Resume for Teens

This page is part of job tips for teenagers

Resume vs CV

Résumé means summary in French. It is curriculum vitae or CV but shorter. Some employers require you to have a resume to apply for a job. It describes about who you are, your background and skills.

You must only write what is true in your resume without exaggerating words. Your resume should be brief, clear and concise with the last date the resume was modified.

What do you need to put in your resume?

When you make your resume, you need to make sure to include the following information:

  • Your full name, first, middle initial if exists and last name. Do not use nickname or your child name.
  • Your gender; female or male.
  • Your date of birth.
  • Your address, city, state and zip code.
  • Your phone number, cell phone or email address (make sure your email address is appropriate)
  • Your education background (your school name, school level and school period in year)
  • Your working experience (voluntary work, or any other job experiences)
  • Your skills and languages (e.g. experienced in child caring, Spanish – Intermediate Level)
  • Your coursework or certification (driver’s license, scuba certifications, CPR/AED, First Aid and Oxygen Supplement)
  • Your interest or activity (this shows your interest or hobby such as gaming, modelling, automotive)
  • Your photo, except if you apply for acting or modelling jobs.

How to make a teen resume?

Making a resume as a teenager should be very easy and absolutely FREE.

If you have Google account, go to Google Drive, select New → Google Docs → From a template. Then scroll down until you find “Resumes” or “CVs”.

Other resume builder services have nice layout too but most of them will ask you to pay for a price after you finish making your resume, which is quite a pain in the ass.

Follow this guideline when you make a resume:

Do not just copy paste
Copying the idea from a resume sample is ok, but you should rephrase with your own words.
Keep on being professional
Use professional email address, make a new one if you don’t have it. Use proper words, grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
Be complete, but keep it short
Your resume should explain yourself in 30 seconds about skills and job experiences you have, last education or currently enrolled, and how to contact you.

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How to get references

If you’ve never had a job you can list non-family references who can verify your education, achievements and values.

It can be your high school teachers, college professors, coach or instructor.

You must get their approval before you include them on your application.

Be sure to immediately notify them each time you submit their name as a reference, so they will be ready if they are called.

Align your resume with your online profile

Make sure your resume and online profiles are giving the same information. You need to clean up your social media accounts before you submit your resume.

Login to your accounts which can be accessed publicly such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Youtube and search for inappropriate pictures, status, or embarrassing events you have ever attended. Simply delete them all and make your profile private.

There are some tools which can help you with this, such as Scrubber and Rep’nUp.