Resumes for Teens: 5 Tips That Will Put You Ahead

Hello and happy new year you beautiful wonderful humans.  I've missed you.  I've realized that adulting is ridiculously hard. L...

Hello and happy new year you beautiful wonderful humans. 

I've missed you. 

I've realized that adulting is ridiculously hard. Like, I have to remember that my car won't run when I don't get gas?? Please Lord save me for I have no idea how to do this. 

Anyway, one adultish thing I've been working on a lot recently is a resume. I've used one for college applications, another for various scholarships, and (duh) for job/internship applications. 

When I first had to make one last year for an internship application, I had literally no idea where to start. Like even google didn't help me. So, I wanted to share a little series with you about tips and tricks, major do's and major don'ts, etc. 

So, anyway, here are five tips that will put you ahead of a significant amount of the population, before you even have lot's of experience or skills.
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1. Don’t just talk about what you’re doing. 
Instead, talk about the effects of your work. e.g. Instead of “ran fundraiser for charity,” try “Raised $X for Y Charity to combat that terrible disease” (Special thanks to Emilie from emilieburke.com for giving me this tip!)

2. Use simple and readable fonts.
Imagine you're potential boss has found the ideal candidate (you!) for <insert your dream job> but can't see that you have the skills and experience for the job because you used that weird cursive-y font. How sad.

3. Use bullet points to organize.
Don't just go on and on with paragraphs describing your experience... People don't have a lot of time reading resumes, so don't waste the time you're given.

4. Make sure your descriptions have purpose.
So you've worked as a cashier? Why? How did this add value to the company? Maybe "to provide excellent customer service for the company." Maybe "to ensure customers received quick and excellent service."

5. Proof read!
Print out your resume, have your dad go through it, make sure your margins line up, make sure you don't have any cringe-worth grammar or spelling mistakes. I've read so many articles on building a resume, and it's scary how many people forget the most basic grammar rules in a resume. 

Anyway, what resume tips have you been given? Do you think building a resume as a teen is important? Let me know your thoughts!!

Keep being epic,
Sophia

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7 comments

  1. I love these tips! Something I had always had troubles with is the format of a resume or where to make one, ect. have any tips? or posts about format? Or an outline? Glad to see you on your blog as always!

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    1. Yay, so glad you liked it. Definitely, outlines and formats are coming as part of this series. :)

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    2. I am looking forward to it! Thanks Sophia!

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  2. I'll have to come back to this when I need to put together a resume!

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    1. Yes! Hopefully you found these tips helpful. :)

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  3. Yay! I'm putting together a resume...sometime before it's due, so this will be helpful!

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    1. I'm so glad you can use these tips. :)

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