Title: Preparing Resume
Grade Level: 11th and 12th
Topic: data collection, computer application
Description: Students will be introduced to creating a professional resume using a variety
Length: 2-4 class periods
Goals: To introduce students to the first step of getting a job. Students should know what
a resume is and what purpose does it serve. Students will learn how to construct a
professional resume using different styles, applying appropriate information to a resume
using technology and samples provided. This resume will a part of the student career
portfolio and should be update regularly.
Resources (necessary personal information, job description, telephone book, past
and previous job information)
Resumes play a huge role in getting a job. Students should understand the importance of
the content provided in a resume a long with the selected style chosen to design a resume.
When conducting a resume, students should always ask what is important for an
employer to know and what is not.
Students are to create and submit a copy of their resume to me by the end of the third
class meeting. Students will be provided a rubric to go by. Students are encouraged view
sample resumes online, in the LRC, and in the class.
We will go over different styles of resumes in class. Students are encouraged to ask all
questions and address any difficulties. We will view several sample resumes before the
initial project take place.
Students may work with other students to get ideas about resumes. Each student will
create a sample copy of their resume to me before the final resume is due. Students will
be provided a sufficient amount of time to correct any errors, or concerns about resume.
They will then submit a final copy to me.
Student will work at their workstation, which consists of a computer equipped with the
internet and Microsoft word. Sample resumes will be available in the classroom; I will
provide a local telephone book. I will also provide students with different web sites for
Each student will be presented a grading rubric to follow.
Content (information) (10)
Word choice (15)
Complete Resume (50)
As you can its possible to get 50 points for completing a resume. Since there is no
standard guideline for particular content each student resume will be evaluating on what
job position they are seeking. Organization is a key to an effective resume. Students want
to be sure to use a style that would most reflect the type of work applying for. When
creating a resume for a professional career, the most important thing to remember is word
choice. We do not want to create a resume for a friend to read, we want a resume created
in a very manner able and profession atmosphere.
Organization: consists of professional design layout, does this resume has any flow to it
or is it just pieced together.
Content: Does it include appropriate information for a potential employer to view?
(Education history, work history, achievements, desired position applying for, it is
Drafts: Students are encourage to submit a draft to the teacher, I don’t want you to wait
until the due date to tell me that you don’t know what to do.
Word Choice: Is this resume created for a business atmosphere, or is it written for a
friend to view.
Complete Resume: Each student should submit a resume to me, if for any reason the
resume doesn’t contain the required information, points will be deducted. It is possible to
receive points for just creating anything, but the idea isn’t to create anything it is create a
La. Challenge Activities for the K-12 Classroom
Preparing A Resume
by Katherine J. Mack
Subject Area(s): Office Practice; Secretarial Sciences
Grade Level(s): 11th - 12 th Grades
Topics: Data Collecting, Critical Thinking, Computer Applications
Purpose(s) of Lesson:
Selecting and entering an occupation is one of the most important decisions an individual
will make during a lifetime. Students will be introduced to resumes using a wide variety
of resources. Using sites given, students will access the Internet to examine examples of
resumes and read additional information concerning the preparation of a resume. After
examining each resume, students will prepare their own final draft using a word
processing program. The resume will be a part of the student's career portfolio.
Internet connection, Netscape browser, authoring software such as WordPerfect,
ClarisWorks, Microsoft Word etc., Internet activity sheets, resume worksheet, current
Time Required: 2-4 class periods
This project should be one part of a whole unit on Career Development. Students should
have already determined their career choices from completing earlier assignments. If no
material is available for this activity, have students surf for ideas at the following sites:
The Louisiana Department of Labor
Career Mosaic (http://www.careermosaic.com )
1. In the first class meeting, introduce students to a resume by
showing them samples from the JobSmart
(http://www.jobsmart.org/tools/resume/samples.htm) site using
either printouts of the samples, a projection device to show the
computer pages, or by having students access the site individually
or in groups. After reading samples of several different kinds, have
a class discussion about the differences and uses of each of the
Have students examine and analyze the different types depending
on the job and organize the information on a worksheet or word
2. Access the site Preparing a resume
background information about the necessary steps, which include:
Gather and check all necessary information
Match your experience and skills with an employer's needs
Highlight details that demonstrate your capabilities
Organize the resume effectively
Consider word choice carefully
Ask other people to comment on your resume
Make the final product presentable
Evaluate your resume
3. The students will access the Internet using Netscape or other
browser on the second day of class. They will complete the
Internet lab activity sheet, Putting It Together--Resume Writing,
which contains web sites for the students to research. Added web
sites are listed for students to compare and contrast resumes on the
Internet. Have students print out three of the most appealing
resumes to use as a reference guide.
4. In the third class meeting, armed with many examples, students
will again visit a web site (insert URL) which will guide the
student step-by-step through the construction of a rough draft
resume. A worksheet will be provided to aid the students in their
5. After conferring with the instructor, the students will key in their
final draft of their resume using authoring or word processor
software in the computer lab. Hard copies will be made and added
to their career portfolios.
1. Based on the various types of resumes, which type would your resume be
2. Which section of the sample resumes proved to be the most difficult to
3. What points were stressed most about resumes?
4. What are some valuable tips to remember on creating a resume?
5. In examining the resumes on the Internet which one interested you the
most and why?
Explorations and Extensions:
1. Send resumes to keypals and have them critiqued.
2. Bring resumes to prospective employers as part of their simulated
3. Provide services to the community by constructing resumes for members.
4. Prepare a resume in HTML to be posted with school's home page on the
Internet. Visit these sites to see electronic resumes:
How To Write An Electronic Resume
On the Resume Express (http://www.digitalforum.com/resume/) page, students
can see how some businesses create a custom, professional quality hypertext
resume online in just a few minutes.
Visit The Resume Doctor (http://www1.mhv.net/~acorn/Acorn.html) site
to find ideas for improving resumes. Though the "doctor's" services must
be purchased, much valuable information is available free on the page.
Evaluation Tool(s) and Opportunities:
1. A student log
of Internet sites visited.
2. Print-out copies of resumes from the Internet.
3. Recorded web sites of other resume samples.
4. Completed personal resumes.
Louisiana Math / Science / Language Arts Curriculum Frameworks
ELA-1-H4 Interpreting complex texts with supportive explanations to generate
connections to real-life situations and other texts (e.g., business, technical,
scientific). (1, 2, 4, 5)
ELA-2-H2 Using language, concepts, and ideas that show an awareness of the intended
audience and/or purpose (e.g., classroom, real-life, workplace) in
developing complex compositions. (1, 2, 4)
ELA-2-H6 Writing as a response to texts and life experiences (e.g. technical writing,
resumes). (1, 2, 4, 5)
ELA-5-H4 Using available technology to produce, revise, and publish a variety of
works. (1, 3, 4,)
Other Internet Sites of Interest Related to this Topic:
Yahoo - Resume Services
The webmaster offers a FREE link form her site to your Web resume. A multitude
of links "provide a potpourri of inspiration in creating your own resume.
Benchmarks: National Business Education Standards, p. 43, Section V,
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