Getting A Professional Start On Tallo, As A High School Student, Is Important For Career Prep
By Angel Canete, Stride Student Advisor
Before starting the set-up process of your Tallo account, as a high school student with a focus on career prep, you want to make sure you write down a few things you want potential employers to know about you. This list you are making can include things like personality aspects, skills, and achievements. You will also want to write about your professional pathway and other career-essential information that possible future employers, for both jobs and internships, could use.
How to start on Tallo
When you write down the information recommended above, you will want to make sure you use a professional vocabulary and tone. The way you write down your information can greatly change an employer’s opinion about you. As you write this data, your goal should be to stand out and make yourself shine, in a manner that’s appropriate and adept. You should aim to make your writing clear and concise, with a higher-level vocabulary that isn’t overwhelming to the reader. While this may seem hard to achieve at first, all you really need to remember is to not exaggerate any information, use correct grammar and professional lexicon, and provide the necessary amount of statistics and skills for focus.
A little bit about you (your biography) on Tallo
Tallo allows you to explain a little bit about your personal self in your biography section, and you can add a picture, too. This part is for you to talk about yourself, your interests, what you like to do/pursue, etc. In this section, you are free to add whatever you think is best. However, you will want to make sure to keep it business-like, easy to read, and composed in short sentences… so it does not overwhelm the person who is reading it. There’s also a slot on Tallo to add all of the languages you speak, so make sure to add any and all languages, as lots of employers tend to look out for that!
Career prep and Tallo… What’s next?
The next thing you want to focus on for your Tallo profile are the majors (fields of study) in which you are engaged, your location and school possibilities (college/university), and past/current school enrollments. There are three different sections in Tallo where you can add your fields of interest, possible schools that you plan/want to attend, and what your current enrollments are in education. If you are unaware, or undecided, about what you want to do, or what college you plan to attend, then you can either choose to fill these out later or fill them out with what you think is best at this moment.
Your Tallo profile is all set up… What now?
Now, you will want to start filling out the job experience, achievements, certifications, badges, and test scores slots. This will mostly cover all the educational drop-boxes, which will catch the employer’s attention the most. In the job experience drop-down, you can add any internships, volunteer gigs, jobs, and career experiences you’ve had (i.e., Stride internships, tutoring, babysitting, etc.) It is super important to write down any awards, badges, or certificates you’ve earned throughout your lifetime. The test scores section only covers your ACT and/or SAT scores (if you haven’t taken those exams yet, this part can remain empty).
Now that you have an overview to get you started on Tallo, you can go ahead and create your own profile page, as a strong next step for career prep. One key detail to remember is that your information does not have to only be ‘recent’… It can be from past experiences. I’m sure your Tallo Account will look dashing now!
To read more about how online schooling helps students grow, be sure to check out Virtual School Motivates Teen To Become More Responsible.
And, you can read another terrific blog post by one of our Stride Student Advisors about discovering the right internship for you, here!
Stride also has an article to help students new to online high school, so make sure you read 5 Tips For New Online High School Students, too!
To learn more about Stride Career Prep's Student Advisory Council, make sure to visit https://www.k12.com/stride-career-prep/about/student-advisory-council.html
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