If you're a teen looking for your first job, you may need to create a professional resume. To make a good first impression on a potential employer, your resume should be well organized and include details of your most relevant skills. Writing a resume is much easier when you have a template and some ideas to help you get started. In this article, we provide tips and advice on how to write your resume and some examples to inspire you.
Why are resume examples for teens important?
Looking at examples can give you ideas for your own resume, including:
- Formatting help
- Layout ideas
- Guidelines for content
- Ideas for describing your skills
- Suggestions for relevant experience
- Lists of skills
- Achievements to include
- Language and tone
Looking at resume examples specifically suited to your stage in life can give you ideas of how to use the experience you do have to prove your appeal to a recruiter. There are many jobs where being able to follow instructions and exhibit enthusiasm for the role will be the most important requirements, and a well-written resume can help you to demonstrate these qualities.
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. Use these steps to write your teen 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 your own 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.
3. Include an objective statement
If you don't have a lot of experience to include on your resume, include an objective statement in which you outline your goals and your intentions for your career. This should be two or three 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.
For example: "Hard-working honor roll student with excellent time management skills seeks an opportunity to use problem-solving skills in a professional office environment."
You can adapt your objective statement 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.
4. Add sections that are relevant
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.
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.
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.
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 is easy to read:
[Use this section to describe your experience and explain what makes you suitable for the role.]
[Dates of employment]
[Bullet points with responsibilities]
[If you are studying, list the details of what you are studying.]
[List any degrees you have completed]
[Include a list of any relevant skills you have, using bullet points.]
Awards and achievements
[If you have won any awards or other achievements, list them in this section.]
Hobbies and interests
[If you have a relevant hobby or if you have done any volunteering, list the details here.]
Download Resume Template
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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
Culver City, California 90230
Enthusiastic student with excellent academic record and proven leadership skills seeks an administrative position which will provide the opportunity to use organizational and time management skills.
Dog Walker, June 2018 - 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 on a weekly basis
- Increased my client base by 50% in the first three months through word-of-mouth alone
- Senior at South Culver High School
- Current GPA of 4.0
- Communication and negotiation
- Time management
As a member of the swim team, I train regularly and compete in regional and state-wide competitions, contributing to seven recent wins for the team and the school's current position at the top of the regional table.
Example 2: Resume with no work experience
Culver City, California 90230
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.
Southside High Debate Team Captain, January 2019 - 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
- Senior at Southside High School
- GPA of 4.2
- Time management and prioritization
- Negotiation and persuasion
Volunteer with Big Brothers of America, planning activities and identifying opportunities to encourage my "Little Brother" to try new things and help them reach their potential.