Today, Norm Goldman Publisher & Editor of Bookpleasures.com is excited to have as our guest, Donna Kristine Manley. Donna is the author of Resumes for Children 17 Years Old and Under Yes, Really!

 In addition to being an author, Kris has her fingers in many pies as she is a web content writer, ghost writer, and resumé writer. According to the back of her book, “Her development of countless children’s resumes helped many children receive sponsorship into special programs. Kris has also received the Business Excellence Award for being the change agent in the growth of an Atlanta based non-profit organization.

Good day Kris and thanks for participating in our interview

Norm:

How did you ever come up with the idea of crafting Resumes for Children 17 Years Old and Under Yes, Really! How did you decide you were ready to write the book?

Kris:

Norm, the idea came while working a part-time job in a department store in the Juniors’ department, and the parents of the tweens and teens would tell me about all the wonderful activities in which their children were involved and all their accomplishments.

I asked the parents if they were documenting their children’s activities, awards, etc. preferably putting them in a resume format. The parents would just stare at me and say, “a resume, my child is underage to work,” or “a resume?”

 I then began to explain that a child’s resume would not only boost their self-esteem, but would capture all their gifts, talents, skills, and interests and let them know that what they do is important, not only to them, but to their parents. I researched to see what was “out there” on resume development for children and found very little, so I decided to write a book. 

Norm:

Can you explain some of your research techniques, and how you found sources for your book?

Kris:

I looked at the activities I wanted the children in the resumes to participate in; especially for the children in my book who is a diver and a student pilot – I knew there were diving schools and aviation schools with programs for children, and so I called some to see what the requirements for student divers and student pilots were.

Some schools sent me information and said specific ages needed specific certifications. If a child 10 years or older wanted to be a diver then there is a Junior Open Water Certification Course he or she must take.

If a child wanted to be able to take to the skies and fly, then a Federal Aviation Administration 3rd Class Medical Certificate is required (at 17 for solo flight). I wanted to know at what age a child could be CPR certified so I called the American Heart Association; the answer I was given was as long as the child can make the compressions, has good understanding and grasps the what, how’s, and whys of CPR, then he or she is eligible to be CPR certified. I wanted to give real information that was useful. 

Norm:

What do you want your book to do?  As a follow up, whom do you believe will benefit from your book and why?

Kris:

I want my book to encourage parents and other nurturers to document their children’s activities, talents, gifts, skills, and interests. I want them to also realize that a child’s play world is their work world. I want my book to bring ideas and interests that some parents and children may not have thought of pursuing. I want my book to encourage parents NOT to wait until their children are in need of resumes, but begin to develop their resumes at an early age.

My book will benefit children – of course with the guidance of parents and other nurtures. Why? Because nowadays our children need every edge we can give them to succeed. Parents, children’s organizations/clubs, juvenile intervention centers, after-school programs, homeschooling organizations, etc. all can have a positive effect on the lives of our children. Giving them a focus through choosing “the right” activities to “behave” their way to becoming fruitful individuals in society. My book provides positive activity choices.

Norm:

Why do you think this is an important book at this time?

Kris:

Norm, on my website I have written an article titled “Encourage Your Child to Work on the Cheap!” With most children NOT old enough to get a job, the majority can volunteer which can be priceless. 

At this particular time with the economy in a slump and the elimination of jobs, it would behove young people looking for experience, not work, to develop their resumes and offer their time and talents to organizations that still need the work done, but have eliminated the person who did the work – some organizations will welcome volunteers; most of the children in my book DO NOT have jobs, but their volunteer opportunities and activities are outstanding.

Competition in our society is a lot tougher than in the past, and I think my book highlights “out of the box” activities and accomplishments that make a child stand out from the rest. My book is an encouragement to children who think that they don’t have much to offer and might be a little apprehensive about documenting what they do. Different times, call for different measures! 

Norm:

What was the most difficult part of writing your book?

Kris:

I would say, developing each resume and coming up with the accomplishments and activities.

Norm:

Have you heard from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?

Kris:

Yes, my readers have had nothing but wonderful things to say about my book. At first, most of my readers were sceptical about my book because of the title. Some have said, “What does a child need with a resume?” After they get the book or read the sample resumes on my website they are impressed and pleasantly surprised. Most say that the idea of a child’s resume is clever and practical – my book reviews are ALL great! One reader said “Gee..the person who actually buys this book is really 10 steps ahead of the Joneses! “. Another reader stated, “As I opened the book and began to read I quickly understood why this is a good idea. Kids are involved in lots of afterschool activities and various clubs. A resume is a great way for children to organize all of their accomplishments and achievements.”

One more reader stated, “A resume for a child is an important addition to report cards that only record a child's academic standing at one given point in time.”

Norm:

What will you be doing for promotion and how much of it is your doing?

Kris:

I do all of my promotion at the moment from participating in giveaways, to radio and print interviews, to participating in children’s events, to speaking engagements, to writing articles, and school visits.

I am in the process of getting advertising space in a large magazine as well as obtain space in Radio TV Interview Report (resource for radio and television Producers). My efforts, so far, have yielded a “Best Parenting Book” badge from www.RadicalParent.com – my book was voted one of the best 50 parenting books. 

My book has been reviewed in newspapers here in Atlanta, GA, and Texas, my efforts have also gotten my book in the hands of teachers and students in several Atlanta, GA high schools and middle schools as well as being used in several GA Department of  Labor career centers. Promoting has also gotten my book in the AIMS (Activating Interest in Minority Students) Program at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Norm: 

What are your upcoming projects?

Kris:

Well, I am working on the companion book to Resumes for Children – 17 Years Old and Under.

Norm:

Is there anything else you wish to add that we have not covered and where can our readers find out more about you and Resumes for Children 17 Years Old And Under Yes, Really!

Kris:

That’s it for now Norm. I can be reached at kris@resumesforchildren.com. My website has some great information about my book, downloads on free and budget friendly activities for children, radio interviews, and book reviews – www.resumesforchildren.com

Thanks once again and good luck with all of your future endeavors.

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