How to write a resume for a teenager with no job experience

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How to write a resume for a teenager with no job experience
Extra-curricular activities such as chess club can be included on your resume. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

A teenager applying for his/her first job faces frustrations trying to write a resume with little to no employment experience. Turning in a resume with your job application may increase the likelihood of getting you hired, as a resume provides you with the opportunity to elaborate on your skills and experience. Writing a resume without job experience doesn't mean you won't land a job. But your resume should highlight any skills or types of experiences you possess, demonstrate leadership and character traits that are relevant to the job you seek.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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  1. 1

    Download a professional looking resume template on which to create your resume. Using a template will ensure that your resume is formatted correctly and is easy for potential employers to read. When working off of a template, you start at the top and work your way to the bottom filling in each section as you go.

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    Write your name and contact information on the top of the resume. It is acceptable to type your name in boldface type, but don't use elaborate, artsy, or oversized fonts, the appearance of which can seem unprofessional to hiring managers.

  3. 3

    Define an objective for yourself. This section should highlight your current job goals such as "obtaining a summer job" or "working part-time after school to save money for college." The idea is to convey your goals and what your training has taught you to excel at.

  4. 4

    Emphasise your strongest skills. Since you do not have any job experience, highlight skills that demonstrate you're qualified for the job you're seeking. Skills to list on your resume could include communication, organisation, leadership, computer, foreign language and problem solving skills. Listing skills like this will show an employer that you are professional and responsible, despite your lack of experience. Be sure to write concise descriptions to each skill set. If you're organised, for example, illustrate it. Don't just tell it.

  5. 5

    Fill in the education portion of your resume. If you are a teenager still in high school, list that your diploma is "in progress." If you have a particularly high GPA, it is perfectly acceptable to list it on your resume. If your are enrolled in any advanced placement courses, mention the courses and what you've learnt in them.

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    List extra-curricular activities in place of job experience. Employers are looking for job candidates that are well-rounded individuals. Extra-curricular activities could include everything from chess club to football or babysitting to volunteer work. Listing your extra-curricular activities will show potential employers that you are dedicated, driven and diverse.

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    Provide a list of professional references at the end of your resume. References should not include friends or family members. Teachers, coaches, guidance counsellors, directors at places you have volunteered or families you have babysat for are some examples of professional references that can vouch for your reliability and ethics.

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