Show Yourself Off: Write a RÉSUMÉ!

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  • Lesson Identification and TEKS Addressed

    Cluster : Education and Training

    Course : Practicum in Education and Training

  • TEKS Student Expectations

    • (3) The student communicates effectively. The student is expected to:
      • (A) assess the effectiveness of personal verbal, non-verbal, written, and electronic communication skills
    • (11) The student documents technical knowledge and skills. The student is expected to:
      • (A) update a professional portfolio to include:
        • (vi) résumé.
  • 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 good 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 résumé, those applications with the resumes would be reviewed as possible job candidates.

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

    Four 45 minute class periods

  • Word Wall

    Chronological résumé: The most common resume. 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


    • copy of your personal résumé (optional) note: remove address and phone number
    • 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)
    • class set of sample résumé (samples of completed resumes may be located on websites listed in reference section)
  • 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 Education and Training 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 Education and Training PROFESSIONAL PORTFOLIO in Practicum in Education and Training.

    Introduce lesson objectives, terms, and definitions.

    Begin the lesson by showing students your personal résumé (optional) and/or distributing sample résumé. Discuss the importance and value of a résumé in career development.

    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 resumes using handouts Chronological Résumé Template and Functional Résumé Template (see All Lesson Attachments tab).
    Provide an in-depth explanation of each résumé component.

    Distribute Basic Information for a Résumé (see All Lesson Attachments tab). Instruct students to complete the document with their personal 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 draft résumé using either the Chronological Résumé Template (see All Lessons Attachments tab) or the Functional Résumé Template (see All Lessons Attachments tab). This rough draft will be used later as a guide for their final typed résumé. Students should incorporate the information from their Basic Information For A Résumé handout (see All Lesson Attachments tab) and the list created during the Anticipatory Set.

    Model the use of “action” words in describing their accomplishments.. 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. Students may require access to their cell phones or internet to look up phone numbers and addresses.

    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. Review all components of rubric so that students understand how their final résumé will be assessed.

    Computer lab:
    Allow time for students to type their résumés using a word processing software such as Microsoft Word™.

    If students have access to Microsoft Word™, please have them follow the instructions below:

    • Open Microsoft Office Word
    • Click on the Office Button
    • Click on NEW
    • Click on Templates
    • Click on Résumés
    • Click on Basic
      Students can then follow the prompts and create, save and print their professional résumés. Remind students to save their work. Encourage students to save their Résumé on a USB drive if they have one.
      Allow students to proofread and edit each other’s résumé 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

    Review lesson objectives, terms and definitions. Ask questions regarding the role and value of a résumé in career development.

    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 RÉSUMÉ 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 submit this assignment for a daily grade.

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

    Submitted professional résumé 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 résumé.

    • 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.
    • Resume 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

  • 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 on a Venn Diagram.

  • 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-School District
    Audience: Applicant
    Format: Want Ad for Teacher
    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. These additional components may integrated into a Career Portfolio for CTSO competitions.

  • 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.
  • CTSO connection

    Texas Association of Future Educators (TAFE)

    Job Interview Competition – To provide TAFE/FEA Members an opportunity to develop, and practice their interview skills as well as build their cover letter and résumé writing skills.


    Championship Contest: Employment Application Process
    Tests the contestant’s readiness in applying for employment and their understanding of the process. The contest is available to students who are classified under the provisions of Public Law 105-17, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 1997. The competition includes completing an application and interviewing with the judges. Their résumé and portfolio are used during their interviews.

    *All Championship contests require contestants to submit a résumé. The quality of a résumés can be compared and used to break a tie, thus determining a winner.

  • 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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