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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Resumes for Children, a review


Resumes for Children 17 Years Olds and Under

Yes, Really!

A Guide to Giving a Child that Edge to Succeed!

by Donna Kristine Manley

ISBN 9780977783502


Mom’s Choice Awards Gold recipient

Kids have so many interests and abilities, more than can possibly fit into neat little subject categories or a standard academic transcript. Part of the reason that we homeschool our children is to give them opportunities to experience things outside of our 4 walls. There are all kinds of programs they can participate in, classes they can take, teams they can play on, and talents they can pursue.

Sometimes it’s a challenge to document it all. We’re looking ahead, thinking of college, of internships, of summer programs…those with fuller experiences are definitely going to have an edge when it comes time to apply for scholarships and elite programs.

That’s where resumes come in, they’re not just for job applications, you know. A guide to how to create one for you child seemed like the perfect thing to add to my homeschool library.

At 8-1/2” x 11” and 99 pages, Resumes for Children contains:

  • a 3-page introduction with
    • reasons your child may need a resume
    • a list of possible activities to include on your child’s resume
  • 21 samples of 1-page child resumes (I don’t know if these are actual resumes with pertinent details changed or fictitious. The author is a resume writer, so either is a possibility.)
    • kid ages range from about 6 to 17
    • includes examples of various interests, hobbies, work experience, etc.
  • 1-page sample of various types of references
  • 3 sample cover letters
  • 1-page list of suggestions for areas to explore (titled “Pearls of Wisdom”)
  • 10-page section of blank, lined pages called “Reflections”
  • 15-page section of blank, lined pages called “Ideas”
  • 10-page section of blank, lined pages called “Resources”

If you are looking for a resume workbook that will take you by the hand and ask you specific questions that you can explore the answers to, then this isn’t it. While the author throws out plenty of ideas, it would be misleading to suggest that this book will truly guide you in creating a resume from start to finish.

But, if you are looking for a little inspiration and some models to emulate while doing your own resume brainstorming, Resumes for Children is just the thing. The samples do a good job of showing you how those things your kiddos love are valuable experiences to share on a resume. They are part of what makes your child unique.

Think of Resumes for Children as an open-ended tool for getting you started.

Disclosure: I received a free copy to keep of Resumes for Children to facilitate this review. I received no compensation and the opinions expressed here are my own.

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