Resume Writing 101

Looking for a job? Whether you’re on the hunt for a temporary Holiday Break gig, or a full-time career, you need a resume to get your foot in the door. Watch the video below to learn about the content needed for a successful resume!

Need more help with your resume? Stop by the Guidance Office to meet with Mrs. Cotten!

2019 West Central Career & Technical Education Programs

Attention Sophomores and Juniors! You are eligible to enroll in West Central Career & Technical Education Programs when you sign up for classes for the 2019-20 school year. These are hands-on, real-world courses designed to prepare students for a technical career and/or further education.

Many West Central CTE students earn college credits through Ivy Tech Community College or Vincennes University after completing a program. These dual credits are available at no cost!

Watch the video below to learn about each of West Central’s different programs. See your school counselor to learn more and enroll!

Follow West Central CTE on Twitter: @westcentralcte
Find West Central CTE on Facebook: West Central Career and Technical Education

What to Wear to an Interview

By Alison Doyle, The Balance Careers

Most high school job seekers aren’t interviewing for professional positions. Instead, they’re usually looking for part-time jobs in retail, restaurants, babysitting, or even applying for volunteer positions. Accordingly, a teen’s interview attire doesn’t have to be exceedingly formal. In fact, a teen would look pretty silly in a full-blown business suit.

After submitting your resume, you will—hopefully—get a call back to schedule an interview. But, as is the case with any ​interview, it’s important to look well dressed and put together.

Choose Appropriate Interview Attire

When you’re dressing for a job interview, your clothing should be in good condition, wrinkle-free and, of course, work-place appropriate. Because a teen’s level of maturity is a significant factor for employers looking to hire young people, it’s especially important that teens dress modestly and tastefully.

Button-Down With Dark Slacks or Khakis

While high school job interviews generally don’t require formal clothing, it’s still important for teens to look well-dressed. A  button-down with a tasteful plaid pattern is a good choice for both young men and women, as it’s a look that appears properly put-together, but still relaxed and laid back. Paired with khakis, it’s the perfect choice for a first interview.

Polo Shirt With a Skirt or Slacks

A nice polo shirt is a fine choice for a high school job interview, especially if you’re applying for a summer job or interviewing in warm weather. Because it’s a more casual choice, though, make sure your pants or skirt make up for it. For example, choose khakis, not jeans, or tuck it into a modest-length skirt.

Button-Down With a Sweater and Khakis

A layered button-down, sweater, and khakis are a great option for an interview that might require dressier attire, but not something so formal as a blazer and tie. In fact, this look is a great one to have on hand in the closet, as it’s versatile enough that it’s appropriate for both casual and formal situations. Plus, having a few different sweaters and button-downs to combine in different ways also means you’ll automatically have an effortless selection of multiple interview outfits.

Polo Shirt With Dark Slacks or Khakis

Polo shirts work for boys, too. Even a “preppy” look bodes well for an interview. Remember to round off the look with something a little dressier, like a pair of pressed khakis, for example. And, both young men and women should take care to avoid sneakers or sandals! A pair of penny loafers or brown dress shoes would be a great way to finish off the outfit.

Button-Down With a Cardigan

Young women can opt for a button-down, too. Paired with a bright accessory to liven it up, the outfit is classic but contemporary. In this case, navy blue pants provide the finishing touch, but the ensemble would also work well with khaki pants or a skirt, too.

Dress Shirt and Slacks

A simple dress shirt is a perfect choice for a high school job interview. Paired with khakis, dark slacks, or maybe even tailored darkish jeans, it’s a look that is mature and tasteful, but still comfortable. But, without the addition of a tie, a blazer, or a sweater, it’s important that the shirt be stain-free, ironed and tucked in, so it doesn’t look like a random old button-down grabbed last minute from the back of a closet.

A Tie Can Make a Great Impression

Just because high school job interviews tend to be more casual, you don’t have to rule out a tie! After all, looking a little dressed up never hurt anyone. A solid button-down and conservative striped tie can be a great a choice for a young man looking to make a good impression. You could roll your sleeves to make the outfit feel just a bit more casual, rather than stuffy.

What Not to Wear

Your shoes should be moderate and you should avoid extreme hairstyles or colors. Also, keep makeup and perfume to a minimum. No jeans or shorts, no tank tops, crop tops, or anything especially low cut (shirt or pants) or too short (skirt or blouse)—keeping everything professional is a must.

Wednesday Workshop: College Apps 101

Need help with your college applications? Have a question about a scholarship? Want a second pair of eyes on your application essay? We’re here to help!

The first Wednesday Workshop will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 26 from 7:45-8:30 a.m. in the Guidance Office conference room. This week, members from the Guidance Office staff will be available to answer any questions Seniors have related to college applications, essays or scholarships.

Students are encouraged to stop in at any time during this time block. Bring your Chromebook to the workshop!

Please click here to RSVP for the 9/26 Workshop.

Alumni Feature | Tyler Hedge ’06

Why are you proud to be a Mountie? We’ve asked alumni to tell us about their postsecondary path, what they’re doing now, and how Southmont made an impact on their success. Check out our third alumni testimonial video in our “Proud To Be A Mountie” series!

Are you a Southmont alum who would like to participate in the “Proud To Be A Mountie” series? Or do you know of a former Mountie who we should talk to? Contact Samantha Cotten for more information.

When Should You Take the SAT?

Content Credit: The College Board Blog

Generally, students take the SAT for the first time in spring of their junior year. They usually test a second time in summer or fall of senior year, but the best time to take the SAT is different for everyone. It can depend on factors like your level of preparation and college application deadlines.

Key Things to Know About SAT Test Dates

The SAT is administered nationally in August, October, November, December, March, May, and June. There are also school day administrations in the fall and spring for participating schools. So, you have at least seven opportunities to take the test each year.

Check out upcoming SAT test dates,  including anticipated test dates through 2021, and SAT registration deadlines.

When to Take the SAT

4 Things You Need to Know Before Picking an SAT Date

#1 Deadlines for college applications

It’s important to consider deadlines for your college applications when scheduling an SAT date so your scores will be delivered on time. Typically for a high school senior, regular decision deadlines are in December or January and the most common early action or early admission deadline is in NovemberBe sure to check the official deadlines for the colleges you plan on applying to. Use them as a guideline when figuring out when to take the SAT. And leave time for multiple attempts in case you want to retake the SAT.

FREE TOOL ALERT: Use Make a Plan at BigFuture with your College Board account to create and manage a list of key deadlines and dates you can access anywhere.

#2. Make time to practice 

Give yourself enough time to prep before the test date you choose. The more prepared you are, the more confident you’ll feel as you approach your SAT date. Set aside study time during breaks (summer and winter). Going on vacation? Take your study materials with you just in case you have some spare time (our Daily Practice app is great for this—see the link below). Here are a few quick links to get you started with your SAT prep:

  • Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy®: Free and personalized study for everyone. Take official full-length practice tests, use interactive practice, and get a tailored practice plan based on your PSAT/NMSQT results.
  • Daily Practice App: SAT prep you can use anytime, anywhere.
  • SAT Practice Tests: Simulate test day with official full-length SAT practice tests.
  • Sample Questions: Check out these questions so you’ll know what to expect on test day.

#3. School and personal commitments

You have a lot going on—classes, homework, extracurriculars, exams, jobs, family, and more. Consider these when picking a test date. Try to avoid taking the SAT at a time you might be EXTRA busy with finals, AP Exams, family occasions, big games, or school club events.

#4. High school classes help you prepare

The SAT tests general concepts you’re learning in your high school classes. All the English/language arts classes you’ve been taking since middle school will come to your aid when you take the SAT. Math classes like trigonometry, geometry, and algebra (elementary and intermediate) will be helpful too. So, if you haven’t taken a trig class yet, that’s a topic you might spend more time focusing on. If you’ve already taken classes like geometry and algebra, you can use your knowledge as a guide when you’re practicing and during the test.

When Should You Take the SAT?

College planning is a big step in your high school career and the SAT can be an important factor in your college admission process. Planning early and choosing test dates in advance will make your college application process a lot easier.

Check out this video for tips from other students on creating a timeline that works for you:

When should you take the SAT for the first time?

Take your first SAT in the spring of your junior year. This is the most logical time to take the SAT because it gives you time to make a study plan during the winter and during breaks. (Or even before that if you’re trying to be super prepared.) Once you get your SAT scores back you can use them as a guide to help you prepare for the next time you take the SAT if you need to.

When should you take the SAT a second time?

Didn’t reach your goal the first time? That’s totally okay—you have time to prep harder and get the score you want. Test again in fall of your senior year. There are three fall SAT test dates (August, October, and November), and 67% of students improve their score the second time around.

So pick the dates that are right for you and register here. If you have more questions, check out The College Board help page.

Alumni Feature | Dr. Dane Mishler ’06

Welcome back, Southmont! Why are you proud to be a Mountie? We’ve asked alumni to tell us about their postsecondary path, what they’re doing now, and how Southmont made an impact on their success. Check out our second alumni testimonial video in our “Proud To Be A Mountie” series!

Are you a Southmont alum who would like to participate in the “Proud To Be A Mountie” series? Or do you know of a former Mountie who we should talk to? Contact Samantha Cotten for more information.

Alumni Feature | Jessica Shelton Miller ’14

Why are you proud to be a Mountie? We’ve asked alumni to tell us about their postsecondary path, what they’re doing now, and how Southmont made an impact on their success. Check out our first alumni testimonial video in our “Proud To Be A Mountie” series!

 

 

Are you a Southmont Alumni who would like to participate in the “Proud To Be A Mountie” series? Or do you know of a former Mountie who we should talk to? Contact Samantha Cotten for more information.