Colleges link to the left.
Required – indicates the minimum number of units needed
Recommended – indicates the suggested number of units for the subject area
Completed – indicates your total number of completed units
Completed Status – indicates whether or not you have satisfied the minimum
required number of units for the corresponding subject area requirement. If an
"NC" appears you can click on the link to see which courses at your high school
may satisfy this area.
Two important things to note:
1. While all courses listed in the High School Planner will likely meet the academic
requirements for admission to Georgia schools, always talk with your high school
counselor if have any questions.
2. The High School Planner begins with your ninth grade year. If you have taken
qualifying courses prior to high school, these cannot be entered in the High
School Planner, but may apply toward admission requirements. Again, talk to
your high school counselor to be sure that these courses are counted when
reporting your coursework to colleges. You may be directed to add these into
your ninth grade list for purposes of using the Planner Comparison tool.
3. If you have any problems setting up your My411 account, please contact your
A resume is a brief description of your previous education, work experience, and
additional relevant information. The purpose of a resume is:
To introduce you to an employer.
To serve as an example of how you think and express yourself.
To catalogue skills, experience, training and achievements.
To get you an interview!
The objective of the resume is to include:
Name, address, city, state, zip, phone number with area code, e-mail
address, fax number.
Honors, awards, fellowships and scholarships.
Licenses and certificates.
Memberships and activities, including leadership positions.
Special skills, such as computer knowledge and foreign languages.
Job history listed with most recent job first (list even one part time position).
Previous job experience to include: title of position, name and address of
employer, beginning and ending dates, job description and responsibilities.
Education with most recent or current school first; including degree, name of
high school or college, address, major, and graduation date.
Presenting the information:
Create an easy to read resume using quality paper stock, standard fonts, and
Put most important information at the top of the page.
Use only necessary words to present your information.
Maintain a professional quality, but be creative.
Use action verbs such as initiated, organized, maintained, designed, supervised
Use past tense to describe former jobs and present tense to describe current
Spell everything out. Do not use abbreviations or acronyms.
Have someone proofread your resume.
Qualities of a good resume:
Easy to read.
Emphasize key points or expressions by using bold type or underline.
Mistakes to avoid:
Too short, too long (preferred length is one page.)
Misspellings, typographical errors, poor grammar.
Irrelevant information – height, weight, gender, marital status.
Too wordy and vague; important qualifications should stand out.
Italics, underline, shadow or reverse type.
Vertical and horizontal lines, graphics or boxes.
So put these two tools to good use for you—the high school
portfolio and the resume.
Once again, it is important that you feel comfortable and confident
advising students. Remember, if you are unable to advise a student,
immediately email the counselor with your concern and advise the student
to make an advisement/counseling appointment with the counselor as
soon as possible.
THANKS FOR A JOB WELL DONE!
Hand out #1
Hand out #2
Sample Resume for a High School Student Who Has Just Graduated
This sample resume indicates the kind of information usually included in a resume. Sometimes post-
secondary schools or employers will have their own special resume form that you will use, but the
information that they all want is similar to what you see in this resume. You can make resume writing
much easier by keeping accurate records of your accomplishments and saving copies of prior resumes.
Using your high school planner/portfolio will help you to build your resume.
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Objective Pursue a summer job working with children in a day camp to gain
experience in the education field.
Education 2002-Present Paulding County High School Dallas, GA
College Prep Diploma
Work Ivy Hall Day School Powder Springs, GA
Experience Assistant Teacher
Teacher for children eighteen months to two years of age
Responsible for monitoring and interacting with children in a day
Facilitated the closing of the center each evening
Johnny’s Pizza Powder Springs, GA
Handled register transactions
Activities and Beta Club 11, 12
Softball Manager 10, 11, 12
Key Club 10, 11, 12 Vice President 11, 12
Spanish Club 9, 10, 11, 12 Vice-President 11, President 12
National Honor Society Letter
National Spanish Honor Society Award