You are ready to start job searching and know that one of the first steps is to put together a resume. The question is how exactly do you put a resume together?
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A template will also be provided that you can use as a guide when creating your own resume. This will make the process of resume building straightforward and seem less daunting.
There are several categories you will want to be sure to include when building your resume. Those categories include:
When talking about your education, you can list the school you attend and any coursework that is relevant to the job you are applying for. If you have graduated from high school, you may put your graduation date. If you have started taking college courses you can note that in the “education” section of your resume as well. Should you still be attending high school you may put an anticipated graduation date.
When you are young, it may seem that you don’t have any work experience. If you give it some thought you will realize that is not necessarily true. If you have paid work experience, include it in the “experience” section.
You can also include any volunteer work you may have performed, chores you completed at home, or any help that you gave to neighbors or relatives. A great example of this is helping neighbors with yard work. This will make you attractive for landscaping work.
There are many skills and abilities that are a benefit to the workplace. Consider those that you have. This is where you can showcase your excellent communication skills, proficiency with Microsoft Office, etc.
When you are putting together your resume it may seem overwhelming to think about how to highlight your experience, skills and abilities. A way to get started is to write down on a notepad the experience, skills and abilities that you have, along with some details below in bullet points.
Skill/Ability: Customer Service Skills
These notes will give you a starting point for what you will put on your resume. Write as much as you can; you can revise your experience, skills and abilities when you are putting the resume together.
It is important that you proof-read your resume once you put it together. The resume will give a potential employer an impression of you as a potential employee. Proof-reading your resume and correcting any errors will help the impression be a positive one.
When proof-reading your resume, look for the following:
Most hiring managers will not spend a ton of time looking at your resume. However if they glance at it and immediately notice errors, they will have concerns about your attention to detail at a minimum. A resume free of errors will help you get in the door rather than keep you out.
Focusing on a few key areas will help you to build a resume that will help you to obtain employment. Below is a template that you can use as you work on building your resume.
First Last Name
City, State, Zip
Education: In this section, you will want to provide the information of the school you attend, your anticipated graduation date, any awards you have received, your GPA (if it is high), and any training or coursework outside of a typical high school. For example:
ABC High School, Los Angeles, CA
Anticipated graduation: 2017
Awards/Honors: National Honor Society
Include experience that is paid and unpaid, both formal and informal. Consider volunteer work, as well as work you have done with organizations or clubs that you participate in.
The Smith Family
Los Angeles, CA
ABC Food Bank
Los Angeles, CA
If you have participated in any sports or clubs or been involved with volunteer work that you have not listed above and which would be relevant to the job, include it here.
Use this space to highlight skills relevant to the job you are applying for (computer skills, language skills, certifications, etc.
So, what do you think about creating a resume for a summer job? Do you agree with what was said above? Comment below to let us know!