Resumes for Children – Celebrating Your Child!

The words “children” and “resumes” in the same sentence sound really weird, but it’s not because someday your child will need a resume, or a document that lists their activities, awards, gifts, talents, and accomplishments. You know why your child will need a resume? Because someone will ask him or her for it. I know you must be thinking that your 7 or 10 year old does not need one right now, but not necessarily. A resume for a child may seem like an adult consideration, but like adults, children enjoy seeing what they’ve accomplished down on paper as well.

A child’s resume serves several functions:

  • A confidence and self-esteem booster.
  • A “GTS” (Great Tracking System) for their activities, awards, accomplishments, gifts, skills, and talents.
  • A resume for a child will draw attention to or make the child stand out from other children when a child’s application is submitted for a grant, scholarship, competition, summer learning program or accompany a college application or an application to seek funding for local and/or overseas excursions.

Most parents don’t think about developing their child’s resume for several reasons:

  • It never crossed their minds.
  • They think a person so young might not benefit from having such a document.
  • If their child did have a resume, what would be the uses for it? With this in mind, let’s take a look at some benefits a resume offers a child.
  • A resume helps a child to be able to articulate what he or she is doing or has done. If someone were to approach a child and ask what do you enjoy doing? Some children may stumble when asked this question, but if a child had the opportunity to sit down with Mom or Dad and write down what he or she enjoys or type out the resume it would be easier for the child to articulate what he or she enjoys, what their accomplishments are, and so on.
  • A resume for a child helps that child focus on activities that will assist in behaving their way to success. Parents can look for activities for their children that will hone certain skills whether it’s reading or writing. A great activity associated with helping a child to read and to write better is to have that child become a book reviewer for children’s book authors. A child can read books, write out their reviews, then have the reviews sent off to the author who will post that child’s book review on their website, parenting blogs, etc. A child’s resume will look fantastic if he or she has book reviewer added to it.
  • Children look for validation from their peers, but a sure fire way Mom and Dad can validate their child is by documenting things their child does – this is another way of letting the child know that Mom and Dad are very proud of their child’s accomplishments, awards, gifts, skills, and talents. It’s like a writer having their article published in a newspaper or on-line. Someone felt confident in their writing skills enough to publish / document their work, and the writer felt validated by the newspaper or by the on-line source.
  • A resume for a child can be used to introduce a child’s small business within their community or within their homeowner’s association.
  • A resume for a child will let him or her know that what he or she does outside the classroom is just as important as what he or she does inside the classroom.
  • A resume for a child will help Mom and Dad not scratch their heads trying to remember activities their child did years ago.

A resume for a child is most certainly an out-of-the-box thought and a stretch for some, but it’s a document that has made people shine, helped promote people, and made them proud. Let’s help our children take pride in themselves and the things they do – assist a child in developing their resume.

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