12 Free Resume Samples for High School Students
So, here you are, looking for your first job. Congratulations, this is a big step in your life. You probably know by now that you need a resume to get a job but unsure how to set it out and what to include. We are here to help!
How much do you know about resume already? I will assume it is not a whole lot, and give some basic information first.
Resume is a document that summarizes your experience, skills, and other information. The purpose of a resume is to demonstrate that you are a perfect candidate for a position you are applying for. A resume is written by you, not by someone else. It should be formal, professional, and relevant.
Do you even need a resume?
Are you expected to have a resume when you are applying for your first job?
Well, there are two opinions about this.
- It’s a waste of time. Some interviewers say that you are not expected to have a resume. They find it annoying to receive a resume with no work experience or formal education. They say it is ok to simply say “This is my first job. I have no resume.”
- It’s very useful. Other interviewers argue that work experience, being very important part of a resume, is not the only part. Career objective, professional and personal skills, education, and other information are also important, and help to create a clear image about the job applicant.
So, should you make a resume or not? I advise that you honestly assess what it is you have to offer. Do you have any skills, awards, achievements, or education that could be useful in a job you are applying for? If yes, then make a resume, because it will make you look appealing to a potential employer. If not, then don’t waste your (and interviewer’s!) time.
What resume is supposed to include
The only “must” on a resume is your name and contact information. Everything else is optional. For example, your resume could include any of the following:
- Contact Information (your name, phone number, email address)
- Career Objective (or a Summary)
- Work Experience (also called Job History)
- Professional Skills
- Personal Skills
- Other skills
- Hobbies and Interests
- Achievements, awards, and distinctions
Now, let’s see what those scary words are.
This is the most dreadful section for a high school resume, since, most often, there is no job history. But don’t worry, everyone has been in this position, and it is perfectly normal not to have any work experience. Simply omit this section if you don’t have any experience.
Even if you were not officially employed, you probably have more work experience to put on your resume than you think. Part-time work like babysitting, lawn mowing, tutoring, and even volunteer experience and community service count are all good examples of professional experience on a high school student resume.
If you do have work experience, and especially if it is a job similar to the one you are applying for, it’s very important to mention it in this section. Simply list the name of the company you worked for, your job title, dates of employment. It is also advised that you list your responsibilities, duties, and accomplishments, as this makes it clear what kind of experience you gained from work. See our sample high school resume templates in Word below for real-world examples of work experience and related duties.
State the high school you attend, and the year. If there are some important classes or courses you have taken that are relevant to the job you seek, you can also list them here. Some examples:
Crescent High School – Arlington, Virginia
Expected graduation date: May 2014
If you have already made plans about your future education, write that down as well. For example:
- I have been accepted to Chicago State, and I am planning to major in business law.
- I will be taking my AP classes next month to prepare for college
- I will begin attending Chicago University this fall
This is the section that many employers find very important because it shows what you are expecting from a position. Use this section to define the position you seek, for example:
- Offer excellent hostess service in a busy local restaurant
- Enhance my computer skills by applying them to practical work
- Apply my people skills for working in a grocery store
- Provide quality delivery for local food business
You can also extend this section to be a summary. A summary is a short paragraph that summarizes your education and key skills, for example:
- Sofia is a young energetic, enthusiastic, and active individual with a strong knowledge of grocery items and their usage by people from different economical and social backgrounds. She has a business mindset and willing to apply her gifted skills to work as a helper to a grocer in a grocery store in his / her day-to-day business.
Think of some skills that could be relevant to a particular position you are applying for. For example if you are applying for a gardener job, no need to mention “Ability to handle cash register” as your skill because it does not make you any better in mowing a lawn. Babysitting? Responsible, caring, mature. Customer service? Polite, friendly, excellent communication skills.
If you have no work experience, this section is extremely important and will demonstrate whether you are a good fit for position. What are some key skills employers are looking for?
- Positive attitude
- Good people and communication skills
- Ability to work under pressure
This section gives an employer an insight about your leadership and social skills, your character, and your energy / health.
Think of extracurricular activities, volunteer experience, sports, and clubs you have been participating in during high school. What an activity could tell about your character? Taking a lead role in a school play? You are probably creative. Playing football? You are probably a team player, and in a good physical shape.
Just like with skills, only list relevant activities here. Write down the activity, dates, and your role / position. For example:
- West River Hospital, Volunteer, summer 2012
- Crescent High School Soccer Team, Captain, 2005 – 2013
- Stage Drama Festival, Lead Role, summer 2011
Hobbies and Interests
This section is similar to activities, as it tells an employer more about your character. Simply make a list of hobbies that are relevant to your job. For example:
- Reading books
- Playing Tennis
Achievements, awards, honors
If you have some achievements, awards, etc. from your school life do mention those. For example:
- Student of the month, March 2013
- Perfect Attendance Award, September 2012
- Honor Roll, Fall 2012
First of all, remember that you must ask a person to serve as a reference before you can list him or her as one. It should be someone who can vouch for your knowledge and skills, or who can confirm your work experience. Your teachers, supervisors, and ex-employers could be your reference. Listing your friends or family as your reference is not recommended but acceptable if you worked for them.
If possible, avoid writing “reference available on request” because this could greatly reduce your chance of getting a job. Remember that by making a hiring manager to request your reference you are creating some extra work for him or her, and, if there are hundreds of similar resumes from high school students, you can simply fall out of candidates.
Free template samples
To save you the pain of making a resume template, we have created quite a few samples. There are general purpose teenage resume templates, babysitting position resume, food delivery resume, grocery store resume, volunteer work, warehouse, and more. You can get basic idea on what to write from those, and a professional elegant design. We also have High School Graduate Resumes and job-specific professional resume templates.
Babysitter Resume Template
Example with sample content for someone looking for a babysitting position.
Fast Food Employee CV
Generic design with sample content (skills, knowledge) for a position in a fast food industry.
Geneal Purpose High School Resume
Basic design and common content for any type of position.
Teenager CV Sample
Another multi-purpose sample, with blue header theme. Includes customer work and volunteer experience.
Lawn Care Gardening Job Application
Sample for position in gardening or landscape. Creative design theme to attract attention.
Student Tutor CV sample
Resume sample for students who would like to promote tutoring services to other students or student's parents.
Grocery Store Application
Generic resume sample for part-time grocery store job. Can be easily modified for similar positions in different stores.
Waitress or Hostess Job
Elegant resume for server or host position in a restaurant. Can also be used for kitchen help, cook help, busser, etc.
Volunteer position application
Sample teen resume for full-time or part-time volunteer job for a candidate with previous volunteer work experience.
Sample Resume for part-time position in warehouse.
Welder helper Job
Sample resume for an apprentice welder and assisting in different welding projects.