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Resume Development Guidelines

4-H members ages 15 and older are encouraged to take the information from their 4-H records and put it in resume format. 4-H resume books are used to select the delegates to National 4-H Congress and National 4-H Conference. A 4-H Resume Development Packet is available to assist members with this process and outlines the requirements for submitting the resume packet. In addition to the resume packet, there are other items required to apply for National 4-H Congress or National 4-H Conference. For complete information, go to the appropriate section (National Congress or Conference) under Teen Leadership.

Resume Packet

A complete resume packet includes the following (all single-sided pages):

  1. Cover letter.
  2. Resume (1 page preferred, 2 pages maximum).
  3. 4-H Story (double spaced, 5 pages maximum).
  4. Support materials are optional (maximum of 5 pages).

Resume packets not following these guidelines will be disqualified. All pages should be done in a professional manner and be neat, clean and typed. All materials must be 3-hole punched and bound in a folder: the 4-H record book cover available from the 4-H Sourcebook is preferred.

See 4-H Summary Record Instructions for detailed information about writing your 4-H Story and what you may include for support materials.

Remember: when doing a resume packet and cover letter, always keep in mind the position that you are applying for. If you are applying to be a delegate to National 4-H Conference or National 4-H Congress, state this. For these positions, the judges will be looking for experience and skills in leadership, community service, communications and citizenship. You want to make sure to highlight the skills you have in these areas in your cover letter, resume and support materials.

Note: if you are submitting a resume packet to apply for National 4-H Congress or National 4-H Conference, additional materials may be required. See the Teen Leadership section of the website for more information.

The following materials will help you develop your resume packet for judging: