How to Make a Resume for a Teen

By J. Johnson; Updated July 05, 2017
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There are many reasons why a teen might need a professional resume. Teens often need resumes to apply for part-time jobs, college, a scholarship or an internship program. Creating a professional resume now will help better prepare you when it comes time to submit a professional job application. Also, a resume can make you appear more responsible when looking for informal work, such as babysitting or cutting lawns. Follow a few basic guidelines and you'll have a resume created in no time.

Type your name and contact information at the top of a resume. Include your address, phone number and e-mail address. Make sure your e-mail address is appropriate before using it on your resume. If you have words like baby, princess, skater or hot in your e-mail address, you should create a professional account to use on your resume.

Create an objective for your resume. The objective is important because it states your purpose for writing a resume in the first place. For example, if you're using a resume to apply for an internship program, your objective might say, "To be accepted into the Summer Hills Community Center internship program."

Add a section for your education. Include your school's name, the location and the date you plan to graduate. Also, include your area of study, such as college prep or advanced placement, and your grade-point average if it's over 3.0. You can add relevant coursework to this section, as well, such as listing advanced math and science courses for a resume being used to apply, say, for a nursing program.

List your professional experience in a separate section on your resume. As a teen, you might not think you have much to add to this section, but after you brainstorm a little, you may find you have plenty of experience. You can add part-time jobs, internships, volunteer projects and clubs and organizations that you actively participate in. Include your title, the name of the affiliated company or organization, the location and the relevant dates.

Add three to five bullet points under each item listed in your professional experience section. These bullet points should list the specific responsibilities you had in the position. For example, a volunteer position might have involved recruiting volunteers, calling for donations and checking in program participants.

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J. Johnson has been completing freelance writing work since September 2009. Her work includes writing website content and small client projects. Johnson holds a degree in English from North Carolina State University.