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5 Resume Tips 

5 Tips to Successful Resume Writing

Are you afraid of stepping outside of your box? Don’t be! Most people are nervous starting their first job. Even a business professional like Donald Trump had to start somewhere. And now you too can learn ‘how to’ write a resume` that guarantees success.

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Example Resume

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Need some resume inspiration? Here is an example resume for you to consider as you are building yours. Copying great ideas and taking them to the next level is how we improve our lives and those around us. Start here.

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Community Service For Teens

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Volunteering and Community Service for Teens

Volunteering and community service for teens can be a great way to develop skills and make connections in the industry that you’d like to work in for the rest of your life. Volunteering and community service can also give you a chance to try out a job that you think you’d like as a career choice, before putting all your time and resources into refining the skills needed for that job.

There are plenty of teen volunteer opportunities available in the non-profit sector. The reason that there are so many volunteer job opportunities in the non-profit sector is simple: There’s not enough money to constantly hire the people with the necessary skills to do the jobs that need to be done.

You won’t be paid to work in a volunteer job for the non-profit sector. But instead of paying you for the work you do, many non-profit sectors will take the time to properly train you. So, instead of paying for formal training, you can get some on-the-job training that you’ll be able to use right away to help you earn some money.

Other benefits to volunteering include polishing your interpersonal skills, understanding people better, motivating others, and dealing with difficult situations.

A 2000 study by the National Survey of Giving, Volunteering, and Participating (NSGVP) shows that most (68 percent) of volunteers say that volunteering helped them build better communication skills. And developing communication skills is essential to succeeding in most jobs. In the same survey, 63 percent said that volunteering helped increase their knowledge about the issues related to volunteering. This is very good if you’re volunteering in an area you’d like to, or are considering working in, as a career choice for the rest of your life.

The survey by the NSGVP showed that the majority of people who volunteered increased their job opportunities because they were able to get the job-related skills necessary for certain jobs. In fact, this is the major reason why teens and young adults your age (15 to 24) volunteer. Eighty-two percent of volunteers in this age group were able to substantially increase their communication skills.

So, if you’re a teen or young adult, take the time to consider volunteer or community service. You can do this instead of having a paying job, between paying jobs, or while you already have a paying job.

By giving freely of your time and any expertise you may have, you’ll gain skills and make a difference in the world around you. You’ll be able to network and gain contacts in your chosen career field. You’ll build your self-esteem and confidence. You’ll get to meet new people and maybe even make a significant difference in someone’s life. And you’ll feel valued and needed.

To find local volunteer opportunities in your area, check out your local community newspapers. Many will post volunteer opportunities. Or if there’s an organization in your area that connects volunteers with those who need them, contact that company. You can find them in the phone book. Or contact the non-profit organization of your choice to see what volunteer work you can do for them.

Young Teen Jobs 

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Job Resources for Teens Under 15

Depending on the laws of your state, you may not be able to legally work for a company, such as a retail outlet, at your age. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that you have no way to make money. With a little creativity and some planning, you can come up with ways to earn extra money even if you don’t have regular paycheck.

Both boys and girls can become babysitters, although there is more of an opportunity for girls to get hired in a job such as this than boys. Boys might be able to find a babysitting job with a family of boys, especially if the teen boy enjoys sports and so do the male children. There’s also the option, mostly for girls, to become a mother’s helper.

For these types of positions, it’s suggested that you take some sort of babysitting course. Parents will be more likely to hire you if you’ve taken a course like this. St. John’s Ambulance often offers babysitting courses for teens between the ages of 11 and 14. Topics covered are babysitting leadership and first aid. Visit for more information.

Another place to get babysitting training is through the Red Cross. If you click on the following link, you’ll find out more information about what is covered in the Red Cross babysitting program. It also has a list of very useful resources for babysitters. Some of these resources come in a PDF format that’s easily printable. The site also features interesting articles about how important babysitters are.

If you like animals, some stable and humane societies may hire you under that table to take care of the horses or dogs.

You also have the option to be creative and start your own mini-business. Summer is a busy time for many people. Many go on vacation or like to go to the cottage for weeks at a time. This means that someone needs to mow their lawns and pick of their mail. You can offer to do this service for much cheaper than a larger company specializing in this type of service. Do your job well and you’ll have references for “regular” jobs once you’re old enough to apply for them.

Dog walking is another teen job that you can do. Offer to walk your neighbors’ dogs. In most cases, you’ll be paid cash. Plus you’ll be able to collect good references for when you apply for a typical job.

There are plenty of flyer routes available that take only a few hours a week. The added benefit to this type of job is that you get to enjoy the outdoors and get a little exercise too! But, like any job, you need to be reliable. They might just seem like flyers to you, but advertisers depend on flyers getting out on time (for example, if they’re having a sale) so that they can get as many clients as possible.

Newspaper routes are also a teen job that many teens under 15 can do. It pays fairly well, but you’ll need to get up every morning and make sure the newspapers are delivered on time.

Finding Teen Job

Finding Teen Jobs

There are a lot of articles about teen jobs available on the Internet today. Some of them offer valuable information, while other types of teen jobs articles are basically a repetition of the same few words over and over again.

So, what makes a good teen job article?

That depends on what type of information you’re looking for. A good teen job article should offer you some sort of advice or information that you can take away with you. You should be able to learn something, no matter how small.

A few topics that would make good topics for job articles for teens could be:
· teen interview advice
· tips on how to find a job
· guidelines on how to ace an interview
· the best types of jobs for teens
· how volunteering can help you in your future career
· assorted resources for college and other related topics
· information about the types of jobs available for teens
· choosing a career path that works for you
· how to effectively assess your strengths and weaknesses
· marketing yourself to potential employers

These are just of few of the topics that might be covered in good teen articles.

Avoid articles that offer bad job advice. While it’s true that it’s hard to tell the different between good and bad job advice in a job article, there are a few warning signs to watch for.

Be cautious of job advice offered in articles on forums written by people who read a Web site and want to post their experiences. Some of these articles can be very helpful, but others could cause your job future more harm than good.

Articles posted on forums that discourage disagreements or discussions can also be a warning sign that the advice offered on it won’t be much good. If a forum discourages disagreements or discussions, there’s no place for someone with more knowledge to let others know of advice that might be a mistake. Plus, disagreements and discussions will allow you to read the thoughts of many others, and come up with your own opinion based on the information and arguments provided. This will help you, and give you a chance, to think on your own.

Any advice that tells you, a person fairly new to the workforce, that you’re worth thousands of more dollars than your employer is currently paying you, should be read and then discarded. You may not like it, but if you’re new to the workforce and have limited skills, you won’t be able to demand top dollar for your work. If you go about demanding a much higher wage, you’ll lose your job and eventually ruin your reputation in the job area you’re going after.

There are a lot of good teen job articles available on the Internet. This site features some of them. Read as much advice and information that you can to help you make the most informed decision about finding, getting, and keeping the job that you want. Stick to this information and you will find all the teen jobs there are!

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Teen Resume 

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Getting the Resume Right – Teen Job

Your resume can be a ticket to success or a free pass to failure. It is your chance to showcase your skill, experience, and qualifications and to set yourself apart from other applicants. The ideal resume will contain vital easy to read information that is relevant to the job you are going for. Teen job hunters are more often than not guilty of bombarding their potential employers with irrelevant information. Remember employers don’t have time to read pages and pages of text. It is your job to make it easy for them to access the information they need.

For the teen job seeker a resume is not only an opportunity to inform potential employers. It is a chance to highlight your professionalism and intelligence. A well-prepared resume will help you secure an interview where you will have further opportunity to impress your employer. The way you present the information is as important as the actual content. Whether you are applying for a summer job, part time work or a seasonal job presentation is important.

Present Professionalism:

· Keep it Simple – Be clear and concise, make sure it is easy to read and to understand.
· Structure – Use short sentences, bullet points and high impact words. You only have a small amount of words with which to capture your potentials interest. Make them count.
· Presentation – Use standard fonts (Times New Roman or Arial) and line spacing, keep it traditional. Print on white paper only and make sure you use a quality printer.
· Order – You should list all relevant material in yearly order beginning with the most recent.

Your resume should give potential employers information about you, your qualifications and experience. It will also tell them why you are suited to the position you are going for. For the teen job seeker you can make up for a lack of experience or qualifications with other activities that highlight your attributes. These activities could be volunteer work, sports achievements and educational courses. Remember to keep it simple and only add these sorts of activities in order to present relevant skills.

What your Resume says about you.

· Introductions – Most of this will be done in an accompanying cover letter. You just need to start with a brief section covering your name, age, sex and contact details.
· Strengths – This section will contain a few brief bullet points, what you feel are your relevant strengths. Keep it simple and use high impact words.
· Qualifications – If you have any you should list them in order. Include year of completion, institute and name of qualification. If you are in high school studying for a diploma then put that in the qualifications section.
· Experience – This should contain any relevant work experience. Summer jobs, seasonal work, part time jobs, volunteer work. Include a line or two stating what you did for the company and what the role was that you filled.
· References – Add references, professional ones are best but if you don’t have them character references are fine. A character reference can be from a teacher, coach or someone in the community of significance. You can give these as attached written references or you can simply give the name and contact details of your referee. Make sure you ask them first and let them know they may be contacted.
· Achievements – If you have achieved any awards or have any special commendations you could add these to your resume. Add only significant awards that highlight your attributes.

Your resume should be concise and informative, only 1 or 2 pages max plus a cover letter. Use this an opportunity to put your best foot forward. Create a positive image from start to finish. One that distinguishes you from other teen job applicants and showcases your professionalism, attention to detail and commitment. Your resume says so much more about you than just what is written. Take the time to get it right, pay attention to the little things that make a good resume.

Reading between the lines:

· Check – Make sure you check your resume for spelling mistakes, grammatical errors and sentence structure. These kinds of common mistakes can diminish the effect of your content. Check it over several times and then get someone with a fresh perspective to check it as well.
· Lies – Do not lie on your resume, it puts unnecessary pressure on you. Present yourself in a positive way and definitely talk up your attributes. But do not set yourself up to be caught out or to be put in a situation where you don’t know what your doing.
· Accuracy – Any qualifications, work experience, references or awards should be double checked for accuracy. This is in terms names, dates and institutes.
If you put the work into crafting a professional and effective resume then you will see results. For the teen job seeker learning these skills now will help you in your future job hunting. Remember every job and position you go for will differ. Adapt your resume to meet the needs of each individual application. The sample resume provided should give you a clear understanding of what is required. It is a resume geared towards a junior part time marketing position.

Resource Center 

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TeenJobSection Resource Center

Thanks for visiting our resource center for teen jobs, use the tool bar on the side to navigate through articles on a large variety of topics such as: the basic steps to finding a job, resumes, interviews, coverletters, internships, employment laws, summer and seasonal jobs, voluntering & community service, college resources, jobs ideas for teens under 15, and many more topics and resources on teen jobs. Also dont forget to register and search for jobs on our site, we have a wide range of employers in just about every indusrty, and offer a great service to help you find a job quick, wether it is your first job or you are just looking for something new you have came to a site that will help you learn and acomplish you job and career goals. Check out some of our Summer Jobs For Teens.

Teen Cover Letter Example

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Example Cover Letter– Teen Jobs

June 26, 2005
Hunter Thompson Marketing
659 5th Street
New York, NY 82888
Job Title: Junior Marketing Assistant
Company: Hunter Thompson Marketing
Dear Mr Smith,

Your position advertised on JobNet is an excellent match with my abilities. I am in my final year of high school and have been accepted into NYU next year. I will be majoring Business and Marketing. I would like the opportunity to be considered for the part time junior position you are currently advertising.

I have been interested in Marketing for some time now and am very eager to begin a career in this area. The opportunity to work with seasoned professionals in a junior role is very appealing to me as I am seeking experience and a chance to learn from people in the industry. Hunter Thompson is the kind of company I see myself working for in the future.

I have gained experience in marketing and advertising through working as part of the marketing team on the student newspaper. I have found this experience to be invaluable as I have been involved in strategic problem solving, communications and implementation of marketing strategies. I have excellent creative writing skills with a particular speciality in high impact targeted writing.
I would like the opportunity to help HT Marketing achieve their goals. I feel that my creative writing skills and experience will bring a fresh perspective to HT. I am self- motivated, versatile and I am able to provide HT with a high output of creativity. The skills I have learnt working on the school newspaper have equipped me to meet specific needs in a high-pressure environment. I can deliver goal -orientated results within tight time constraints and am able to work as part of a multifunctional team. I think these key qualities make me an excellent candidate for this position.

Thank you for taking the time to consider my application. If you require any further information I am available to meet with you personally. I look forward to becoming a valuable team member with your company and I will follow up soon to confirm that my resume has been received.

You may contact me on 555-555-5555 or via email on
Best regards,

Andrew Riley

Summer Jobs Work For You

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Make your Summer Job Work for You

So you want a summer job? Summer jobs for teens are a great opportunity to gain experience, make some extra cash and get your foot in the door for future employment. Ok so it may not be your idea of a fun filled summer but there are definitely some advantages to consider. The extra money in your pocket can go towards any number of things. From those new shoes your parents just won’t splash out on, the tires you’ve been eyeing up for your car or into savings for something special later on.

The experience you will gain through your summer working adventures will be invaluable. Remember you have options; a summer job can be a ticket into the industry you are heading towards in your career. It should be something you enjoy and learn from. Take your time thinking about a job that’s going to meet your needs. This means setting some objectives or goals for what your hoping to achieve with your summer job. Those objectives will vary for everyone.

They might include:

§ Pay – If your goal is to make money and you don’t mind what kind of work you do then you have a very board area to start with. You will have to be willing to work hard for your money, as higher paying jobs will be harder to find and come with more responsibility.

§ Hours – You may only want to work part time over the summer, this is fine and will suit the summer job market as other students will be able to fill casual and part time job roles. Its important if this is the case that you specify a certain number of hours a week. You don’t want to be working 15 hours one week and 5 the next. It is good to have a bit of stability so you know you are guaranteed a set income each week.

§ Type of work – There are all types of summer jobs available for the teen job seeker. What you choose to pursue is again dependent on what your goals are. You could go for something traditional, like retail, local stores, small business, fast food; restaurants (kitchen hand, wait staff) summer is a busy time for all of these types of businesses so they are ideal for teen summer jobs. Your choices will be influenced by your location. Resort and tourist areas will have hotel, motel and restaurant work as well as possible domestic jobs. Beach areas are ideal for somebody interested in work as a lifeguard or beach petrol. Holiday programmes and camps are always looking for teens to work as councillors or coaches. This type of work if you are really interested could see you venture overseas for the summer. You could also start your own business; the Internet is excellent for this or you could find something you can offer your local community, for a price!

§ Accessibility – Location is important, you want something you are able to access easily. You don’t want to spend half of your summer travelling to and from work. Something local is good and just makes life a little easier.

§ Learning opportunity – Summer jobs can help build work skills and ethics that are fundamental to future career opportunities. If you know what you enjoy and are good at then chances are that is something you may like to pursue in the future. In any experience in life you get out what you put in. If your summer job is in an industry that you want to work in then you are in an ideal learning situation. Take this time to refine your skills and to learn from the experts. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Even if your work is not something that you see yourself doing in the future you can still learn from the experience. Stay positive if this is the case; try to learn about the business whatever it may be. There are some key things that are fundamental to all business so your learning will be productive.

So now you know you have a bit of direction in terms of the kinds of things you should be thinking about when getting started. It is at this point you need to put some of those ideas into practise. You will want to get a head start on your competition so try to get yourself organised early. The summer market for teen job seekers is highly competitive. Anything you can do to give yourself a competitive edge will help you land the summer job of your dreams.

The Competitive edge:

§ You need to figure out what you enjoy, your possible skills and talents and what you can offer potential employers. Also what you want to get out of your summer job experience. This process will help you narrow down your options. You should be able to define what types of jobs you will be going for and in what areas.

§ Be prepared, get started early and really take the time to think about your objectives. Now think about how you are going to achieve them. Goal setting is a good way to record your ideas. Keep it simple when it comes to goal setting, set challenging but realistic goals. Anytime you challenge yourself you grow so don’t be afraid to push yourself. This way you will see what your capable of and you will properly be surprised.

§ Resume – Keep it simple, concise and to the point. Gear your resume towards the job you are going for. Give any relevant experience, this does not have to paid work, it can be volunteering work, community projects, sports achievements. Anything that shows your skills such as teamwork, commitment and versatility. Give references if you have them, these can be written or verbal. If you don’t have a professional reference you could supply a character reference from a teacher, coach, tutor or a mentor in the community. Add a cover letter, this is a brief summation of your resume. It introduces you to the potential employer. It should include who you are, a bit of background information and what your offering potential employees.

§ Networking – Make use of all your contacts, parents, friends, teachers anyone that might be able to give you a lead or help you get a foot in the door. Get your resume out there. Use the vast resources available to you. These may include websites, notice boards, newspapers, recruitment offices or school career advisors. You can also cold call or visit potential employers and ask if you can leave a resume.

§ Interview – Once you have secured an interview there are a few simple things you can do to help your chances. The three Ps are fundamental to mastering the interview process. Presentation, Punctuality and Preparation are the essential ingredients you will need to perfect your interview style. These are covered comprehensively in Mastering the Interview – Teen Jobs.

§ Follow up – Learn from your unsuccessful job applications, ask questions and always try to gain from your experiences.
Now you have some basic tools to help you get underway, the best advice anyone can give you is to make use of the resources available to you. Be persistent, learn from the process and try to make your experience count. You have options, follow these guidelines and make your summer job work for you.