Employers want to see what skills you have even if you don’t have paid work experience when you are applying for jobs. In case you are a high school student, what type of skills can you include on your resume? Here are examples of the different types of skills students can use on their resumes, and tips for how to include them. Your resume can include such skills that you have learned in school, in extra-curricular activities, in sports and volunteering.  For example, if you have played football, soccer, basketball or other sports you have teamwork skills. Were you the captain? You have leadership skills. Have you taken a computer class or taught yourself how to use software programs? You have computer skills. Almost everyone has some level of communication skills. Present in class or write a paper for school you are communicating in case you can carry on a conversation. You’re flexible and dependable when you have successfully juggled personal activities and school work. Did you work on a group project? You have collaboration skills.  Do you babysit or mow a neighbor’s lawn? You are reliable and dependable.

Resume skills for high school students

Not sure what skills to include on your resume or mention during a job interview? Here’s a list of basic skills you can include when writing your resume. Make a list of what you have done in all your school and non-school activities along with the skills you have learned or used in each of those roles.  Include those that are the closest match for what the company is seeking on your resume. For example, the hiring manager will be interested in knowing that you are dependable, reliable, accurate, and have interpersonal and communication skills in case you are applying for a job in a retail store. A good way to find the skills you need for a job is to review the job requirements listed in the job posting. It will be easy to determine what skills you need to be considered for the job in many cases. You will find the required skills and qualifications listed in the job posting for most jobs listed on line. Review the requirements for similar jobs to help generate a list of applicable skills in case they are not. Your resume can include more than paid employment, so the best way to include your skills is to list your academic, school and extra-curricular activities on your resume.  Include the skills you have in the description of the position or activity, or in an “Interest/Skills” section at the bottom of your resume. You may not be able to work all the skills you have into your resume, but keep a list of your top five skills related to the job for which you are applying in mind when you interview. Try to work those skills into the conversation. The closer a match you are to the job requirements, the better your chance of getting hired.