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How should I prepare myself for a first job? How do I organize my resume, if I'm a minor, preparing to apply for my first job?

As of a month ago, I officially turned 16, which has given me a broader base of jobs to go after and apply for. I'd like to start applying for jobs, and hopefully, work a steady job before I turn 17, so I can develop my resume history and work-place skills. But all the jobs near me require experience, references, and certain skills that only trained professionals and/or graduate students have. What should I do, in order to prepare myself for my first job? How do I organize my resume, being where I am now - an inexperienced minor? job-search resume-writing recruitment teenagers beginner job-application personal-development

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Carole’s Answer

1. If you are interviewing for your first job you will not have the experience or skills that others will have.2 You must be creative with your resume and learn what this company is all about so you can talk with the interviewer about certain things, that way the interviewer will see that you are very interested in learning and you are being proactive! 3.look up a first time resume and look for the specifics that the interview might ask you about. 4 If you have volunteered in a job, it should be stated in your experience part of your resume. 5. You should start with the qualifications you have and show what you did as a volunteer! Your resume should also show the name of the company that you volunteered at.6. You should show Education profile as a person who just graduated from high school you should also show the classes that you took , providing it will help the interviewer to know what kind of person you are. 7. If you have a special certification for a skill you also put that on the resume or a medal for something that you did, that is something else to put on your resume. 8. So the resume should have Name, Address, cell phone on top of the paper resume, then S(OBJECTIVE) OR GOAL( SKILLS), EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE,(VOLUNTEERS CAN BE SHOWN IN THIS PART OF RESUME,HONORS AND AWARDS9 IN YOUR COVER LETTER YOU WANT TO WRITE HOW YOU FOUND THIS COMPANY AND THEN SHOW THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO WORK IN THIS COMPANY AND WHY! 9 WHEN GOING TO AN INTERVIEW YOU MUST DRESS APPROPRIATELY, NO CHEWING GUM, NO JEANS UN LESS THAT IS THE PROPER DRESS, FOR WOMEN PERFUME , AND MAKE UP SHOULD BE SOFT AND LIGHT.

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Jyoti’s Answer

Happy belated birthday and congratulations on coming to this milestone year in your life. Employers are in need of those with a strong work ethic, who are driven, and motivated to help them achieve their business goals. Technical skills can be trained and gained over time, which it sounds like the positions that you are applying for require much technical skills i.e. experience. Not knowing what industry you're specifically looking at for jobs, I can share that in general one has to start from the bottom to gain a certain skill set and then work their way up to the top for more advanced level positions. I recommend you review the specific experience that's required for those jobs that you'd like to have, but do not meet the minimum requirements, and start seeking opportunities where you can gain that particular experience. This way, in the future, once you have worked in that industry and have gained those technical skills, you can apply for those more advanced positions. You can position your resume to showcase experiences in your secondary education (high school/home school curriculum.) For example if you were involved in any student organizations, volunteered with any social service/non profit groups like churches, homeless shelters, health care agencies as Community Service Experience. Or even any group projects that you've done with other classmates- that can be positioned as a Teamwork Experience. You can describe your passions and personality traits in a Professional Skills Summary section at the top of your resume, traits like 'Motivated and driven to succeed', 'Professional attitude and strong communication skills'. Bring any technology skills you have to the resume as well in a section called Technology Skills and include software that you know of like Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel. Also take a typing test online (only the Free ones-never pay for anything online) to see what your Words Per Minute is, and list that on the resume as Ability to Type xx Words Per Minute in that technology section. Some entry level careers are in customer service which seemingly monotonous is very highly valued by recruiters as a job in retail or restaurant customer service shows that you have experience in the following: managing multiple priorities in busy environments, friendly and positive attitude, professionalism, detail oriented at handling cash transactions, and many more. Once you have a resume ready to go, stop by companies that had the job openings that you wanted to pursue, dress in interview attire, and present your resume inquiring if they have entry level careers related to those positions to help build your experience that will allow you to qualify for those jobs in the future. Best of luck to you in the search for a new career!

Thank you, so much! I'm definitely gonna take your advice to heart. I really appreciate your input. Adriana L.
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Poonam’s Answer

Here are the best resume tips for fresher:


The layout of a usual fresher resume is quite simple:

– Header with name and contact information: Needs to be easy to read with a large standard format.

– Career objective statement: Not mandatory, if included, keep it short and sweet. Not useful always.

– Educational Qualifications: Spell out significant information. Check to ensure you’re giving all the desired information and plainly define your skill sets with respect to application prerequisites. Utilize same keywords from the job criteria to get past computer screening.

for more details: Resume Preparation For Fresher Tips

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Jo’s Answer

Hi Adriana,

I'm in graduate recruitment and my biggest advice for preparing you to enter the labour market is gaining 'internship experience'! While you still have a year to go, you can still do a 3 month internship before graduating!

We really look at you past internship experiences and having done something while you were an intern that aligns with the job description that you are later applying for will be almost equally important as the subject on you mention you studied.
Many companies publish their internships on platforms solely for graduate jobs (for example 'Graduateland') but also on LinkedIn!