Writing the Résumé
Lesson Plan III:
Skills and Accomplishments
Job Skills Class
Grade Level: 7-12
Subject: Job Resume Writing for beginning and intermediate levels.
Overview: When writing a resume, it is important to convey to a potential employer what you are best at. The simple fact is that you have to “toot your own horn” because no one else will do it for you. In this lesson, students will spend time listing the things they are good at. In this exercise, there are no limits; students are encouraged to list all types of skills. Students will also be asked to think of things they have accomplished. Again, there are no limits yet as to what will be listed. Anything from performing in a school play to making the honor roll should be included. At the end of the lesson, students will circle those skills and accomplishments that are directly related to their job target.
Goals: Whether students will be writing a practice résumé or one they will use to apply for jobs, this lesson will help students: Identify what they are best at. Determine accomplishments.
Duration: One or two 85 minute classes.
Objectives: Students will list a variety of types of skills as well as a variety of accomplishments. There are no limits to the types of skills or accomplishments listed.
Materials: Blackboard, whiteboard, overhead projector or power point.
Procedure: Begin by brainstorming with students on different types of skills. These can include people and communication skills, physical skills, and mental skills. Examples include: leadership skills, number skills, athletic skills, teamwork skills, ability to talk to all types of people, etc. After students have discussed skills as a group, have them list their own skills on the accompanying worksheet. After 20 minutes or so, interrupt the class to again brainstorm on accomplishments. Accomplishments are those achievements that are measurable. Have students discuss different types of accomplishments.
Accomplishments could include: Winning the part in a school play, making the honor roll, winning an athletic medal or honor, finishing a job on time or with praise, etc. Following the discussion, ask students to list their own accomplishments on the worksheet provided. Students will likely experience more difficulty with this part of the exercise. Encourage students to list even the most moderate accomplishment, or any achievements that they may feel do not “qualify.” Achievements are more than just grades. Any accomplishment can and should be included on the list. At the end of the exercises, have students circle those skills and accomplishments that are related to their job target. If they are unsure, have them circle it. Students may work individually or in small groups.
Assessment: Assist students as needed. Encourage students to list all skills and accomplishments they can think of, even if students do not think they have anything to do with resume writing. Remind students that there are no right or wrong answers.