Your High School Student Resume
Having a student resume will come in handy as you enter the college and scholarship application process.
If you have a resume, make sure it is updated to include junior year information. If you haven’t developed your resume yet, now is the time to do it.
Resumes can be formatted in many different ways. I recommend including four sections:
personal information (name and contact information)
academic information (school name, type of diploma expected, GPA, special courses taken, academic honors and awards that you’ve received)
extracurricular activities (clubs, sports, including leadership positions held)
work experiences (paid and volunteer).
Make sure that your resume is easy to read and contains the most important information that you want the reader to know. Most resumes can present this information on one page. If needed, you can use two pages. Resumes of three or more pages should be revised so they can be shortened. Your resume should be included in college and scholarship applications and given to those who are writing a recommendation for you.
Using a resume saves you time and helps make sure that you haven’t forgotten any important information. Sample student resumes are attached as examples; your format may differ based on your information and preferences.
Steps for preparing your resume:
1. Brainstorm a list of your activities, awards received, and work experiences
2. Organize your brainstormed information into a 1 or 2 page resume
a. Organize either chronologically (most recent first) or by the significance or importance of the activity/award (most significant first)
b. Be sure to include positions held that demonstrate responsibility (officer, captain, team leader)
3. Check the layout of your resume
a. Avoid large blank areas on the page
b. Balance your use of space on the page
c. Check and double-check for spelling and grammatical errors
4. Ask several adults to review your resume before sending it to a college
5. Keep a “master copy” of your resume that can be added to or altered depending on who you are sending it you.
For more help developing your resume, check out the resources on RESUMELAB.COM.