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If I am 16 years old and I want my first job, what are some things that I can introduce to my resume? It doesn't matter if I don't have any experience of a job? I want to have a good resume even if I am inexperienced.

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Amanda’s Answer

Hi there, Karla. Fortunately, most employers that are looking for teenage employees don't require a resume but instead hire through the application process usually online. But, that being said I love that you are seeking to get a resume started for your goals. Have you ever babysat or been responsible as a caregiver for a family member? You can add caregiver and the roles you performed in that duty. Employers would find this to be a sign of maturity and responsibility. What about pet care? You can also include any skills you have learned at school like computer software like email, word, excel and powerpoint. Are you in any special clubs? That shows some well roundedness and the ability to work with others. These are a few ideas I would suggest to get the resume started.
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david’s Answer

Hi, Karla,
Employers are not looking for experience, although that is welcome. What they are seeking are employees who are reliable and honest. Although those are hard to define, good indications of reliability and honesty can be communicated by sharing involvement with non-school activities that indicate your interests. I would add also that speaking clearly and with confidence is a HUGE help, as so many teenagers tend to look at their shoes while talking to employers. I can't emphasize that enough. Good luck to you.
Thank you comment icon This was super helpful, thank you! Karla
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Gus’s Answer

Most entry-level jobs do not require experience, but a built-out resume does help in separating yourself amongst other job candidates. Without prior experience, you can add skills that you have learned from other non-work experience.
For example:
-Have you volunteered for a non-profit? What skills did you learn from that experience?
-Have you been a team lead on long-term class projects? Those leadership and time management skills are excellent differentiators.

These skills, combined with the experiences where you applied those skills, will set you up for success when applying to entry-level positions.
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Mark’s Answer

As a multi business owner I look for the following from all applicants: Willingness to learn & Attitude. That's it! If an applicant is open minded & willing to learn I don't really consider their age. YES I have to go by labor Laws YET I can hire & put anyone in any position that I need under the laws. Attitude carries the most weight with me. If they have a positive attitude, nice friendly presentation They will go far with me. If not then there's the door.
Things to think about.
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ryan’s Answer

Create a resume even without any experience. In place of where you would put your past experience you can put anything you have done that would build/showcase good work ethic. Examples could be any volunteer work you have done, any school projects that you have been a leader or shown leadership in; Even being part of a sports team, recreational group, guild member, etc. These can be shown to represent teamwork and leadership in roles.

Next, I would include area that you excel in. Examples: Detail oriented Team leader Multi-tasking ability Working well under pressure.

Anything to highlight you attributes or your abilities in a positive way.
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T.J.’s Answer

Hello Karla!

Resumes provide a way to share skills that you bring to the table.

You can add experiences from volunteer work, high school clubs, tutoring, sports, or family obligations (like taking care of your pets, babysitting a sibling, or caring for an older relative).

On your resume, you will state some skills that you learned from your personal experiences.
Examples:
- Babysitting | Patience, time-management, attentiveness
- Tutoring | Organization, Verbal communication skills, knowledge in [Math, Science, English, etc].

Here's some advice on formatting a resume with no experience!
https://resumegenius.com/resume-samples/high-school-resume-example
https://resumegenius.com/blog/resume-help/resume-summary#no-experience

Depending on the job you're applying for, you may emphasize specific skills more than others - either on your resume or in an interview.

Sending you encouragement as you apply for your first job :)
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