How to Write a Resume

Resume PictureIf you are a teenager looking for a job, it is critical that you know how to write a resume. It is an important piece of the job search process. You see, the job of a resume is to get you an interview. It is an advertisement for YOU!

Many times teens worry that they don’t have anything to put on a resume, so they just decide to fill out job applications and hope for the best. Unfortunately this strategy forces you to only look for work where it is currently being advertised. This means that you are one of many people applying for the same job.

A better approach is to put together a resume that highlights your skills, work experience and areas of competence. Then go looking for work in the areas that you think you could excel. Believe it or not, most available jobs are never advertised. When you are the only one walking through the door looking for work, it improves your chances of getting a great job!

I recently hired a new employee because of the depth of his work experience. With his job application, he turned in a resume that showed a great deal of work history and experience.  I hired him because he had skills in lots of areas. As the hiring manager, his resume showed me that he could bring more to my company than just one set of skills. I came to the point where I realized I really needed this person.

Here are some tips for writing your resume:

  1. Be honest.  – Make sure that you tell an accurate story of your skills and experience.
  2. It’s not bragging if it’s the truth. – Don’t be afraid to tell the truth if you have done some pretty neat things. Now is the time to let people know what you can do. If you have worked hard on the family farm, or have done some pretty cool things on your own, then talk about it.
  3. Work history is great, whether you were getting paid or not. – If you have volunteered with your church youth group, or have worked with difficult kids in the nursery, then tell that story. If your family renovated your home and you helped in the process, list this as work experience. In this example you should also describe the type of construction work that you did, for example, landscaping, drywall or roofing. Specifics set you apart.
  4. Identify all accomplishments. – This would include organizations, recognitions, awards and achievements of any kind. The more specific you are, the more you will stand out from everyone else. This will tend to make the hiring manager’s job a little easier when trying to choose between applicants.
  5. List your level of education and any specialized training. – List the grade you are currently in, or your highest completed grade level. You should also describe any clinics you have attended or special courses you have taken. If you have learned skills on your own, they will also be beneficial to you.
  6. List your Interests and Hobbies. – Believe me, this is important. An applicant that has kept busy pursuing interests and gaining skills outside of school is someone that has depth. You appear to be a deeper person and that adds value to an employer. Who knows, you may share a hobby and that will be the thing that makes you the most attractive.
  7. Actual job history or past employer information. – If you do happen to have previous employment, this is good to list. It can only help if you have held a job for a reasonable length of time.

Learning how to write a resume is made easier when you have a sample copy to work with. Try these basic options:

Sample #1                        Sample #2                         Sample #3

The key is to actually hand out your resume. It will not do you any good, if you don’t walk through the door of a business and ask to see the manager. Take the initiative. Do a search for local employers you think are a good possibility. Be confident and go get that interview! If you have any questions about resume’s or about your job search, leave me a comment below. I would love to help you out!

About The Author

Duane Rockensock

Duane (Rocky) Rockensock is a husband, a dad, and the National Reconditioning Manager for AmeriGas Propane. Since he was a teenager, Duane has loved hearing the stories of how people have started creative businesses or found ways to use their talents to accomplish amazing things. For that reason he started this blog to encourage teens and adults to find their purpose and to provide the tools and resources to make that happen!