There are so many resources out there to help determine the right career for you.  Here are some suggestions for current high school students and high school graduates.  Career assessments are a great way to explore what career/major options match your skills, interests, personality, and values.  There are many different types of career assessments. 

    The Virginia Education Wizard is a great tool.  The Wizard will assess your interests, skills and work values.  Mrs. Johnson would be happy to walk you through the assessments and provide you with a complete analysis of the results.  Visit the Virginia Education Wizard at: VA Wizard                     

    It is so important to research different careers before making a decision to follow through with a career!  The Bureau of Labor and Statistics provides excellent, up-to-date information on career trends and salaries.  Visit the Bureau of Labor and Statistics at: www.bls.gov

    Many sites provide great advice on the current workforce needs and careers:

    High school students directly entering the workforce: https://uptowork.com/blog

    The Virginia Career View (Vital Information for Education and Work) is recognized as the Commonwealth's career information delivery system for all Virginians, grades K-Adult. Its mission is to inform, encourage, and support the education and career development of all Virginians. http://www.vaview.vt.edu/912/

    The Occupational Outlook Handbook provides information on hundreds of different types of jobs, including training and education needed, salaries, the projected job market, job specifics, and the working environments, visit the site at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/

    Tips and Resources for Student Employment:


    Guide to Finding a Job Online:


    Expert Advice on Getting a Job Offer:


    Finding Internships and Student Employment: https://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/resources/college-internships-and-employment/





    Participate in Kettle Run’s Annual Career Shadowing Day!  The event takes place each April.  Students are matched up with area businesses to get an “inside” view of different careers.  Make an appointment with Mrs. Johnson to learn more about Career Shadowing Day held in April for Junior and Senior students.




    Tips for Writing a High School Resume

    Emphasize your education

    As a current student, you want to emphasize your education. Put your education information at the top of your resume.  If you have a GPA over a 3.0, include this. Also list your graduation date, awards, honors, or other achievements.

    Include volunteer and extracurricular experience

    It is understandable that your work experience may be limited. Emphasize any other experience, including volunteer experience. Also include any extracurricular activities you have participated in, including clubs, sports, and other organizations.

    Emphasize leadership experience

    Employers are always looking for job applicants with leadership experience. If you were a captain for your sports team, or the vice president of your student council, be sure to list these positions.

    List your skills

    Include a “Skills” section on your resume to include any skills you have that are related to the job. For example, you might list your computer skills, language skills, or soft skills (use wording from the skills assessment results).

    Connect your resume to the job

    Thoroughly review the job posting before creating your resume. Circle any key qualifications or requirements of the job. Be sure to include in your resume any experiences and skills that show you are an ideal fit for the specific job.


    Make a list of three references for the potential employer to contact.  You will need their name, title, phone number and email address.  Your references could include teachers, coaches, counselors, and previous employers.  Do not use family members as references unless you have worked for them in a professional setting.  At the bottom of your resume, add “References Available Upon Request.” 

    Edit, edit, edit

    Thoroughly proofread your resume before submitting it to an employer. Make sure your format is consistent and easy to follow, and that you have no spelling or grammatical errors. Ask a friend or family member, career coach, or school guidance counselor to read through your resume.


    Check out Zety's Guide for more resources on Career exploration:

    -Zety's guide to internship resume writing

    -a guide to how to choose a major

    -Zety guide to writing a high school resume for college

    -our guide on jobs for teens


    Tips for Writing a High School Cover Letter

    • Your cover letter needs to include a contact section, a salutation, an introduction to the hiring manager, information on why you are qualified for the job, a closing, and your signature.
    • Mention Who You Know, if you learned about the position through someone currently at the company.
    • Mention How You Learned About the Job – which website, newspaper, etc.
    • Showcase Your Qualifications – sell your best attributes!
    • Use skill keywords to explain yourself and your qualifications. Examples of skill keywords include wrote, analyzed, quantified, planned, programmed, designed, created, built, taught and trained.
    • Use result keywords to explain yourself and your qualifications. Examples of results-oriented keywords include: increased, reduced, redesigned, upgraded, initiated, implemented, reformulated, generated and produced.
    • Use recognition keywords to explain your achievements. Examples of recognition related keywords include honored, awarded, promoted, selected, lauded for, received a bonus for, recognized, chosen and credited.