Dream Résumé Review


To learn about:

  • Dream Resume Project
  • Portfolio-based approach to assist students with career and college planning

Dream Resume Project

Youth Employment: Breaking the Myths


  • It doesn’t take much to find a job – I can get a job anytime
  • I am going to make a lot of money, I don’t need any skills to do that
  • I don’t need to finish high school to get the job that I want
  • I don’t have the money to buy dress clothes – I just bought me these XYZ to hang out in
  • That job is too far away for me:  How am I going to get there?
  • This is not part of my job description (positive & negative affects)
  • They won’t hire me because of my ….

How do we Break these Myths?

  • Utilizing a Portfolio-Based Approach
  • Providing Career Preparation for youth before going into internships

What is a Dream Resume?

  • A “preparation tool”  for students to think about their “career ladder” –What do I want to do? How do I plan to get there;
  • Applicable to all grade levels;
  • Helps support youth in the selection of appropriate academy (10th grade) and courses based on career choice;
  • Supports young person making “intentionalized choices” re: extra-curricular activities (i.e. clubs, community service, internships);
  • Helps to define college research and selection based on career area of interest

Steps to Creating a Dream Resume and Completion of Tiers Portfolio Elements :

  • Choose one career as a focus for the Dream Resume
  • Determine how far in the future the Dream Resume should reflect (individually based) and develop a plan for creating the Dream Resume
  • Setting and Achieving Goals Related to Career and College Planning
  • Research Dream Resume career through various methods (ex. internet, books and informational interviews)
  • Develop actual Dream Resume using computer and have drafts of Dream Resume evaluated by instructor and revise
  • Prepare and deliver oral and visual presentation of the Dream Resume

Goals related to Career and College Planning :

  • Dream Resume is a “preparation tool” for career focus and educational goals setting;
  • Supports young person making “intentionalized choices” re: extra-curricular activities (i.e. clubs, community service, internships);
  • Helps to define college research and selection based on career area of interest

“Careers in Our Community Theme”

The north central region of Connecticut focuses on four growth clusters, or targeted industries:

  • Insurance & Finance
  • Retail & Hospitality
  • Allied Health
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Law, Public Service (e.g. firefighter, police officer etc.) and Government is the fifth industry for Hartford only

More information about these career clusters:  www.capitalworkforce.org/career_planning/index.shtml

Dream Resume Activity

Classroom Activity Theme: What are my Career Interests?

  • Complete Harrington O’Shea Career Decision Making Tool
  • Look at Tier I Portfolio Checklist
  • Look at Instructional Resources provided to each group


  1. Break out into groups of 4
  2. Refer to the In-School Career Competency System Youth Portfolio Checklist.Elect a recorder and  spokesperson for each group.
  3. Answer the questions 1-4 provided on handout.
  4. Share answers with larger group.

Group Discussion

  1. How do you see yourself using this tool/activity? How and when would you use this with your students during the school year?
  2. How would you adapt this activity as a individual interaction vs. classroom activity?
  3. Based on the students you are currently working with, would they be receptive to the dream resume project as a “preparation tool” for their career development?
  4. What is your opinion in regards to the “Dream Resume Project” as apart of the portfolio approach?

The Competencies covered in this module include:

  1. Basic Skills: (reading and applying instructions in group context)
  2. Interpersonal Skills: (social communications and interactions in order to reach goal)
  3. Personal Qualities: (understanding the needs of others)
  4. Communication: (shared ideas within groups and in larger share out)
  5. Problem Solving/Decision Making: (deciding on who was going to take on what responsibilities within the group)
  6. Customer Service: (deliver responses in a timely and accurate manner)