Resumes for Children - good idea, or rushing things?

Kristine - posted on 04/19/2015 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I got blasted by a parent who told me years ago that a resume for a child was too much, and I should let a child be a child. But when her son, at 16, needed one (a resume) for a job, she was backpedalling. Couldn't put one (a resume) together because she couldn't remember all the activities of her son. Oh, by the way, I wrote a book about resume development for children. Any thoughts?

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Jodi - posted on 04/19/2015

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No child needs a resume until they are old enough to start a job. Most of what they do prior to about the age of 14 or 15 is totally irrelevant. I helped my son with his resume when he went for his first job at 15, and I didn't think it was that difficult - it's not like you need to put a lot on it. No employer gives a hoot whether your child got an award in Year 6. The only things that may be appropriate in hiring kids this age are their current sporting commitments, subjects at school and any really recent accolades (such as community service awards and the like). But anything much before really recent is entirely pointless.

Michelle - posted on 04/19/2015

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Well since I hire people, I don't really care about all their activities that they did in school so don't see the point in having a resume for kids that aren't looking for a job. To me a resume is a summary of your work, that's what employers want to know, not that you played soccer/baseball etc for x amount of years.

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Dove - posted on 04/19/2015

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I don't see any reason why a child under 16 would ever need a resume and really wouldn't worry about making one up at that point anyway... I wouldn't think any job willing to HIRE a teenager would care too much about an actual resume in the first place. First jobs are first jobs for a reason.

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