Show Yourself Off: Write a Résumé!

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  • Lesson Identification and TEKS Addressed

    Cluster : Human Services

    Course : Practicum in Human Services

  • TEKS Student Expectations

    • (1)The student analyzes career paths within the human services industries. The student is expect to:
      • (B) complete a résumé
    • (3) The student uses business tools or procedures to create human services information and facilitate client interactions. The student is expected to:
      • (D) The student is expected to use word-processing, database, spreadsheet, or presentation software to manage data
  • Basic Direct Teach Lesson

    Instructional Objectives

    Students will:

    • create personal résumés to use when searching for a job
    • differentiate between chronological and functional résumés
    • add an updated résumé to their professional portfolio
  • Rationale


    Including a résumé with a job application is impressive and can make a job application stand out. If hiring personnel were handed a stack of job applications and only a few included résumés, those applications with the résumés would be reviewed as possible job candidates.

    • Several hiring managers of Practicum students ONLY look at the job applications that have résumés attached.
  • Duration of Lesson

    Four 45 minute class periods

  • Word Wall

    Chronological résumé: The most common résumé. It lists and highlights your work experience, education, and personal information

    Employment record: Jobs, duties, dates, companies and addresses of one’s present and/or previous work experiences

    Functional résumé: Allows you to focus on your skills when you do not have previous work experience to highlight

    Reference: A person to whom one refers for testimony as to another’s character, abilities, etc

    Résumé: A brief summary of personal, educational, and professional qualifications and experience

  • Materials/Specialized Equipment Needed


    • computer with projector for PowerPoint™ presentation
    • computers/laptops with printer capability
    • reserve computer lab, if needed


    • markers
    • paper/pen for note taking (for students)
    • poster boards or butcher paper and tape
    • white paper
    • copies of handouts (see All Lesson Attachments tab)
  • Anticipatory Set

    Before class begins:

    Post six poster boards or six sheets of butcher paper on a wall in the classroom.

    As class begins, divide students into six groups and assign each group to one of the poster locations. Provide markers.
    Using, allow students five minutes to brainstorm and write down their accomplishments/hobbies/activities/honors/awards on the paper.

    Allow groups to share the contents of their lists.

    Lists will be referenced throughout the lesson.

  • Direct Instruction with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Note to Teacher: A well written resume is ONE essential element of a PROFESSIONAL PORTFOLIO. This RÉSUMÉ lesson can be used in all Human Services courses as students are introduced to the concept of a Professional Portfolio and its contents, as well as a refresher for students updating and completing their Human Services PROFESSIONAL PORTFOLIO in Practicum in Human Services.

    Introduce lesson objectives, terms, and definitions.

    Begin the lesson by showing students samples of completed résumé. Samples may be located on websites listed in reference section.

    Introduce Show Yourself Off: Write a Résumé! PowerPoint™ (see All Lesson Attachments tab). Students will take notes using Show Yourself Off: Write a Résumé! PowerPoint™ Notes (see All Lesson Attachments tab).

    Have students examine and compare examples of functional and chronological résumés using handouts Chronological Résumé Template and Functional Résumé Template (see All Lesson Attachments tab).
    Provide an in-depth explanation of each résumé component.

    Using the graphic organizer Basic Information for a Résumé (see All Lesson Attachments tab), students will complete their information. This information will be used to complete their résumé during the Guided Practice activity.

    Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for all special education students must be followed. Examples of accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

    • allowing peer tutoring
    • allow extra time for completion of assignment

  • Guided Practice with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Students will have a choice of preparing a chronological or functional résumé.

    Students will complete a résumé using the templates Chronological Résumé Template and Functional Résumé Template (see All Lessons Attachments tab). Explain to them that this is the rough draft of their résumé. This rough draft will be used later as a guide for their typed résumé. They will incorporate the information they wrote on the Basic Information For A Résumé handout (see All Lesson Attachments tab) and the lists from Anticipatory Set.

    Model the use of “action” words in describing their accomplishments (from previous poster activity). Example: Instead of just saying “soccer team captain,” state as “elected soccer team captain.” Refer to examples on slide presentation.

    Actively monitor what the students are writing and allow for questions.

    Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for all special education students must be followed. Examples of accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

    • providing frequent teacher/student
    • encouraging students to remain on task
    • providing frequent feedback on progress of work

  • Independent Practice/Laboratory Experience with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Provide students with a Rubric for Résumé (see All Lesson Attachments tab) that will be used to assess their completed professional résumé.

    Computer lab:
    Allow time for students to type their résumés using a word processing software such as Microsoft Word™.
    Have students proofread and edit each other’s résumés prior to submitting for assessment.

    Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for all special education students must be followed. Examples of accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

    • allowing extended time for typing résumé
    • extending possible tutoring time before or after school
    • allowing time at home if a computer is available
    • providing a list of “action” words to be used in highlighting student accomplishments

  • Lesson Closure

    Have students completing the following statements on their notebook paper:
    A résumé is important because _____________.
    It’s important to continually update your résumé because ___________.

    Have students write the word RESUME vertically on their notebook paper. Using the letter, they are to write a pointer or tip about preparing a résumé. For example:

    • Remember to always check for grammatical or spelling errors before you print your résumé
    • E
    • S
    • U
    • M
    • E

    Students will turn in their notebook paper for a grade.

  • Summative/End of Lesson Assessment with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Submitted professional résumés will be assessed with Rubric for Résumé (see All Lesson Attachments tab).

    Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for all special education students must be followed. Examples of accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

    • allowing assistance in typing final résumé draft
    • allowing extra time for turning in résumé

  • References/Resources


    There are several websites that provide examples of résumés.
    Some examples are:

    *Achieve Texas
    AchieveTexas is an education initiative designed to prepare students for a lifetime of success. It allows students to achieve excellence by preparing them for secondary and postsecondary opportunities, career preparation and advancement, meaningful work, and active citizenship.

    *Microsoft Office
    Download free templates for résumés, spreadsheets, documents, calendars, certificates, labels, business cards, and more for Microsoft Office products.

    *Résumé Templates
    You will find over 250 free résumé templates along with tips for writing your résumé and the job interview process.

  • Additional Required Components

    English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) Strategies

    • Word wall definitions
    • Allow students to use translator websites, such as for help in looking for key and action words to use in their résumés
  • College and Career Readiness Connection

    AchieveTexas Career Cluster Crosswalks

    The Career Cluster Crosswalks housed on the AchieveTexas website provide Texas teachers with a direct connection between their CTE course TEKS and the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS). Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and Cross-Disciplinary integration are the focus of the CCRS. These college and career readiness standards are essential in the planning and delivery of CTE lessons. The extent to which the integration occurs is determined by the methods and strategies utilized by each teacher.

    Career Cluster Crosswalks for Education and Training, Hospitality and Tourism and Human Services Career Clusters can be found at:

  • Recommended Strategies

    Reading Strategies

    Have students locate two articles from the internet regarding the importance of a résumé and compare and contrast the content of the articles.

  • Quotes

    Boxing was the only career where I wouldn’t have to start out at the bottom. I had a good résumé.
    -Sugar Ray Leonard

    If you call failures experiments, you can put them in your résumé and claim them as achievements.
    -Mason Cooley

  • Multimedia/Visual Strategies


    • Show Yourself Off: Write A Résumé!


    The Anatomy of an Outstanding Résumé
    View these helpful tips to improve your résumé so that you are able to win potential employers over in a matter of seconds.


    • Free Résumé Templates in Microsoft Word
      Uploaded by TechLinkOnline on Jun 2, 2010
      You can create your resume in Microsoft Word with free résumé templates. There are many of résumé templates to choose from.
    • Résumé Writing Tips : How to Make Your Résumé Shine
      Uploaded by eHow on Nov 2, 2008
      To make your résumé shine, keep it simple, include all the right information and give pertinent work history. Create a stellar résumé by combining the right elements with the help of a management executive in this free video about writing job résumés

    Files for downloading:

  • Graphic Organizers/Handout

    Graphic Organizers:

    • Basic Information for a Résumé


    • Chronological Résumé Template (for rough draft)
    • Functional Résumé Template (for rough draft)
    • Rubric for Résumé
    • Show Yourself Off : Write a Résumé! PowerPoint™ Notes

    Files for downloading:

  • Writing Strategies

    Journal Entries:

    At the end of each class, have the students write in their journals their thoughts on the following:

    • The best type of résumé for me would be chronological/functional (choose one) because______________________________.

    • A résumé is important to have because ______________________.

    Writing Strategy:

    • Have students write an essay on the accomplishment they are most proud of. Students my include honors, hobbies, and achievements that can then be incorporated into their résumés.

    Role: Employer
    Audience: Applicant
    Format: WANT AD
    Topic: Job Description/Employee Characteristics

  • Communication 90 Second Speech Topics

    My Achievements…

    Why You Should Hire Me!

  • Other Essential Lesson Components

    Enrichment activity

    Include a cover letter and thank you letter as part of the assignment.

  • Family/Community Connection


    • Business person from the community to speak on the importance of attaching a résumé to a job application
    • What he/she looks for when hiring candidates for a job.

    Ask parents to proofread their child’s résumé. Parents are a great resource for awards and achievements because students tend to forget things that a parent always remembers about their child.

  • CTSO connection

    Texas Association of Future Educators (TAFE)

    The resume can be included in portfolios for competition at the TAFE state conference

    Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)

    STAR events:

    • Job Interview – An individual event – recognizes participants who use Family and Consumer Sciences and/or related occupations skills to develop a portfolio, participate in an interview, and communicate a personal understanding of job requirements.
  • Service Learning Projects

    Successful service learning project ideas originate from student concerns and needs. Allow students to brainstorm about service projects pertaining to lesson. For additional information on service learning see

    • Have students visit a retirement home and interview the residents. Ask them about their previous work experiences and practices that helped them achieve job success. Ask the residents about the change in work ethics and what they would look for in a job candidate.
    • Students provide résumé writing session for other students/parent group/community group.
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