the Resume - Defining a Job
Before beginning the writing
process, it is essential to know
who the audience will be. A
resume is a selling tool used to
sell a candidate to a potential
employer. Just as an advertiser
targets a specific population,
so too does the resume target a
certain type of employer.
By asking students to think
about how advertisers target an
audience, they will begin to
understand how the resume is a
selling tool that should be
geared toward a specific reader.
Manufacturers of dentures, for
example, do not target teens,
but manufacturers of soda do.
Why is this? How do advertisers
do this? Is it effective, and
why or why not? How will
targeting the resume help in the
overall job search?
These activities are designed to
be used independently or in
conjunction with career
counseling services available to
students. However, they are NOT
designed to be a replacement for
career counseling options. They
are intended to help students
investigate career options that
are of interest and to use this
information to practice
targeting a resume.
Whether students will be
writing a practice resume or one
they will use to apply for jobs,
this lesson will help students:
Determine what types of jobs
they are interested in.
different jobs entail.
their personal interests are.
One to three sessions.
identify their own interests by
reviewing job postings, reading
about different types of
professions, and by reviewing
their personal interests.
Resume Lesson Worksheets
whiteboard, or overhead
including classifieds and online
job postings if available;
resources listing different
professions and describing
each such as the
Handbook, available in print
or online at
Ask the reference librarian for
assistance in materials
available in the library
It may be helpful to
have students work in the
library to best access print and
online resources including books
and newspapers. Depending on how
many sessions are assigned to
the lesson, students may rotate
through each worksheet, work
simultaneously on each, or focus
on one per session.
If sessions are conducted in the
library, ask for the assistance
of the reference librarian to
assist students in using the
As students finish worksheets,
ask them to circle or list those
factors that are similar among
their chosen job targets and
interests. These worksheets will
be kept in student files to be
used later when the actual
resume-writing process begins.
Students may work individually
or in small groups.
Assist students as
needed. Encourage students to
investigate all options that
Lesson Printable Materials -
Print out the following pages for
use with this lesson: