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5 Free Resume Templates for Teens (with Little to No Experience)

Free resume templates for teens to fill in using in Microsoft Word, Google Docs, and various resume builders.

If you’ve been looking for a free resume template for teens for any length of time, then you know how hard they are to find.

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So, while I do have some to offer, I have to warn you – there aren’t many options.

There are two different types of free resume templates teenagers can use:

  • Microsoft Word and Google Docs resume templates
  • Teen resume builders

We’ll go over sources for both.

Free Resume Templates for Teens (Word and Docs)

This is my favorite group of free teen resume templates, because you don’t need to use online software to use them.

In fact, you’ll just need either Microsoft Word, or Google Docs, to use them.

Not only that, but teenagers can create their baseline resume, save the file, and then update it every six months to a year over the lifetime of their careers.

pink, orange, bright box, text overlay "get the teen job lab - list of online/offline teen job search hotspots, teach your teen how to job search, etc."

Note: if your teenager will be applying to jobs by handing their resume to an actual person, then they can use fancy and decorative resumes. If they’ll be applying to jobs online, then it’s best to stick to the minimalist kind that are ATS-friendly. More on that in a bit.

1. Free Resume Template for Teenager with No Experience

Let’s start with mine – you’ll notice right off the bat that it’s very minimalist, and, dare I say, boring.

That’s on purpose.

You see, hiring managers are being bombarded with thousands and tens of thousands of resumes for each position they list.

And to help them sift through all of these, they use ATS software to automatically discard lots of resumes and only send ones most aligned to the job listing to actual humans.

This means that your resume must be:

  • ATS-Friendly: It’s estimated that 99% of hiring managers use something called ATS (Applicant Tracking System) to sift through the hundreds and thousands of resumes they receive. This software helps them to skim just the best and more relevant resumes to the top of the pile. If your teen’s resume is not formatted in a way that these systems can easily read? It will likely be rejected. 
  • Keyworded: Again, these systems are skimming for the best applications to send to the hiring person. One of the ways they do this is to search for keywords that are important for a job. You need to make sure your teen keywords – or use specific keywords and phrasing found in the job description, if they pertain to their skillset – into their actual resume. Otherwise, your teen will not be seen as a good fit for the job. 

Here's more information on how to fill in your resume here: how to make a resume for first job high school students.

2. ResumeGenius’ Free Teen Resume Templates

free teen resume template with muted green lines, two columns

There are two different teen resume templates to choose from on this site – and they download to Microsoft Word document.

Hint: you’ll need to click “enable editing” in the Microsoft Word program, all the way at the top, so that you can make edits to the template.

What I like about these is a nice balance between design and minimalism. But you should know that ATS software does not read two columns well, which each of these templates have.

Here’s an example of what spits out of an ATS software when using a two-column resume.

3. HLoom High School Resume Templates

six different free high school resume templates to click and download (image)

Here’s a great collection of free high school resume templates you can download and open to edit in Microsoft Word.

Free Resume Templates for Teens (Resume Builders)

Now we’re going to get into some of the resume builders available for teens to use.

I’m not as fond of these, because many of them allow you to fill in a teen resume template for free…but then charge you to download it.

Or if you can download it for free – how do you know that the resume builder software will stay in business over the next decade or two when you need to log back in to edit it?

pink, orange, bright box, text overlay "get the teen job lab - list of online/offline teen job search hotspots, teach your teen how to job search, etc."

I’ll do my best to highlight the truly free ones (free all the way through, even after download).

1. Indeed’s Free Resume Builder

Indeed's free teen resume builder with templates on the side to choose from and blank resume on right

Not only are there free templates to use with this resume builder, but you can download them for free as a PDF, too!

There are over six template designs to choose from:

  • Clean
  • Simple
  • Minimalist
  • Etc.

Please note that your information is not saved once you close your browser. In other words, you cannot go back in and edit a resume six months or a year later – you’ll have to create a new one.

2. Canva High School Resume Templates

Three rows of colorful, two-column cv resume templates for high school students in Canva

There are lots of “pretty” resume templates to choose from using this program, and it’s easy to get carried away.

Because of all of the formatting with these, teens should only use these templates if they’re personally handing a resume to a hiring manager (and it’s not going through a ATS software that cannot translate the formatting).

Two tips to help teens pick one out:

  • Avoid Using Pictures: You generally don’t want to include a photo on a resume. Doing so can create biases with the resume reviewer, may be seen as unprofessional, and images are not ATS-friendly. Instead, choose a template that has no image on it.
  •  Avoid Lots of Graphics: You do not want the design of these resumes to distract from the information on the resume.

Note: you’ll need to sign up for a free Canva account to use these, and if there is a yellow royal crown or dollar sign in the bottom righthand corner of the template, then you’ll have to pay for that template. There are plenty of free options to choose from.

I understand how critical it is to not only teach teens how to fill out a resume, but for them to also have one so that they can work on scoring that first teen job. And that’s why you’ll want to check back – I’ll be updating this article with any and all new free resume templates for teens that I can find.

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Amanda L. Grossman is a Certified Financial Education Instructor, a 2017 Plutus Foundation Grant Recipient, and founder of Money Prodigy. Amanda's kid money work has been featured on Experian, GoBankingRates, PT Money, CA.gov, Rockstar Finance, the Houston Chronicle, and Colonial Life. Read more here.

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