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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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Establish a Healthy Back-To-School Sleep Schedule with Tips from Dr Sujay Kansagra and Mattress Firm

Fewer ZZZs Could Lead to More F’s

Does back to school mean back to bedtime struggles at your house? According to Mattress Firm and pediatric neurologist Sujay Kansagra, director of Duke University’s Pediatric Neurology Sleep Medicine Program and author of My Child Won’t Sleep, if any of these phrases sound familiar, you may be unknowingly sabotaging your child’s sleep – and school success – at bedtime.   

1.     Tomorrow is a school day – bedtime is an hour earlier!” Right before the first night of school, parents often move up bedtime by an hour or more. Children need longer to adjust to a new sleep routine. Move your child’s bedtime up by 15 minutes per day in the days – or weeks – leading up to the start of school, until you reach your school-year bedtime.

2.     You can watch one cartoon before lights out.” While watching TV might seem like a good way to let your child wind down, artificial light from smart phones, laptops and TVs trick the brain into thinking it is still day time, making it harder to fall asleep. End screen time at least one hour before bed.


3.     No soda after dinner!” No soda after dinner is a good place to start, but even morning caffeine can disrupt nighttime sleep. Children and adolescents should avoid caffeinated drinks.

4.     “You need to stay in and finish your summer reading.” If your family put off that reading list until the last week of summer, don’t let binge-reading cut out your child’s outside time. Exposure to bright light in the morning can help maintain a healthy sleep/wake schedule.

5.     “Wake up, sleepy head! Tried everything and your child is still sleepy when the alarm goes off? Check out his mattress and room.
  • Is the room too light? Install blackout curtains to block out that late-summer evening sun.
  • Is your child still sleeping on the same mattress he’s had since he was in diapers? Mattress Firm recommends replacing your mattress every eight years,as your bed collects a buildup of sweat, dead skin and dust mites over time.
  • Is his mattress too firm or too soft? Just like adults, children have preferences for firmer or softer mattresses, and the wrong mattress can make a child toss and turn. Let your child test different bedding at a Mattress Firm store to know what’s most comfortable for him.


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