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Career Readiness

In their eagerness for finding an after-school or summer job, many high school students often find themselves sounding desperate on their job applications. "Please hire me! I have no experience, and can only work ten hours a week, and I'll leave as soon as I get a better offer, but hire me anyway!" 

In all seriousness, applying for a new job -- no matter how old you are, what your education level is, and how much workforce experience you have -- is a daunting task. In today's economy, with so many well-qualified people applying for a limited number of jobs, it is important that high school students and recent graduates learn how to set themselves apart.

One key way to set one's application apart is to supplement it with a well-thought out resume and cover letter.
  • Resumes include information that is often not tangible, and therefore not asked for in brief job applications. For high school students, a resume should  include ALL volunteer and extracurricular experience of any kind, from mowing lawns and babysitting, to outlining leadership skills in the classroom.
  • A cover letter allows the student to more formally introduce him/herself to the potential employer, to highlight their skills, and to explain or clarify any information in the resume and application. For a Mountain Youth School student, the cover letter can be an appropriate place to add a few sentences about the extra hard work it takes to graduate early (if applicable), or to discuss how life's challenges and the education gained at MYS makes them more qualified than most other teenagers.
Another way a high school student or recent graduate can help his/her application stand out is by submitting it in person directly to the manager, supervisor, owner, or person who makes the hiring decisions. It's important to wear clean clothes (preferably a collared shirt rather than a T-shirt), and to shake the person's hand, smile, and make good eye contact. Politeness and professionalism speaks volumes. By introducing him/herself, and thanking the potential employer for considering his/her application, the student will now have a face (and pleasant demeanor) to go with the application. When the employer considers applicants, he/she may remember that this student really went the extra mile to apply for the job.

In addition, here are some career and college readiness resources that Mountain Youth School students have found helpful:

Career and College Resources

Employment and Internship Opportunities
College and Financial Aid Resources
This information can be downloaded below in the document titled "Career and College Resources." A few sample resumes and templates for high school students can also be found below. NOTE: Click on the document title to view, or click the down arrow to the right to download.

For more information, call the Graduation Coach at (828) 837-6775.
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