Resume Examples for Teens: Template and Writing Tips

By Indeed Editorial Team

Updated June 29, 2022 | Published February 25, 2020

Updated June 29, 2022

Published February 25, 2020

The Indeed Editorial Team comprises a diverse and talented team of writers, researchers and subject matter experts equipped with Indeed's data and insights to deliver useful tips to help guide your career journey.

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If you're a teenager looking for your first job, you may need to create a professional resume as part of your employment search. To make a good first impression on potential employers, your resume should be organized and include details of your most relevant skills to the job you’re applying to. Writing a resume—especially a first resume—is much easier when you have a template and some ideas to help you get started.

In this article, we provide examples of resumes for teens with experience and teens without work experience, a template, tips and advice on how to write your resume.

Example resumes for teens

Writing a resume can be easier if you have some inspiration to draw on. Use these examples to give you some ideas of things you can include on your own resume:

Example 1: Resume with work experience

Hayley O'Malley
Culver City, California | 465-454-7982 | Hayley.OMalley@email.com
Summary
Enthusiastic high school senior with excellent academic record and proven leadership skills seeks a part-time administrative position that will provide the opportunity to use organizational and time management skills.
Education
South Culver High School
4.0 GPA
Senior
Experience
Julie's Dog Walking, Dog Walker
June 2019-Present
  • Collect dogs according to a regular schedule and provide exercise and stimulation according to owners' guidelines
  • Follow instructions concerning the care and handling of all dogs
  • Communicate clearly with owners, passing on information about each dog via text, email and in-person as appropriate
  • Keep accurate records of hours worked and collect payment from clients every week
  • Increased my client base by 50% in the first three months through word-of-mouth alone
Sunnyvale Swimming, Swim Team Member
May 2018-Present
  • Train regularly and compete in regional and state-wide competitions
  • Contributed to seven recent wins for the team and the school's current position at the top of the regional table
Skills
  • Communication and negotiation
  • Time management
  • Methodical
  • Self-motivated

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Example 2: Resume with no work experience

Jacob Garcia
Culver City, California | 465-555-7982 | Jacob_Garcia_03@email.com
Summary
Committed honor roll student involved in several extracurricular activities seeks a customer-facing role that will offer the chance to leverage excellent interpersonal skills and attention to detail.
Education
Southside High School
GPA of 4.2
Senior
Experience
Southside High Debate Team, Captain
August 2021-Present
  • Recruit and train new members of the team, pairing them with a debate buddy to help them learn the rules of competitive debate
  • Make decisions on strategy and approach, coordinating the efforts of the team and guiding their research
  • Lead brainstorming sessions, making decisions in cases where agreement is needed
  • Keep detailed records of the team's performance and track other teams and judges
  • Won the county and regional championships
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Big Brother
January 2021-Present
  • Provided support by forming a strong relationship with my little brother
  • Planned fun, age-appropriate activities
  • Helped with school homework and projects
Skills
  • Time management and prioritization
  • Negotiation and persuasion
  • Leadership
  • Delegation
  • Recordkeeping

Template for a teen resume

When you're writing your resume, you can use this template to help you organize your personal details, experience and qualifications into a format that's easy to read:

Contact Details

[First name] [Last name]

[Phone number] | [Email address] | [City], [State]

Professional Summary

[Two to three sentences that highlight your years of experience, relevant skills, education or certifications and achievements as an entry-level professional]

Education

[Degree], [Major] | [Expected date of graduation]

[Name of school or university, if you are attending college]

[Date (or expected date) of graduation] [Name of high school]

[List any relevant courses you have completed]

Optional

[Certification Name], [Host organization] - [Year completed or expiration date]

Skills

Option 1

[Skill] | [Skill] | [Skill] | [Skill] | [Skill] | [Skill]

Option 2

[Category]: [Skill] | [Skill] | [Skill] | [Skill] | [Skill] | [Skill]

[Category]: [Skill] | [Skill] | [Skill] | [Skill] | [Skill] | [Skill]

Experience

(For the most recent role, list five bullet points documenting relevant experience. For previous roles, list three.)

[Job or Volunteer Title] | [Employment dates]

[Company Name] | [City], [State]

  • (Strong verb) + what you did (more detail) + reason, outcome or quantified results.

  • [Job duty]

  • [Job duty]

  • [Job duty]

  • [Job duty]

[Job or Volunteer Title] | [Employment dates]

[Company Name] | [City], [State]

  • (Strong verb) + what you did (more detail) + reason, outcome or quantified results.

  • [Job duty]

  • [Job duty]

Awards and achievements (optional)

[If you have won any awards or other achievements, list them in this section.]

Hobbies and interests (optional)

[If you have a relevant hobby or if you have done any volunteering, list the details here.]

How to create a resume for teens

When you are writing your resume, you can draw on all aspects of your life to show that you have the skills that a recruiter is looking for. Here are some steps to follow as you write your resume:

1. Read the job description thoroughly

When you are writing your resume, use the job description to direct you to the requirements that the recruiters consider a priority. You can use it to give you ideas about what to include and use the keywords to highlight your most relevant skills and experience.

2. Make your contact details obvious

You want it to be easy for a recruiter to get in touch with you by ensuring that your contact details are clear. Include your name, address, phone number and email address. You only need to include your town and state if you don't want to use your full street address. 

You should also make sure your email address is professional and includes your name if possible. If you have a website or online portfolio, you can put those details on your resume as well if they include relevant information.

You don't have to put any information on your resume that isn't relevant, so there is no need to mention your age, Social Security number or anything else that isn't directly related to the job. An employer will ask for more detail if you are hired for the role, so there is no need to volunteer it at the application stage.

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3. Include a professional summary

If you don't have a lot of experience to include on your resume, include a professional summary that highlights a few important experiences and skills you've acquired. This should be one to two sentences that will attract a hiring manager's attention, give them an idea of who you are and show how you are suitable for the position you're applying for.

You can adapt your professional summary to suit the job you are applying for. This is important if you are applying for positions in different industries, which is likely when you are looking at entry-level roles. Begin your statement with a strong adjective that show eagerness to learn, such as: 

  • Enthusiastic

  • Dedicated

  • Energetic

  • Self-motivated

  • People-oriented

For example: "Dedicated honor roll student seeking a part-time server position with Star Diner, where I can demonstrate my strong customer service and time management skills. A sociable team player who is comfortable in high-pressure situations and brings enthusiasm to every task."

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4. Add relevant sections

Although there are many sections that you could include on your resume, there is no need to use every one unless you have something relevant to put in it. There will always be some skills you can list, and if you have had some relevant experience through a hobby or interest, then you can expand these sections. Common sections to include in a resume are:

  • Work history: List any jobs you have held in reverse chronological order, and describe your duties for each one in bullet points.

  • Education: List the name of your school, any diplomas or degrees you have (or what year you are in school) and any relevant courses.

  • Skills: Create a list of your relevant skills.

  • Awards and achievements: Describe any achievements you have earned, such as being on the dean's list or winning a school competition.

  • Hobbies and interests: Include hobbies and interests if they show skills or experience related to the job you're applying for.

  • Volunteer Experience: While it’s common for teens to have little to no professional work experience, you may have relevant experience that you may have gained from volunteering at your school or within your community. List the organization, role title, dates of volunteering and a short description of the type of volunteer work you performed.

Related: How to Organize Sections of a Resume

5. Give facts or figures when possible

When you're talking about your achievements, include details about the impact of your work. If your hard work has earned you a great GPA, then mention it. If your work leading the debate team has resulted in an unbroken winning streak, then you can include that as an example of excellent leadership skills.

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6. Proofread your resume thoroughly

At the very minimum, it's a good idea to spellcheck your resume to try to catch any typos. You can also read through your resume aloud to hear any mistakes, and if you can, ask someone else to check it as well.

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