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Cover Letter Tips for High School Graduates

By Jeremy Cyrus 03/07/2014
Cover Letter Tips for High School Graduates

College may be a goal for some, but if this path doesn't feel right for you, or if you aren't sure an expensive degree will bring reliable returns, or if you simply aren't ready and haven't decided on a specific area of study, you'll still need to take your career forward after high school. You'll need to earn a living, and you'll need to gather the practical life experience that can carry you into adulthood. That means finding a job…which means creating a professional resume. Here are a few tips that can get you started.

1. Begin with a summary.

Your resume should begin with your name and contact info, followed a three-sentence summary of what you have to offer and how you intend to help your employer get things done. The summary will be the most important section of your resume, by far, so make sure it's clear and concise. Before you write, think carefully about the specific employer in question and what they might need most from a worker in this position.

2. Complete your education section.

List the name of your high school and your graduation date, and then list every certification course you've taken, from CPR to C++. If you're completing a short program at a local training center or community college, include the course title and your expected completion date.

3. Move on to work history.

Title the next section "Relevant Experience" or "Work History" and include a list of every relevant job you've held, including both paying gigs and volunteer efforts. If you held leadership roles in any clubs or organizations in high school, you can include them here, but only do this if you graduated less than a year ago.

4. List your special skills.

Have you ever planned a big party? Rebuilt a deck? Saved a life? Published a short story? Led a group of children on an overnight camping adventure? Whatever you've done, your experiences translate into skill sets that employers will find valuable. So list and describe the things you do best that relate specifically to the type of work you're looking for.

When you're ready to start drafting and editing your resume, visit Free Resume Builder for templates and simple tools that can help you create a beautiful document and leave a strong impression with potential employers.

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