A Resume is a one-of-a-kind marketing communication, a self-promotional document that presents the applicant in the best possible light for the purpose of getting invited to a job interview. It should be appropriate to each applicant’s situation. A well-written resume makes the applicant stand out as a superior candidate for a job he or she is seeking.
Teens who are only applying for a summer job or part-time job, still need a resume. A resume will give the applicant the extra edge to get that job. Preparing a resume is a good way to practice for a full-time job in the future as well. In addition, a resume is a simple, compact way to keep track of the applicants’ accomplishments including awards, activities, and employment history. Here are 8 great tips as a brief guide and offer the applicant the most basic principles of writing a highly effective resume.
- To decide on a job objective that can be stated in a shot phrase or sentence.
- Decide whether to use a chronological resume or a Functional one. The chronological format is widely preferred by employers. If the applicant stays in the same field with many experiences, chronological resume works well. If the applicant want to change fields, or has an advantage in some aspects, should use functional format to highlight that, and be sure to include a clear chronological work history as well. For teens, use the combination of the two would be more efficient.
- The resume content should be about the applicant’s achievement and potential skills fitting to the possible job. A good resume predicts how the applicant might perform in that desired future job.
- The resume serves one main purpose to prompt an employer or recruiter to call for an interview. Instead of worrying about exceeding one page or two pages, pay attention to the quality of the information. It is recommended that for most students job seekers with less than five years of experience usually do not require a resume longer than one page.
- When looking for a job, the disadvantage of teens is usually they have little or no job experience. Teens should take advantage of the experience on any tasks and projects show responsibility to potential employers. Volunteer experience, extra-curricular activities, and even courses that might be helpful in the job are also good things to list.
- A well-written resume should not be fancy. In general a simple resume is always the best. Print on white paper with text clarity.
- Use results-oriented way to impress an employer. For example, first state the problem that existed in the workplace, and then describe what the applicant did, and finally point out the beneficial results.
- Use some phrases such as “achieved something” instead of “completed something” to improve the resume.