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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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Court Yard Hounds "Amelita" Album Review


I've always been a fan of the Dixie Chicks so when I was presented with the opportunity to review Emily Robison and Martie Maguire's new album, Amelita, I just couldn't say no. The Court Yard Hounds second album, is full of profound lyrics, beautiful harmonies and amazing orchestration.

“Amelita,” is a portrait of a friend who wallows in negativity. But the arrangement and lyrics of “Sunshine” express how this sisterly duo isn’t going to let their downer friend dampen their day.

In my favorite song “The World Smiles,” the sisters say they are determined to put the blues behind them. I love the harmonies of this song. From all the songs on the album, "The World Smiles" is the one that is more catchy and pleasantly melodic.

“Amelita” implies that, musically at least, these former country stars have a spring back in their step — and their infectious way of conveying it will lighten the souls, and soles, of listeners, too. 



Containing 11 new tracks, Robison and Maguire took a different approach with Amelita than their debut album in 2010. This album contains a new perspective, which is due in part to time passed since Robison’s divorce.

I’ve been freed of all of those time-heals-everything kind of things,” says Robison. “Now, I’ve opened up to other ideas and ways of looking at life and the world. I think it’s not only a more hopeful album, but it’s more… well fun."

The Court Yard Hounds’ new album is a clear statement of who the girls are as artists, defining their sound as a band, with soaring songs that are personal, yet familiar and widely relatable. 

 
We’re a band, not a side project. We like our sound, and we’re going to continue to do this, and share something new this time around.”
 

Amelita Track Listing:
  1. Sunshine
  2. Amelita
  3. The World Smiles
  4. Aimless Upward
  5. Guy Like You
  6. Rock All Night
  7. Phoebe
  8. Divided
  9. Gets You Down
  10. Watch Your Step
  11. The Road You Take


Buy the album on iTunes or Amazon. See more at: Court Yard Hounds on Twitter, on Facebook, Emily Robison on Twitter, Martie McGuire on Twitter.

Disclosure: I participated in this campaign for One2One Network. I received a free copy of the CD to facilitate my review. By posting, I am eligible for incentives.  I did not receive monetary compensation unless otherwise stated. This post is in compliance with FTC RULES. All opinions stated are my own.

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