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It’s never too early to start a résumé

Posted by | October 20, 2016 | Resumes

Via Herald Mail Media : A few years ago, a friend shared a tip with me, and I’d like to share it with you.

Don’t wait until the senior year of high school to start recording activities, community service projects, programs, awards and other achievements.

Instead, start a résumé or profile of sorts in junior high and keep adding to it on a regular basis.

Now that it is college and scholarship application time for high school seniors, I am glad we followed my friend’s advice.

Did we always keep things updated? No. Our busy lives often got in the way, but we did what we could.

At times over the past four or five years, it was really hard to maintain the student résumé, but it eventually became a family project. Each time something happened, one of us would say, “Oh, we need to add that to the profile.”

Each time we added something, we changed the date at the top to reflect the month and year. That was one way we knew when the last update took place.

We included a head-shot photo and personal information — address, phone number, email, date of birth. We also included items that coaches would want to know, such as height, weight, approach touch and shuttle-run time.

For the academic section, we included school name and address, GPA, SAT scores and offices held at school. Community service also was included.

In the athletics section, we included team names, jersey numbers, coaches’ names and cellphone numbers (with their permission, of course) and statistics. We also included awards and leadership positions.

We collected all that information in one place and were incredibly glad that we did when it came time to complete my daughter’s college application. She was uploading her application essay and noticed that the next section requested a student résumé, including “community, arts, leadership, athletic and family involvement, work, global or research experiences, and extracurricular activities and awards in the order of interest to you.”

After working several hours on other aspects of the application, she was very happy that this part of the process simply involved uploading a file that was already completed.

She also will be able to use the résumé for information requested on scholarship applications.

Was it easy to set up the document? Well, we used a résumé template, so it wasn’t difficult. It was time-consuming in the initial setup, though, just like any résumé would be. Once the initial format was in place, it was easy to add items and keep the résumé updated.

I would recommend this process for all families with teenagers.

Don’t wait until their senior year to start recording items, though.

Begin in eighth or ninth grade, and add to the document as the weeks and months go by. Have the student take ownership of the document and update it.

When you are asked for the information, you will be glad you have it at your fingertips.

Lisa Tedrick Prejean writes a weekly column for The Herald-Mail’s Family page.

Source : HERALD MAIL MEDIA | It’s never too early to start a résumé

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