My Best Resume

For employers and recruiters, the first step in their quest to find good candidates is the paper screening process. They look at a candidate's application and resume and push forward the files of those who meet their requirements. Thus the resume becomes an all-important document. A richly detailed instructional activity teaches pupils how to develop an effective resume. They watch a short video introduction, examine examples of acceptable and unacceptable resumes, and discuss what makes a good resume. They then sign into their Job Central account and create their own resumes.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Lengthen the lesson by a day or two and have pupils also create a curriculum vitae using a free online CV builder
  • Have the class pull together resume information as homework the night before the lesson
Classroom Considerations
  • One of six lessons in the Career and College Readiness series
  • Make sure individuals have computer access and a California Career Center account
  • Requires individual copies of six handouts
Pros
  • The lesson is full of practical information presented in a student-friendly format
  • Showing learners examples of good and bad resumes helps them build their own resumes quicker and with fewer errors
  • Includes step-by-step directions for creating a student account
  • Also includes suggestions for adaptations
Cons
  • None