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.