The Power of the Resume
The Academies of Nashville business partners are an essential element to high school redesign. While many partnerships occur in the classroom through guest speakers and mentoring, there are some partnerships that occur with students outside of the classroom. Ryan Pryor, a Nashville community volunteer, shared his experiences after working with Academy Ambassadors on a resume writing workshop. Let's be honest, resume writing is kind of scary. It's you represented on a piece of paper, and it might be the only shot you have at getting that crucial interview. "What do I say? Should I include my GPA? Is this the best wording? Does this resume look bad?" These are the types of questions I addressed with the Stratford STEM Magnet High School students last month.
It was a welcome opportunity to see the Stratford student body in motion. A few junior and senior students already had internships or job interviews in mind, causing them to dial into the specifics. Some of the younger students were getting their first exposure to the process.
Resumes are powerful tools for helping students see the way their school work and extracurricular activities and hobbies or interests prepare them for the job world. Resumes can also show students the gaps they may have in their preparation for future jobs and life outside of their high school experience. This enables them to set goals to fill those gaps, or possibly realize they already have experiences that do fill those gaps. I worked with one such student who wanted to work at an elderly care facility. When we spoke about it she came to understand that her years of babysitting experience was a huge item to make sure she included in her "relevant experience" category.
I'm encouraged to see the students being exposed to such a fundamental element of life outside of school. Keep up the good work, Stratford.