If you’re starting to think about applying for a summer job or an internship, you’ll need a resume. While it’s true that not all employers require you to submit a resume with your application, it’s still a very good idea to have one on hand just in case. As a high school student, you may not have had any real employment experience yet. If that’s the case, you’re probably wondering what exactly to put on your resume. Here are some tips to get you started.
Start off with listing your full name and contact information. If you don’t have an email address yet, it’s a great time to create one! If you have an existing email address, ask yourself whether it’s appropriate to put on a resume. You might want to consider creating a new, more professional email address for yourself, such as your initials and a unique number, or your first initial, last name, and a unique number.
A resume should showcase your experience. If you think you have no experience, think again. Have you done any volunteer work? Have you performed any odd jobs, such as babysitting, dog walking, snow shoveling, or lawn care? These are all things you can list on your resume in the experience section. These small jobs and volunteer work show you have initiative and are willing and able to work.
If you really don’t have any experience, focus on going into more detail about your high school career in the education section of your resume. List any honors or AP classes you took and any other classes that are unique and/or relevant to the job or career you’re interested in. List all the organizations, sports, and activities you were involved in, highlighting any leadership positions you held. Don’t forget to also include any awards or special recognition you received during high school.
A resume should also showcase your skills. Because your experience section might be a bit lacking when compared to a traditional resume, it’s important to build a thorough skills section. Here you should list all of your relevant skills and abilities, such as computer programs you’re familiar with, and personal characteristics that are important in any workplace, such as leadership skills, communication skills, an eye for detail, and being a fast learner.
Perspective employers will often ask for references. References are people who know you well enough that they can speak to your abilities and experience. It’s not necessary to include your references on your resume, but you should always have a list of at least two or three people who are available to serve as references for you. That way, you can have your list on hand for whenever a prospective employer asks for them. Avoid listing family members. Instead, consider listing teachers, religious leaders, previous employers, people you’ve done volunteer work for, and family friends. Be sure to ask the people you chose whether they feel comfortable with you listing them as a reference. Also ask them how they’d prefer to be contacted by any of your prospective employers, and be sure to list only the contact information they allow you to.
Click here for some examples of high school resumes. Good luck with your job search!image credit: mashable.com