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YHS seniors make new kind of resume

English teacher takes them digital

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Posted: Saturday, January 5, 2013 12:00 am

YORK – When you apply for a job, you turn in a resume.

When you write that resume, you put down your professional experiences and skills.

But what happens when you know that your professional skills and experiences aren’t all there is to you?

That’s the dilemma that Chris Holder, the senior college English teacher at York High School, wants to help her students solve.

Holder always tells her graduating students to call her if they run across something they believe she could be teaching her high-school students to help them further prepare for college.

Every once in awhile, she does have a former student call her to tell her about something new they’ve run across.

That’s how she got started on the concept of a digital resume.

“What it is is that in addition to your history, (potential employers) want to get to know the passion side of you, the character side of you and the people side of you,” Holder said. “They want to know the whole person, not just the skill set.”

Holder asked Steve Sautter, one of the YHS media experts, to show her some ways to present a resume digitally and in a user-friendly format.

He then showed the students a video of the different programs they could use to present themselves.

Among the options he gave them was Movie Maker, Prezi, a personal website or SlideRocket.

Holder told her students to think about two things:

- what kind of model best suited them and their skills and personality

- what they want to put in their digital resume

Taylor Andrews chose to make a personal website.    

“I want to do engineering of some kind so I wanted to take a techy kind of spin on it,” Andrews said.

He made his website resemble a Google search page.

He had different topics like education, future goals, his travels and a short biography that all linked to different things.

“The hardest part was thinking of stuff to put in it,” he said. “It was fun making it though.”

Eric Koehler, another student in the class, decided to use the Prezi program to make her digital resume.

The Prezi program is more of a slide presentation, she said.

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