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What's the best way to stand out so getting a job is more likely?

Updated Stockton, California

I haven't had a job yet, but I need to get one soon. I'm 18 and worried about staying in the unemployment line so I want to know tips on the best way to gather good attention. #scholarships #career-development #career-advice #career-counseling

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Linda’s Answer


Hi, Kevin. Great advice from Jessica above. :) I would also add that LEADERSHIP positions in volunteer orgs or clubs -- your church group, school clubs, local government, informal book club, etc. also show great initiative/drive and responsibility if you've done this over time -- and it's never too late to do these kinds of things to supplement your resume.

Speaking of resumes, you will want to make sure your resume is CLEAN --

  1. Clearly state your objective/ambitions - what you're looking for.
  2. Use active, but not inflated, language that conveys your achievements that led to beneficial results.
  3. Is easy to read, well-organized, and ERROR-FREE.

And personally, when considering first-job hires, I always look for unique experiences (not necessarily work experience) that show a person is inherently curious, innovative or trail-blazing -- exchange programs, world travels, unusual hobbies, conferences attended, started a business, spoke before city council, etc.

Best of luck ... and stick with it -- perseverance and enthusiasm are also good job traits to have! :)

Linda recommends the following next steps:

  • List your various achievements and make sure you include measurable benefits that resulted.
  • Check out resume samples to find one that best suits your information and background. Here is one site I found, but there are thousands out there: https://resumecompanion.com/resume-examples/high-school-student-resume-sample/
  • Put together a draft resume and have several people who know you (parents, school counselor, teacher, youth leader, etc.) review it for input and proofreading. Maybe they will remind you of something you did or achieved that will help support your strengths.
  • Visit your school or local community career center to see what other job search resources may be available to you.

Jessica’s Answer

Updated Indiana, Indiana

EXPERIENCE is a key factor! You have to start some where, whether it is in your line of interest or something to pay the bills. Do not be afraid to take that job that gives you experience and helps you to develop your soft skills. Employers are looking for individuals who have the knowledge to do the job at hand AND those that they can retain because they know the proper protocol.

Good luck with everything! Because you are looking for your first job, try to find something you are passionate about. Use your network to help you get an interview or find a position. If that does not work out, start building your network by taking lower paying positions and work your way up from there! Many land positions based soley on the EXPERIENCE alone.

Jessica recommends the following next steps:

  • Go to your local Employment agency or staffing agency and see what they might be able to do for you!