Write that first Resume

Ten tips when writing that first resume

Writing a resume is not an easy thing to do, especially when you are looking for that first job.  Where do you start?  What information should you put in it?  Here are some tips to help you create a great resume. Don’t forget that your school may also have staff available to help you.  Good Luck!

  1. You can choose to use a template that you find online or through Microsoft Word/Google Docs to get you started. A neat, attractive design can make a great impression on an employer and will make for an appealing resume. Try and choose a template that you believe looks good but avoid using an unprofessional style with cartoon fonts and designs. Even if you think it looks good, remember that a resume is meant to be a professional document.
  2. List your name and contact information – home address, phone number and email – at the top of the page in a large font. Be sure that your voicemail has a professional outgoing message and that your email address reflects maturity.  An address such as PartyAnimal@email.com could turn a potential employer off before they read any further.
  3. You have experience! Be sure to list any part-time work (baby-sitting, mowing lawns, retail, etc.), volunteer experience, leadership experience, extracurricular activities, athletics experience, or other activities you feel highlight your talent and work ethic. 
  4. Under each work experience, list your duties and accomplishments using action words such as “Administered” or “Implemented.” 
  5. Feature any special skills and accomplishments you may have, such as the ability to speak a second language, special certifications, or awards and recognitions you may have won. A perfect attendance award tells an employer that you show up when you are supposed to and winning that school spelling bee tells an employer that you are a high achiever. 
  6. Keep it to one page.  You may need to make a decision as to which activities are most important to highlight and emphasize activities that show relevant skills to the job for which you are applying.
  7. Be sure to proofread for grammar, spelling, clarity and conciseness. Spell check is helpful, but having your parents, friends or teachers is better.
  8. Keep an electronic copy for future use and keep it updated.  You never know when you will need to share it.  


Here are sample resumes for reference -  Chronological resume | Functional resume.