A Resume for Your Child

For the second post in my resume series I am so honoured to have Donna Kristine Manley, the author of the award winning book Resume’s for Children 17 and Older, sharing her tips and tools.

Please help me to make her feel welcome!

A Resume For Your Child

The title for this article is correct, “A Resume for Your Child.” Some parents may think this is pushing things a bit far by having a resume for their 7, 8 or 9 year-old, but this idea of early resume development is not as far fetched as it may sound.  Our children are involved in some really great activities. Nowadays kids are fundraisers, entrepreneurs, mini scientists and more.Kids have sailed solo around the world, become authors and artists.

The question to ask is how are parents keeping up with all of their children’s accomplishments? Are the kids and parents remembering all this? If Hollywood stars keep track, or have some keep track, of their accomplishments then why shouldn’t an everyday person? Being a “helicopter” parent is something that is not being advocated here, but being a parent who is proactive for their child is what is being advocated here. Some may think that a resume for a child is an “adult” consideration, but there are so many “adult” considerations in today’s society that are far worse, or improper, than a child having a resume.

In our society the most used “accomplishments tracker” is a resume, then there’s the biography, but let’s stick to the resume. If you’re not convinced that your eight year-old could benefit from having a resume lets’ take a look at what one can do for a child.

·    A resume for a child sure will help Mom and Dad not to scratch their heads trying to remember activities their child did years ago.
·    A resume for a child will let him or her know that what they do outside the classroom is just as important as what he or she does inside the classroom.
·    A resume for a child gives him or her validation from Mom and Dad.
·    A resume for a child helps keep him or her focused on activities that will help them “behave” their way towards success.
·    A resume for a child will draw attention to or make the child stand out from other children when seeking grants and scholarships, academic slots, or entry into other programs such as competitions.
·    A resume for a child helps build self-esteem and makes them feel good about themselves when a child sees their accomplishments down on paper.
·    A resume for a child can be used to introduce a child’s small business within their community.
·    A resume for a child can help that child better explain their accomplishments and what they like to do if someone asks him or her.

Hopefully these bullet points above have you thinking about your son, your daughter or your grandchild, and how a resume can benefit him or her. Hopefully you will begin to jot down some of your child’s accomplishments, awards, interests, etc. Make an appointment with your child, yes – an appointment. Make it formal, relaxed and make sure you have enough time for you and your child to spend to begin to develop their resume. Explain what a resume is if they don’t know, then tell your child why it’s important they have one. Make developing your child’s resume fun by having a large chalk board, activity chart or flip chart. A child’s extracurricular activities are their jobs – in other words, their playtimes and learn times are their jobs. So let’s keep track of their “jobs” just like we as adults keep track of ours.


I never would have thought of starting a resume so young but it makes sense and it’s a great idea!

Donna’s award winning book, Resume’s for Children 17 Years and Older, is full of great resume ideas and cover letters to help you get started on building your child’s portfolio.

And guess what?

She’s got a copy for one of you!!

Leave a comment below telling me why you would like this book and you’ll be entered to win!

Contest closes Sunday, April 1, 2012.

Open to U.S. and Canadian residents.


I finally picked a winner!!

Congratulations Meera! You have won a copy of Donna’s award winning book, Resume’s for Children 17 Years and Older.

I will be in contact with you.

Thank you to everyone who entered!

And another thank you to Donna Kristine Manley for this great post, the tips, and the book to review!

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12 Responses to A Resume for Your Child
  1. Cookie's Mom
    March 28, 2012 | 8:37 am

    Huh. I never would have thought to start a resume now either, though I am hanging on to mementos of accomplishments. It sure can’t hurt to guve them a leg up though, can it?

    • multitaskingmumma
      March 28, 2012 | 4:12 pm

      I woudln’t think so! Especially as they get older and want to use something like this for college applications.

  2. Meera
    March 28, 2012 | 1:19 pm

    I would love to get more ideas from the book on how to capture the accomplishments of my twins. So often life is just a blur or surviving day to day in the usual rush. This may make us stop and note down the small yet meaningful things that the children do. We’d stop and take notice and then all of us can smile as we relive them, later on.

    • multitaskingmumma
      March 28, 2012 | 4:10 pm

      Thank you Meera! You’re so right this type of document for our children does make us stop and take notice of accomplishments.

  3. Lady Estrogen
    March 28, 2012 | 11:41 pm

    Dude! I should show you my resume – I lovvvveee doing them. I did one for @Handflapper too. They’re purdy 🙂 lol

    • multitaskingmumma
      March 29, 2012 | 8:06 pm

      Show me!

  4. Stasha
    March 29, 2012 | 9:03 pm

    What a brilliant idea. I would have never thought of doing this but it absolutely makes sense. Thank you ladies.

  5. Galit Breen
    March 29, 2012 | 9:07 pm

    I never would have thought of this!

    But you’re so very right – the details do get fuzzier and harder to remember, for sure!

  6. Nic
    March 30, 2012 | 10:55 am

    Such a fab idea!!!! I am beyond forgetful and this would help so much. I think its a great idea. Wonderful way to highligh positive things and ways to boast there self esteem! Love it

    • multitaskingmumma
      April 2, 2012 | 8:22 pm

      With your creativity you would make an amazing one for your kids.

  7. Georgen
    April 2, 2012 | 9:11 am

    I have a friend whose son was just accepted at a fantastic high school with a great scholarship. I asked her how she got him into the program. She listed a lot of things he’d done: 5 community plays, working every summer at the same nonprofit toward a nature ranger position, developing his interest in marine biology. It was obvious they’d found out what he was passionate about and helped him focus his hobbies and camps toward building a resume. I was amazed at what a little forethought had done for their kid.

    • multitaskingmumma
      April 2, 2012 | 8:06 pm

      Love that you shared this!
      Thank you so much.. such a great example of how these can work for you kids!