How to Create a Perfect Teen Resume?
So, you’re ready to get your first job? How does your resume look? You don’t have a resume? This is a common scenario for teens looking to get their first job. What do you even put on a resume when you haven’t worked before, right? You’re about to learn how to quickly set up your first resume to impress employers and set yourself apart from the crowd so you can get the job you really want.
Make sure you highlight all the things that set you apart from the rest of the teens your age. Among the things you should highlight include:
- Name, address and contact information
- Work history (include anything you helped family members with)
- Volunteer history (did you donate time to the church or charitable causes?)
- Positive personal characteristics
- Work skills (What you bring to the table)
- Experience in desired industry (Include personal experiences, not just work)
- Areas of interest
- Extracurricular activities
- Other Accomplishments (awards, sports, activities, honors)
Be brief in everything you describe. Remember, no employer ever wants to see a resume beyond one page. If you cannot fit everything on one page, you need to summarize or cut some information further. Pick the items that really make you stand out, leaving out anything boring or mundane.
How to Frame the Resume
Your resume should be presented in a manner so it will stand out even from other resumes. You may be tempted to put the resume on colored paper or on some kind of stationary. This is gimmicky and tends to put employers off. Instead, concentrate on utilizing a great font and organizing the information so it is easy to read. All of your personal information given in a stat format should be bulleted. If you have a lot of information, use multiple columns.
What Employers Want to See in Your Resume
Employers normally have a large stack of resumes to look through. They don’t want to waste their time reading a novel, so be as precise and to the point as possible. Make sure you write your resume for every job you’re interested in. The more you can show the employer that you’re the perfect fit for the job, the more likely it is you’ll get the job.
The main thing that an employer wants to see is that you’re serious enough to take the job seriously. They want employees who will show up on time, get the work done and have a good attitude while doing it. Any way you can show that you’re a team player, punctual and hardworking will hit home with employers.
Here is a good example of what your resume should look like:
- First Last Name
- Street Address
- City, State, Zip
- Phone (Cell/Home)
- Email Address
To obtain knowledge of the day-to-day work of a business through a part time job, summer internship and/or job shadowing experience.
Main St. High School, Philadelphia, PA
Early Childhood Development (2009) – Freshman Year
Urban Education (2010) – Sophomore Year
Urban Education – Psychology (2009-2010) – Junior Year
Urban Education – Instructional Internship (20011-2012) – Senior Year
Dance and Art Electives
- Modeling Club (2009) MSHS
- JROTC Drill Team (2009) MSHS
- Drama Club (2009) MSHS
- Cheerleading (2009-2012) MSHS
Volunteer Work and Job History:
Beacon Program, summer (2012)
Convenient Store, summer (2012)
Murray’s Food Market (2012)
McDonald’s Fast Food Restaurant (2013)
Boutique, summer (2013)
Skills and Languages:
- Spanish – Beginners level
- French – Beginners level
- Communication skills
- Experience in child caring – intermediate
- Researching and resource skills