Springtime is often when teens are thinking about summer employment, and now's an even better time to either create a resume or update your old one.
Online Resource: Brainfuse
Brainfuse is a great place to start for beginning job seekers.
- In the HelpNow page, you can select eParachute to take a deep dive into your interests, identifying your strengths and exploring career paths.
- Next, under Adult Learners (also for teens), you can explore examples of resumes. You can also request one-on-one resume-writing assistance and get feedback within 24 hours.
CPL has eBooks on resume writing. As you're looking through these, keep in mind some practical tips from Kiko, a YOUmedia mentor at CPL's Kelly Branch:
- Talk about your job experiences and your achievements (i.e., did you make the honor roll or have perfect attendance?); these are great indicators of ambition and dependability.
- Note your sports accomplishments or just the fact that you're on a team; both are great indications that you're a team player.
- Finally, Kiko recommends using a thesaurus to step up your vocabulary game.
Ann, a CPL teen librarian at Legler Regional, notes it's important to think specifically about how the skills and experience you highlight on your resume align with the description of a job you want.
- With Ann's advice on tailoring your resume to the job of interest, check out the career-specific resume examples on Indeed, a company dedicated to helping people find jobs
Last, but not least, LinkedIn is committed to supporting students through tutorials and resources made available in their main app.
- Be sure to check out Teen Privacy Settings and then start creating a network with your family, teachers and supervisors.
- You can also discover PowerPoint presentations on resumes, like LinkedIn for Your Job Search by Illinois career consultant Bruce Bennett.
Best of luck on your job search!