Sunday, March 23, 2014
flesh it out, she suggested
Among the assignments I've collected from the seniors at Happyland High School are the resumes and cover letters. While I barely know most of these students, I've tried to connect with many of them to help them make these business documents good enough to use in real life because resumes and cover letters are practical (unlike the analysis of theme in a novel, for example). To that end, the following conversation occurred Friday afternoon:
Green Girl: So, your resume looks fine, but you only listed your education and job experience. You might want to flesh it out with something else, you know, to give people a better idea of who you are.
Student: Like what?
Green Girl: Well, activities, clubs or sports are good. No sports? It doesn't have to be a school thing either--maybe you're a member of a snowmobiling club or something like that?
Student: Not really.
Green Girl: Okay. Hm. How about volunteer experience? Maybe you've volunteered at your church or you worked concessions for the tractor pull in Mackville or Breakfast on the Farm? People like to see how you're involved in your community. I know a guy who got an interview because he listed coaching kids in baseball on his resume--it showed community involvement along with an interest, which is why it's good to list that something extra.
Student: I did fifteen hours of community service last year.
Green Girl (perking up): You did?
Student: Yeah. Does it matter if it was court ordered?
Green Girl: !