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
  • Volunteering
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Education
  • Certifications
  • 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:

+ High school student sample résumé: Adventures in Education

+ Teen résumé guide: City of Boston

Brandy Reeves is a health educator at the College of Public Health at the University of Kentucky. She received her undergraduate degree from Miami University, a master of public health from Ohio State University, and a master of higher education from the University of Kentucky.