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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?
This is the part Canvas comes in and rescues the day. If you are unfamiliar Canvas, this is a graphic-design t…

Before I die I want to______. The story behind the wall.


Can art save a city? Yes it can!!!

Talk about putting your bucket list out in the open. I recently stumbled across a very unique story about an interactive art project that transforms abandoned houses  into a giant chalkboard. Residents are allowed to stop and write down their hopes and dreams and what's important them for everyone to see. 



The blackboard, known as the “Before I Die” wall was originally created by Candy Chang, an artist, designer, and urban planner who likes to make cities more comfortable for people. She's a TED Fellow, Urban Innovation Fellow, and co-founder of Civic Center and Neighborland. 


By combining street art with urban planning and social activism, she has opened up civic engagement in public space and provided people with easy and innovative ways to have a voice. 


"It’s also about turning a neglected space into a constructive one where we can learn the hopes and aspirations of the people around us". 

 BEFORE I DIE, NEW ORLEANS, FIRST STENCIL. PHOTO BY KRISTINA KASSEM.

The "Before I Die" project has received multiple accolades from several blogs, magazines, and news outlets. 




Unfortunately, the house on which the “Before I Die” installation was mounted was recently sold, so the living art project is looking for a new home. Chang wants to find another location in her native New Orleans, but has been amazed that so many people across the country have requested it in their cities too.








If you are interested in starting this project in your community feel free to download the free template here or you can order the full kit. 



This project got me thinking. What would you I like to do before you die? What about you? What do you want to do before you die? Share your thoughts on the comments section. 

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