Career Preparation // Resume Writing
Create a Resume

The purpose of this task is for students to publish a polished version of his/her resume. While the student’s resume development will always be iterative (one’s resume is never “done”), this task reflects an opportunity to approve a student resume for his/her digital portfolio.

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Your task is to submit the most professional resume possible. This resume should reflect your strengths, experiences, and interests, as well as provide some contact and reference information about you. An approved resume reflects a resume that is ready to represent you at a job interview or other engagement with a potential employer.

Before you complete this task, you should be aware of resume formatting, and you should have done some pre-thinking or brainstorming about the contents of your resume. If you have notes from any of the lessons below, these will help you complete this task:

  • “Preparing to Write a Resume”
  • “Previous Jobs”
  • “Analyze a Resume”
  • “Planning Your Resume”
  • “Resume Peer Review”

Step 1:

Review the attached rubric and become familiar with the characteristics of a professional resume that will help you stand out to potential employers. Read over the “Proficient” and “Advanced” columns for each of the following areas:

  • Format
  • Contact Information & References
  • Content (General)
  • Content (Education)
  • Content (Work-Experience)
  • Content (Activities & Honors)

With a partner discuss the following questions:

  • What are some of the major differences between a resume that is emerging/developing and one that is proficient/advanced?
  • What is the difference between the sections related to “content” (for example general vs. education, work-experience, and/or activities & honors)?

Step 2:

Using a word processing program on a computer type your resume. If helpful, ask your teacher for a template that you can fill in, so that you don’t have to spend too much time with formatting for your first draft. Refer to your notes (listed above) and input the information relevant to you.

When you have finished typing your resume, review it for errors, and compare it to the rubric. Do you feel that you’ve done your best job of aligning it to the rubric criteria? If so, you’re ready to submit your resume!

Teacher Notes

Unit Culminating Task Prerequisites

The following lessons will help students brainstorm both characteristics and experiences that will be useful when writing a resume: “Preparing to Write a Resume;” and “Previous Jobs.” Other lessons will help students learn about and draft a resume: “Analyze a Resume;” “Planning Your Resume;” “Resume Peer Review.”

Return to Career Readiness
Additional lessons in Resume Writing

Preparing to Write a Resume

This activity helps students organize their thoughts before they begin writing their resumes.

Previous Jobs

This activity allows students to write about their own work history, paid or not paid, and reflect on personal pride.

Analyzing Resumes

This activity introduces students to the characteristics of an effective resume.

Resume Peer Review

This activity allows students to draft their resume and exchange them with peers for feedback.