Developing a child's resume is fun and easy!
Resumes for Children - 17 Years Old and Under (ebook) is a detailed guide of sample resumes that show how children's talents, skills, abilities, and challenges can propel them to success. This book takes the guess work from parents and children about what to put on a child's resume. This book also provides great ideas on activities that children can pursue in order to build themselves a strong resume at an early age. Begin providing your child with that "back pack" of skills early in life. Choosing activities that provide your child with life skills as well as build character is a key element to their success. Documenting those activities is also a key element to their success. Keeping before them a present visual reminder of their activities, awards, accomplishments, gifts, and talents gives encouragement and pride in what they do and have done. It also allows them to see how well they have progressed over the years. In other words, you will assist your child in behaving their way to success.
What's in the Book
What's in the Book
- Sample Children's Resumes - In the sample resumes you'll meet, but not limited to, a student pilot with a 3rd Class Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Medical Certificate, a Child Book reviewer, a Jr. Open Water Diver A Life Guard. There are many more surprisingly wonderful children you'll meet in the book.
- Sample Cover Letters - These show parents how to obtain other peoples' money (OPM) to assist in the growth and development of their child. The cover letters are signed by both the child and the parent. Use these letters as guides to develop your own.
- Workbook Sections - These sections titled Reflections, Resources, and Ideas, allow parents and children to document the resources they want and need to help build the child a strong resume. Parents can also reflect on what their child can and wants to do.
- Reference Section - The reference section of the book, lists sample references for a child, i.e., camp counselor, pastor, teacher, etc.
"An intriguing guide that asserts that it's never too early to start documenting one's talent and achievements."
Kirkus Reviews - click here for complete review on Kirkus
"This book is a great resource for parents to help prepare their child for the real world while giving them insights into his interests and skills."
Christian Library Journal
"Before reading this, I want to let you know that this is not a "storybook," but a collection of sample resumes and inspirational headings for children interested in activism and starting out on their dream at a young age. I don't have a problem with this, because it was actually really inspirational and an enjoyable, quick read. This is just more of a "guide" rather than a book. It is something better for children and their parents to read through together and keep as a log (of sorts) of their activities, rewards, and successes. That being said, on to the review:
I always consider myself a "doer" when it comes to achieving goals and dreams. I'm not fond of the question, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" because I don't see any reason why you can't go out and do it as a child. For example, I want to be an author. I've already written a lot of stories, created many websites, etc. People usually seemed surprised that I do this "much" at a young age, when really, I'm not doing much at all. So this book was something I could immediately connect with and see as a valuable resource. However, to me, the best part was not the sample resumes, but the inspirational headings. "Don't wait for others to create your road to success" would be a perfect example of that (pg. 16 in Resumes for Children 17 Years and Under). Recently, many of my friends went through the hectic process of trying to get into private schools for Junior High. This would be a very helpful guide for cases such as those. All in all, an inspirational and valuable guide to "getting things done" as a kid."
Kid Book Reviewer - Kid Book Reviewer
"Ms. Kris, I liked the design of the two resumes on your website. They captured the interest of each child. I liked the way the word sample flowed through the background. All the activities were easy to read." Thanks
J. LeGrand, Atlanta, GA (10 years old)
"Deploying the word resumes in the title of the book may immediately turn one off, as there no doubt exists countless number of books concerning resumé writing. However, I doubt if any of these books are addressed to children seventeen years old and under. In fact, who would even think of sitting down with your child and preparing his or her own resumé? What’s the point? And here is where Donna Kristine Manley puts a bee in your bonnet with herResumes for Children 17 Years Old And Under Yes, Really!
According to Manley, and I tend to agree, by helping your child prepare their own resumé you can boast their self-esteem as you will be taking the time to capture their accomplishments, activities, gifts, talents, and interests which would all be reflected in a written document. As Manley goes onto say, “Your child will certainly feel good about himself or herself.” Another sound reason proffered is that the child can use this resumé within the context of academic programs wherein sponsorship may be required, or where he or she may be applying for a scholarship or a fellowship. It can also be used when entering a competition or seeking admission to a particular school.
To exemplify the broad scope of possibilities where these resumés would come in quite handy, Manley presents her readers with twenty-one different creative prototypes that carefully balance different aptitudes, experiences and education adapted to a variety of scenarios. For example, let us say your child is interested in attending a writing camp, however, he or she may need a sponsor who would be willing to foot the bill. In this case you would collaborate with your child in drafting a resumé that would look something like the “Aspiring Writer” model included in the manual. Briefly, this resumé mentions how the child has helped others improve their reading skills, the child’s contributions to a school newspaper, additional studies that the child may have pursued, their participatory activities such as a children’s book club organizer, spoken work event organizer and the results that transpired, and perhaps the child’s community work as a liaison. If applicable, you may also want to include past attendance at a young writers camp, as well as their computer knowledge, education and awards. At the end of her manual, Manley also provides some sample cover letters that would state the reason for the letter, reference to the resumé and the hope that financial assistance would be forthcoming.
As for references to include in the resumés, Manley mentions the following: school teachers and administrators, athletic personnel whom your child may have been involved with, your clergy, community service personnel and family friends.
The final pages of the guide present some prime advice and interesting avenues to explore in order to assist your child enhance their resumés. These recommendations will not only help your child in polishing and improve their skills but may possibly facilitate their securing a part-time job or a volunteering position. As an example, Manley tells us that if your child is an aspiring graphic artist why not research possible art classes, children’s art contests, art shows, businesses that will display a child’s art, and corporate art competitions. She even proposes the in-home art exhibit.
Technically, Manley’s approach works very well. Resumes for Children 17 Years Old And Under Yes, Really! is definitely a wholly accessible and creditable manual, and moreover, it offers rich opportunities for you and you child to explore the many options wherein a resumé would play a vital role."
Book Pleasures - Book Pleasures (this website is now out of business)
"What a wonderful and innovative way to teach and motivate young movers and shakers. Resumes for Children is destined to be a dynamic teaching tool for teachers and parents of elementary, junior, and high school age children."
William Blair, Counselor, Atlanta Public Schools
"I don’t quite remember my first resume, but I do recall listing every hobby I’d ever had to make my part-time job at the library look more substantial. Where were books like Resumes for Children when I was growing up? I think this book does a good job providing several samples to use for creating a child’s resume and cover letter. There are sample resumes for entrepreneurs, volunteers, babysitters/pet care, hobbies, inventors, aspiring medical professionals and more! I also like the space in the back of the book for recording your reflections, ideas and resources. These will be useful for writing down your child’s interests, hobbies, volunteer opportunities, activities, or hands-on experiences as they evolve over time. The author also talks about some reasons why children need a resume and offers some pearls of wisdom at the end of the book which I found to be helpful. While I don’t plan on creating a resume for either of my children anytime soon, I think this book will definitely come in handy when I’m ready to take on this task. I believe Resumes for Children is great tool to use to help you to chronicle your child’s academic and extracurricular history.
Creating a resume is an important initial step in the process of obtaining employment, volunteer opportunities or applying to private schools. In addition, a resume can help a student in future academic pursuits. Teaching your child to identify his/her skills, talents and achievements is key to putting together a winning resume. Since this book was written almost ten years ago, one suggestion I would make for a potential book update would be to limit contact information on the resume samples. Meaning do not list a physical address, phone number or school name. Contact information for your child can always be sent directly the the hiring manager, volunteer coordinator, etc. Maybe it’s just me, but I’m overly cautious about sharing any information about my children, especially online. Electronic or hard copies of resumes and cover letters can end up anywhere therefore as a parent, I believe you must be very thoughtful about what personal information is on them. Are you on the fence about creating a resume for your child or do you think this sounds absurd? Think of it this way: the reality is that some scholarship, private, middle and high school applications give you spaces in which they expect you to write down your child’s extracurricular activities, community service and awards. It can be a painful process if you’ve got nothing to write about your child in those spaces."
Here Wee Read - Hereweeread.com
"Okay, I have to admit that when I first was contacted by Kris Manley, author of the book, Resumes for Children- 17 Years Old and Under, that I was not really sure what it was about. I mean, why do kids need resumes? But I figured it was different and worth a look, right? I have to say that I am so impressed. This is a spectacular resource that should be made available to every child. It is already being used in several Atlanta, GA high schools and middle schools and by the GA Dept. of Labor career centers. I have no doubt that it will soon be used all over the country.
From the website:
Why Should Your Child Have a Resume?
1. To boost their self esteem and feel good about themselves
2. To outline their capabilities
3. To show how well he or she does outside of the academic arena
4. To show he or she is more than what their report card says they are
5. To praise his or her gifts, talents, abilities
6. To accompany his or her college application
Choosing activities that provide your child with life skills as well as build character is a key element to their success. Documenting those activites is also a key element to their success. Why? Keeping before them an ever present visual of their activities, accomplishments, etc. gives encouragement, pride in what they do and have done, and allows them to see how well they have progressed over the years. In other words, you will assist your child in "behaving" their way to success. In this day and age, it is so important to be able to give your child every advantage that you can. I firmly believe that this a great resource to help with that."
Busy Mommy Blogspot - Busy Mommy Blogspot
"Resumes For Children 17 Years Old And Younger by Donna Kristine Manley, who has developed countless children's resumes to help them receive sponsorship in special programs, is not a standard how-to book. Rather than giving exhaustive resume preparation instructions, Resumes For Children 17 Years Old And Younger presents a wide collection of sample resumes and sample cover letters to familiarize the reader with the proper formatting, plus several blank pages for the reader to write down appropriate reflections and resources. The examples range in style from a resume for a young person seeking experience as a caregiver, to an aspiring newsperson, an inventor-in-training, and much more. An excellent "learn-from-example" guide."
Midwest Book Review - Midwest Book Review
"Jazz and I recently were able to review the book Resumes for Children by Donna Kristine Manley. When I first heard this title I was not sure what to think. When I hear the word resume I immediately think of work or job. The first question I asked myself is why would Jazz need a resume? She has never had job. As I opened the book and began to read I quickly understood why this an good idea. Kids are involved in lots of afterschool activities and various clubs. A resume is a great way for children to organize all of their accomplishments and achievements. They can even include their interests and any awards they have won. I wish we would have read this book sooner. When Jazz (14) was in the 8th grade last year we had to start searching for acceptable high schools for her to attend. My husband and I had no idea how much work it was to get her into a good one. There were applications to fill out and tests to take. There was even an interview process for both parents and child. One common requirement that all the schools had were recommendations and a list of activities Jazz participated in. Basically we had to fill out forms with all this information more than a few times. It would have been a whole lot easier if she had a resume and it would have made her stand out more.
A resume speaks for you -- it describes who you are and what you have done in your life. And as this book shows, there are many other uses for making a resume, not only for applying for a job. Resumes look impressive! Receivers of your child's resume will get to know a little about your child before they meet in person. MyParenTime.com recommends this book -- anything that can help a child go forward in their life is A-OK with us! This book is clear and concise, and gives wonderful examples of how children under the age of 17 can use resumes to further their education, career or hobby."
"This practical, well organized guide will help you to record your child's achievements, activities, talents and interests in the form of a resume. Donna Kristine Manley has developed her simple, yet useful idea of a resume for children in an easy to follow format, with lots of sample resumes, complete with references and cover letters. Why does your child need a resume? Your child can use a resume to accompany an application for entrance into a special school, program, camp, or competition or for older children, to obtain a part-time or full-time summer job. Having a good resume boosts a child's self esteem and gives them a written record of their accomplishments and capabilities beyond the academic school reports. Kids can use these guidelines to see how others have turned their hobbies into moneymaking endeavors and have ventured into other worlds...radio broadcasters, pilots and other fascinating accomplishments.
The softbound book also includes blank, lined pages for them to record their thoughts and rough drafts of resumes. This book is also a valuable teaching tool and reference; it should be in every school library."
Myshelf - Myshelf
"When I first got this book, Resumes for Children by Donna Kristine Manley, I thought to myself, “Gee..the person who actually buys this book is really 10 steps ahead of the Joneses!“ But, as I thoroughly read the book, it dawned on me that this is probably the simplest and most effective tool in helping your kids create and maintain their goals and objectives in their lives. Why do I say this? Each and everytime I had to evaluate a new jobseeker’s resume, I get less and less impressed with the same template, cut and pasted from someone else’s resume. To me, a resume should not just be about your academic performances. It should be about the person. YOU! I found this book very resourceful and useful, as it shows that every strength your child has, can be churned into a positive statement. If he likes to talk, he can enhance his oratory skills by joining the toastmasters club in his area. Even by speaking out during an event, or in class/school, is considered an accomplishment! If your child loves to play sports, this is where he can show all his achievements.
BUY IT!: This is an excellent resource book where there are 21 sample resumes, 3 cover letters and a sample reference. It also has sections where your child (with your help) can reflect on his life purposes and list down his ideas/goals. Why would we need it? Your child can use it for a variety of purposes. Imagine, if your child had to apply for scholarships, this is where he can shine, by inserting a resume along with his application form. They can also use it for competitions, seeking sponsorship or grants. Being different, being unique, being themselves. This book brings clarity to their objectives in life, when they can see it in paper, it’ll not only excite them but motivate them into achieving greater things in their lives! And remember…it’s not all about the academics!"
ParentReviewers - ParentReviewers