Emerge , our signature online platform for communication skills, covers in-demand topics like email etiquette, phone etiquette and networking.
We also provide a comprehensive module on resume writing (called Unforgettable Resumes). And for one Georgia high school student in spring 2020, her updated resume became just that — a document the employer won’t soon forget.
At Chattahoochee High School in Johns Creek, GA (Fulton County), Work-Based Learning (WBL) Coordinator Toni Crockett employed the Unforgettable Resume module inside Emerge and showed her students how to write a resume that jumps off the page. All Emerge modules are provided online and as printable worksheets to make distance learning equitable for every student.
“Emerge gives my students the confidence and real-world examples so they can write terrific resumes,” said Crockett. “In addition, Emerge is written in a simple, straightforward way that students can understand and apply.”
The example below is a good illustration of a student resume before Emerge and the finished product after applying the lessons and guides from within Emerge.
We removed the student’s name and contact information for privacy reasons. But beyond issues of privacy, a well-written resume underscores that a person’s name — and by extension a person’s race, gender and other demographic markers — matter little in the job/internship application process.
All that counts is how we carry ourselves. That’s why the ability to write, in career development, is everything.
The resume before Emerge:
And the resume after Emerge:
Right away, resume #2 looks and feels more professional. The information fills out the page and is comprehensive.
Note the specific details, as well. Under “Experience,” the student explains she provided babysitting services. She makes sure to note how long she has been a babysitter (“4 years”). In Emerge, we stress that students attach numbers to their resume experience when possible so the reader understands the scope of the work.
Resume #2 also does a better job explaining the student’s honors, activities and community service. Overall, it’s a 180 degree difference from resume #1.
“Emerge is a powerful tool that makes my students more competitive for internships, jobs and college admissions,” said Crockett. “I’m glad to have the resource in my WBL program.”
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