Employment experts say a “winning” resume is made up of several elements. When reviewing a job applicant, employers are most interested in seeing:
• Heading. Name, address and telephone numbers.
• Objective. A brief statement that helps employers know your teen’s goals for a job. For instance, “To obtain a retail sales position in a women’s clothing department. My long-range goal is a career in fashion merchandising.”
• Work experience. List job title, dates, employer, city, state, responsibilities, special projects and accomplishments of any paid or unpaid work.
• Education. Degrees, certificates, licenses and special job-related courses.
• Honors—academic, nonacademic awards and memberships in honorary societies.
• Activities. Note participation and accomplishments in various school clubs and organizations.
• Membership in any associations and organizations.
• Special skills. Special abilities your teen has that could relate to the job. List computer hardware and software he’s familiar with, typing, filing, adding machine or a foreign language.
• References. All that’s needed here is the statement, “References are available on request.” Then be sure your teen has a list of people who say it’s okay to use them as a reference.
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