How to Fill out a Resume for a First Job as a Teen

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Finding your first job when you are a teen presents a variety of challenges. Resumes have changed since the days of your parents from a "one size fits all" to specialized resumes for each job for which you apply. If you are still in high school, a part-time job helps you break into the world of employment. Once you graduate, you might find a full-time job or work while you attend college. In any case, you need to have a solid resume in order to land the job that works for you.

List your talents, abilities and skills. Ask parents, friends, teachers and those who know you well to help you with this. Take assessments to further see where your strengths lie; your school can help you with this. For example, you might have strong linguistic abilities or excellent spatial recognition skills.

Document the details of your high school education. Include any specialized training, awards, certificates or honors. Highlight any foreign languages you speak.

Describe all volunteer and work experience. Include part-time or summer work and jobs working for your family business. Include babysitting experience and related training such as CPR.

Investigate the company and the job description of the positions for which you plan to apply.

Align your abilities and experience with the company. Present yourself to the business in your resume. Emphasize your achievements and accomplishments. Use active verbs in your writing.

Develop a goal or summary that lists the qualifications, which make you an excellent candidate.

Organize your resume in the following order: name, address, phone and email; your goal, your education, any honors or awards, your work history, any additional skills, and additional volunteer work or community service.


List your most recent experience first; see Resources for an example. Use similar words from the advertisement for the job in your resume. Make sure to spell check. Ask a teacher or parent for feedback or input.


Keep the resume to one page. Include a statement at the end, such as "Personal references will be provided on request." Keep this information handy, including addresses. Most employers like to see three personal references. Ask people, such as teachers, before you list them as a reference.