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9 Life Skills Every Teen Needs

Life Skills Every Teen Needs
Teens can accomplish more with their phones in an hour than most people can accomplish in a week. However, while technology moves us forward, basic life skills are slowly fading into the background. Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat, along with other social media tools, make it so easy for teens to interact with people from the comfort of their homes that in-person job interviews or public speaking tasks seem daunting. And with banking apps to help manage our finances, it’s easy to see why many young people don’t know how to write a check or balance a checkbook. Still, basic life skills, which include managing a bank account, writing a resume, or understanding how a paycheck works, are as important today as they were 20 years ago.

Help Teaching offers worksheets on the following topics to help teenagers understand, learn, and remember the basic life skills they need before entering adulthood:

#1. Driving and Safety

Knowing driving laws plays a big role when it comes to driving safely. Being a defensive driver – doing everything to avoid an accident – is also essential when on the roads. Once teens get a driver’s license, it is imperative that they stay within legal speed limits, obey the rules of the road, and keep their seat belts on at all times. The Driving and Safety worksheet is a great reminder that driving correctly isn’t only important for the driver and his passengers, but for all of the motorists on the road.

#2.  Managing bank accounts

It’s not difficult to open a bank account, but it isn’t always easy to maintain one.  Our Understanding Checks and Bank Accounts worksheet covers what teens need to know in order to manage their money in high school and beyond. It touches on understanding the difference between a checking and savings account, discovering how interest works, learning how to withdraw and deposit money, and keeping a checkbook up to date.  Teens may not realize that balancing a checkbook isn’t always easy — it takes discipline and time.

#3. Filling Out a Check

While teenagers have seen parents or other adults write checks, many do not know how to write one out on their own. It’s important for teenagers with checking accounts to know how the process works.  The Understanding Checks and Bank Accounts worksheet refers to important details, such as filling out a check, where to find the routing, account, and check numbers, and where to sign a check.

#4. Writing Resumes and Cover Letters

A resume is a summary of work experience, skills, and education, and can be utilized even if an applicant doesn’t have much of a work history. Help Teaching’s Resumes and Cover Letters worksheet addresses what type of content is needed to make a good impression on a potential employer. Items such as professional quality, easy to read content, and error-free grammar and spelling are a must. It also touches on the need for cover letters to be tailored to each job application, rather than a one-size-fits-all approach.

#5. Searching for a job

Finding the right job takes time, knowledge of labor laws, and some detective work. This process can be frustrating for anyone, but our worksheet The Job Search provides tips and guidance on how to proceed. Items such as networking, when to apply, what jobs to apply for, and age limits are covered.

#6. Job Applications

Job applications are generally used for all places of employment. Deciding what information to have on hand, or knowing what should be filled out on the application can be daunting to someone just starting the job search.  The Filling Out a Job Application worksheet touches on what is important when applying for a job. Employers need easy to remember items such as name, address, and phone numbers, but can also require information not known offhand, like a social security number, emergency contacts, or former supervisors’ information. The worksheet also discusses what to do if there is no work history to include on an application, such as preparing a list of skills that can go a long way to impress a hiring manager.

#7. Job Interviews

Once the application has been received, a personal interview is the next step. Help Teaching’s Life Skills worksheet The Job Interview recognizes how intimidating it can be to meet with a potential employer. It can be difficult think quickly when nervous, or to answer questions on the spot, so it is wise to be prepared before going in the interview room. First impressions are key and things like being on time, what kind of clothing is worn, and overall demeanor can be the defining factors in getting the job or being passed over.  Knowing what skills are outstanding, what skills need improved, and having questions ready for the hiring manager will make a positive impression.

#8. Understanding your paychecks and taxes

Once a job is obtained, our website’s worksheet Paychecks and Taxes can help guide employees through the ins and outs of deductions and taxes. For teenagers and young adults, often the number on that eagerly awaited first paycheck is not nearly as high as had hoped.  This worksheet discusses 401 K, the difference between net and gross pay, overtime, and benefits on a paycheck. It also introduces topics such as tax forms, dependents, Social Security, and Medicare.

#9. Credit Card Management

When that paycheck begins to come regularly, a credit card may be desired. Without out the right knowledge, it’s easy to fall into credit card debt. Anyone under the age of 21 must have a co-signer to obtain a credit card, unless they can prove they have a five-figure income. Our worksheet Understanding Credit Cards discusses how credit cards work and how to manage them. It refers to credit scores, credit history, and payments, along with APR and interest fees.

The amount of knowledge teens and young adults have with basic life skills is often taken for granted.  As a result, many go out into the real world not knowing how to write a check, use a credit card wisely, or even remember basic driving skills. Teachers can use the Life Skills worksheets in any high school or higher grade level. Some worksheets such as Understanding Checks Bank Accounts can be used for early high school, and even middle school. Find more life skills worksheets at HelpTeaching.com.

 

Now Hiring: Jobs for Grads in a Gig Economy

Now Hiring Jobs for Grads in a Gig Economy Today’s jobs look nothing like they did 20, or even 10, years ago. Gone is the age of the cubicle. Now workplaces feature open offices and flexible schedules with telecommuting options. Even the traditional look of a career has changed. While it’s still possible to get that 40 hour a week job with vacation and benefits, many employers and job-seekers have started to look for something a little less formal and a lot less permanent. The result is the rise of the gig economy.

What is the Gig Economy?

Essentially, a gig economy is just like it sounds. Workers make money through gigs. For example, if a band is booked to play a show (a gig), then the members of the band get paid. However, a gig economy goes beyond the field of music. Today, many job seekers make a living through a series of gigs. They code apps and develop websites. They take photographs and create advertisements. They mow lawns and complete odd jobs. They develop assessment items and tutor students. They take on cases as lawyers and help sell real estate. They upcycle furniture and sew dresses. They work as entrepreneurs, freelancers, temporary workers, and independent contractors.

The difference between a gig economy job and a standard job is that a gig economy job is less permanent. Some gigs may be recurring, offering workers a steady paycheck and income they can depend on. Most, however, are one-time deals. Companies that cannot afford to hire a full-time employee or may not have a need for an employee once a project is complete may hire temporary workers to get the job done. Workers who crave flexibility and do not want to be tied down to one job can get a variety of experiences and, often, set their own schedules.

According to the annual Freelancing in America survey, nearly 35 percent of the workforce is choosing to participate in the gig economy, either full-time, part-time, or as a second career. As many industries face cutbacks and the number of full-time jobs available for graduates continues to decrease, many new college grads and other job seekers are finding hope in the gig economy.

Things to Consider with a Gig Economy

Now-Hiring-Jobs-for-Grads-in-a-Gig-Economy-QuestionsOf course embracing the gig economy isn’t for everyone and it comes with its own sets of challenges. While the gig economy can provide workers with a flexible work schedule and the opportunity to work on a variety of projects, it can also lead to an unpredictable income and problems maintaining a work-life balance.  Those thinking about the gig economy should consider a few questions before getting to work.

  1. How will I find work?
    One of the biggest challenges of working in the gig economy is finding work. Essentially, workers start their own business and develop a roster of clients who provide them with tasks to complete. When you first start out, it may be difficult to get work. However, the more time you spend in the field and making connections, the more opportunities you’re likely to get.
  2. What are some ways I can monetize my skills?
    Working in the gig economy is all about finding non-traditional ways to earn money. Sometimes the jobs being offered do not mirror more traditional positions. Think about the skills that you have and make a list of all the ways you could possibly use those skills. Maybe you’re good at making quilts, but the market for selling quilts is not very large. Could you monetize your skills by making quilted potholders en masse or teaching a quilting class at a local craft store? Maybe your skill involves driving people around all day. While you could work for a ride-sharing service, you may have more luck finding a regular job driving a senior citizen to appointments or to the grocery store.
  3. Can I manage multiple projects at once? If so, how many?
    When you work in a traditional job, you often only handle one or two projects at a time. However, when you work independently, you may have multiple clients. Each client will have a different set of standards and expectations and most of them won’t be very understanding if you get those standards and expectations mixed up. To work in a gig economy, you must be organized and able to multi-task. You also need to learn your limits.
  4. Do I want to work full-time? Part-time? Just in my spare time?
    With the gig economy, you have a lot of control over how much you work. Think about the skills you have and how you can monetize them. Can you make enough money to work full-time? If not, would it be better to pick up a part-time job and take on gigs part-time as well? Maybe you want to take on a full-time job in your field and pick up gigs on the side as a way of earning extra money. Some people start taking on gigs while working a full-time job, and then eventually leave the full-time job to work full-time in the gig economy. Others only work in the gig economy on a very part-time basis. What you decide to do is up to you.
  5. How will I pay for insurance? Save for retirement? Pay taxes?
    Traditional jobs often come with insurance and other benefits. They also automatically take taxes out of your paycheck. In the gig economy, you often become responsible for all of those tasks. When you determine how often you want to work and how much money you need to make from your gigs, you must consider the cost of insurance, saving for retirement, and paying for taxes. The cost of these items helps determine whether you can be successful in a gig economy.
  6. What happens if I get sick or need to take extended time off?
    Jobs in the gig economy often don’t come with paid sick days or vacation time. If you get sick and can’t meet a deadline, a client may decide to take his/her business elsewhere. Regularly cancelling gigs or failing to complete projects on time can make it harder to get new work. Plus, when you take time off, you don’t get paid. If you rely on the gig economy as your main source of income, you must be prepared for sick days, time off for vacation, and even lulls in your workload during the year. For example, you may get fewer gigs during the holiday season as companies take time off to celebrate.
  7. How will I pay for my equipment?
    If you work in a traditional job, chances are your company will provide you with most of the equipment you need. When you work independently, not so much. Do you need a computer? Specialized software? A printer and ink? These expenses are your responsibility. When you price your gigs, you need to take this into consideration.
  8. What if I take on a bad gig?
    Working in the gig economy comes with a lot of risks. When you work independently, you often aren’t covered by the same rules and regulations that you’re covered by in the workplace. This means that clients may make unreasonable demands on your time, may not pay you a fair rate, or may not pay you at all. Are you prepared to handle any of these events should they happen? Do you know the legal aspects of the field you plan to work in?
  9. Am I willing to invest the time and effort it takes to make it work?
    When it comes to working in the gig economy, some people get lucky and work just falls into their laps. For most people, however, finding work and managing your workload requires a lot of time and effort. You must be willing to put yourself out there, take risks, and apply for a lot of jobs. You must be willing to figure out how much to charge for your work and not give up when times get tough.

How to Find Work in the Gig Economy
Now-Hiring-Jobs-for-Grads-in-the-Gig-Economy-ResumeOne of the biggest challenges in a gig economy is finding work. Before looking for work, make a list of all of the jobs you’re qualified to do and include 1-2 reasons you’re qualified to do them. This will help you in your search for new work. Once you know what you want to do, you can start exploring opportunities. Remember, you don’t have to find a full-time job. While the gig economy can be a great alternative for full-time employment, it’s also a great way to earn some extra money while going to school, working part-time, or being employed in another career.

To find work in a gig economy, consider the following options:

  1. Ask family and friends for help. They may have odd jobs that need completed, or they may be able to connect you with others who need help. Just put yourself out there and ask. You never know what connections you might make.
  2. Contact companies directly. Is there a company you’d like to work for? First, visit their website to see if they have any job openings. You can also conduct a Google search to see if they have any job listings on other sites. Once you’ve done that, consider sending a letter to the company that describes your services and how you think you can help them.
  3. Create a profile on a website focused on helping people find gigs. Some sites to consider include Fiverr and Upwork. You can also look in the gigs section of Craigslist, but use caution when responding to listings.
  4. Look for companies that rely solely on independent contractors or temporary employees. Think beyond companies like Uber or Lyft. For example, you might want to make deliveries for Postmates or Instacart, or rent out your car with Getaround or Turo.
  5. Set up your own online store with sites such as Etsy, Shopify, or eBay. You may also find a place at local co-ops that cater to small businesses or pop-up shops.
  6. Create your own website. Think of it as a virtual resume. On your website you can advertise your services and your qualifications. People looking for your services in your area can find you through your site.

Whether you’re just graduating from high school or college or want to make a change in careers, you may find that working in the gig economy is the solution. Also, don’t forget to check out our 10 Money-Making Ideas for Teachers and Parents to find additional ways to make money in the gig economy.

Emergency Survival Kit: Tools to Help Teachers Stay Motivated

Emergency Survival Kit: Tools to Help Teachers Stay Motivated
During the school year, teachers go through moments where it seems like the days are dragging on and on. Then, in an instant, it feels as if they are just flying by. The constant changes in attitude and emotions may cause teachers to feel overwhelmed. We have gathered some survival tips to help even the most seasoned professionals find some balance during the school year. Whether the school year is winding down and you just need help getting to the last day or it’s just beginning and you’re not sure how you’ll make it through the year, these tips will help motivate you.

#1 You Are What You Eat

Have you noticed what you’ve been putting into your body lately? If you’ve been eating a lot of foods that are high in sugar and processed ingredients, you may notice that you have a lack of energy and focus. Sometimes you have to stop at a drive thru or grab some chips from the vending machine, but you should try to make healthy choices as often as possible. When you stick to a healthy, balanced diet, you will feel energized and able to take on the day. You can find many clean eating meal plans online to help you freshen up your day to day eating habits. Do some research and choose one that works for you.

#2 Keep the Hydration Coming

Emergency Survival Kit: Helping Teachers Stay MotivatedFeeling tired during the day? If you can’t squeeze in a nap, try drinking some water. Often feelings of fatigue come from being dehydrated. Teachers are ALWAYS talking and moving around. As a result, your body is using a lot of water. You may also experience dry mouth and lips or even an irritated, sore throat. Find a giant water bottle that you love and keep if with you throughout the day, or purchase a mini fridge for your classroom and stock it with bottles of water that are always cold and easy to access. To add some flavor to your water you can drop in a few strawberries, cucumbers, lemons/limes,  or your own choice of fruits/vegetables. This will help you take in some extra essential nutrients during the day as well. When you are properly hydrated, you will not only look your best, but more importantly, you will feel your best.

#3 Move Your Body, Enhance Your Mind

Regular exercise will keep your mind clear and your body energized. Teachers often say they are too busy or have too many papers to grade to exercise. However, it’s important to make time for exercise during the day. Some ways to squeeze in your exercise include a 20-minute walk right after school, an early morning run, or treadmill time while grading papers or writing lesson plans. You can also incorporate exercise into the school day. For example, you may use your planning period to take a walk with co-workers and discuss department issues during your walk. You could also incorporate brain breaks into the classroom and join in as students dance or engage in short exercises. When you take care of your body, you will have the energy you need to make it through the week without feeling burnt out. Get moving and keep moving!

#4 The Early Bird Gets the Worm

Advance planning is one of the key aspects of keeping your head above water during the school year. It’s easy for your routines to become more relaxed as the year goes on. Sometimes you can’t avoid running to the copy machine minutes before your first class begins. However, the more you can get ready ahead of time, the better you’ll feel during the day. Whenever you can, spend a few extra minutes trying to get ahead so you can stay sane in the moment.

#5 Forget Beauty Sleep, Stock Up on Sleep for the Brain

http://images.helpteaching.com/Emergency-Survival-Kit-Tools-to-Help-Teachers-Stay-Motivated-SleepWhen you have lots of grading to do and lesson plans to  write, it can be difficult to get to bed at a decent time.  However, choosing sleep over work will usually pay off in the  long run. Teaching is mentally and physically exhausting. You need rest to help you recharge and refocus at the end of every day. While it may seem like the grading will never get done if  you get to bed on time, you may be surprised. Often people who get a good night’s sleep are more productive and energized during the day, which means it takes less time to complete essential tasks. In addition, if you’re tired during the day, you may find that you lack patience with students or are less engaging when delivering a lesson. Getting some sleep can solve a lot of problems in the classroom.

#6 Treat Yourself

It is so important at the end of a rough week or even a long day to remember to do something nice for yourself. It doesn’t matter if you take a hot bubble bath, watch your favorite sports team, bake your favorite treats, or go on a long hike. If you get that time out that you need, you have succeeded. It is important to reward yourself for your hard work and long hours by doing things that you enjoy. Even if you are completely swamped, just a few hours away will be enough to rejuvenate you and allow you to return to your work a bit more refreshed.

If you don’t take care of yourself, it’s harder for you to take care of others. If you are feeling burnt out or overwhelmed as the year goes on, focus on these tips. Remember, YOU are a hard-working, dedicated educator who is making a difference in your community. YOU are giving so much of yourself each day, so don’t ever let a bad week keep you down. You deserve the best and so do your students. After all, they’re the reason you do what you do.

For more help on managing the classroom, check out Back-to-School Tips for Teachers which contains strategies that can be used year-round. You can also use strategies to keep students energized which may help you stay energized too.

This post was written by Help Teaching contributor, Amanda McAllister. Amanda is a qualified primary, intermediate and senior teacher who has been teaching for over 8 years. When she is not teaching, she is travelling, spending time with family/friends, acting, and trying out new recipes. Amanda is proud to be a life long learner and is looking forward to many more years of teaching to come.

5 Reasons to Reconsider Vocational Education

5 Reasons to Reconsider Vocational Education
If you’ve paid attention to the news over the past year, you may know that employers are facing a major skills gap. It’s a problem that exists around the world. As more students pursue four-year degrees, the numbers of those entering the technical trades has started to dwindle. These trades include jobs such as plumbers, electricians, carpenters, and even cosmetologists. While these careers may not represent those students traditionally consider, they offer plenty of opportunities to earn an honest income. They’re also in high-demand. As state and local education departments begin to devote more time and money to creating new career and technical education centers, it’s time for everyone else to take a second look at vocational education.

Technical Trades are in High Demand
Did you know that demand for cosmetologists is expected to rise by 20% between 2008 and 2018? The same is true for plumbing, which is expected to grow by 22% by 2022, and for electricians. Even as the world becomes more complex and focused on technology, people still need those skilled in the trades to complete a variety of tasks.

Vocational Training is Inexpensive
The increasing cost of college has many students looking for less expensive options. Often, obtaining vocational training costs much less and takes less time than a traditional four-year degree. While the average starting salary for a graduate of a trade school may be less than a graduate with a four-year degree, when you add in the difference in cost and the potential for future earnings, taking the trade school route may seem more appealing.

There is Opportunity for Advancement
Many who go into vocational trades do not remain in lower-level positions for the duration of their career. In fact, once they get some experience under their belts, many start their own businesses and begin to hire and manage employees of their own. Those who opt not to go out on their own can still advance to supervisory and management positions within their companies. If they are laid off from a company, it’s often much easier to find another job than with less technical career paths.

Technical Skills Save You Money
Even if students do not pursue a career in a technical field, just having technical skills can benefit them in life. Think about the amount of money you spend to fix a plumbing problem. Now imagine how much you’d save if you could fix that problem yourself. Those who know a technical trade can save themselves and their family members a lot of money by doing high-priced repairs themselves. A carpenter can save a lot of money by doing remodeling work. A cosmetologist can save money by doing family members’ hair.

Some students even use the technical skills they’ve learned in high school to help them pay for a four-year degree in another area. For example, a student with culinary arts skills can work as a cook or even run a culinary business while going to school. A student with carpentry skills can work construction jobs in the summer to help pay for school in the fall.

Technical Skills Benefit Companies
Even if students opt to pursue a degree in another field, having technical skills can help them when they enter the workforce. For example, in STEM fields, understanding the principals of electricity or drafting can help students develop stronger technologies. Knowing how to read and take apart technical texts can also be beneficial when it comes to reading business manuals and understanding complex systems in the workplace.

At Help Teaching, we are well aware of the benefits of vocational education. That’s why we’ve made a commitment to developing materials related to some of the most popular vocational trades. Visit our Vocational Education page to find worksheets related to the following careers and skills:

Watch for more subject areas, such as auto body and welding, coming soon as our vocational education offerings expand.

Do you teach vocational education or have you seen the benefits of technical training firsthand? If so, we’d love to hear about your experiences.

16 Tips for Writing a Stellar Resume

Tips for Writing a Stellar Resume

Whether you’re looking for a part-time job or a full-time position, you know there’s one thing you need to help you make it past the first cut – a stand-out resume. Even fast food restaurants have begun to request resumes for part-time positions. No matter the job you’re applying for, a resume is a way for you to make a good first impression. Even a tiny mistake could cost you the job. Whether you’re writing your first resume or looking to spruce up an existing resume, we’ve come up with some tips to help yours represent you well.

1. Keep it Short

Potential employers don’t have time to read through tons of lengthy resumes. Keep your resume to one or two pages. If it is two pages, print your resume on a double-sided piece of paper rather than stapling it together. Keeping your resume short means you may have to remove that detail about being president of the drama club in high school or highlight only your most relevant job experience. It doesn’t mean that you should decrease the font size so you can fit everything. A potential employer shouldn’t need a magnifying glass to read your resume.

2. Make it Skimmable

Many employers aren’t going to read every single word you include in your resume. Instead, they’ll skim your resume for relevant information. Use headers to highlight each section and put the most relevant sections near the top. Most resumes will start with an objective and move straight into job history. However, if you’re applying for a job that values education or volunteer experience more than job history, put those sections first. Within each section, use bullet points rather than paragraphs to add pertinent information. If your resume is more than one page, the most important information should all appear on page one.

3. Customize your Resume

While it may not be practical to create a new resume for each position you apply for, you should make sure your resume fits the job you want. You may want to have a few versions of your resume to fit different positions. For example, you may have one resume for part-time employment in a retail or fast-food establishment and another resume for managerial positions.

4. Use Action Words

Fill your resume with action words. Instead of saying “was responsible for” or “worked to provide,” start your main points with verbs that show an action. For example, “Developed a 30-second commercial that aired on 10 networks” or “Compiled a 20-page research report.”

5. Incorporate Buzzwords

If you’re applying for a job in a particular industry, try to incorporate buzzwords into your resume. For example, instead of saying “rang up customers at the register,” you might say, “skilled at using a POS system.” Make sure you know what the buzzwords mean and that you use them correctly. Otherwise, your resume won’t be taken seriously.

6. Include Specific Details

Rather than saying things like “managed funds” or “headed a team,” try to include specific details. For example, “managed a $10,000 account with 100% customer satisfaction” or “headed a team of 25 people and improved productivity by 20%.” These small details provide a clearer picture of what you actually did.

7. Highlight Your Accomplishments

When you’re describing your position at a past company, think beyond your job description and focus more on what you accomplished in the position. What did that company lose when you left? For example, were you just someone who filed papers or someone who improved office efficiency and organization?

8. Add Awards and Accolades

You don’t need to include every award you won in high school or college, but if there are awards you’ve won that are relevant to the job position, include them on your resume. For example, if you were named Miss Congeniality, you may want to include that on a resume for a customer service position. You can also include awards for volunteer service or honors such as becoming an Eagle Scout.

9. Tell the Truth

This point shouldn’t have to be made, but many people embellish the truth on their resumes. Potential employers can often see through those embellishments. If they can’t and you land an interview, any lies you told on your resume are likely to come out very quickly. If they do, you can guarantee you won’t get the job. It’s okay to make yourself look good, but don’t do it at the expense of being truthful.

10. Leave Off Negative Experiences

There’s no rule that says you have to include every job you’ve ever held or every experience you’ve ever completed on your resume. If you have a job you’d like to forget or a degree you didn’t finish, then leave it off. Your resume is designed to highlight your best self, so it pays to be selective in what you choose to include. By the same token, if a job you held isn’t relevant to the position you’re seeking, don’t include it. The only exception is if you don’t have any other job history.

11. Include Unique Details

If you have room, you can use space on your resume to include a little more about your interests and hobbies. The more quirky those interests and hobbies, the more likely you are to gain someone’s attention. For example, instead of “listening to music” as a hobby, you may want to say you’re a “connoisseur of modern hip-hop.” As with everything, make sure the interests and hobbies will not turn off a potential employer in your field. You should also be sure not to include anything illegal or in poor taste on your resume. For example, “attending frat parties” is not an interest that will impress a potential employer, although something like “participating in service activities with Sigma Chi” might.

12. Double-Check Your Contact Information

If a potential employer likes your resume and wants to contact you for an interview, they’ll look for a phone number or e-mail address. If even one number or letter is incorrect, you could miss the opportunity. Verify all of your personal information, from the spelling of your name to the area code in your phone number, to make sure the employer can reach you to request an interview.

13. Look for Typos and Grammatical Mistakes

Employers want to see a resume that is free from errors. Read over your resume multiple times to look for errors. Try reading it aloud to catch even more errors. Then ask a couple friends or family members to look over your resume too. The more eyes you have look at your resume, the more likely you are to catch any errors hiding within.

14. Tighten it Up

Once you’ve been over your resume, look for ways to tighten it up. For example, did you write in full sentences? Remove words like I, we, am, was, and that. Instead, use short, focused statements to get your point across. Make sure you weren’t redundant too. Instead of saying something multiple times, say it powerfully the first time.

15. Make it Clean

When you give your resume to a potential employer, you want it to look nice. If the ink is smeared or words run together, it’s likely to fall to the bottom of the stack. Print your resume on high-quality paper and make sure it’s free from wrinkles and other negative issues before handing it to an employer. Buy a nice folder to carry your resume in when you go to drop it off to an employer and give your resume a recognizable file name if you’re e-mailing it. Instead of resume.doc try LastNameFirstInitialResume.doc.

16. Align it with Online Profiles

Take some time to align your resume with your online profiles. Your LinkedIn profile or profile on another job search or networking site should not be an exact copy of your resume. Instead, consider your resume the overview and those sites as an opportunity to enhance your resume by adding more specific or colorful details and experience. An employer who looks up your LinkedIn profile after reading your resume will want to see something different in the hope of learning more about you. At the same time, your online profiles should not contradict any of the information on your resume.

Need some help writing your resume? Check out Help Teaching’s resume writing worksheets found in the Life Skills section of our website.