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Applying for Jobs

What Do I Need to Do?

Applying for your first job is a huge step for many teenagers. Not only are first jobs a great way to earn money, but they’ll give you plenty of experience and work skills along the way. There are a few steps involved in getting a job. Once you find a job opening that you want to pursue, you may need to:

  • Fill out an application
  • Provide a resume
  • Write a cover letter

You don’t have to write these documents alone.  Ask your family, friends, teachers, or counselors for help.

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Resumes and Application Forms

Part of the application process for many jobs is to complete an application form and some jobs may also require a resume. The information on an application form is often the same as what is on a resume, so taking the time to create a resume can be very helpful when filling out application forms.

But writing a resume can be time consuming and a little scary. What do you include, especially if it is the first one you have ever written? Here are some resources that may help you through this process.

  • My First Resume is an online tool that can help you put together a resume. Simply answer their questions and you will have your own resume. You don’t have to fill in every space if you don’t want to.
  • My Perfect Resume is another online tool that can help you create a resume. Answer their prompts and you will end up with resume.
  • Ready to apply for a job? provides tips on completing a job application.
  • How to Get Your First Job (for Teens) tips from searching for a job, preparing a resume, applying for jobs, and interviewing.

Cover Letters

A cover letter is sent with your resume to provide additional information on your skills, experience, and why why you are qualified for the job you are applying for.

  • Tips and Advice for Creating a Successful Cover Letter walks you through the steps of writing a cover letter. It also provides a template you can follow.
  • CareerOneStop provides a template for writing cover letters.
  • Job Interviews

    Congratulations, you’ve been asked to come in for an interview! Take some time to get prepared.  Career One Stop highlight tips that can help you get ready for the interview.