Assertions of skills, experiences gained and employment can easily be verified or debunked. Any skilled interviewer will see through a job candidate that is lying.
I would expect that 19 years old, you don’t have a lot to capitalize on in your resume. That’s not necessarily a problem. Everybody has to start somewhere.
You have some work ahead of you. I would suggest a two-pronged approach, developing your resume as well as your Linkedin profile. They should resonate with each other.
One of the first steps is to take inventory of the skills and experience that you actually have. This can include any summer or part-time jobs that you have held. Brainstorm a list of duties and skills that you had and developed while in those jobs.
Unless you have developed some specialized skills, you will likely be looking at an entry-level job. Most of us go through this process. It is only by trying different jobs can we determine what we don’t want to do for a job and what we might like to do.
Take advantage of this time in your life and explore possibilities until you determine what you are passionate about.
I graduated high school with little work experience and the passion to become a chef. After three years cooking in a large institutional kitchen, I decided that while I enjoyed cooking, I didn’t want to cook for a living. I looked for opportunities available to me and decided on becoming a Registered Nurse. I have been doing that for over 40 years.
While working as a nurse, I developed many other skills that have helped me throughout my life.
I’ve learned that my passion in life wasn’t cooking, it hasn’t been working as a nurse, but it has been in helping other people.
As you go through life you will collect experiences, skills, stories and self-confidence to share them with others and you will find that lying isn’t necessary. Just be yourself.
As originally answered on Quora.com