Work Opportunities & Resume Writing

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Starting a job is exciting for students!


This webpage offers some helpful information for students as they begin working part-time while in school or in the summer. Information is provided covering the following topics:

  • State of California Work Permit Application - required for all students under 18
  • Understanding Employment
  • Resume Writing
  • Sample Resume for a High School Student
  • Career One Stop Job Resources
  • Ziprecruiter Job Resources
  • Summer Employment Opportunity
  • Helpful Resources on Employment, Training, and Taking a "Gap Year"
For even more information and assistance, please contact your Guidance Counselor.
If you would like to work and you are not yet 18 years of age, you must have a work permit. The State of California enforces strict rules regarding the issuance of work permits. You can find this information from The State of California Department of Industrial Relations (
To learn more about work permit conditions and to apply, visit the CUHSD website at: Please contact Jessica Morales at the District Office, at [email protected], if you have any questions. You may review and download the work permit, at:
how to complete my work permit instructions
Need help completing the work permit? Check out the step-by-step presentation at:
Thank you to Ms. Gonzalez for this helpful guide!

Sooner or later, everyone will seek employment. Over one-fourth of all high school students are already working at part-time jobs. About three-fourths of college students work during vacations and/or part-time while on campus. Almost all financial aid packages for college students expect the recipients to work for part of their total expenses. And, of course, some students choose to go to work full-time after graduating from high school.


The following brief description of the labor market is offered as it may be of help for career planning and when seeking one’s first job.


  • Unskilled: usually on the lowest end of the pay scale, requires no previous special training and affords little opportunity for advancement; includes such jobs as janitorial, food services, simple sales, simple clerical, etc.
  • Skilled: requires special training, usually pays more, and offers advancement; includes such jobs as typing and secretarial, bookkeeping, drafting, mechanical, electronic assembly, cooking, selective sales and services. Most of this training is available in high school business, industrial arts, homemaking, and ROP classes.
  • Semi-professional: requires advanced technical training provided in community colleges and private trade schools; starting pay is usually quite good, and there are many opportunities for advancement; includes business and mechanical specialists, health care services, electronic and scientific specialists, data processing, building trades, and repair persons. Refer to “Occupational Programs” in community college catalogs.
  • Professional: requires a college degree and often an advanced degree from a graduate school; usually the highest-paying and provides significant opportunities for advancement; includes doctors, lawyers, teachers, engineers, business administrators, scientists, architects, dentists, etc.
You expand your work options by taking one or more classes in high school that offer skill training. Choose one that is most enjoyable. The value of good keyboard skills should not be overlooked, both personal use and for employment.
Listed below are suggestions for locating employment opportunities:
  • Contact the Work Experience Coordinator in the College & Career Center. 
  • Job Board in the College & Career Center.
  • Student job boards at high schools, colleges, and universities.
  • Talk with friends of your parents who are in the business community (networking).
  • Go directly to the employment office of a company or business and ask to fill out an application. Leave a copy of your resume.
  • Search online for jobs and complete the application online.
  • Access a company’s Homepage on the Internet and look for, “Job Opportunities for high school students.
Before applying for a job, prepare a resume (more info follows on this page). If it is a business that has rush hours - such as a restaurant - go at a slow time. If the business is small, ask to see the manager. If it is a large company, go to the employment office (may be called “Human Services” or “Human Resources”).
Whether or not there is an immediate job opening, ask to fill out an application and leave a copy of your resume. Do not expect an immediate answer. Many employers say that they will call later. Thank them for their consideration and ask permission to call them in three or four days. It shows interest in the job.
In a way, a casual type of interview is taking place at the time one fills out the job application, but often a more formal interview will be requested by the employer. The two things the employer is seeking to learn in an interview are assurance that the applicant can do the job effectively and confidence that the applicant has desirable work habits.
  • Be on time. Look your best. “Clean and Neat” is the rule. Don’t over-dress or be too casual.
  • Go alone. Take a pen.
  • Present a firm, enthusiastic handshake and keep good eye contact with the interviewer.
  • Sit with good posture and listen carefully.
  • How did you become interested in this type of work?
  • How good is your school attendance record?
  • What is your best subject in school?
  • What are your personal and work goals?
  • What do you think qualifies you for this job?
  • How well do you get along with people?
  • Who will I work with on the job?
  • What are the tasks required on the job?
  • Are there opportunities for advancement
  • What will the hours and wages be?
  • When the interview is over, thank the interviewer.
  • You may also end with a firm handshake.
  • Ask when applicants will be notified. Ask if it is alright to call in a few days, and do so if possible. This shows responsibility and interest for the job.
  • Lastly, follow up with a thank you note. This can be done by mail or email.
To succeed in a job is simple. Just remember the tips below:
  • Follow all directions thoroughly and with a positive attitude.
  • Do not seem unproductive when a task is completed. Seek more to do.
  • Be honest. Be reliable. Be prompt (on-time). Don’t leave early.
  • When the time comes to seek other career opportunities, give two weeks notice to alert your employer. This gives them time to find a replacement for your position.
The resume is often your first contact with an employer. Its purpose is to provide the prospective employer with important facts. You want to sell him or her on the idea of hiring you. It is your opportunity to emphasize your strong points. After reading your resume, the employer may decide to take the time to interview you, and if you are hired, the data may be referred to later by a supervisor when a promotion or change of job assignment is under consideration.
The resume may be attached to a letter requesting an interview, or it may be presented at the time of the interview. Keep it short – try to stay within one page. Your resume should briefly highlight your best selling points (it's not a place to write your entire life history).
The neatness of the paper tells the interviewer more about you than you realize. Look your best!
The organization and style gives you a chance to present yourself in your own way. However, it should include the essentials as indicated on the Sample Resume for High School Student, following this section.
The following are some general instructions and explanations about specific Resume details:
  1. Identification: Include requested statistics.
  2. Experience: List all of the jobs you have held. Items to mention include baby-sitting, yard work, newspaper routes, exploratory experience, work experience, volunteer work, community service, and any significant tasks or projects you may have done without pay for parents or friends.
  3. Educational Background: In addition to your present and most recent schools, list any courses you have taken that relate to the kind of work for which you are applying.
  4. Activities: List extracurricular activities at school and in the community. Include organizations you belong to, offices held, and honors you have received. Identify your hobbies and interests.
  5.  Future Plans: Tell only about the ones that relate to the job for which you are applying.
  6.  References: “Available on request” is acceptable on a resume, but do arrange for references. Remember to ask permission to use a person as a reference, and be sure your references are informed about your work skills.
Resume Builder Feature in Naviance Student

Record your high school activities, awards, volunteer experience, etc. Rearrange your information into multiple printable versions of a resume that you can use to present to potential employers or colleges in the future. Once on Naviance Student, follow these steps:

  1. Click the About Me tab.
  2. Click the Résumé link under the Interesting My Stuff section.
This presentation shares some tips when writing a resume.  Thank you to Mrs. Chasity Knight for this helpful information.  To review, please visit,
how to write a resume
Jackson Daniel

1030 North Hampton St. (address is optional)

Houston, TX 12345

[email protected]

(354) 743-9586


To obtain a job in the field of education with an emphasis on child development and child psychology. To support teachers, and student diversity.

Work Experience

Lexington Childcare Center, Director

August 2018 - present

  • Child Development Director
  • Developed and implemented a new curriculum
  • Coordinated a TEEN-K Program to help promote reading and writing with younger learners
  • Organized parent workshops for child mental health awareness

Jack and Jill Nursery 

 August 2012-2018

  • Designed a curriculum with the Jack and Jill Nursery
  • Planned and implemented child appropriate field trips
  • Coordinated preschool and kindergarten graduations
  • Organized community service projects in the community


Benedict College, Columbia, SC - BA in Education

August 2009-2012

Del Mar High School, San Jose, CA - Diploma

August 2006-2009



Available on request



Career One Stop is a great resource for students to explore for career and job information. Specific resources are outlined below:
ZipRecruiter ( is offering our students resources to assist with resume building and researching employment opportunities.
Students can find helpful resources on the following websites:
For additional information on Career One Stop, ZipRecruiter and other job resources, please contact Del Mar's College & Career Specialist, Mrs. Knight, at [email protected].
Vector Marketing
Vector Marketing of Silicon Valley is offering an opportunity for students to work in the summer / part-time around classes. Vector trains students to sell CUTCO cutlery. They have added remote interviews and training to ensure students' safety during the coronavirus. Students use virtual demonstrations in their work, allowing them to gain essential skills, with the flexibility of working remotely.
To learn more about Vector, please visit:
If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact: Carlo Cipollina, District Manager for Vector Marketing, at 650-420-0040.


On-the-Job Training:

Frequently companies will train on the job and may require only a high school diploma. Check with individual companies. Apprenticeship programs are offered by trade unions such as the pipefitters, sheet metal and stonemasons unions. For more information on On-the-Job Training, visit

US Job Corps:

Offers programs that provide educational and vocational training. There are seven training centers in California, including one in San Jose and one at Treasure Island. There are also centers in Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, and Utah. For general information, go to

CET (Center for Employment Training):

The Center for Employment Training/Immigration and Citizenship Program offers job training and placement. For more information, visit, or call 1-408-534-5451.

ROCP (Regional Occupational Centers and Programs):

ROCP’s structure is set out to address high levels of unemployment and workforce needs in California. Through statewide programming high school students (16 and older) and adults with entry-level career and technical training. For more information on ROCP’s structure, please visit


Americorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps): 

This is a ten-month program that offers young people the opportunity to gain experience in a number of areas while helping the environment and/or other people. While in service, you may earn a living stipend, health insurance, and an education award of up to $5,775. For more information, visit, or call 1-800-942-2677.

California Conservation Corps (CCC): 

CCC hires young men and women, 18 to 23, to work for one year on variety or environmental and community projects and to respond to such emergencies as forest fires and floods. California residents not on probation or parole are eligible to participate. For more information, go to

GAP-Year (“year-off”) programs:

A gap program is an option that some students take when they are unsure of what to do after high school. During a GAP program, students may learn a new language, volunteer in another country, earn college credit while studying abroad, and more. There are hundreds of gap year programs out there. To learn more, visit