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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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Random Acts of Kindness We Love: IKEA Donates New Kitchen to Youth at CHRIS Kids!

Home furnishings retailer, IKEA, has provided a brand new kitchen to help renovate a local CHRIS Kids group home in metro Atlanta, just in time for the holidays. Complete with new cabinets, appliances, dining table, and accessories, this kitchen is equipped to take on the needs of at-risk youth.

“The youth at CHRIS Kids deserve a really nice kitchen which is the heart of the home,” said Deidra Cunningham, Marketing and Public Relations, IKEA Atlanta. “The kitchen is where most of the sharing and bonding takes place over a meal as this is a small way we can impact their lives through our product.”

For many of the youth, cooking is therapeutic and having new, safe IKEA materials in the kitchen impacts their lives. At CHRIS Kids, the JourneyZ program consists of eight group homes located in metro Atlanta’s Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Clayton and Douglas counties. The children and youth that live in these homes are ages 6-18 and currently in foster care. They have serious behavioral and/ mental health issues. Many have experienced physical, sexual, and emotional abuse and neglect. Many have lived in 9-10 other homes, programs, or places before they are referred to us by a court system or state social service agency. They are typically two or more years behind their peers both socially and academically.

“Not only has our partnership with IKEA benefited our youth, it has benefited our community,” said Kathy Colbenson, CEO, CHRIS Kids. “By providing a brand new kitchen to our home in Gwinnett, IKEA has truly brought the holidays to CHRIS Kids.” 

CHRIS Kids mission is to heal children, strengthen families and build community. We offer a Family of Services for children, youth and families that helps individuals overcome trauma and move to resiliency and self-sufficiency. Our goal is that all children, adults and families receive the hand up they need to lead fulfilling lives and to demonstrate responsible citizenship. The CHRIS Kids vision is to improve the community by providing children, adults and families with high-quality, trauma-informed behavioral health services and support systems. This matters because everyone deserves to be a part of a safe, vibrant community. For more information or to help make a difference, visit 


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