How To Write A Resume For Teens

Some employers may ask you for a resume. If you've never written a resume before, it can be difficult to know where to begin especially if you don't have any formal work experience. Including jobs like babysitting, pet sitting, lawn work and volunteering is a good place to start. The purpose of a resume is to list your work experience, but it is also a short summary of who you are and what you have accomplished so far. Below is a sample resume to guide you or check out the online Resume Builder and Video Training from our partner Teen Job Prep. Receive 15% off with the code TEENJOBSNJ!

 

Sample Resume: 

Your Personal Information - name, address, telephone number and email
John Cook
2 Elm Street
Morristown, NJ 07960

Objective -   a short description of who you are and what you are looking for. You can include your strengths, interests and skills.  
"Outgoing high school honor student seeking a part-time job where I can expand my customer service skills"

Experience - Include all paid or volunteer work experience and list all work duties involved with the job.
Babysitter - Morristown, NJ
2016 - Present

  • Provide childcare to multiple neighbors during the evenings and weekends.


Relay For Life Team Captain - Morristown, NJ
May 2017

  • Lead a team of high school students to fundraise for Relay For Life raising over $1,000


Education - list the school you are attending and the dates
Morristown High School, Morristown, NJ
‚Äč2016 - 2020

Acheivements - list any awards you have received or major accomplishments

  • Eagle Scout – 2016
  • National Honor Society 


Interests - list your special interests here

  • Member of Morristown High School Football Team
  • Guitar


Skills - list your skills and personal characteristics

  • Proficent with internet, social media and Power Point 
  • Dedicated and hard worker


References - you don't have to list your references.  You can provide them to the employer when requested


Don't:

  • Don't make up jobs on your resume.  It will eventually come back to you and you can lose your job because of it. 
  • Don't send out your resume until you have checked it for errors.