High School Student Resume Cover Letter Samples

Free High School Student Resume Templates for Teens

Creating Your First Job Resume for Part-Time Positions

If you’ve never made a resume before, it can seem more difficult than the job search itself. Fortunately, making a resume is as simple as following a format. With some key information in the right order, anyone can create one.

Your First Job Resume: What It Is and Why You Need It

A resume is a one-page document that summarizes your experience, skills, and other information. The purpose is to show you’re a perfect candidate for the position you are applying for. It should be formal, professional, and relevant. Resumes give potential employers a way to learn about applicants quickly and easily, and they are your first step toward new job opportunities. An interview might also be needed to land the job, but a resume is necessary to start the process. Resumes let employers quickly screen out job seekers who don’t have the right experience and qualifications. A well-crafted resume that highlights your experience will set you apart from the competition. Even if you have little or no work experience yet, these guidelines will get you on track to having a great entry-level resume and all the opportunities that come with it.

Best Resume Format for Teens

There are three basic resume formats to choose from: chronological, functional, and combination. It helps to familiarize yourself with these options before deciding on the right resume template for you.

Chronological Resume Format

This is one of the most common resume formats. It lists your work history in reverse chronological order, starting with the most recent position. It is often headed with a “Career Objective” section. We will talk about these sections in more detail later in this post. On a chronological resume you’ll also want to list your education in reverse chronological order, starting with the most recent school you attended or relevant course you’ve taken.

Pros and Cons

This is a common resume format. It’s easy for employers to scan a chronological resume quickly and get an idea of your experience. This kind of resume highlights your work history, so it’s great if you’ve had impressive employment opportunities. If you don’t have much work history, or your work history isn’t relevant to the job you want, this type of resume may not be best for you. Prospective employers will throw your resume in the “No” pile if all they see is work that’s not related to the job they are looking to fill, or if your resume looks empty because you didn’t have much experience to list.


Functional Resume Format

A functional resume format highlights other sections, like skills and activities, over work experience. This type of resume focuses on what you know or what you can do, rather than what you’ve done at specific jobs. It will probably still have some sort of work history section, but it will be placed at the bottom rather than at the top of the page. Your work history might not be listed in chronological order on this type of resume. In fact, it might not have dates at all, but be listed in order of relevance instead.

Pros and Cons

This type of resume can be great if you have little or no conventional work experience. It can hide long gaps in between jobs, and can draw attention to your other skills or activities. Most employers will be accustomed to the chronological resume format. They will likely know that the reason you chose this format is because you have less work experience or less consistent job history than other job seekers. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re a less desirable candidate.


Combination Resume Format

Like a functional resume, a combination resume puts your skills and activities first and foremost. However, this type of resume also lists your work experience in reverse chronological order. It just doesn’t put it near the top like a chronological resume does. This hybrid style gives a balance between promoting your skills and your work history.

Pros and Cons

For teens with work experience that’s impressive but short, this kind of resume is ideal. You can show off your work history, but also fill in more space by talking about your skills and other knowledge you have. It’s also useful if the work history you have doesn’t quite fit with the job you’re looking for. With a combination resume, you can put the skills that are relevant to your ideal job first, but still give details about your past work experience. Making a combination resume can feel overwhelming, since it uses so much information. Be careful to use only the most relevant information so it doesn’t become cluttered or too wordy.


How to Create a Good High School Student Resume

Your resume always needs to include your name and contact information. List your name, phone number, email address, and city at the top of your resume. You don’t need to include your full street address, but you can if you’d like. Everything else can be adjusted to fit your unique experience. For example, your resume could include any of the following:
  • Work Experience or Work History
  • Education
  • Career Objective or Summary
  • Professional Skills or Other Skills
  • Activities
  • Hobbies and Interests
  • Achievements, Awards, and Honors
  • References
Each of these sections will consist of a heading in bold or slightly larger font, followed by details about that section. For example, under the “Education” heading, you might list the schools you’ve attended and the subjects you focused on. Remember, you probably won’t use all of these headings. Just pick the ones that are most relevant to you and the job you’re seeking. Every section requires a slightly different approach. Let’s break it down and see how it works.

Work experience

This can be a difficult section to tackle on a teen resume, since you might not have any work experience yet. Don’t worry though. Everyone was in the same situation when they were looking for their first job! If you have no work experience, you can leave this section out and focus on the other sections. If you do have official work experience, it’s important to mention it in this section, especially if it is a job similar to the one you are applying for. Even if you weren’t 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 or community service all count as good examples of work experience on a teen resume. Under the “Work Experience” heading, list the name of the company you worked for, your job title, and dates of employment. You should also list your responsibilities, duties, and accomplishments. That way, it’s clear what kind of experience you gained. Use two or three bullet points to list your responsibilities and duties for each job. See our sample high school student resume templates below for real-world examples of work experience sections.


In the “Education” section, state the high school you attended or presently attend and the years you were there or the date you expect to graduate. For example:

Crescent High School – Arlington, Virginia Expected graduation date: May 2017

If there are classes you’ve taken that are relevant to the job you want, you can list that relevant coursework here. You can mention your future education plans too. For example:
  • I have been accepted to Chicago State University, 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 State University this fall

Career Objective or Summary

The “Career Objective” section shows what kind of job you’re looking for. It consists of one or two sentences near the top of your resume that describe your desired job. For example:
  • Offer excellent hostess service in a busy local restaurant
  • Apply my computer skills to practical work
  • Provide quality delivery for local food business
You can also extend your objective statement into a summary. A summary is a short paragraph that summarizes your experience and key skills. For example:

I am an energetic, enthusiastic, and active individual with a strong knowledge of grocery items and their use by people from different economic and social backgrounds. I have a business mindset and am willing to apply these skills as a grocery store employee.

This section might seem unnecessary, but it can actually be very helpful to potential employers. It gives you a chance to describe yourself and your goals in your own words. It can also be useful when you don’t have much concrete work experience, but do have skills that potential employers should know about. Make sure the objective or summary is short, clear, and professional.

Professional Skills or Other Skills

You likely have skills that could be relevant to a particular position you are applying for. These can be listed under “Professional Skills.” Make sure the skills are relevant to the job you want. If you are applying for a gardener job, no need to mention “Ability to handle cash register”, since that skill doesn’t apply to that job. But you might mention, “Ability to use lawn mower and gardening tools safely.” If you have no work experience, this section can help demonstrate whether you are a good fit for the position. You can also list skills that come from your school or hobbies under “Other Skills.” Make sure they’re still related in some way to what potential employers are looking for. What are some key skills you might list?
  • Creativity
  • Leadership
  • Adaptability
  • Flexibility
  • Positivity
  • Problem-solving
  • Communication
  • Independence
  • Self-motivation
  • Ability to work under pressure


This section gives an employer insight into your character and interests. It might even tie into the “Skills” section. Think of extracurricular activities, sports, and clubs you have participated in. Taking a lead role in a school play? You are probably creative. Playing football? You might be a good team player. These are qualities that employers are looking for. Some examples of school activities that could look good on a resume include:
  • Sports: playing sports in a association or for fun, outdoor activities, fitness training, taking sport lessons, coaching.
  • Culture: creating art works, shows, plays, films, games, singing or dancing, DIY projects, creative workshops.
  • Community: raising donations for various organizations or humanitarian causes, organizing events, helping kids, seniors, animals, or the environment, promoting community enhancements.
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
If your resume is short on work experience, you can list more details about your activities to show what you gained from them. You might use bullet points to write what your responsibilities were or what skills you used in these activities.

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 might be of interest to potential employers. For example:
  • Reading books
  • Playing tennis
  • Painting and sculpture

Achievements, Awards, and Honors

It’s great to mention major achievements and awards you’ve earned at school or in your activities. Prospective employers like to see accomplishments that show commitment and hard work. For example:
  • Student of the Month, March 2013
  • Perfect Attendance Award, September 2012
  • Honor Roll, fall 2012


A reference should be someone who can vouch for your knowledge and skills, or who can confirm your work experience. Your teachers, coaches, or former employers can be good references. Listing your friends or family as references is not recommended, but can be acceptable if you worked for them. Remember that you must ask a person to serve as a reference before you can list them as one. Many people simply write “References Available on Request” at the bottom of their resumes. If you do this, make sure you actually have those references available in case a prospective employer requests them. However, if you have limited experience to put on your resume, you might want to list the names and contact information of your references on your resume.

Free High School Student Resume Examples

These teen resume samples will make getting started easy. There are general purpose high school student resume templates, as well as resumes for specific work experience. These samples will guide you with a professional resume format and a basic idea of what to write. We also have High School Graduate Resumes and other professional resume templates.

Babysitter Resume Template

Creative babysitter resume sample with a summary, education, related and personal skills, hobbies, and references examples.

  • Size: 183 B
  • Downloads: 6511
  • Filename: babysitter-cv-template-sample.docx
  • Uploaded: 2013-07-04 06:21:00 / 3136

Fast Food Employee Resume

Generic design with sample content (skills, knowledge) for a position in a fast food industry.

  • Size: 183 B
  • Downloads: 7835
  • Filename: fast-food-employee-cv.docx
  • Uploaded: 2013-07-04 06:34:00 / 3138

General Purpose Teen Resume

Basic design and common content for any type of position.

  • Size: 183 B
  • Downloads: 28460
  • Filename: geneal-purpose-high-school-resume.docx
  • Uploaded: 2013-07-04 06:36:00 / 3140

Multi-Purpose Teen Resume

Another multi-purpose sample, with blue header theme. Includes customer work and volunteer experience.

  • Size: 183 B
  • Downloads: 18886
  • Filename: teenager-cv-sample.docx
  • Uploaded: 2013-07-04 06:38:00 / 3142

Lawn Care/Gardening Resume

Sample for position in gardening or landscape. Creative design theme to attract attention.

  • Size: 183 B
  • Downloads: 3125
  • Filename: lawn-care-gardening-job-application.docx
  • Uploaded: 2013-07-04 06:39:00 / 3144

Student Tutor Example

Resume sample for students who would like to promote tutoring services to other students or student's parents.

  • Size: 183 B
  • Downloads: 4350
  • Filename: student-tutor-cv-sample.docx
  • Uploaded: 2013-07-04 06:41:00 / 3146

Part-Time Grocery Store Resume

Generic resume sample for part-time grocery store job. Can be easily modified for similar positions in different stores.

  • Size: 183 B
  • Downloads: 6826
  • Filename: grocery-store-application.docx
  • Uploaded: 2013-07-04 06:42:00 / 3148

Restaurant Resume Example

Elegant resume for server or host position in a restaurant. Can also be used for kitchen help, cook help, busser, etc.

  • Size: 183 B
  • Downloads: 4461
  • Filename: waitress-or-hostess-job.docx
  • Uploaded: 2013-07-04 06:44:00 / 3150

Volunteer Resume Example

Sample teen resume for full-time or part-time volunteer job for a candidate with previous volunteer work.

  • Size: 183 B
  • Downloads: 4794
  • Filename: volunteer-position-application.docx
  • Uploaded: 2013-07-04 06:45:00 / 3152

Warehouse Employee

Sample resume for part-time position in warehouse.

  • Size: 183 B
  • Downloads: 5378
  • Filename: warehouse-position.docx
  • Uploaded: 2013-07-04 06:47:00 / 3154

Welder Helper

Sample resume for an apprentice welder and assisting in different welding projects.

  • Size: 183 B
  • Downloads: 3855
  • Filename: welder-helper-job.docx
  • Uploaded: 2013-07-04 06:48:00 / 3156

Food Delivery Teen Resume

Professional sample for a food delivery position. Can be easily modified for a different position in the food industry.

  • Size: 183 B
  • Downloads: 26585
  • Filename: food-industry-position.docx
  • Uploaded: 2013-07-04 06:17:00 / 3134

Table of Contents:

  1. Internship Resumes For High School and College Students
  2. Related Cover Letter
  3. Resumes for an Internship (Text Format & Quick Facts)
  4. Writing Tips for an Internship Resume
  5. Additional Resources

Internship Resumes For High School and College Students

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Writing Tips for an Internship Resume

1. Express your Relevant Traits and Abilities in the Career Objective

Every great resume needs a hook. Job seekers have a variety of options when it comes to starting a resume, but for students, a career objective is often the most effective.

A career objective is NOT a statement telling the employer what you want

Unfortunately, there is a huge misconception surrounding the use of career objectives. Despite what some may say, a career objective is NOT a statement telling the employer what you want from the company. Instead, the goal of an objective is to explain what you bring to the table and how you can help the company meet its goals.

For high schoolers and college students applying for an internship, a career objective should showcase their character traits, relevant skills, and abilities. Here’s how the high school student formats his:

Hard-working student (3.8/4.0 GPA) who is driven and can meet strict deadlines. Seeking to apply my strategic analytical skills to the reporter/research internship at your newspaper. Possess proven writing and research abilities that will aid your company in meeting its milestones.

Career objectives can be quite flexible as job applicants are free to order the content how they see fit. Check out how the college student resume words its objective:

Energetic and passionate college student working towards a BS in Marketing at the University of Georgia. Aiming to use my knowledge of advertising, PR, product development, and my consumer research skills to satisfy the marketing internship at your company.

As the two samples above demonstrate, a strong career objective gives companies a glimpse of what you can bring to the table, thereby hooking them in to read more.

2. A Well-Written Education Section is Essential

Normally, education sections land near the bottom of resumes with very few details. For experienced professionals, this section of the resume is not as significant as the applicant’s professional experience. However, for student resumes that lack professional experience, the education section is a major point of emphasis.

High school and college student resumes should focus on these key points of their education:

  • GPA: Including your hard-earned GPA tells the manager that you can be trusted to produce quality work on a deadline. It’s important to note that job seekers should only include their GPA if it is a 3.o or above.
  • Relevant Coursework: Listing your courses will give the employer a better idea of the knowledge and expertise you possess. Remember to only list classes relevant to the job you are applying for.
  • Honors & Awards: Adding any awards you received in school will show the HR manager that others recognize your hard work and accomplishments. 
  • Extracurricular Activities: Including activities like clubs and sports demonstrates additional skills (leadership & communication) that you might have.

Remember that the education section is the cornerstone of a student resume. Since you will likely have little or no professional experience, feel free to fill your education section with a wealth of information.

3. Exchange Professional Experience for a Major Achievements Section

Including a Major Achievements section will help you expand on the highlights of your educational experience.

The hardest part about writing a high school resume or a college student resume is simply trying to fill up the page. Most students hit a wall when it comes to the professional experience section because they simply don’t have relevant work experience. Luckily there is an easy way around this obstacle.

Students can substitute the professional experience section for a “Major Achievements” or “Major Projects” field. Including one of these categories will help you expand on the highlights of your educational experience.

What can I include?

Students can elaborate on just about anything in these sections. Yet, it’s best to stick to topics that are relevant to the internship and that will help the employer understand how you will perform at their company. In general, high school students tend to focus on their club participation while college students often incorporate major class projects.

What is the format of a Major Achievements section?

As far as the formatting goes for this field, it’s best to think of it like a professional experience section. The name of the club or project should be used as the header with explanatory bullet points underneath. Feel free to include dates if the project was done under a time constraint. Check out how the high school student resume is formatted:

Major Achievements
Heritage High Newspaper
Reporter | Sept 2014 – Present

  • Covered the Boy’s Varsity Basketball Team during their run at the state championship, resulting in a major boost school spirit and a 20% increase in ticket sales
  • Pitched and researched 3-4 stories per issue that were informative and stimulating for both the student body and faculty

If you want to take this section a bit further, it’s always nice to include numbers on your resume like the candidate above. Numbers help employers to illustrate and measure your skills.

While the Major Achievements and Major Projects sections are just extensions of your education, they can your resume by giving off an impression that you are an experienced candidate.

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Facts about this resume:

  • Candidate is currently a senior in high school with an interest in journalism
  • Candidate uses a major achievements section instead of a professional experience section
  • Candidate is applying for an internship at a local newspaper

Address Line 1 Address Line 2, City, State Zip | (212) 256-1414 | john.smith@gmail.com johndoe@gmail.com

Career Objective

Hard-working student (3.8/4.0 GPA) who is driven and can meet strict deadlines. Seeking to apply my strategic analytical skills to the reporter/research internship at your newspaper. Possess proven writing and research abilities that will aid your company in meeting its milestones.

*To learn how to write a career objective for a student, click here.

Heritage High School, West Chester, PA

  • GPA:3.8/4.0
  • Relevant Coursework – Intro to Journalism, AP English, English Literature, AP Government
  • Honors: Member of the National Honor Society, Nominated for an Achievement Award in Writing
  • Clubs: Yearbook Club, Model United Nations

*To learn what to include in your education section, click here.

Major Achievements* 
Heritage High Newspaper
Reporter | Sept 2014 – Present

  • Covered the Boy’s Varsity Basketball Team during their run at the state championship, resulting in a major boost school spirit and a 20% increase in ticket sales
  • Pitched and researched 3-4 stories per issue that were informative and stimulating for both the student body and faculty
  • Commissioned and edited guest submissions from students and faculty to ensure that the paper consistently provided diverse opinions and a fresh voice

Yearbook Club
Organizer | Aug 2013 – May 2014

  • Designed and assembled the 25-page junior class section of the yearbook and met all project deadlines
  • Interviewed students and faculty during school functions and photographed club activities
  • Involved the student body in the design process by surveying them on which layout they preferred

*Not sure what a Major Achievements section is? Click here.

Additional Skills*

  • French: Conversational
  • Basic Photoshop, Illustrator, and Dreamweaver skills
  • Excellent Typist: 70+ WPM
  • Well-versed in AP style and Chicago style
  • Basic photojournalism ability

*To learn how to format your additional skills section, click here.

Awards and Honors

  • Runner-up in the Norman Mailer Creative Writing Competition
  • Member of the National Honor Society
  • Nominated out of 2,500 students for the Achievement Award in Writing

Facts about this resume:

  • Candidate is a junior in college working towards a degree in marketing
  • Candidate emphasizes their relevant school projects
  • Candidate is applying for a marketing internship

Address Line 1 Address Line 2, City, State Zip | (212) 256-1414 | jane.smith@gmail.com johndoe@gmail.com

Career Objective

Energetic and passionate college student working towards a BS in Marketing at the University of Georgia. Aiming to use my knowledge of advertising, PR, product development, and consumer research strategies to satisfy the marketing internship at your company.


University of Georgia, Athens, GA

Bachelor of Science in Marketing, Expected Graduation Dec 2015

  • GPA:8/4.0
  • Relevant Coursework – Marketing Analytics, Marketing Management, Survey Research, Strategic Internet Marketing, and Integrated Marketing Communications
  • Honors & Awards: Dean’s List, Received third place in UGA’s business plan competition
  • Clubs: UGA Chapter of the American Marketing Association, Mu Kappa Tau

Marketing Projects

Pet Business Marketing Campaign

  • Designed a cost-effective marketing campaign for a local pet grooming business that leveraged a combination social, email, and offline marketing techniques
  • Surveyed pet owners in Athens to collect detailed data on the behavior of our target customer
  • Developed a campaign budget of $1,500 which we estimated to be the minimum cost that would yield the highest return on investment (ROI)

Business plan Competition

  • Entered UGA’s business plan competition with a group of 4 classmates to build a mock food truck business
  • Managed all of the marketing aspects of the business plan including industry analysis, customer trends, market growth, positioning, and promotions.
  • Received 3rd place out of the 30 teams that entered the competition

Additional Skills

  • In-depth knowledge of social media marketing platforms: Twitter, Google+ Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest
  • Adept with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Chinese: Advanced
  • Familiar with consumer research tools: AYTM and GutCheck


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