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Before your teenager starts the part-time Christmas job search, they’ll need to put together a resume.
If your child doesn’t have any previous working experience, they might wonder what they’re going to include in a resume. This is where volunteer work, school internships and extra-curricular and school participation come in handy. And what the teenager resume might be lacking in real work experience, a well-presented resume and a pleasant and willing personality will go a long way to helping your teenager find a job.
Lisa-Marie Kerr is the author of Get Job Ready, a book for teenagers looking for a part-time job. She recommends teenagers include a photo in their resume as it allows the employer to make a connection and remember them, and always include availability and date of birth. “Many employers utilise younger people to save money on wages,” Lisa says. “When you are young, use your age to your advantage!”
The other main thing Lisa-Marie recommends teenagers address is employability skills. “These are especially important if your teenager has no previous work experience. I discuss employability skills in detail in my book and they are my biggest point of difference. It enables teens to speak an employer’s language by drawing on their life experiences. It proves to an employer that you are capable of holding a position in their business.”
Lisa-Marie’s top tips for a winning resume for teenagers
- Keep it short and to the point. One page is more than enough for a resume for teenagers.
- Include the hours and days they are available to work.
- Tailor the resume for each employer.
- Have an appropriate email address. daddyslittleprincess@……. Is NOT appropriate. Instead, simply use first name and surname@………
- Your teen’s voicemail message should be simple and appropriate – no funny stuff or practical jokes if they are expecting employers to call.
- When handing in the resume in person, your teenager should ask for the manager and choose the right time of day to go in. Don’t approach staff during a busy period.
- Also when handing in the resume, your teen should dress as they would if they were going for an interview.
- By all means offer parental guidance, but your teenager should write their own resume. After all, you won’t be there in the interview to answer questions for them.
Before the job interview
Lisa-Marie says if your teenager gets an interview, they should do some research before they go in. Encourage them to find out more about what products the employer sells, or what services they provide. They should also think about what questions they might be asked and prepare some answers. All of this will help them feel more confident in the interview.
Lisa-Marie Kerr has provided the following example of a resume from her book as a PDF, and the Microsoft Word template will help your teenager set out their resume like her example.
Here is an alternative layout for a resume for a teenager.
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