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How to make a job resume for your first job

how to make a job resume for your first job

My first resume | Career FAQs

by Dani Arbuckle
Include computer skills and other experience you have gained.

Include computer skills and other experience you have gained.

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Getting your first job may seem difficult -- after all, you'll need to convince an employer to hire you with no job experience. But keep in mind that everyone needs to have a first job to gain experience. Use your non-job experiences to show potential employers that you have the skills to do the job.

1. Begin your resume by listing your education. Include your high school and your expected date of graduation. You can also include honors or awards, such as being named to the school's honor roll. List any advanced placement courses you have taken or courses that teach practical skills, such as accounting, computer or automotive mechanics courses.

2. Include an experience section. You can include experience that you have gained through unpaid work, volunteering or through doing odd jobs. For example, you might include experience working as part of your student council or babysitting that you may have done for family and neighbors. Such activities can also show that you have a sense of responsibility.

3. Write a skills section that highlights skills that you have gained in high school. For instance, you might list computer skills, language skills or leadership skills that you have gained. Although you may not have work experience, you can show that you can provide valuable skills to your potential employer.

4. Create a hobbies and interests section. Use this section to include extracurricular activities, such as sports, dance or music. Include any special interest clubs you may belong to. This shows a potential employer that you are a well-rounded individual with the ability to commit yourself to something.

Tip

  • Have someone proofread your resume to make sure it is free from errors before printing copies to send or give potential employers.

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