There are a lucky few students who have known exactly what they want to do when they grow up since elementary school. Even when they encounter those questions about their own identity and future in middle and high school, they remain true to their calling. However, this is not the case for the vast majority of teens. Many of them have very little idea about what their gifts will prepare them for, as they are simply dealing with all of the day-to-day pressures of spending their days in classrooms, interacting with other teens who are just as confused as they are, and then heading to entry-level jobs, activities and then home to finish that schoolwork for the next day. This is where an online career test for high school students can be quite useful.
Most parents of teenagers know that life can be an “emotional roller coaster.” One minute a young people can feel that they are on top of the world, and the next second they are certain that they are have no strengths whatsoever, have nothing to offer anyone.
Parents want their children to be safe and secure as they venture out in the world as adults. As a career coach who is very interested in career testing for high school students and young people, in general, I have observed how critical a parent’s role is. One of the most important ways to help a child choose the right major, school or career is to guide, but not pressure, them into making an informed decision.
It is important to create a state of the art resume. The purpose of a resume is not to get a job; it is to obtain an interview, that all-important first step. In that interview, you will be able to give much more detail about your accomplishments, show the great employee that you could be. But first, you have to be chosen to receive that “face time.” As a career coach in Atlanta and online, I see many of my clients lose sleep over their resume. A little background knowledge about how resumes can work to your advantage can be calming.
I am adding to my last job search tip, where I discussed focusing on your strengths. As a career coach in Atlanta and online, I often meet people who are returning to the workforce and those who are brand new in the market. Both groups may have a difficult time defining their strengths. They don’t give themselves credit for their accomplishments.