Before you start looking for your first job, you will need to gather some information together including details and dates of your educational background, as well as your skills, and any volunteer or informal work experience you have. Consider what you would like to do and where you would like to do it.
Make a list of where you went to school, dates of attendance, and if you have participated in sports or other after-school activities, list them too. List any work you have done, organizations you belong to (like the Girl Scouts or 4H) and any volunteer organizations you have helped. You need the information to complete job applications and to write a resume.
Write your first resume. The content of your resume will be determined by your own unique experiences, skills and background but as a general guideline you should include:
Positive personal characteristics
- Technical and computer skills
- Coursework relevant to your desired profession
- Educational accomplishments (include your GPA if it’s over 3.0)
- Skills and experience gained during internships or summer jobs
- Other related accomplishments (design awards, recognition, winning competitions etc.)
- Work History (include unpaid work if it relates to your target positions)
The key is to emphasize those things that demonstrate your value and to leave out those things that don’t. For example, if you are looking to work in Information Systems, your ability to program in C++ will be important - but the fact that you have won awards for water skiing won't!
Don't include hobbies unless they directly relate to your goal.
- Plan Your Wardrobe.
Time to ditch the trendy clothing and find (or purchase) a few nice — and conservative — outfits you can wear when applying and interviewing for jobs.
- Practice Your Pitch.
One of the keys to success for any job-seeker is being able to clearly articulate why you are the best candidate for a job. And for teens you need to be able to say why you are not only the best teen for the job but also why you are better than others who may be applying for the position (such as college students and retirees). You may also want to practice completing a sample job application so that you know exactly what to expect.
- Spread the Word.
This technique is called networking — the most powerful tool for finding a new job.