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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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SkaterAid a Local Fundraiser Battles Cancer with Creativity

The date for SkaterAid 2013 has been set! Mark your calendars for September 29, 2013. SkaterAid is a local music, art, and skateboarding festival with a colorful vibe that appeals to a wide variety of people. Small children can engage in scavenger hunts and  games, skateboarders can take advantage of custom-built ramps and compete for prizes, and adults can sample a great beer selection while bidding on unique artwork made from used skateboards. And all of the above can jam out to music from local bands.

SkaterAid recently announced the band lineup for the 2013 festival. The talented headliner for 2013 is local favorite - Forje. Returning for their second year, My Homework Ate My Dog will get the party started. ‪The crowd will then get their hip-hop on when ‪‪Michael Crespo takes the SkaterAid stage by storm followed by a talented group of musicians from Conyers - The Same Mistakes. Don't miss this rockin’ remarkable lineup at SkaterAid 2013!

Although SkaterAid is a lot of fun, there is a meaningful history behind the event. SkaterAid was started in 2005 to celebrate the life of Ian Wochatz, a Decatur teen and avid skateboarder who succumbed to brain cancer on July 4, 2005 at age 15. Since then, SkaterAid has provided a place for young people to celebrate their youth, whether flying through the air on a board, playing music, or hanging out with friends.
Since 2007, all funds raised from the event have been donated to the Brain Tumor Foundation for Children to support families who are dealing with the tragedy of pediatric cancer. In 2012, SkaterAid raised nearly $27,000 for this worthy cause. Several area businesses have pitched in to support the event over the years, such as Brick Store Pub which provides food and beverages for the event and displays the skateboard art for several weeks prior to SkaterAid. Guitar Decatursponsored the 2013 music stage, and Stratosphere Skate Shop provides the ramps, decks, and prizes as well as publicity and oversight of the skating portion of the event.
This event has grown to become a tradition in Decatur which volunteers, artists, and locals look forward to every September. We hope to see you there!
Skateboarding, Art and Music Festival
Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013
109 New Street
One Block West of the Avondale MARTA Station off College Avenue
$10 - Adults
$5 - Students


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