Resumes for Children – 17 Years Old and Under

Donna Kristine Manley
Independently Published (2020)
ISBN: 978-0977783557
Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Reader Views (02/2022)

“Resumes for Children – 17 Years Old and Under” by Donna Kristine Manley, is a fresh and intriguing way to help your child succeed in life. Resumes can be an important part of becoming a success in the future, or even searching for that first job just after high school for that matter.

For a lot of young adults, a resume is a blank piece of paper, or not much content. But what if that first resume contains accomplishments, awards, and skills that your child has already achieved? Why not showcase those? Many parents maintain scrapbooks, memory books, and keep treasured keepsakes. These can easily be transferred or transcribed into a real resume, which can do many things for your child: Provide an understanding of the world of employment and how resumes work, and help instill confidence and goal-oriented thinking. That isn’t to say that every hobby or activity a child participates in has to be recorded and documented—there has to be room for fun too—but assembling a resume with your child can have benefits when your child is an older teen or young adult.

Manley has a real passion for reaching out to young people and helping them be the best version of themselves. Besides inspiring messages, she offers practical advice that people need every day to live better lives. What I like about this book are the sample resumes that demonstrate exactly how to help build one for your child and the components that need to go into it, from talents, to skills, to goals.

This book is particularly useful to the child who already seems ambitious to do something specific, like become a concert pianist, a well-recognized and influential YouTuber, an entrepreneur, etc. But even if your child just wants to play and has no interest in resume-building, this book is still a good teaching tool to give them an idea of what they can expect when they go job hunting in the future. Some children will actually love keeping a record of their achievements in resume form, so, the level of involvement really depends on the child. A parent can still go ahead and maintain the resume on the child-s behalf.

Another appealing aspect of this book is that the resume samples are varied, and in different languages. This is the perfect book to give children and teens whose parents aren’t so involved in their lives but have a dream to succeed. Keeping a resume throughout the years can help keep them focused and motivated, even if they don’t have much parental support or input.

As a former social worker, I would also recommend this book as a tool for helping professionals, as a way to encourage young clients and families to recognize their strengths and abilities, raise their self-esteem, and get a feel for what goal-setting is all about.

Overall, “Resumes for Children – 17 Years Old and Under” by Donna Kristine Manley, is a wonderful tool for parents wanting to help their college-bound, career-bound children get a head start.

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