Ok, this topic may not win an award, but what it will do is make parents think about their children’s future. Most parents want their children to be successful, but often don’t think about the success process. Parents think about the end result or destination, but not the journey. In todays society a resume is a large piece of a successful individual’s journey into the work world. How so? A resume is one of the first documents requested by employers, colleges, and volunteer organizations; if your child doesn’t have one he or she is already behind the eight ball. Mom and Dad start early preparing a resume ready child – here are some ideas:
1. Reading: Readers are Leaders! Start your child on the path to reading. Subscribe to magazines or book clubs. There are free magazines for children. Register your child as a child book reviewer. Visit these websites to do so, stonesoup.com, www.spaghettibookclub.org, www.flamingnet.com, www.kidsreads.com, and www.teenreads.com. Place your child’s book reviews on his or her resume and don’t forget to make the links live/clickable. By being a child book reviewer your child can build a free home library because authors don’t require the return of their books.
2. Speech APPs: There’s no need in increasing your child’s vocabulary through reading if he or she murders the king’s English, i.e., not knowing how to speak well. Crush the slang, get rid of the slurred language, complete a word and a sentence. Speaking well is part of the icing on the cake. Kids need to realize that the way they speak is a resume in itself. Here are some wonderful speech APPs:
- I Dare You Articulation APP
- Articulation Carnival
- Phonics Genius
- Syllables Splash
- Articulation Station Pro
- Describe It
3. Volunteering: Teach your child to give back to the community; besides helping others, colleges and universities love students who volunteer. Check out Volunteers of America at voa.org. Volunteering can lead to a great job as well.
4. “If you don’t start nothin’, there won’t be nothin’!” Heard this before? I know, it’s slang. Have your child start a movement or take a leadership role in a movement or in an organization. This leadership role can be as simple as starting a Reader’s Circle at home. For children who are shy or who have a speech impediment this is a great opening for them. Invite kids and their parents in the neighborhood one Saturday a month to your home, have the kids sit in a circle and read a chapter out of a favorite book, particularly a children’s classic, i.e., Peter Rabbit, Charlotte’s Web. After the children finish a book or two over a period of time create and print out a Reading Certificate for each child.
5. Meet Up Groups: Why should your child be involved in a Meet Up group? What a great way to meet other kids not in their typical circle, and what a great way to learn how to network. Did you know that children network? Not only is this good for your child, but it’s good for parents. Meet Up groups open doors to unheard of opportunities, i.e., scholarship information, internship information, travel opportunities, expert talks, etc.
6. Mastermind Groups: There is a difference between a Meet Up Group and a Mastermind Group. The difference? Meet Up Groups gather more so for the purpose of social networking, but a Mastermind Group’s individuals have specific goals he or she wants to achieve, and through collective knowledge bases from the group, specific goals can be achieved. Individuals in Mastermind Groups have goals and intend on “going places.” These individuals are movers and shakers, they bounce their ideas off of other sharp minded individuals who can test and push their thought processes. If kids of today want a challenge, then a Mastermind Group will be that challenge.
7. Recommendations: These are priceless! “Can” all the recommendations your child can get, and get all the recommendations they “can.” Make sure the recommendations obtained are from long time friends, teachers, clergy, etc. and not from someone that has known the child for a short period of time. The recommender needs to be someone that can speak to the child’s character, work ethics, and abilities.
8. A Learning Log: To keep up with your child’s extracurricular activities create a learning log.
So, let’s recap. Out of these eight ways to help make your child resume ready, what can you place on your child’s resume from this article? Consider these categories:
- Child Book Reviewer
- The links to where your child’s book reviews can be found
- Charitable Giver: your child may donate books he or she has already read to children’s hospitals, shelters, etc. Don’t forget to request a thank you letter from the hospital, shelter, etc., and the thank you letter needs to be addressed to your child
- Volunteer opportunities
- Involvement in an organization preferably with a leadership role
- Extracurricular activities, i.e., Meet Up Groups and Mastermind Groups
- Obtain recommendations
Oh, I forgot to mention that these eight ways have not cost one dime for parents; now start developing your child’s resume today!
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