Résumé Development

By Denise Fitzgerald on Jun 02, 2015

Creating a résumé is an important step in preparing for the world of work.  Students typically begin to keep track of their work experience with the aim of building a résumé from the very beginning.  They include any type of volunteer or community experience, as well as any paid work experience.

Steps in Building a Résumé

Students participate in a variety of vocational experiences and keep a running log or list, using a braille notetaker or a print copy.  It would also be possible to create an audio file, using speech to text.  

Once students have a list of vocational experiences compiled, we introduce a more formal approach to creating the actual résumé.

  • Students look at sample résumés and analyze them.  
  • Students identify components, such as schooling, dates, personal objective, and work experience, including specific job titles, job responsibilities, location of work experience, specialized skills and training.
  • Students create their own résumés.
  • Peer review of résumés.
  • Create a plan for updating.
  • Students can have multiple versions, if they plan to apply for very different types of jobs and wish to emphasize different things.

Sample resume

sample resume







resume collage


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Total Life Learning by Wendy Bridgeo,‎ Beth Caruso,‎ & Mary Zatta

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The Total Life Learning curriculum was developed for students ages 3 to 22 who are blind, visually impaired including those students who have additional disabilities or are deafblind. The focus is on the development of life and career goals that enable student to maximize independence, self-determination, employability, and participation in the community.