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How to Build a Resume That Stands Out Visually To Help Your Teen Land Their First Job

Creating a captivating resume that sparkles bright enough to catch an employer's attention is an art on its own terms.

With the ramp up pressure kids experience at school and the need to sign up to too many extracurricular activities, it’s no surprise how the number of teens employed have been declining over the past decades.
There are many benefits (and risks) of adolescent employment. The decision to allow your teen to have an after school job should be a well thought-out family decision based on how well they can manage responsibilities, time management and money.

But if your teen is ready to take the plunge the first thing they need to figure out is how to build a resume that stands out even if they don’t have any work experience.

But where to start? How do can you create a snapshot of your ambitions, show your strengths and interests and captive an employers attention?
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Rescued bluebird finds happiness with saviors

More than a month ago, Doug and Diane Willard of Midlothian found the tiny bird lying flat, featherless, freezing and breathing heavily in a neighbor's newspaper box.

A handyman, Doug Willard was helping close his neighbor's newspaper holder to deter bluebirds from nesting there. The near lifeless bird's mother had not returned to the nest in some time, and another young bird was dead on the ground.

"You could feel the body, and it was just cold," Diane Willard said. "So I brought it home, and for four weeks, I had it on a heating pad. It was so pitiful. I mean, it was just flat as a pancake."

Five-and-a-half weeks later, "Birdy" is a full-size bluebird with majestic, royal-blue wings and a hearty coat of gray feathers on her breast and back. The Willards' neighbor, Louise Nuckols, another adoptive figure in the fledgling's life, even found Birdy a cage to sleep in.

"We didn't think it would make it through the week," Nuckols said.

Nuckols said she did some research on the Internet and found that rescued bluebirds typically fly away in 19 days. Birdy was found on Mother's Day, 40 days ago. The chatty bird has yet to fly more than 25 feet before swooping back around and chirping on either the Willards' or Nuckols' shoulders.

According to Dave McRuer, director of veterinary services at the Wildlife Center of Virginia, rescued songbirds like Birdy don't typically "imprint" with humans. He said it is possible at a very young age for the bird to think it is a human or that the humans are birds like her.

McRuer added that keeping a bluebird without a permit for scientific or educational efforts is illegal and against the Migratory Bird Act. But the Willards said they try to get Birdy to fly away every day.

Until she takes flight, Birdy seems content hopping around in a strawberry box, which holds baby mealworms (she eats about 50 a day), bird seed and the fish worms that Nuckols' husband, Fred, digs out of the backyard. In the evening, Birdy joins Doug Willard on a rocking chair to watch her favorite show, "NCIS."

So that Birdy can enjoy watching her show in peace, the Willards' three cats -- Baby Socks, Goofy and Dude -- are lured away. The cats were also adopted, but unlike Birdy, they will enjoy the Willards' hospitality for life.

"It would be sad [for her to fly away]," Diane Willard said, "but we know that she's a bird."

Source: Tim Chapman, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Va.


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