It’s a simple rule of life, and video games, and learning a new skill. As you level up, things get more challenging.
This is true in the professional world especially. As you get older and start putting yourself out there to accomplish bigger and better things, people will want to know what you’ve accomplished so far. This is where a resumé comes in.
It can be frustrating to try to fill it out when you feel like you haven’t accomplished anything big or important enough to include.
Don’t worry, though, because that’s not true!
When you hand your resumé to employers, they will take into account how old you are.
As long as the items on yours reflect the type of experience that someone your age should have, you shouldn’t be worried.
Another thing to remember is that you need to try to keep the content as recent as possible. If your first piece of information is from last year, you need to add the things you did since then. If you have nothing to add, maybe now is your time to go do something you can add.
You should update your resumé at least once every 6 months, and right before you send it somewhere in an application.
Not sure if you have something to add to it?
Here are some ideas:
- Community Service
- Clubs you are in
- Scholastic Awards
- Where you go to High school/graduated high school
- What college you go to
- Sports (both school and not)
- Honor Societies
- Scout Activities
- Unique skills (programming, robotics, tech troubleshooting, etc)
- Your LinkedIn (if it’s frequently updated)
What not to Include
While there are lots of things you should put on your resumé, it’s important to be selective with what you include.
Including certain things can kill your aura of maturity, or give the employer the wrong idea about you.
Here are a few things to avoid:
- Listing HS credits
- Social Media
- Common or vague skills
- Undistinguished Class Rank
- Random activities
- Anything from below High School
Now crush your resumé and achieve your goals!