Creating Your High School Resume

Federal Career Books


3rd Edition, with CD-ROM

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Published: 2009
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-59357-662-2

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Unique Resource for High School Students and Graduates

Throughout this workbook, students will respond to straightforward questions about their skills and interests to help them build their resume section by section. Several case studies and samples show students firsthand how to focus, organize, write, format and use their resumes. Students will learn how to format their resume using electronic tools, how to use the Web and e-mail effectively for researching and finding contacts, and how to manage electronic resume files. Author Kathryn Troutman then provides guidance on additional steps in the job search, including how to find a mentor, get informational interviews, write cover letters, find job openings, and much more.

Highlights for the 3rd Edition

New content for this edition includes an accompanying CD with resume templates to support creating resumes on a computer, information on using keywords to get noticed by employers, guidance on paper and online applications, tips for responding to application essays and questionnaires, and tips for uncovering internship opportunities.

Key Features

Learn how to:

  • Simplify resume writing into a step-by-step process
  • Translate your major high school accomplishments into marketable skills
  • Research the Internet for important information and valuable contacts
  • Use word processing or desktop publishing programs to create professional paper resumes
  • Craft scannable e-resumes that can be winning calling cards for applying to large companies
  • Handle basic job-hunting steps with confidence, including writing great cover letters, approaching employers tactfully, and interviewing skillfully


“We adopted Creating Your High School Resume for an intensive two-week career prep for our entire 11th grade class. Seeing the before-and-after resumes was amazing. The book helped students realize that they had skills and talents they didn’t readily recognize. It helped them land summer jobs.”

– JOSEPH MEERSMAN, Toppenish High School

From the Preface

David C. Weeks, Director Civic Leadership and Community Service Programs Glenelg Country School, Howard County, Maryland

So much of one’s personal success depends on being aware of one’s strengths and being prepared to use them in an appropriate way. Creating Your High School Resume recognizes that students in high school need the necessary tools to discover their own identity and career path. It also acknowledges the importance of excellence in preparing top quality presentations of the self in resumes, cover letters and interviews.

The tenth grade students in the Civic Leadership Program of the Glenelg Country School in Howard County, Maryland have benefited greatly from the introspective exercises, resume models and suggestions for promoting excellence in personal presentation found in previous editions of Creating Your High School Resume. I am pleased to have collaborated with Kathryn Kraemer Troutman on this new edition to make it even more valuable for high school students.

Using this book as a reference guide for interview preparation, resume development, cover letter writing and networking will help students position themselves for success in the college admissions process and in the workplace. With these arenas of development on one’s career path becoming increasingly competitive, it is essential to take advantage of resources such as Creating Your High School Resume.

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