You’ve decided that you want a job. Now what? Step one: Create a résumé. Aside from using it to apply to jobs, you can also use your résumé to help you apply to college, volunteer opportunities, and more.
Your résumé should include:
- Work experience
- Extracurricular activities
- Relevant skills/knowledge, such as computer skills or languages other than English
Tips to get started:
- List your experience in reverse chronological order (most recent experience first).
- Include dates to show how much time you were involved in each activity.
- Are you at the top of your class? Do you have a great GPA? Have you received any awards? Include all of it.
- Toot your own horn, but…be honest! These days, anyone can (and will) use the internet to find out more about you. Employers won’t hesitate to check your references, either.
- Update it regularly. Each time you learn a new skill, work at a new job, or gain some experience, add it to your résumé.
- Always check your spelling and grammar. A typo can mean the difference between getting the job and empty pockets.
- Follow the specific application instructions for each job you apply for. It’s likely that each position will have different requirements.
Everyone’s résumé will look a little different, but here are some templates online that you can use as a guide when creating yours: