This week, YES asked 300 Ithaca teens whether or not they have a résumé. Only about 80 teens reported having a résumé and 20 were either in the process of building one or had one that needed updates. Two thirds of teens did not have a résumé at all, and many of them weren’t even sure what a résumé was.
In response to the many questions that came up about résumés this week, here are some answers to some of the most pressing résumé FAQs.
What is a résumé?
A résumé is a document summarizing a person’s education, qualifications, skills and experiences. A teen résumé might look like this...
Who can build a résumé?
Anyone can build a résumé. Even if you’ve never worked before, your experiences at school or extracurricular activities or even volunteering can be turned into a résumé that highlights your skills like this...
Why build a résumé?
Many job applications, even for part-time or seasonal employment, require that you submit a résumé in addition to other application materials. Submitting a résumé and an application may seem redundant, since they often contain similar information, but failing to follow directions when applying for a job can signal to a potential employer that you might be the kind of employee who doesn’t follow their directions.
When should I update my résumé?
Any time you are applying to a new job you should take a look at your résumé and see if it needs to be updated. If you have an “Objective” or “Summary” statement at the top of your résumé, you’ll want to tailor that to fit each specific job you’re applying for. Whenever you work at a new job, add it into the “Experience” section of your résumé.
Do I really need a résumé?
As a high school student applying for a part-time, after school job, a résumé isn’t typically required in order for you to get a job. The benefit to having a résumé, even if it only lists your relevant skills, is that most teens your age don’t have a résumé to submit with their job applications. Having a résumé sets you apart and makes you look just a little more serious about job acquisition than you résuméless counterparts. Sometimes having a résumé will tip the scales in your direction just enough to land you an interview.
How can I build a résumé?
There are many templates and websites online designed to help you create a nicely formatted résumé. Most online resources are geared toward adults or people who already have a working résumé, which isn’t always useful to a teen trying to build their first résumé. If you are a teen and you have no idea where to begin when it comes to building a résumé, YES is here to help. Click here to use our résumé building tool, then call the YES office at 273-8364 to schedule an appointment to go over your résumé with a YES Rep.