/ Asked by mike
I will turn 19 this year. I never had a job nor do I have any work experience. What are some things I can do to complete my resume? I also want to add that I don't know how to start a resume? No one to guide me through these type of things.
Answered by Rachel, Hiring Expert at Eaton, on Monday, March 28, 2016
There are a plethora of resources available to you to accomplish the actions you've listed above.  The first place to start is with the Jobipedia site.  I suggest you go to the "resources" tab and click through the information there.  If you are still in high school speak with your career counselor and s/he will be able to help you with local resources and support as well.  If you have already graduated you can Google examples of resumes and cover letters to give you some guidance.  
I also suggest looking up your workforce planning agency for your town and/or county.  You can usually find this by going to your city/county's website.  This will also provide you with tools and resources to help you get a job and get connected with support in your area.  Another resource to look at for this type of help is your local United Way organization. 
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Monday, March 28, 2016
Hi there!  You are wise to jump right in and ask for help right out of the gate.  Your resume is your introduction to potential employers, educational programs, volunteer opportunities and a slew of other places you may need to share your experience, skills, interests and goals.  You should look at your resume as a living thing that can be molded and changed to fit the need.  I encourage you to always review it before sending it anywhere and consistently taking the time to reword it and change its structure depending on the audience you are sending it to.  So where do you get started?

At its core, a resume should give your audience your key information:  Name and Contact Info.  Don't make it hard for someone to contact you!

You will often see an objective statement right after the contact information.  This is an item greatly debated in recruiter circles, but in your case you may want to include a statement letting your audience know what your goal is in having them read about you and the specific outcome you hope to achieve. 

The majority of resumes will then include the following items in an order that places the emphasis that is most appropriate to their goal and audience:

Education
Work Experience - Including dates and accomplishments/projects that reflect key aspects of the experience
Skills
Interests
Volunteer Experience
References - if requested

In a situation where you don't have formal work experience, you will want to place the emphasis on the skills you have gained or have particular strengths in.  You can certainly provide examples of how you have utilized these skills successfully to help the reader see where you might be an asset in their organization.

I don't know what the goal you have in mind is, but I know it can be hard to get experience without experience.  I encourage you to seek out more education in your area of interest if that's possible.  If it isn't, consider trying to network with people already in the companies or jobs you are interested in to get some insight into how you can best get started.  You never know when a successful networking opportunity can be a foot in the door!  Best of Luck!
Answered by Ashlyn, Hiring Expert at Worthington Industries, on Monday, March 28, 2016
Hello! You are at an exciting part of life; the initial job search preparation! The information provided by AT&T is great! Your resume should tell an employer who you are and what you’re looking for when it comes to your career. It is important to focus on the things that you have done and accomplished. Some things you will want to include in your resume would be your educational background, any key projects that you worked on, outcomes of those projects, and any volunteer experience. If you do not have any volunteer experience, I recommend going out and doing so; it is especially helpful to have this if you don’t have any work experience. You should also highlight your skills and how you’ve utilized those. As EATON recommended, there are a lot of resources you can turn to when it comes to creating a resume. A simple google search will produce many results for you.
Best of luck!
Answered by Charlene, Hiring Expert at Gap Inc., on Tuesday, March 29, 2016
First be sure and download and review the Jobipedia e-book about putting together an awesome resume!  This is such an amazing resource and will guide you through step by step on showcasing your best self.  As for not having much work experience,  the most important thing is to utilize your projects, assignments, family responsiblities as a way to demonstrate skills by highlighting them in a way that an employer can see them as transferable.  For example:  if you have worked on a group project, you can highlight that as a way to work in a team, collaborate, meet deadlines, time management, communication skills, and perhaps leadership skills based on your role with the group.  The second thing to consider is that many companies will also look for community service and/or extracurricular activities as a way to demonstrate a specific sought after skill set.  The most important thing when putting together your resume is to make it your very best self, if you weren't in the room, what must a potential employer know about you?  Start there and work in all of the other benefits that you can bring to their company!  Good Luck.  Remember, everyone is looking for someone that can add value to their company, what are you bringing and make sure they can clearly see that on your resume. 
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