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A Competitive Edge
Volume 116, Program 36
7/15/2013

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Adults aren’t the only people affected by the recession. Teens also face stiff competition when looking for a summer or part-time job. How can homeschool parents give their teens an edge, both now and in future careers? Find out this week on Home School Heartbeat with host Mike Smith.

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Mike Smith:
Today I’m joined by Becky Cooke, a high school coordinator at Home School Legal Defense Association. Becky, it’s great to have you on the program today.
 
Becky Cooke:
Well, thank you, Mike, for having me back!

Mike:
Becky, you regularly work with homeschool parents who are anxious to successfully prepare their teens for future careers. With this in mind, how helpful is it that a teen create a résumé while still in high school?

Becky:
Well, many parents think that résumés are something that student will create in college in preparation for looking for a job. But high school students should begin creating such a document in the 9th grade, updating it each year of high school. Then when the teen looks for that part-time job or applies for an internship or apprenticeship, a résumé will give him an opportunity to promote himself.

Compiling pertinent information into one document will save a lot of time when filling out job and college applications. But it can also motivate the teen to see the worthiness of the academics and extracurricular activities, and then encourage him by all that he has accomplished.

Mike:
Well, thank you, Becky. I look forward to discussing résumé tips next time. And until then, I’m Mike Smith.


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