- What will you use to write your resume and cover letter?
- What are your previous accomplishments and experiences? Scouting, and the many experiences that come with it, is a great place to start!
- What types of jobs or careers are you interested in?
There are 3 main components to this activity. If you have a larger group, create 3 different stations and cycle through each of the activities!
- What’s the proper “anatomy” of a resume?
- What power verbs will you use?
- List your accomplishments with pride!
- Write the full anatomy of your resume.
- Do you see any gaps that you’d like to fill? Volunteering is a great way to fill these.
Write a Cover Letter
- A Cover Letter tells a short story about why you’re the best fit for a role.
- What’s your dream job? Think about that job and the experience, accomplishments, etc. that you would need to be hired for this job.
- Practice your Cover Letter by writing one for this dream job!
- Alternatively, write a generic Cover Letter that lists some of your best accomplishments, skills, etc. This makes it that much easier to write one when you find a specific role you want to apply for.
- Finally, trade your Cover Letter with a peer and get them to read it and provide you with constructive feedback – and vice versa!
- In pairs, share your dream jobs.
- Next, your partner should pretend they are a hiring professional for your dream job, and that you are the candidate.
- What kind of questions might be asked? Take a look at some common job interview questions.
- How should you prepare for an interview?
- Practice! The best part about practicing is that you can talk through any questions you find difficult with your partner.
- Switch roles and keep practicing.
- Which part of this activity did you find most difficult?
- What did you learn from this activity?
Keep it Simple
- Do these activities in larger groups and work through the 3 activities together – with support from an adult or others who have had experience writing resumes and cover letters and being an interviewer or interviewee.
Take it Further
- Looking for a job, whether paid or volunteer? Write your resume or cover letter for a specific job you would like to apply for! Practice interviewing as if you were selected for that job.