10 Resume Examples for Teens and Early Career Adults
January 24 • 5 min read
Writing a resume as a teen or early-career adult can be challenging. Chances are, you have limited work experience, and the jobs that you have done may not be directly applicable to the role you’re applying for.
Plus, you’ve not applied for many jobs before. This can leave you with questions: How do you know which resume styles really work? Are your parents’ and teachers’ resume tips still relevant, or do they seem old-fashioned to today’s employers? Will the visually attractive resumes you see online net you an interview or are they just flashy gimmicks?
Fortunately, resume writing doesn’t have to be guesswork. Keep reading as we break down how to write an excellent and modern resume while making the most of your limited experience. We’ll include plenty of examples that you can model your own resume on.
This contains everyone you need to include in your resume, along with how to structure it.
Use your name as the document title, and include the following information beneath it:
- Your phone number
- A professional email address; ideally, it will be a variant of your name
- If relevant: your home address (e.g. the listing asks you to live within X miles of the workplace)
- If relevant: a portfolio URL
- If relevant: social media handles (e.g. LinkedIn, GitHub for coding roles, Instagram or TikTok for social media marketing roles)
While the majority of your resume should be left-aligned and in one single column, you can choose to center this section if you want. Depending on your resume style and the amount of space you have, you can use multiple lines for your contact details or fit them all into one.
firstname.lastname@example.org | (012)345-6789 mygraphicdesignportfolio.com
Tampa, Florida | (987)654-3210 | email@example.com | LinkedIn.com/YourName
The professional summary goes beneath your contact information. Use it to give a quick overview of who you are, what your career goal is and why you’re the ideal candidate for the role. It should be no more than two to five sentences long, and ideally, you’ll include some of the key skills required for the role.
While it might feel counterintuitive, you don’t need to use full sentences in this section. Unless it would make the sentence confusing, you can skip “I am,” especially in the first sentence.
"A responsible and professional high school student with a passion for helping others, I am looking for a part-time role in customer service."
"A marketing graduate with experience in B2B social media marketing and crisis communications. Passionate about Analytics and data-driven campaigns, and looking for an opportunity to combine my marketing and communications know-how with my interest in fashion."
The first professional summary could be used by a teenager applying for their first retail job. Since they have no experience, they would focus their professional summary on their personality traits and motivation instead.
The second, on the other hand, is targeted to specific roles (B2B social media marketing in the fashion industry) and highlights areas of expertise and experience using likely keywords from the job listing. It’s well-suited to an early-career adult who knows what they want from their job.
Use the skills section to list the most relevant hard and soft skills you have for the role. Include no more than eight, using bullet points, and back them up with evidence. This could be certification, metrics or experiences.
- Fluent in French (CEFR C1) and Spanish (CEFR C2)
- Bilingual; run a weekly French podcast averaging 4,000 listeners per episode
Which is more impressive for the role you’re applying for: your work experience or your education? Whichever section it is, you want to place it straight after the skills section.
Keep your education section brief. In the US, if you’ve graduated college, you don’t need to include your high school certificate. You should also omit your GPA unless it’s 3.5 or higher.
However, double-check requirements for roles abroad: you might be expected to include your entire educational history complete with GPAs.
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, GPA 3.9, 2022 University of California, Los Angeles
Master of Science in Architecture (expected completion date: 2024) University of Michigan
When you have more work experience, you can begin carefully selecting the jobs that you include on your resume. As a teen or early-career adult, however, you’ll probably want to include every role you’ve had.
When listing roles, make sure to include the company name, your title and your start and finish date. Use bullet points to detail your responsibilities and achievements for each job, repeating keywords from the job listing.
Again, you don’t need to use full sentences here. Skip the subject (“I”) and try to use power verbs.
Sales Assistant (part-time), July 2022 — present
- Provide exceptional customer service; customer satisfaction rating of 95%
Accounting Intern, November 2021 — March 2022
- Delivered over 50 balance sheets and income statements
Resume success doesn’t just come down to the information you include. It’s also a question of how you format and present that information. So:
More and more companies use machine reading to filter out resumes. To make sure your resume makes it through to a real person:
- Save it as a PDF or Word file
- Use keywords from the job listing
- Don’t use the header or footer sections of the document
- Favor a simple layout over graphics that probably aren’t machine-readable
Your resume should stand out for the content, not your font choice, so follow formatting best practices. Don’t edit the margins or use different colors. Use Arial or Times New Roman, size 11 or 12.
There’s a lot to consider when crafting a strong resume that will catch a recruiter’s eye. Whether you’re applying for a Saturday job, an internship or your first graduate role, you need to pay attention to the small details: keywords from the job listing, white space, font size, conciseness and more.
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