Having a resume is the first step toward getting a job. This session provides an introduction to writing a resume.


  • Life Skills
  • Resumes


By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Produce a draft of a resume.


  • Computers with word processing software, printer
  • Sample Resume activity sheet
  • Personal Survey activity sheet
  • Resume Template activity sheet


Text in italics should be read aloud to participants. As you engage your post in activities each week, please include comments, discussions, and feedback to the group relating to Character, Leadership, and Ethics. These are important attributes that make a difference in the success of youth in the workplace and life.


Activity 1

Pass out the Sample Resume activity sheet.


Ask the following questions: What does this resume tell you about the person who wrote it? What do you think the author did well? What might he do better? How did he communicate his skills well to a prospective employer?

Activity 2

Pass out the Personal Survey activity sheet. Ask participants to answer questions about themselves and note that they will use that information to write their first resume. After they have had enough time to complete the activity sheet, begin the next activity.

Activity 3

Assign participants to computers and pass out the Resume Template activity sheet. Explain that they are going to use the information they wrote on the Personal Survey activity sheet to write their resume. Guide Explorers through the process of using the Resume Template activity sheet. After Explorer have had enough time to complete their resume, print them out and lead a discussion on what participants have learned about writing resumes.


Some sample questions are below. They are designed to help the participants apply what they have learned to their own interests. You are welcome to use these questions or develop your own questions that relate to your post or specific focus area.


Focusing Questions

  • How did it help to review a sample resume first?
  • How did it help to write down your skills and experiences before writing the resume?

Analysis Questions

  • What would you like to see more of in your resume?
  • What sort of experiences can you take part in to help build your skills?
  • What is the best way to make your resume stand out?

Generalization Questions

  • Is a resume ever really finished? Why or why not?
  • Why is this important?
Resume Writing Activities
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