How To Help Your Teenager Create a Resume

With some collaboration and hard work, you can learn how to help your teenager create a resume.

Getting a job is a right of passage for everyone, our younger generation included. So, of course, creating a resume goes hand in hand with that experience. But knowing how to do so doesn’t just come naturally.

This is where, as parents, we can help. There are many different items to consider when making a proper resume, and with some collaboration and hard work, you can help your teenager create a great resume.

Compiling Information

Given their young age, many teens do not have much in the way of paid work experience. However, this doesn’t mean that they lack any experience at all. 

Help your teen to gather all relevant work style experience that they have participated in throughout the years. For example, did they babysit for family and friends? That is an excellent attribute on a resume. Were there times that they helped neighbors with projects like landscaping or yard work? No matter how small the task, it lends itself well to a job search and building a resume.

Additionally, the items listed on a teenager’s resume do not have to be associated with payment. There are many benefits to volunteering, including the ability to place the experience on a resume to benefit future employment. 

Many employers see volunteering at the same level of work opportunities. Volunteering allows a teen to gain job skills before having the ability to gain employment. These skills can easily transition to a paid environment when the time comes.  

Researching Templates

It is beneficial to show your teenager what the resumes of successful people look like for reference. You can find abbreviated versions of such on websites like LinkedIn. Although your teen won’t have a vast amount of details to include in their document, they will be able to see what skills and accomplishments others list to display their talents. 

There are a wide variety of templates available for teens to reference in building their resume. Taking the time to look at the different styles and designs will help them to decide what direction they want to go with their own. 

This time will also allow you to explain further the differences between the different resume forms and length requirements. Many experts state that resumes should be one page in length for every ten years of experience. However, this isn’t something that teenagers will be aware of initially. Alerting them to this fact will help them create an appropriate and concise document to display their accomplishments and skills. 

Emphasize Clarity, Consistency, and Grammar

Future employers want to see a clean, easy-to-read resume when it makes its way to them. Unfortunately, seeing a document that is littered with spelling errors and typos sends the wrong message. 

Even with their young age, it is vital to convey this expectation to your teenager. Having this knowledge will open up many doors for them throughout the years. 

Although they are still learning details about the grammar and spelling aspects in school, you can help them by pointing out areas needing improvement. Additionally, you can suggest words that will help convey their roles and responsibilities in their work experience. Doing this will help future employers to get a better image of what opportunities your teenager has had exposure to doing.

Another area that is deserving of a second glance is the formatting of the resume. Although there are templates that you utilize, the spacing, font, color, and alignment all need to be consistent throughout the document. Having various font styles and wonky alignment will distract the employer from the content within the resume. 


Our younger generation is not exempt from the employment right of passage. At some point, we all obtain work of some variety. Because of this milestone, having a resume to pass out to prospective employers is a priority.

As parents, guardians, and mentors, we can help our teenagers in this category. Having been down the path before, we know the basics of what to include in a resume. This article provides direction for navigating this new experience and preparing your teen for the process.

With some collaboration and hard work, you can learn how to help your teenager create a resume.

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