Resume Template and Tips: First-Time Job Seekers

This is it!

You finally got your working papers and are ready to start making money!

. . .

Now what?

Everywhere you turn, someone is asking you for a resume.

But you’ve never worked before.

Here is a simple resume template to help you get started

Email addresses:

When you are creating your first resume, keep in mind that this information will introduce you to employers.

ilovejustinbieber@genericemail.com is not a horrible email.

You may even use it for school and social media.

But,

it is not the best email address to include on your resume.

Remember, when an employer looks at your resume, the first two things that they see are your name and your email address.

Now you might be thinking, “There is no way that my email will make a big difference in helping me get a job.”

Wrong.

Having a professional email will show employers that you have a professional mindset, and that you are mature enough to handle professional responsibilities.

Try creating a new email account that you will only use when looking for jobs.

Make it something simple like your first name, the first letter of your last name and a number.

Setting up an email account solely for your job search will help you stay organized and lower the chances that you will miss out on an opportunity.

Objective:

Although it seems tedious, always, always, always include an objective on your resume.

An objective is where you tell the employer why you are interested in the position.

Now you might be thinking “I want this job for the same reason that anybody wants a job, to make money.”

That is exactly why adding an objective is so important.

It is a place for you to stand out among the hundreds of other applicants that are applying for jobs.

So think deeper.

Is there anything specific about the company that you like?

Maybe they have a small, family oriented environment.

Maybe they offer a flexible schedule that will allow you to go to school.

Maybe you were a customer of theirs and you really enjoyed your experience.

Skills:

Just because you have not worked before, does not mean that you do not have skills that will serve you in the workplace.

You can develop many strengths in after-school activities.

School clubs, sports teams, and your every day schoolwork can give you skills that look great on a resume.

Below is a list of some skills that employers look for.

1.) Communication

This is an umbrella term that covers written and verbal communication as well as listening skills.

If you list this as one of your skills, you are telling employers that you can be clear, focused and modify your message for any audience.

2.) Teamwork

This means that you have the ability to work well with others.

You can follow directions and are willing to help those around you to achieve a common goal.

3.) Problem Solving

This will tell employers that you do not get frazzled when an obstacle arises.

You can take a step back, analyze the situation and think of a solution in a fast and efficient manner.

4.) Negotiating

This skills ties into teamwork.

If you are good at negotiating, you can persuade others to see your point of view, but you can also listen to the opinion and ideas of others.

You combine the best ideas together and compromise so that everyone feels positive about what needs to be done.

5.) Leadership

Having leadership skills, does not mean that you are ready to be a manager right away.

This skill tells employers that you can take charge, that you can see the potential in anyone and can motivate people to work together.

6.) Organization

This includes more than simply being neat.

Having organization skills means that you can prioritize tasks and manage your time well.

This skill tells employers that you can be trusted to work independently.

7.) The Ability to Work Under Pressure

Much like the leadership, teamwork and problem solving skills, the ability to work under pressure means that you can stay calm when things go wrong.

You don’t get stressed when things don’t go according to plan, and that allows you think of solutions.

Remember:

Make sure to limit your list to your best skills.

Keep it short.

Think of your resume as a speed-dating conversation.

You only have a few seconds to interest the manager in learning more about you (i.e. bringing you in for an interview).

References:

Your references are people who the hiring manager can call to corroborate your skills and work ethic.

Do NOT use a family member as a reference.

Try a sports coach, club leader or a teacher.

When you list your references, make sure that you indicate their relationship to you as well as that individual’s phone number and email.

Parting Pro-Tips:

1.) Always inform your references when you are applying for work

That way, they will keep an eye on their email inbox and voicemail box.

2.) Be Confident

Everyone has been where you are.

People understand that you are new to the workforce and are looking for your shot.

Keep your shoulders squared and your chin high.

You now have an awesome resume that will tell employers how amazing you are!

3.) Be Yourself

People love genuine people.

Employers don’t just look at your skills. When they interview applicants, they are also looking for someone who will fit in with the other employees at the company.

4.) Be Patient

Chances are that hundreds of people are applying for the same job you are.

It takes time for employers to go through all of the resumes and schedule interviews.

Sometimes, you might not even get a response back.

But that’s okay.

Opportunities will come your way.

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