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Top Three Reasons to Create a Resume
1. A resume impresses employers because it shows initiative, organization, and preparation on the applicant’s part.
2. With a resume, education, experience, skills, activities, achievements, and dates are all on one handy sheet of paper, readily transferable to a job application either in-house or online.
3. If on a college track, it is a good idea to create a resume as a high school freshman and update it yearly, listing accomplishments, clubs, teams, achievements, volunteer activities, even specific classes (foreign language, media, computer) for each year of high school. Why? Because the college application asks for this information. You think you will remember these things, but four years is a long time, and you will forget.
Following are websites with sound advice about resumes for high school students:
Teen Resume Tips – Alison Doyle, About.com’s job search and employment expert offers resume tips and sample resumes on her site.
How to Write Resumes for Teens – This site at Ehow.com gives advice on resume construction.
Here are two simple templates for resumes, one showing no previous work experience and one showing previous work experience. Copy and paste the resumes into a Word document and replace with your own information.
Hit a brick wall on ideas for your resume? Here is a list of Things to Include on Your Resume to kickstart your creative juices.
Bring these with you if you are applying for a job in person and to an interview:
- Your excellent resume.
- Three references listed on a separate sheet of paper suitable for handing out.
- A list of previous employers, if any, with the name of the company, the company address and contact number and the name of your immediate manager. This contact information does not appear on a resume, but a job application will frequently ask for it, so it’s handy to have the information ready.
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