Resume Writing Tips

A good resume is one of the most important tools you will use in your job search. A good resume will get you in the door so you can ace the interview and negotiate for a higher salary. A good resume is important, but it’s not the ONLY tool you need. . . but we’ll talk more about that next time. Todays post will give you some resume tips and some resume writing examples to help you create a winning resume.

The place to start your resume is by focusing on accomplishment statements. These are brief, quantified results you have had in your previous job(s). Accomplishment statements (we refer to them as CARS) will help you stand out in a crowd. By focusing on your accomplishments rather than your job description, you will show a potential employer what you could do for them based on your previous experiences. By focusing on accomplishments, rather than job description, you will PROVE that you are the best candidate. At the very least, by focusing on accomplishment statements you will entice a potential employer to say, Hmmm. I need to talk to this person! And isn’t that the real goal of your resume to get an interview? (Say, yes.)

Here are a couple of accomplishment statement resume examples. The first statement is from the original resume. The second is a re-working of that statement utilizing the CARS approach and focusing on quantifiable results.

Original statement: Ordered parts and managed inventory to control costs and increase revenue.

Revised statement: Prevented high risk of shortage and negotiated $98K in cost avoidance through a large purchase of a critical part. Mitigated holding costs by arranging that inventory be held at a distributor without additional price increase.

Original statement: Drove business as the Project Manager for three high-end server products (XX Multi Processor, IPXX Multi Processor, and XX Dual Processor). Improved credibility with customers which lead to an agreement of using a non-renewable expense fee based technical support model to justify beyond-standard support of financial burden for customers.

Revised statement: Negotiated with OEM customer to pay a non-renewable expense agreement (rather than a long term contract), allowing customer to launch products successfully and avoiding a loss of $20M+ to the company while maintaining a relationship that led to repeat business on the next project.

You can see that the second example packs more punch in about the same amount of space.  Giving specific examples, backed by quantified results gives the resume more weight.  Think of it this way, if everyone else applying for the job simply re-iterates the job description except for you, then you win! You win because you are showing results while everyone else is simply re-stating what the employer already knows . . . the job description.

Extra Curricular Activities

Play for Sport – Play for Sport is a Sports Readiness program designed to prepare preschoolers for recreational, organized and competitive sports play. Children are entering organized sports at younger ages each year, and many are unprepared for the difference between free play and organized team play. Play for Sport emphasizes sportsmanship and fair play while introducing the players to a variety of sports. Through fun games and skill drills, children learn the basic rules and skills needed for sports such as soccer, basketball, T-Ball and more! Playing sports does much more for children than simply keep them active. If coached properly, sports can instill important life skills and values that young players can carry with them for the rest of their lives. Participating in the Play For Sport program teaches children: sportsmanship, conflict resolution, relaxation, respect, concentration, cooperation and self-esteem. www.playforsports.com

Floppys Mouse Club – Floppy’s Mouse Club’s proprietary and copyrighted curriculum is specifically designed to provide lesson plans that possess a clear objective to be taught each month by the instructors. Working in small groups, our students learn a new and important computer skill each and every month. Key components include computer terminology, computer etiquette, mouse control, opening/closing programs, saving files along with an emphasis on keyboarding skills. After a new skill is acquired, our instructors continue to incorporate these skills into their current curriculum. www.floppysmouseclub.com

Dance – Fitness Kids In Motion Dance offers an introduction to ballet and tap. Each class includes warm-up, bar work, center work, and combinations. Dance classes utilize props and lively music routines to keep classes exciting and fun. Each month, we send home super cards to let parents know what their child is being taught and how their child is progressing. www.kidsdancecompany.com

Gymnastics – Fitness JD Sports Mobile Gymnastics instructors have been trained and certified according to USA Gymnastics Kinder Accredited Teacher program and safety certification program. Additionally, all instructors strictly adhere to all guideliines and skill progressions prescribed by USA Gymnastics. Skills include: progressive tumbling, bars, balance beam, vaulting trapezoid/springboards, incline, barrel mats and motor movements. www.jdsportsmobilegymnastics.com

Before / After School

Learning Outside the Box

We understand that for many busy, working parents it is challenging to find an enriching atmosphere for before and after school care. We care for school age children who attend Tom Landry, Valley Ranch, River Chase, Freeman, Las Colinas and La Vallita Elementary.

Kids ‘R’ Kids has developed a truly innovative program for Before and After School Care, School Holidays, and Summer Camp. We instill a continued love of learning for children 5 through 12 years old. We are also excited to offer homework help, supervised activities, and child-directed play to pique your child`s interests in a safe, friendly, and clean environment.

A Breath of Fresh Air

Our Before and After School Program focuses on making learning fun. We welcome the Before and After School children to an environment with plenty of opportunities to unwind and just enjoy being a kid! From our large activity room to the spacious outdoor playground designed especially for the older child, Kids ‘R’ Kids meets all the requirements to captivate and satisfy the needs of the school-age child.

Helping Hands, Helping Hearts

At Kids ‘R’ Kids, your child can relax, knowing that they belong in a loving, supportive environment and are encouraged to create lasting friendships and connections with his teachers and classmates.

Our “Hug First, Then Teach” philosophy still holds true in the Before and After School Program. Kids ‘R’ Kids fosters loving kindness, respect, and understanding in every facet of our approach.

The Benefits

Our Before- and After-School Program has many incredible features:

  • We Open Early! Kids ‘R’ Kids opens at 6:30 a.m. to serve the varying shifts of working and busy families.
  • The Kids ‘R’ Kids Homework Help Club is designed to relieve some of the stress homework may bring to your child and fosters a sense of support and encouragement. Our teachers are available for necessary homework help. This promotes a healthy beginning, middle, and end to another successful school year and adds more quality time for your family.
  • The Discovery Zone presents exciting aspects of earth science and the environmental needs of our communities. From identifying rocks to learning about the benefits of recycling, your child will see how they can learn about the earth and make a difference for future generations.
  • The Nova Zone addresses artistic expression that appeals to the theater buff in your child. They can perform a short play, write a puppet show, or help direct a musical.
  • The Open-Air Zone provides trivia games, group activities, building materials, dramatic play stage with props and board games for kids who love a challenge with an added twist of fun. It is a wonderful social experience your child will never forget.
  • The Construction Zone offers an array of sought-after hobbies which have never been so much fun. Here, your child can explore cooking, baking, crafts, and various other teacher-supervised activities to expand their knowledge.
  • The Media Center brings change to our world with technology! To keep your child on the leading edge, we offer the newest and most advanced games the educational media offers including a large drop down projection screen connected to a Wii console and the internet for tons of group fun!

Preschoolers

Texas School Ready! Participant

The program was designed as a result of the No Child Left Behind Act. The research in the field at large shows clearly that if children do not experience a high quality preschool program that focuses on getting them ready for school, they will often have trouble when they go to kindergarten. The purpose of the certification system was to identify programs that were successful in integrating the quality instructional practices that must be in place in a preschool program to get children ready for kindergarten AND actually tracking the children’s scores who left those programs in the areas of reading, math and social skills when they went to kindergarten. Texas School Ready! certifies preschool education classrooms including private preschool centers, child care centers, public Pre-Kindergarten programs and Head Start centers that effectively prepare their students for kindergarten. We have been participating in the The Texas School Ready! Program since the fall of 2007. More information…

Setting the Stage

The daily adventures continue into preschool, and with them come the steppingstones for a lifetime of learning with our Kids ‘R’ Kids Preschool Curriculum. Our goal is to help equip your child for the challenges ahead. Supporting each child during this time in her life helps to instill a sense of confidence and accomplishment while they bask in daily successes.

We believe that every stage in life is designed to prepare us for what is ahead. Therefore we introduce the same three key indicators for early reading success that are the core of the Pre-K program:

  • Phonological Awarness – the auditory focus on sounds including rhyming, alliteration, onset rime, syllable segmenting and phoneme manipulation
  • Letter Knowledge -unique letter features, letter names, letter sounds, directional movements that are used to form letters, letters come in a particular order and there are a limited number of them
  • Language Development – developing a rich vocabulary by introducing five vocabulary words a day, encouraging language through play and scaffolding children’s language development to take them to a higher level of language use.

We also know the importance of developing a child’s interest in mathematics. We work with the children on skills related to numbers and operations, geometry and spatial reasoning, measurement comparisons, algebraic reasoning, patterns and displaying and analyzing data.

 

Growing Minds, Growing Up

As children enter preschool, the Kids ‘R’ Kids Curriculum shifts to accommodate a more planned structure, preparing preschoolers for the academic schedules they’ll soon find in elementary school. Preschoolers are continuing their learning adventure with a desire to do things on their own and make new discoveries. That’s why we’ve designed our Preschool Program to fulfill the preschool mind.  

The Preschool Curriculum:

  • Child-directed learning allows preschoolers to process and self-regulate their own decisions.
  • Language, physical, and cognitive development focus on learning curves needed for developmental milestones.
  • Small group activities are planned for every child throughout each day.
  • Literacy and writing activities are age-appropriate and provided daily.
  • Activities and music balance learning and fun.
  • Emotional and social development takes place with peers and teachers.
  • Planned outdoor activities are provided for physical fitness and development.
  • Daily enrichment activities encourage imaginative and creative play.
  • Progress reports inform parents of children’s daily accomplishments.
  • Decision-making skills support growing minds.
  • Computerized assessment tool used to ensure indiviudal instruction and track each child’s progress

Toddlers

Toddlers are always on the move, excited, and exploring the world around them! Kids ‘R’ Kids understands the curiosity and readiness of toddlers and creates a challenging and kid-paced day to fulfill these needs.

Our Kids ‘R’ Kids Toddler Program grows along with your child, building on previous knowledge and providing new challenges.

 

Toddler Curriculum includes:

  • hands-on projects designed to stimulate the toddler mind
  • a structured learning plan designed to meet your child’s developmental needs
  • problem solving challenges and puzzles
  • a fun, safe play environment for personal discovery and adventure
  • a rich educational environment filled with science, math, language, drama, music, art and more
  • daily reports for you on the progress of your child including updates on naps, toilet training, and meals
  • close attention to each and every toddler to maximize personal growth
  • lots of hugs and giggles
  • research-based assessment system to track your child’s development and assist teachers in planning for each child’s individual needs

 

The Toddler Program

Our program works to strengthen all aspects of your growing toddler’s development:

  • Building Language – Through additional sign language skills, your toddler learns to communicate with caregivers and other children so their individual needs are more easily met.
  • Stories and Songs – Exciting stories and an array of silly, fun songs help your toddler’s imagination continue to grow while they learn those important skills needed for the next developmental level.
  • Creativity – Our facilities are designed with imagination in mind. As your toddler develops, they will continue to explore their abilities in music, art, and drama with the help of our developmentally-appropriate learning centers in each classroom. Our state-of-the-art facilities encourage creativity and imagination.
  • Fine and Gross Motor Skills – With your toddler on the move, a busy body is a healthy body! Whether they are crawling, walking, reaching, or tossing, we help your child learn all about their body and celebrate accomplishments both great and small.
  • Social Interaction – When children enter into the world of toddlerhood, they become aware of the world around them. We believe that healthy, happy children understand the importance of friendship and harmony with their teachers and peers. Kids ‘R’ Kids is designed to maximize friendly interactions between each child and teacher, no matter the nationality, religious belief, or cultural differences.

A Hug Above the Rest

We know that toddlers lead a very active lifestyle, and that is why our staff is prepared for the occasional boo-boo. We have developed a special place in our schools where your child can rest and receive the tender loving care they deserve. Our staff is highly qualified in First Aid as well as in “making it all better.”

A hug, a nod, an understanding smile, and  the comfort and safety of being with people who care—that’s the Kids ‘R’ Kids difference.

 

Infants

The youngest learners at Kids ‘R’ Kids are well on their way to a lifetime of learning with our Infant-Toddler Program. We care for infants as young as six weeks old and involve them in stimulating hands-on play. Kids ‘R’ Kids is a place for love, growth, and discovery. Each activity is designed to assist your child in achieving developmental milestones while having fun at the same time.

 

Kids ‘R’ Kids knows the importance of nurturing when it comes to babies. Providing plenty of hugs, love, and personal attention is something we include throughout our Infant-Toddler Program. Your baby will enjoy singing, giggling, reading, cuddling and, of course, Tummy Time in our safe, secure, state-of-the-art facility.

Kids ‘R’ Kids Infant Program includes:

  • a comforting place that focuses on love and trust
  • sign language techniques to maximize communication skills
  • daily exercises and activities designed to coincide with physical development
  • daily reports and weekly lesson plans to keep you informed of what your child is doing
  • research-based assessment system that provides a tracking of each child’s development and helps guide indivdual instruction

 

Adventure and Growth

 

The classrooms are equipped with educational and developmentally appropriate toys designed for learning which creates a bright and exciting environment for your child. Expanding the imagination and strengthening the muscles has never been more fun!

Weekly lesson plans provide activities designed to develop skills necessary to accomplish developmental milestones. Our extensive Infant-Toddler Sign Language Program, which is proven to eliminate frustration for children who have yet to form their verbal vocabulary. Research has also indicated that signing babies score higher on intelligence tests, understand more words, have larger vocabularies, and engage in more sophisticated play.

The Infant Program

 

There are four essential components to our Infant program:

Kids ‘R’ Kids believes in balancing fun with fitness and learning with laughter. Communicating, crawling, creating and exploring underscore the meaning behind developing the whole child.

Love and Laughs

At this tender age, there’s no such thing as too much love, too many hugs, or too many giggles. As babies grow into toddlers, it’s imperative to create strong bonds with families and caregivers. At Kids ‘R’ Kids, you know your child is being loved, hugged and nurtured from the very beginning and as they continue to develop. That’s the Kids ‘R’ Kids difference!

Camp Extreme Discoveries

Since the beginning of time, people throughout the world have searched for treasure. As we decipher clues, read maps, and work together through cooperation and respect, discovering treasure is the ultimate goal. Join us as we travel through various extreme environments of our universe. We will unearth some of the greatest wonders on our voyage! Experiencing the lives of people in different cultures, habitats, and atmospheres will guide us to discover the true strength of character within ourselves. With each stop on our journey, we will introduce new ideas and concepts into our individual worlds. Building on our personal character traits, we will begin to understand how to survive more responsibly and respectfully with others and the universe in which we live. Our adventures will take us to the far ends of the universe: the Arctic Circle, the rainforests, hidden caves, the deep oceans, and even to outer space. Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime! Your treasure awaits!

This year’s summer camp, Camp Extreme Discoveries, includes opportunities for campers to involve their communities, families, and friends in what they are experiencing and learning. Campers will participate in a book club, The Camp Extreme Discoveries Paperback Society. By reading the required number of books, campers will earn passports as they travel from one adventure destination to another!  Each week children will attend exciting out-going and in-coming field trips, as well as enjoying Gymstation`s Field Days, Splash Days in our water park, Karate, Music, and Computers!

Weeks One and Two:

Arctic Circle, Here We Come!

Weeks Three and Four:

Amazon Rainforest Adventures

Weeks Five and Six:

Exhilarating Cave Climbing

Weeks Seven and Eight:

Tremendous Twilight Oceans

Weeks Nine and Ten:

Outrageous Outer Space

Areas Served:

Irving Child Care Infant, Toddler, Preschool and School Age, Coppell Child Care Infant, Toddler, Preschool and School Age, Las Colinas Child Care Infant, Toddler, Preschool and School Age, Valley Ranch Child Care Infant, Toddler, Preschool and School Age, North Dallas Child Care Infant, Toddler, Preschool and School Age