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Find a job this summer! Step one: Ready your resume

 
Want to land the internship, volunteer position or job of your dreams but unsure of where to begin in the resume department? Here are some simple tips to get you started.

 

On the top of the page, list your full name, address, and a phone number and/or email address where you can be best contacted. (Remember, don’t give this info out to strangers, just trustworthy employers.)

 

Example:

Judy Jones

123 Main Street

(222) 222-2222

 

Next, list your education: where you go to school, and any awards or honors you might have received.

 

Example:

Education:

ABC Middle School, diploma anticipated 2014, GPA: 3.5

Honor Roll: 2012, 2013

Perfect Attendance: 2013

 

Now, list your work experience and a brief description of your responsibilities. Even if it’s just babysitting or dog walking, work experience shows that you are responsible and hardworking. If you have someone you frequently babysit for, ask them if you can include them as a reference. This means that your possible future employer can call the person you babysit for so they can share what an awesome babysitter you are! If you have multiple job experiences, list them all as well as any notable accomplishments or responsibilities. You want to seem as qualified as you can.

 

Example:

Work Experience:

Dogwalker 2012-present

Employer: Jane Smith, (111) 111-1111

Duties: walking dogs once a day, picking up after dogs, exercising dogs, etc.

 

Don’t worry if this is your first job and you have no experience whatsoever. After all, everyone has to have a first job. If this is the case, make sure to put down any volunteer work you do in the community. This could be something as simple as being a part of student government in school or just participating in a charity 5K.

 

Example:

Volunteer Experience:

5K Charity Walk for Cystic Fibrosis - November 2010, 2011, 2012

 

Lastly, add a little bit about your interests and skills, especially ones that are relevant to the job you’re trying to get. If you want to work at a bakery, talk about how much you love to cook in your spare time. If you want to be an assistant coach for the local basketball team, talk about how much you love to play and watch b-ball. Don’t be afraid to brag a little! If you’ve won an award for your skills, let your possible future employer know.

 

Example:

Interests and Skills:

Basketball (won MVP in 2012)

Reading

Photography

 

You should be all set to turn in your resume! Just don’t forget these hints:

-Use a standard font like Times New Roman - nothing too hard to read.

-Make sure you’ve given your resume to a parent first for them to read through, to avoid any spelling or grammatical errors.

-Resumes should be one page, tops. If it’s too long, cut something out.

 

 

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