How to Make a Resume for a 16-Year-Old


Although high school students typically lack an extensive job and education history due to their young age, this does not preclude them from making a resume when searching for employment. A high school student who has participated in extracurricular activities or held volunteering positions can include this impressive information on a resume. Many prospective employers require a resume to begin the application process. Make a resume for a 16-year-old and use it to find employment.

Organize Your Data

  • List the extracurricular activities in which you participate. Drama club, chess club, cheerleading and organized sports are all activities you can put on a resume.

  • Note any volunteering efforts you perform. If you volunteer at the hospital or the library, include these activities in a resume as examples of your willingness to make an unpaid contribution to help others. If you participate in local efforts such as helping to pick up trash along highways or in parks, include this information.

  • Include information about organizations to which you belong, such as scouting. Demonstrating an ability to work toward a goal, such as spending years in a scouting organization and progressing through the various levels, looks impressive on a resume.

  • Compile information about any special education or training you possess. For example, if you have earned a Red Cross CPR certificate, include this in a resume. If you have taken computer courses to learn special skills, include this information.

Create the Resume

  • Begin the resume with your contact information: name, mailing address, telephone number and email address.

  • Add an "Objective" heading and place one sentence that summarizes the position you desire.

  • Place a heading entitled "Education" next. List the name of your high school, its address and your graduating class year. List any classes that pertain to the job position (computer classes or math classes, for example). List any awards or recognition you have earned. List your GPA only if it is at least 3.0.

  • Add a "Work Experience and Volunteering" heading next. Make a bullet-list of every employment and volunteering position you have had. Include newspaper routes, yard work, shoveling -- any jobs in which you earned money working for someone else.

  • Position a "Qualification Summary" heading next. Place four to six bulleted statements that summarize your qualifications for the position for which you are applying. Examples include: "Earned CPR and lifeguard training from the American Red Cross"; "Volunteered at the local library, assisting with reshelving books"; and "Proficient in Microsoft Word and Quicken."

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not place references on a resume. Compile a list of references on a separate paper and furnish this to a prospective employer upon request.

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