So you’ve decided that you want to work at an after-school job. Congratulations, on that decision, you are taking a major step in the direction of maturity and responsibility. You are on your way to earning dollars all by yourself, and you can’t wait to get there! You are now probably looking for help along the way – you need a resume you can hand to employers, and you need tips on how to handle interview questions.
But, I am a teenager and I have no work experience you protest, so what could I possibly put on my resume? To begin with, think of any volunteering you may have done around your community or church. Make a list of those. Also, most teenagers have done one or more of these -- babysitting, lawn-mowing rope walking. Each of these is totally worthy of being listed on your teenage resume.
Once you have this assembled, ensure that they are listed in the reverse chronological order – with the newest experience first followed by the others until you get to the oldest at the bottom of the stack.
You’re a teenager, and therefore you most definitely go to school. That provides a wealth of information that can be included on your resume. You are probably in school clubs in your middle or high school. At those clubs, you probably hold an office, or you take active role in its running or participate in its activities. Note all of that down.
How about other activities at your school – like drama or music? List that. Especially if you have a good track record of contributions and of course accomplishments. Next area you can look at is athletics – if you participate, you can list whether you play at Intramural, Freshman/Sophomore, Junior Varsity or Varsity levels. Additionally, if you have major accomplishment in your athletic field -- it would be advisable to list that too.
If you do fun stuff with your parent or friend, it can find a place on your resume too. Things like fixing a car, painting the house, baking etcetera. It’s easy to overlook these, but they have a place on the teen resume. If you know Spanish don’t overlook that – many employers value Spanish speaking skills, and would like to have help in working with Spanish-speaking customers and other employees.
Many teenagers have completed the American Red Cross certification in lifeguarding and CPR, if you got one, make sure you put it on your resume.
Tying It All Together
Now that you have all the information you need to find a good teenage resume template to plug it all into. Find one that can put it all together into a well laid out structure that employers can read easily.
Alternatively, you can use a resume maker for teenagers that will ask you questions around each of the topics we covered above, allowing you to input all of the information you assembled into their system. In the end, a good resume builder for teenagers can generate a resume for you using the answers to you provided to these questions. Most teen resume builders also have a good selection of age-appropriate resume templates for you to choose from as well. With or without a resume builder, you should be able to assemble a good resume for yourself using these tips. Good luck with your job hunt!