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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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Ultimate Dutch Baby Pancake

A Dutch Baby Pancake is an impressive, yet easy to make, way to start your morning. A Dutch Baby is basically a cross between a pancake and a popover and is tremendously popular in Seattle; according to local lore, it originated at a restaurant there called Manca's. Serve it with fresh berries or nothing more than jam or a lavish sprinkling of lemon sugar. 

Dry Ingredients

1 cup of flour
¼ Cornstarch (secret ingredient)
2 tablespoons of lemon zest
1 Tablespoon salt
3 Tablespoons of sugar
A pinch of cinnamon

Wet ingredients

3 eggs
11/4 Skim milk (use regular milk and pancake will be too dense)
2 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 Tablespoon of melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 450 degrees

You know the drill. Wet ingredients in one bowl, dry ingredients in another. Add dry ingredients to the wet ones and whisk to incorporate until lumps disappear.

Grease (generously)  a 12 inch stainless steel skillet with vegetable oil. (Butter will burn!! is not the best option folks).

Place the greased skillet in the oven for 10 minutes.

Pour batter in the skillet without removing it from the oven (we don't want the temperature of the skillet to drop)

Bake at 450 for 15 mins then reduce heat to 350, and bake 8 mins., or possibly till puffed and browned (Keep an eye on it). Remove skillet from oven. Sprinkle with lemon juice and dust with confectioner’s sugar.

Topping Ideas:

Fresh applesauce with a dash of cinnamon
Fresh fruit like raspberries and blueberries (my favorite combination)
Crushed pineapple, drained
Homemade whipped cream and sliced fresh strawberries
Apple topping: Caramelize Granny Smith apples with a bit of butter, then add honey and cardamom. Pour the mixture after the pancake is done.
Slice bananas with honey.

Want to make it savory? Skip the sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon, and add parmesan cheese, rosemary and top with your choice of veggie combination (mushrooms, zucchini, etc). You can also add ham and gruyere cheese. The possibilities are endless…

Note: Do not open the door. Opening the door will cause the pancake to fall like a soufflé.

Yield 4 servings


  1. I going to try this after I have recovered from my gluttony of the holidays. Looks yummy. Thanks for sharing.


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