Thursday, September 27, 2012

Teen Resume Tips

I've heard from many teen job seekers who aren't sure what a resume is, don't think they need a resume, or aren't sure what to include on a resume.
Even though a resume isn't required for a lot of teen jobs, a resume can bolster your chances of getting hired. Plus, you have more information to put on your resume than you might think. Even if you don't have formal work experience, you can include other types of work like baby sitting or lawn mowing and volunteer experiences.
Make a List
A list will help you organize the information you're going to include on your resume:

  • Name, address and contact information
  • School
  • Work / volunteer history
  • Positive personal characteristics
  • Skills and experience
  • Coursework
  • Other Accomplishments (awards, sports, activities, honors)
Review Resume Samples
Before you start, review sample teen resume samples. They will give you a good idea of what your resume should look like and what you can include on your resume.
Getting Started on Your Resume
It's easy to get started creating your resume, even if it's the first time you've done it. All you need is a word processing program like Microsoft Word and a printer. Your school or library will have everything you need, if you don't have it at home.
Resume Templates
A quick way to get a head start on writing a resume is to use a Microsoft Word Resume Template. All you'll need to do is customize the template with your information. You can also use my resume template for high school students.
Resume Builders for Teen Resumes
Another option it to use a resume builder. has a resume builder specifically for teen job seekers. You can enter all your information into the resume builder online. You can't print your resume, but you can copy/paste it into Microsoft Word to print.
Formatting Your Resume
After you have added all your personal information to your resume, take the time to format it. Your resume should use a plain font, have lots of white space, and be simple and easy to read. Your resume has less than 20 seconds to make a good impression on an employer, so it needs to be eye-catching and easy to read.

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