Having an up to date, well prepared resume is crucial for any 17 year old looking to find a good job. If a potential employeer asks for a resume, but you don’t have one, you’ll look both immature and unprepared. The second worst thing to not having a resume at all is having any of these five things on your resume. Do any of the below at your own risk! To look professional, get the interview, then get a job as a young and inexperienced teenager, then you need to be prepared!
Here are the five things NOT to put on your resume!
5. A photo- No matter what other people tell you, putting a photo on a resume is a BAD IDEA. Professional resumes do not have photos. Employers DO NOT want to see your photo. If a job application requires a photo (and is not for an acting or modeling gig) then it is probably not a legitimate job opportunity anyways!! However, if you are looking to be an actor, here are some good tips on taking great headshots.
4. Any color- Resumes are white with black type. No matter what happened in Legally Blonde, you should NOT turn in a pink and scented resume. Nope, don’t do it!
3. An objective- Many sample job resumes show an objective line. You are 17, your objective is to get the job you are applying for, that’s it!!
2. Typos- A single typo can turn somebody off from your resume. Proofread, proofread, proofread, and spell check alone does not cut it!
1. Slang- I’ve seen resumes with “u” in place of “you” and lol on them. I’m not kidding. A job is an adult opportunity and you need to speak like and adult, not how you would speak to your friends while text messaging or on Facebook!