Tue, October 15, 2019

Resumes: why do you need them?

A resumé (res – oo- may) is a document presenting yourself. I would suggest that any teen who is serious about business develop a business plan as well as their own resume. It is a professional document that anyone who is interested in your ideas may want to see.

Many people use resumes to get a job because it represents who they are and starts the interview process for an employer. Resumes are also important for things like funding (getting loans or grants), partnerships, and online bios. Just think of a resume like a short bio of how good you are without going overboard.

So get your word document out and get your resume stared with these simple parts of most resumes. Ask a helpful adult of what else you may want to include. (If you need a sample, you can find plenty of these online.)

Basic parts of a resume:

-Top: put your name, address and contact numbers at the top usually in bold or slightly larger text. You can include a picture if you think it would help and maybe a slightly different font. I keep saying slightly, because this is a business document and you want to present yourself professional.* (*Unless you are an artist or something like that.)

-Objective: Right below your info, most people put a single sentence that states exactly why they are using a resume. It usually starts with the word ‘to.’ This sentence states your purpose. Think about who you are sending to and don’t be afraid to ‘own’ this statement. Examples: “To get internship learning specific business principles from professionals.” “To start a teen business creating the first . . .” “To get funding for business proposal of creating . . . “ “To use my natural talents, passion and training as a graphic designer to create mind bending web pages.” “To rule the world one day.” (OK, maybe not that far!)

-Education: Usually following objective is a list of education. Now, as a teen, you may not have much here. Put things like, “Any High School, To graduate in 2014” Also, include any special classes you have attended that may help someone see that you are serious about what you are doing.

-Work Experience: In this section, if you have not had a job, you can put volunteer information. If you helped the lady down the street rake her leaves, that count. Put anything that would show you are a hard worker. If you have started your own business, put the date it started with a short recap of why you started and what you hope to accomplish.

-Skills: My guess is that this will be an important section for teens. Put down any skills you may have. Think about things you do for hobbies (probably not sports unless it relates to what you are doing). Think about any skills that will help someone know what you can do. Usually people put things like the computer programs they can work with as well as any special skills they can offer.

-Affiliations: This is an area where you can put any clubs or honors you have received. You would be surprised as to how many people pay attention to what you are involved in. Be careful though, too many makes it look like you are too spread out.

Basically, just make your personality, experience and who you are known. I found this great example from a lady who is a writer. It is creative, short and tells you what to expect from her. (I don’t know her, I just found her online.)

Feel free to send us your resume and we will give you some small pointers from our prospective.

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