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 --
- Clearly state your objective/ambitions - what you're looking for.
- Use active, but not inflated, language that conveys your achievements that led to beneficial results.
- 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.