Friday, May 20, 2011

School's, get a job!

Around here, school’s out for the summer! Teenagers everywhere are searching for summer jobs — which means résumé writing, possibly for the very first time.

A teenager’s first résumé will look different from an experienced applicant’s, but it can still help land a job.

DO include:
• All of your contact information — full name, mailing address (use a street address, not P.O. Box), phone number, and e-mail address.
• Your education experience, which, at this age, usually means just listing your high school.
• Any previous job experience (even if it’s baby-sitting or mowing lawns). If you’re applying for your very first job, you can include volunteering projects and extracurricular activities at school.
• At least three references, and be sure to ask permission before listing them so they won’t be caught off-guard if a prospective employer contacts them.

Do NOT include:
• A link to your blog or other social media (Twitter, Facebook) with your contact information.
• Any unusual fonts — keep things uniform and clean-looking on the page.
• A list of your personal hobbies and interests.
• A photograph of yourself.

If this is your first job, keep the résumé to one page — and good luck!

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