How to Build Your Resume

When you apply for your first job, it can be very difficult to decide what should go on your resume. How do you know what your employers are looking for? Where do you begin?

When creating your resume, make sure to include the following categories:

7 Resume Points

Contact Info

Your contact info should be the first thing that your employer sees when looking at your resume. This includes your full name, mailing address, email, and phone number. Do not include your social media on your resume unless you are highlighting a professional area of your life.

  • Full name

Make sure you place your name before any other information. You can even make it larger than any other information to make your name stand out.

  • Mailing address

The mailing address is included in your resume so that you can receive mail from your potential employer. Be sure to add your street address, city, state, and zip code. If you would prefer to receive mail from your P.O. box, use that address instead.

  • Email

Make sure you use an email with a professional name. It is very beneficial to have a separate email specifically for job-related information to put on your resume. This way, your important emails will not be lost in spam.

  • Phone number

Make sure that you have voicemail so that employers can leave messages for you if you fail to answer the phone. Your voicemail should sound professional, short, and simple. Do not forget to include your first and last name.

Opening Statement

Although some may argue that these are not needed in a resume, it can be a great way to introduce yourself and create an air of professionalism on your application. These statements can be very difficult to develop because you are trying to summarize a lot about yourself in one conclusive statement. Try focusing the statement on how you could add value to a team and what goals you have in store for the job. If you are first getting a job as a teenager, try talking about your desire to gain work experience and build character.

Work Experience

As a young person just starting your job search, you may not have very much work experience to put on your resume, but you might have more than you think! You can include the following work experiences on your resume:

  • Babysitting
  • Mowing lawns
  • Helping parents/relative at their job
  • Summer jobs
  • Manual labor done for relatives
  • Jobs at school (working in the office or library)
  • Sports team managing positions

With these types of jobs, it is important to include references that can prove that you did these jobs. Even if you irregularly performed any of these tasks, it is still worthwhile to put them as part of your work experience.

You should include at least two of your past jobs. Indicate the date you began each job and the date you stopped. You should also add the skills that each job involved and focus on the ones that are most important to the job for which you are applying. For example, if you worked as a lifeguard over the summer and are applying for a part-time job as a cashier, you should highlight your “people skills.”


In addition to highlighting the school you attend, you should also present the following details on your resume:

  • Graduation date
  • GPA
  • ACT/SAT score
  • Dual enrollment credits
  • AP classes
Technical Skills

On this part of your resume, you can highlight any certifications that you may have. Did you take a computer class in high school? You may have software certifications that can be useful in your work.

Have you taken a medical or health class? You may also be certified in CPR or First Aid. These can be very important additions to your resume that can help you stand out amongst other applicants.

Even if the certification does not seem like it would pertain to the job, it is still a good idea to include them. Certifications show employers that you can work hard to improve yourself.


There are many things you can highlight in your achievements as a high schooler. This is a great place to draw attention to your school involvement, including extracurriculars, sports teams, clubs, academic groups, and competitions.

Here are some potential items to include on your resume:

Leadership positions

  • Captain of sports teams
  • Office position of class
  • Office position of club
  • First chair in music groups


  • Academic Honors
  • Class-specific awards
  • Scholarships


  • Club conference events
  • State-wide club events
  • Placing in spelling bee
  • Mathlete competition
  • Quizzing competition
  • Student of the month/year
  • Sports accomplishments


  • Talented Arts/Music
  • Lead role in theatre

Community Service

Volunteering can be a great accomplishment to list on your resume. There are many things you can include under your volunteer work. Here are a few ideas:

  • Helping a teacher during your free period
  • Collecting donations for a fundraiser
  • Tutoring
  • Volunteering to help with a children’s carnival
  • Singing in choir at a nursing home
  • Collecting toys for a toy drive
  • Volunteering at a local animal shelter

If you have not done much volunteer work in your past, try searching for a local soup kitchen or recreational center. Community service not only shows that you are a well-rounded member of society but that you care about other people.

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